80 Gorgeous Prom Hairstyles for Formal Events

Prom season approaches. And this year, the hair is just as important as the dress. Out of the millions of looks out there, three styles are taking center-stage:
• Braids and especially French braids are stealing the scene at proms around the world. This look took a back-seat for a few decades, but currently, it’s here to stay. Gold bands and silver rings bring modern braids into the 21st century.
• Super-high buns and ponytails have gone from the red carpet to the dance floor. Velvet scrunchies are the perfect accessories for these hairstyles, whether they’re half-up or fully up.
• Sleek side-parted hairstyles are adding a glamorous touch to the prom scene. They use minimal accessories and are easy to execute, which makes them budget-friendly, too!

Those are the three biggest trends in prom hairstyles today. Below you’ll find 80 formal hairstyles that will help you make the most of your magical night.

#1: Angelic Curls

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This prom look is perfect for people with long, fine hair that could use more thickness. A small-barreled curling iron fills out the bottom layers, while a halo-like hairpiece gives attention to the top. The model in this photo has also teased her top layers, giving this formal look extra definition. This style is easy to do at home, as well, if you can’t get to a salon.

#2 Roman Twist

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This formal hairstyle has a lot of modern grace but is infused with classical beauty. Pull long, thick hair into a loose twist, then wrap the twist around the head. Pin the hair at different points to prevent the style from falling. As this braided prom style has a lot of natural dimensions, use a smaller floral hairpiece if you want a touch of color: you should let your natural beauty do the talking, and keep accessories from stealing the show.

#3: Double-Braided High Bun

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Half-up hairstyles are an up-and-coming look in the prom world. To achieve this braided hairstyle, part your hair in the middle and pull the top layers into two parallel French braids. Tie off the braids at the top of the scalp, then twist both ends of the hair together. This formal hairstyle is incredibly easy to do and works for casual events, too.

#4: Going Back Braid

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If you have long hair and highlights, you won’t want to miss this cute prom hairstyle. A thick braid that spills down the side of the scalp adds a lot of visual interest, without requiring too much product or accessories. This formal braided style works with casual looks, too: try test-driving it during a day on the town!

#5: Braided Twists on Top

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This braided prom hairstyle has the punk-rock appeal of a fauxhawk, without ever needing to cut your hair. Simply part your hair in the middle, pull the top layers into twists, and then pull the twists into French braids. Tie the braids at the back of the scalp, letting the loose hair fall into place. While highlights add a nice touch to this formal look, you can also try small floral touches.

#6: Flipped Half-Back with Bangs

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When it comes to simple, cute hairstyles for prom, the half-back takes the cake. To create this formal hairstyle, pull the middle layers of the hair to the back of the scalp. After tying them together, flip the resulting ponytail. This flip gives dimension to the hairstyle and keeps the look from falling flat. Allowing the hair at the front of the scalp to fall free is also a good strategy, as it helps frame the face.

#7: Beaded Bella

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Tired of traditional clip-in accessories? Try beads! For this prom hairstyle, all you need to do is thread some beads onto a strand of your hair. While this model has opted for large, monochrome beads, you can work something more or less intense. Matching the beads to your outfit makes this a cute formal look that pops.

#8: Electra Heart

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This simple prom hairstyle works well with hair that contains contrasting colors, such as very dark hair with bright blonde highlights. Wash the hair, turning your head upside-down while you blow dry. Allow the hair to retain as much of its natural curl as possible, as this is what gives the style shape. Jazz up this formal look by adding hair gel or another texturizer, which will help create the piecey appearance you see here.

#9: Bow Tied

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Prom hairstyles don’t have to be complicated: it’s easier than ever to make something cute and eye-catching from home. For this look, pull the top layers into a bun. Tease the bottom layers, then tie a ribbon or small scarf around the bun. Coordinating makeup with your accessories will make this easy prom style pop, but without breaking your budget.

#10: Big Curls, Little Barrettes

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This is a prom hairstyle idea for those with thick hair that cannot be tamed. Wash or wet the hair, then roll it into foam rollers. Allow the look to set until dry, then spray gently before removing the rollers. Add a gel or smoothing cream to get rid of unwanted frizz, and accessories to add dimension and formal flair. Don’t be afraid to move, though – this look was made to be tossed and bounced.

