32 Cutest Prom Hairstyles for Medium Length Hair for 2019

32 Cutest Prom Hairstyles for Medium Length Hair for 2019

Prom Hair Comb

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Twisted Half Updo

Twisted Half Updo hairstyle
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Chic Chignon

It’s simple and elegant, this low updo with a little bun. Pale warm blonde is a great combo for this style, but any hair color would look fabulous. You’ll never look back and feel like it’s outdated – this one is classic!

How To Style:

Using a styling product, smooth all hair back toward one ear like you’re going to put it in a low ponytail, then roll it under to create a little chignon shape that you can pin underneath. Your hair may not be long enough coming from the other side, so tuck those ends under and pin them out of sight. Braids are a perfect solution for the “too short” pieces!Spray the entire style with an extreme hold hairspray.Add your accessory right behind the ear.

Recommended Hair Products: Sebastian Liquid Steel is a concentrated styling product that will give a fierce finish to your hair. Note – DO NOT combine this product with any hot tool/blow dryer/heat of any kind, per the manufacturer’s instructions

Best Face Shape and Hair Type: Hair that is straight naturally would be easiest to work with to create this super sleek style. If you have slight wave to some curl that can be flat ironed with minimal frizz you can try this look out as well. Round shaped faces would look best with this simple, pulled back hairstyle.

Tip: The flower accessory makes it sweet, so if you’re not that type, try adding a broach for drama or something more organic for the outdoorsy feel. A whimsical bow would be perfect, too! Look for something original and that suits your personality.

Retro Raver

Tired of wearing your hair either straight or curly? Try something new for your prom by flipping your hair out. This works great for medium length hair that has lots of layers. The result is extremely flirty and fun and you’re sure to have some great “dancing queen” moments.

Retro Raver Medium-Length Prom Hairstyle - Side View
Retro Raver Medium-Length Prom Hairstyle

How to Style:

1. Start with clean, dry hair that is parted down the middle.

2. Section up your hair into a ponytail, leaving a small section (about an inch high at your neck) down to iron.

3. Use a one inch up to an inch and half sized curling iron to roll the ends of your hair up to create the flip. Don’t hold the iron on your hair too long or you may get it to loop too much.

4. Flip out the entire section and then keep dropping down sections of hair to flip strands out.

5. When you have reached your temples, stop flipping and simply grab the remaining hair and pin back. You can tease your crown a little bit if you want some height and then smooth hair back and pin for that cute, half-up look.

6. Use your fingers to gently brush through your flip to break up the ends so they don’t look too stiff.

Recommended Products:

Before ironing, spray on some Garnier Fructis Style Straightening Mist / Flat Iron Protector. It will help keep your hair from frying as you apply heat and also infuse incredible shine to your locks. Follow up with Garnier Fructis Style Hairspray to keep your cute flip all night.

Best Faces Shapes and Hair Types:

This hairstyle could work on all face shapes depending on how you style your bangs. Leave them down if you have a long forehead or a more oval shaped face to help add balance. Pin them back if you have a shallow forehead and a shorter face shape. Straight to wavy textured hair is ideal for this look.


This playful hairstyle would look awesome with blunt bangs or swept side bangs. Ask your stylist what type of bangs would compliment your face shape best.

French Twist with a Twist

This is a newer, cleaner version of the most popular prom hairstyle of all time: a bundle of curls at the back of your head. The difference is the softness of the hair smoothed to the back and the texture of the curls cascading down. Soft side swept bangs also help bring the style up to date. Add subtle highlighting to add dimension and visual interest.

How To Style:

After prepping hair with styling products, use a medium barrel curling iron to create vertical or horizontal curls through the back of your hair.Section off the front and sides of your hair and smooth the rest of your hair to the back. You can either put it in a ponytail if you want to cut back on the amount of bobby pin weight and speed the process up, or you can use only bobby pins instead of a ponytail and have more control over the final shape of the style with more length available for styling.Smooth the front and sides back and pin next to the ponytail or underneath the curls if you’ve used bobby pins exclusively.Run your fingers through the curls to separate them a little bit, then pin them according to the finished shape you’re looking for.Use a flat iron to smooth your bangs over then mist hair with a medium hold finishing spray.