#11: Floral Halo

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Sometimes, big accessories can match big hairstyles. For instance, a large flower crown makes an awesome addition to simple prom looks, especially on long hair. Choose a flower crown that contrasts with your hair color to make the accessory pop or choose a non-contrasting accessory for a subtler appearance. Either way, it’s an easy prom hairstyle that’s sure to turn heads.

#12: Right Up-Front

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Business in the front, party in the back. And you don’t need a mullet to do it! Pull the front layers of your hair into a sleek bun at the top of your head. Let your natural waves fall freely down your back or give them bounce with a large-barreled curling iron. A little gel and hairspray make this style ready for prom!

#13: Always Golden

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Prom hairstyles don’t have to have colorful accessories. Traditional metallic colors – silver and gold – draw attention and add elegance. Touch up your hairstyle with gold beads, as well as gold earrings with pearl accents. A dramatic side-part, such as the one pictured here, will help you show off your accessories.

#14: The Simple Comb-back

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This easy formal look is as simple as brushing your hair. Part your hair just off the center line, then add a comb. Attaching the comb just behind the ear gives all the flair of a more dramatic side-part, without the effort. This hairstyle will turn heads at proms and parties alike.

#15: Floral Braided Band

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Braided bands are one of the most versatile prom hairstyles. They can look sleek and sophisticated or laid-back and free-spirited, depending on how you style them. The model here has gone for a more freeform look, allowing her curls to tumble naturally. Small, bright-colored flowers add to this formal look’s whimsical vibe.

#16: High Up

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If Ariana Grande wasn’t already an indicator, 2019 is the year of the high ponytail. This powerful hairstyle is surprisingly easy to do at home: pull the hair to the top of the head, using gel to set frizz straight. Add a metallic hair accessory, as pictured here, to make the hairstyle more formal.

#17: Spirals and Scrunchies

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Long hair is the perfect playground for formal hairstyles. Up-dos, down-dos, and everything in-between is possible! This prom hairstyle is a new take on an old favorite: the scrunchie. All you need to do is curl your hair and tie it into a high ponytail. A scrunchie will give the look color and flair.

#18: Soft Metal

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Metallic-inspired looks don’t have to be gaudy or harsh. This model’s metal headband features gold flowers, whose curves take the edge off the style. A soft, wavy hairstyle also works to make this hairstyle more romantic, and certainly perfect for prom.

#19: Beads and Braids

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With short hairstyles, it’s often difficult to break beyond the basic bob. Get creative with accessories when styling short hair, instead of focusing on texture and length. A small French braid with gold beads makes this formal hairstyle stand out, as does a heavy front bang.

#20: Banding Together

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If beads and scrunchies aren’t your things, why not experiment with bands? With any up-do, thread metal bands onto a strand of hair. You can even include that strand in your up-do, as pictured here. Small and versatile, metal bands offer limitless possibilities for your prom hairstyle.

#21: Straight from the Sixties

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The bump is a hallmark of sixties fashion, which has once again returned to the runway. To recreate this prom hairstyle, tease the bottom layers of the hair. Then, smooth the top layer over the whole of the head. You’ll need plenty of hairspray to hold this formal look into the place, and perhaps, some creative style tricks of your own. As shown here, a thin braid can help stabilize this style.

#22: Bodacious Bouncing Bob

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Voluminous formal hairstyles exude the essence of voluptuousness and luxuriousness, despite requiring little effort. If you have medium-length locks, blow-dry your hair upside-down and allow it to curl naturally. Large-barreled curling rods can also help add volume, especially if your hair doesn’t have a lot of natural curl.

#23: Twists and Waves

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This prom hairstyle works wonderfully with long, thick hair. Gather hair from the top and front layers of the scalp and twist them to the crown. Tie the strands off separately or combine them into a single tail. Curl the rest of the hair with a large-barreled curling iron and set with hairspray. This easy, cute hairstyle works in casual or formal settings, and can be done in minutes.

#24: The Shell

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This formal hairstyle harks back to the early days of pageantry. Nowadays, you can go to prom looking like Miss America. Run a flat-iron over your hair before you pull it into this sleek, shimmering bun. Hair pieces or extensions give fullness to the look, while a tiara is the perfect accessory for prom! With this easy formal hairstyle, you’ll definitely feel like a princess.

#25: Puffs, Waves, and Flowers

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For some, prom isn’t prom without a high-maintenance hairstyle. This look offers plenty of curls and lots of hairspray, ideal for making memories of the night last well into the next day. A large, floral hairpiece creates a focal point for this style, and makes it look less busy. A thick, curly bun, like the one pictured here, can be achieved using hair pieces or extensions.

#26: Criss-Cross Fishtails

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Fishtail braids are a beautiful stand-alone hairstyle. However, they also work in other creative looks! For this formal style, make two fishtail braids on either side of your head. Wrap them around your head, and pin at the base of your scalp. Let your hair fall freely beneath the braids, adding curls if necessary.

#27: Pinned-Back Curls

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This formal hairstyle works especially well for those with naturally very curly hair. After washing your hair, shape your curls with gel or mousse. Pull your hair to the mid-scalp, and loosely pin it with barrettes. Twist your hair before pinning to add volume, which will help the style frame the face.

#28: Sassy Starlet

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Is old Hollywood calling your name? If you answered yes, then this formal hairstyle is the one for you. Use subtle, bejeweled accents to keep attention on your look. Light makeup, especially red lipstick, will make this style pop.

#29: Top Knot

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The rockabilly look is making a comeback, and so are colorful headwraps! If you think that your prom hairstyle needs some spicing-up, tie one of your favorite scarves around your head, knotting it at the top. Teased hair, as well as dark eye makeup, go stunningly with this easy formal look.

#30: What Does it Mean?

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Some people want their hair to be a conversation starter, and this is one such hairstyle. Twisting braids and freely-placed hair accessories will keep everyone’s eyes on your look, and perhaps spark a new friendship along the way. It’s a unique and whimsical touch to any prom or formal look.

#31: Bringing Back Bhad Bhabee

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For people who want to be more daring with their prom hairstyle, cornrows are the way to go. Put metallic barrettes – such as the gold ones pictured here – between the braids to give the look some extra shine. Loose hair also helps frame the face.

#32: Retro Glam

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We’ve already said that rockabilly chic is back in style. Here’s another way to do it! First, part the hair on the side. Then, use a small-barreled curling iron to add spirals to the thicker side. Slick the remaining hair to the base of the scalp, or curl it into a bob. Put on some red lipstick, and you’re ready to take this easy, fun formal hairstyle out on the town.

#33: Number 28

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We hate to break it to you, but this is just number 28, turned sideways. Here, you’ll get a more 360 view of this classy, retro formal hairstyle.

#34: Record Platinum

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Platinum blonde hair is all the rage, and it’s time to make your color a hit! Wash your hair, then roll it onto large curling rods to dry. Part the hair on the side, then smooth it using gel or oil. The key to this glamorous formal style is shine: use a strengthening conditioner or argan oil to give your locks some shimmer.

#35: Discount Kylie Jenner

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Kylie Jenner is known for her platinum blonde hair and dark roots, so why not look like Kylie for prom? Let your hair fall naturally, and accentuate your eyebrows, cheekbones, and lips with makeup. Fake eyelashes are also a flattering touch and add a touch of glamor. If you’re looking for a celebrity-inspired formal hairstyle, look no further.

#36: Short, Platinum Half-Back

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Platinum is perfect for prom, and works on long and short hair alike. This prom hairstyle for short hair involves pulling the upper layers out of the face, then adding waves to the bottom layers using a small-barreled curling iron. With a formal style that highlights your eyes, cheekbones, and jawline, how can you possibly go wrong?

#37: Braided Half-Back, and a Half-Back

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The half-back up-do is an easy and popular formal hairstyle. Some choose to jazz it up with braids, and others go for the traditional look. Our question is, why not both? Combine braids and smooth hair to give your half-back texture and shine!

#38: Long, Swirling Spirals

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Romantic curls are a classic look for prom and formal events. For this style, roll a large-barreled curling iron through your hair without separating the layers. The result will be sleek waves that slowly spiral into curls. Pin your hair away from your face to showcase your makeup, as well as your accessories.