Recommended Hair Products: Nexxus Versastyler Artistic Designing Lotion 10 is a fabulous prep product that will help improve the look and feel of your hair without any stickiness or flaking.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type: Oval, subtle round, square or long face shapes can attempt this fun hairstyle. Fine to thick density with smoothable texture that holds a curl is the ideal hair to have for this look.

Tip: There are so many different ways to create curls! For stiff ribbon curls, spritz each section with hairspray before curling, then leave the curl alone once it’s done. For softer curls (like the curls in the photo), use a styling crème when prepping hair and after you’ve curled the hair, use your fingers to separate and soften them. You can get a really fun texture of curl by wrapping hair around the outside of the barrel, too!

Elegantly Simple

Elegantly Simple hairstyle
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Versatile Waterfall Braid

Versatile Waterfall Braid hairstyle
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Copper Curls

Shine on the dance floor with these gorgeous copper curls. The mirror-like finish on this hairstyle is so nice it almost glows. Full thick bangs are worn forward and to the side which keeps the look from looking to juvenile. Small bouncy curls are worn down to the shoulders to show off your length and they will add lots of movement when you’re on the dance floor.

Copper Curls Cute Prom Hairstyles For Medium Length Hair

How to Style:

1. Use a one inch sized curling iron to create the smaller curl tendrils.

2. Grab your flat iron to smooth the bangs forward and then flick them to the side. Take small sections of the bangs when you iron them so it’s easier to manage.

Recommended Products: When you are done styling your hair mist on Moroccan Oil’s Glimmer Spray. It has tiny mirror like bead droplets that will really infuse your hair with shine!

Best Faces Shapes and Hair Types: This curly hairstyle would look great on square shaped faces as well as oval and round. Wavy thick hair is best for this hairstyle though you could create a variation with thinner, curlier hair.

Tip(s): Start adding shine to your hair while you’re in the shower. Use Citré Shine shampoo and conditioner to maximize that soft silky feel.

Simple Down Do with Curls

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Mod Chignon

A little bit retro, a whole lot of style. This low side bun is fabulous for the haute couture lover. It’s clean and classic without being boring.

How To Style:

Backcomb top, back and bottom of hair to create all around fullness.Smooth hair over the top and over to the side you want the chignon on (keep in mind your jewelry – if you’re wearing earrings that will get stuck in it or a necklace that can get twisted up in it, adjust where your bun sits to accommodate). Secure hair in a binder.Take small to medium sections of the ponytail and twist them up like miniature bun, then tuck the ends under before bobby pinning underneath.Repeat that step until all hair from the ponytail is used.Run a flat iron on low setting through your bangs to polish them up then spray entire style with a firm hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products: Oscar Blandi Olio Di Jasmine Shine Spray will give your tired locks a boost of sheen.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type: Any face shape would work and the straighter your hair is the better. Subtle wave that can be flat ironed super sleek could work, too.

Tip: Always make sure you hairstyle compliments the style of your dress. This style is ultra modern to pair with a straight lined dress.


Medium Length Curls

Picture of a medium length curls for prom
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Half Up Twists

Picture of medium half up twists hairstyle for prom
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Chignon Bun

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Youthful & Fresh

Youthful & Fresh hairstyle
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Red Carpet Style

Charlize Theron, ever the style icon, has the most impeccable hairstyles on the red carpet! Classic clean shapes with a soft romantic touch make her hairstyles the envy of every style savvy female. Her pale blonde hair adds an ethereal effect while the silver headband finishes the style off with a little extra sparkle.

Screen Goddess Prom Hairstyles For Medium Length Hair

How To Style:

Prep hair by putting in loose waves with a larger barrel curling iron after hair has been prepped.Brush through the cooled off curls with a natural bristle brush then secure in a binder off to one side.Use bobby pins to keep the ends tucked in once you’ve rolled the ponytail under. Wrap the ends of the ponytail around the binder so it’s hidden.Place headband or other accessory in your hair and finish it with a fine mist of medium hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products: For those who need frizz and flyaway control, try Oscar Blandi’s Pronto Instant Glossing Cream. It also gives a great shine and provides heat protection. Did I mention that it’s Paraben and DEA free?!? Bonus!