# 39: Hair Holding Hair

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Most people go for conservative, classic formal hairstyles. Make yours a conversation piece! Start with a flipped ponytail, then use a braided extension to attach a longer extension to your hair. The final product will certainly be eye-catching, and it will definitely make the prom memorable.

#40: Country Curls

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Tight curls and high-contrast highlights call back to the glory days of pop-country music. Here, a single braid wraps around a thick, curly down-do. Although the curls seem wild, they don’t get in the way of the model’s face. It’s a look that’s formal and fun!

#41: Pearl Accents

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If bright flowers and metallic tones aren’t your things, pearls are also an option for dressing up any formal hairstyle. Here, small pearl accents draw the eyes to several different focal points as well as give the look a sense of delicacy. Whether for prom or for a wedding, you’re ready to go.

#42: So Many Spirals

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Spiral curls on long hair can be smooth and flowing, or thick and dramatic. Obviously, this formal hairstyle is the latter. Rather than rolling all layers into a large-barreled curling iron, curl each layer separately. This will make the style look thick and voluminous. Nevertheless, pull hair out of the face to keep it from distracting from your makeup.

#43: Teenagers and Tiaras

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If there’s one thing associated with big hair, it’s glitz pageantry. Bright, glittery gowns are all the rage this prom season, and you need your hair to match! For this look, roll wet hair into foam rollers and let it dry. Add hairspray and voilà, you’re ready to turn heads.

#44: Beautiful Bun

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If you’re having trouble thinking of an easy prom hairstyle, then a simple bun may be for you. Add visual elementals – such as twists and curls – to make your formal look unique. Allow a few strands of hair to fall around your face, which makes the style look even more effortless and simple.

#45: Silver Side-Piece

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When it comes to formal hair accessories, there are two sizes: small and large. And when your hairstyle is a simple, sleek down-do, large is most certainly in-charge. This silver side-piece contrasts perfectly with the model’s golden locks. It’s an eye-catching accessory that makes this prom hairstyle part of a prom ensemble.

#46: Swoopy Side-Part

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This side-part pulls some of the hair to the front of the face, cleverly concealing the fact that this “prom” model is clearly in her mid-twenties. I digress. Nevertheless, side-parts that double as a swoopy bang do conceal facial features that you wouldn’t want to make an appearance during a formal event.

#47: Simple Side-Pony

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When it comes to formal events, simpler is sometimes better. This side pony is a prom hairstyle that is no more difficult than putting your hair in an elastic. If you want a smoother look, straighten your hair before styling it. Regardless of what you do, the result will be fun and free-form.

#48: Platinum Side-Part

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This style is one of the most versatile out there, mainly because it’s so effortlessly chic. A single length allows for any part, even the dramatic side-part you see here. Platinum blonde adds glow to the face, especially if your skin has a sun-kissed glow. It’s the ideal formal look for blondes who really do have more fun!

#49: Sultry Wavy Bob

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This formal hairstyle is perfect for people with short hair who don’t mind being a little sexy. Dry your hair upside-down, then use a flat iron or curling iron to add some gentle waves. Highlights are also a nice touch, as they help this prom style look multi-dimensional.

#50: Short, Straight, and to the Point

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Sleek and chic prom hairstyles are all the rage. If you have naturally-straight hair, part it on the side and use gel to smooth it out of your face. Tuck it behind your ears to showcase your accessories, or to put your makeup in the spotlight. This is an easy formal hairstyle that works well with more intense makeup and accessory choices.

#51: Swirling Down the Side

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This prom hairstyle has is as asymmetric as a side-shave, without ever requiring you to shave your head. Part your hair at the side. On the thicker side, use a large-barreled curling iron to curl the front strands away from the face. Gel and hairspray will help set the look, and copper highlights will add dimension.

#52: Curly Fauxhawk

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This is another cute, formal hairstyle that oozes punk vibes, while never asking you to cut your hair. Beginning with a middle part, comb the bottom layers of either side of your head to the back of the scalp. Tease the top layers and let the rest of your hair flow free. This easy look works best on people with thick, naturally-curly hair. However, you can create the same effect using heat or foam curlers.