Best Face Shape and Hair Type: The best face shapes for this hairstyle would be heart, round, and square. The best type of hair to have would be fine to thick density with at least a little bit of natural texture.

Tip: For a similar style statement, go with a headband (or other hair accessory) that compliments your hair color (Charlize’s is silver to go with her pale hair). What makes this brilliant is that she’s got a great accessory that she is wearing instead of it wearing her. The worst thing you can do is make your style all about a hairpiece (or other accessory) when it should really be about you looking your best!

Choosing your prom hairstyle can be so much fun! Dont forget to think about more than just the dress. Style your hair around your personality instead of trying to match up with the dress. If it’s your authentic style, the rest of the pieces will naturally fit together.

Simple Mid Length Waves

Picture of a simple mid length waves for prom
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The Roaring Twenties

This vintage inspired flapper style hairdo is super fashionable and cute! Slicking your hair over into a curly side ponytail or two creates an ultra dramatic style that will be a definite head-turner at your prom. Love these styles that help keep hair up and off of your face so you can really dance the night away.

The Roaring Twenties Prom Hairstyles For Medium Length Hair

How to Style:

1. Spray your hair with a flexible to medium hold hairspray and comb through.

2. Part your hair deeply to one side and then gather the top half of your hair into a side ponytail right above your ear.

3. Grab the bottom half of hair to the side and secure into a ponytail right under your ear.

4. Curl your ponytail and pin them up to create that fullness on the side of your head.

5. Spray again with hairspray to lock in your look and keep flyaways at a minimum.

Recommended Products:

Any type of udpo needs to stay in place so make sure it does with a product like Fudge Skyscraper Medium Hold Hair Spray. The hairspray gives great medium hold and brushes out easily at the end of your night.

Best Faces Shapes and Hair Types:

Round, heart, or square shaped faces would work great with this old-timey hairstyle. If you have an oval face just leave some bangs down to help add balance. Medium length hair is great and thick wavy hair is best.


The key to playing up a time period or certain era is to really work your accessories. Do some research online about the era you are going for and then make the look happen with fun pieces of jewelry and vintage makeup.

Classic Updo

Classic Updo
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Messy Chignon

Two-tone color is highlighted even more with this fun and original updo. Added braids lend more texture while the messiness of the chignon keeps the style playful and unique. The bump up top can be anywhere from small to huge, depending on the person rocking it.

How To Style:

Create the bump on top by using volumizing products as well as backcombing. The trick for getting outrageous volume in your bump like this is to hold hair forward (towards your face) while backcombing. The more forward you hold the section you’re teasing, the crazier your volume will get. Smooth over the top of the backcombing to cover the craziness inside and give yourself a soft looking finishPin the backcombed section right above the spot you’re going to put the ponytail.Slick hair back into a sleek ponytail centered right on the occipital bone (the part of the back of your head that sticks out the most), and carefully include the ends from your bump. Secure with a strong binder.Depending on your personality and personal style, create texture in the ponytail using a hot tool or by enhancing your natural texture. Crimpers are fun to get that fuzzier look.Braid the small sections you want to stand out in your style and secure the ends by either backcombing them or using a clear binder.Use a firm hold hairspray to lock it in.

Recommended Hair Products: Hot Tools makes a great small crimper that’s professional grade.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type: The best face shape for this style is the confident face! Regardless of the shape of your face, if you have the attitude and personality to pull it off, go for it. Best hair type is fine to thick density, any texture.

Tip: Not a fan of braiding but like the look? You can purchase pre-braided hair extensions for not a lot of money at a beauty supply store. So many color options allow you to find one that will closely match your hair color or you can find a contrasting color to make them really pop! Other fun texture ideas are feathers or metallic strands.

Edgy Roll

This smooth and fabulous low-set chignon is set off perfectly with a soft full bang. The pale blonde color is breathtaking and makes the style seem airy.

Chic Chignon Prom Hairstyle

How To Style:

Start with dry, smooth hair. Run a flat iron on a low setting through it to polish and work out any bumps.Comb hair over to one side and put it in a clear binder right above your hairline behind your ear.Take the top part of the ponytail and hold it straight up, then pin it and let the ends fall down over the bobby pins.Backcomb the bottom section for more fullness, then smooth the top section over the bottom and pin the ends underneath.Spray the finished style with a firm hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products: Sebastian Shaper Fierce is an ultra-firm hairspray that will work on any hair type for extreme styles.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type: Oval shaped faces are best. The long dramatic bangs help balance out long faces. Straight hair that is on the thicker side is ideal. Fine hair won’t be able to achieve that full bang effect.

Tip: For those prone to fine hair, which results in a tiny little bun, you can use filler hair to make the chignon fuller. Clip-in or loose fillers (if you’ve got the skill), doesn’t matter. The effect is the same: amazing!

Flirt Alert

Short and sweet, this wildly sexy style suits almost any type of prom dress. Loose messy curls pinned up to make hair appear shorter look simply perfect, especially with the golden highlights running through them.

Funny Sexy Flirty Prom Hairstyles with Bangs

How To Style:

Use small hot rollers or a small barrel curling iron to create curls in the bottom 2/3 of your length.Add backcombing to the back, crown and top, then smooth over a little bit so it doesn’t look too much like a nest.Use your hands to rough up the curls and fuzz them out just a little bit. Separating them first with your fingers also helps give you more bulk (amazing trick for those with finer hair).Using bobby pins, randomly pin curls loosely around the bottom portion of your head. You shouldn’t need a ton of them.A flat iron is perfect for smoothing bangs over and cleaning up the front to make the style classy instead of sloppy.Mist with a medium to strong hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products: Sebastian Re-Shaper Hairspray is fabulous for adding texture without shine and it won’t make your hair feel stiff.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type: Most face shapes can pull off this adorable updo. Remember to keep in mind that if you have a long face, bangs are best to help with framing. Wavy to curly textured hair would rock this hairstyle. 

Tip: Texture makes a huge difference in a style like this one. You want to rough your hair up a little bit so things don’t look too perfect or planned. The beauty of the style is in the effortlessness and simplicity of the design. Don’t over think it and try to make things 100% symmetrical or even. Just let it take shape naturally and go with it!

Curly Romantic Updo

The loose curls swept back on her head make this style one for the romantics at heart. Loose pieces in the front make it even more wistful.

Romantic Prom Updo For Medium Length Hair

How To Style:

Prep hair with a volumizing and styling product then blow dry.Clip away the front bangs section you want smooth, then use your natural curls or a curling iron to create random curls throughout the rest of your hair.Break curls apart using your fingers then start pinning them in the back center part of your head. Don’t try to make it perfect or you’ll lose the softness of the style. If pieces from the front fall out, leave them out.Smooth through the bangs using a flat iron on low heat and pin them back softly.Spray the finished style with a medium hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products: Kenra Platinum Boosting Spray-Foam 17 is a fabulous lightweight all-over volumizer to give your hair more “oomph”.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type: Square shaped faces look great with these long sweeping bangs and layers around the face. Straight to wavy hair that is medium to thick is ideal.


Soft and Romantic Half Up Half Down

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Twisted Updo

If good times are what you’re after, this is the perfect style for you! The random pieces twisted and layered from all over the head create an outrageously fun hairstyle fit for any party girl. Highlights help define the twists better.

Twisted and Flirtatious Highlighted Prom Hairstyle

How To Style:

After prepping hair, section out the front and bottom in the back.Start out with the section of hair in your crown area and create little mini French twists, then pin them so the ends are hanging down freely. Make sure you keep an eye on the overall size of the design on top with loose ends. If you let it spread too far out, it will lose the design effect and just look like a mess.Take sections from the back and layer and twist with the hair that’s already pinned up.Repeat with the hair from the front and sides, bringing it back to the design at the crown area.Smooth the ends with a flat iron if you need to, then spray finished style with a medium hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products: Glitter, glitter, glitter! If you’re going to have a fun style like this one, why not make it sparkle too? Tons of glitter products are available including glitter spray, glitter bows, loose hair glitter (regular glitter works too!), glitter clips, glitter bobby pins, glitter sticks, glitter twist pins…

Best Face Shape and Hair Type: All faces except heart shaped would do well with this sweet updo hairstyle. Fine to thick density with smoothable texture is ideal.

Tip: If you’re a glam girl too, don’t be afraid to drop some glitter or fun jeweled pins throughout the style. Colored glitter is a fun way to dress the style up, but keep it to a confined area instead of just dowsing your head in it. Same goes for the gem pins. Too many looks overly busy, but a subtle small amount will reflect the lighting and draw more attention to you.

Curly Cutie

This super simple style looks great but isn’t complicated in any way. The fun easy curls aren’t overly messy, but they aren’t stiff and boring either. Smooth front pieces help keep it from looking dated.

How To Style:

Prep hair using a styling mousse or gel, depending on your hair’s needs.Use a medium sized barrel curling iron to curl the hair on the back of your head once it’s 100% dry.Add a little backcombing and/or volumizing product in the top and crown areas, then smooth over the top and pin a section from the top off to one side.Use a flat iron to smooth your bangs if you need to.Mist the completed style with a medium to firm hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products: Round shaped faces and heart shaped faces would looks stunning in this curly hairstyle. Square shaped faces could rock this look, too! The curls help fill in around the neck and create softness around the face. Naturally wavy hair that is of medium thickness is ideal for this prom style.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type: Round shaped faces and heart shaped faces would looks stunning in this curly hairstyle. Square shaped faces could rock this look, too! The curls help fill in around the neck and create softness around the face. Naturally wavy hair that is of medium thickness is ideal for this prom style.

Tip: Freshly trimmed hair looks 100% better than not. That just-trimmed look can’t be faked. Ridding yourself of the dead ends lifts off dead weight that kills your style and gives your hair a more lustrous look. Don’t be afraid to get a little trim in the week before the dance! You can ask for a scalp massage, too. Might as well indulge a little!

Texture Queen

Texture Queen hairstyle
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Timeless Classic

Timeless Classic hairstyle
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Braided Mohawk Topknot with Curls

Braided Mohawk Topknot with Curls hairstyle
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Formal Curl

Formal Curl hairstyle
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Unkempt Beauty

There’s a little bit of sugar and a whole lot of spice in this ‘do! Pulled straight back from the face, the dramatic updo will have jaws dropping. It’s gorgeous! Curls in the back make it not too severe, but the slick hair in front says you’re fearless.

Red Hot Messy Prom Hairstyle

How To Style:

With completely prepped and dried hair, curl the back part of your hair using a ¾” barrel curling iron. Use your fingers to pull the curls apart a little bit and make them look more full.Add backcombing to the top and crown sections of your hair, then smooth over the topUsing a comb, smooth hair from the top towards the back and pin it just below where you want the top of the curls to be.Slick hair from the sides back to the center back part of your head. Secure with a vertical row of bobby pin X’s, like you would for a French twist, but do it the same for each side keeping the distance between the two sides about 1½-2 inches apart.Use bobby pins to pull curls over the top of the bobby pins holding the sides and top back, and pin them loosely down. Using pins that are close to your hair color will help them disappear into the style.Finish your updo with a mist of firm hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products: Super Clean Sculpting Gel gives you maximum hold for extreme styles with high shine.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type: Round or heart shaped faces would be best for this pulled back updo. Medium to thick amounts of hair that is on the wavier side is best. Your natural wave will help add softness to the look and keep it romantic.

Tip: Curl hair in the back first while leaving the front part smooth. It will make your life easier by cutting down on your styling time since you won’t have to curl nearly as much hair!

Easy Boho Braid

Easy Boho Braid
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