#53: Rings and Stars

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For some people, the ideal formal hairstyle gives off a festival vibe. This look uses hair accessories and makeup to make something truly psychedelic! Adding rings to the braid below the side-part draws attention to the hair, without requiring highlights. Heavily-contoured makeup, bright eyeshadow, and star stickers also steal the show.

#54: Sultry Blonde

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While early-90’s prom hairstyles are in, old Hollywood is also sweeping the scene. This formal style is amazing for people who have mid-length, single-layered hair. A large-barreled curling iron texturizes the look, while teasing and hairspray provide a combination of neatness and volume. Pair it with a bold eye and a strong lip, and you have a classic combination that will turn heads for sure.

#55: Optical Illusions

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Lines and shadows can do wonders for a look. This formal hairstyle features large, sleek waves. Highlights give dimension to this prom look, and a large, silver hairpiece moves the hair away from the face. Matching earrings give the headpiece extra shine, and showcase the face, as well.

#56: Simple Waves

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Wavy formal hairstyles work well with thin hair, as well as with single-tone colors. Here, large waves add dimension, in addition to highlighting the hair’s natural shine. A side part gives the style movement. This is a versatile prom hairstyle that pairs well with all sorts of makeup and accessories, giving you a chance to show off your creative side.

#57: Sleek, Side-Parted Waves

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If you couldn’t tell by how many times it appears in this article, the wavy side-part is one of the season’s hottest prom hairstyles. This look features waves all around the head, which have been treated with gel and hairspray to bring out their full shine. As always, a large hairpiece helps pull the hair off of one side of the face.

#58: The Highlighted Rockabilly

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This year’s formal hair trends take inspiration from all decades. This look draws from the rockabilly style of the 1950’s, which featured heavily-styled waves. Highlights give this prom look a modern touch, in addition to adding dimension to the style.

#59: Ombre Waves

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The ombre look has never fully gone out of style. As you can see here, it works amazingly with formal hair! This center-parted hairstyle features loose, flowing waves, which look fantastic at dinner or on the dancefloor. If you’re looking for an easy, cute prom style, look no further!

#60: Laura Palmer

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Doesn’t she look almost exactly like Laura Palmer? You can, too, with this flowing blonde hairstyle that comes straight out of the early 90’s. A simple black dress and diamond barrette make it perfect for prom, or any other formal event.

#61: Bumped Up

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If you have fine, long hair, the bump is the way to go! Take the upper layers of the hair and give them volume with either teasing or a hairpiece. Tie the hair behind the head and let the rest fall naturally. Leave some loose strands at the front of this prom hairstyle to frame your face.

#62: Loose Bun

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The loose bun is a formal hairstyle that is easy to execute, and that frames any face. Tie the hair into a regular bun but avoid tying the hair too tight. Allow some strands to fall and use minimal products to make this prom style look effortless and chic.

#63: Little Side Braid

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There’s a way to look punk without going all the way. Rather than going for a full side-braid, opt for a smaller one instead. You’ll get all the effect of a side-parted formal hairdo, without it looking too hard. Smoky eyeshadow adds to the soft punk look.

#64: Side-Parted Waves with a Swoopy Bang

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We’ve seen this style so much, we’re running out of things to call it! If you’re not sure what hairstyle to choose from prom or your next formal event, you can’t go wrong with a side part, loose waves, and a swoopy bang. The ensemble not only looks classic and polished but also frames any face!

#65: Banded Beauty

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Headbands are among the unsung heroes of the hair world. As pictured here, a headband can turn a simple down-do into a voluminous, 60s-inspired look! A little argan oil and hairspray bring out the hair’s natural shine, and make it the perfect easy formal hairstyle.

#66: Upper Side-Braid

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Perhaps you want a side braid, but don’t want it to be the highlight of your prom hairstyle. The hair gurus of the world have you covered! Rather than weaving all of your hair into a French braid, use strands from the top layer instead. This will give the formal look visual appeal, without making it too complicated.

#67: Piecey Braided Crown

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A braided half-back is one of the most popular prom hairstyles for long hair. This formal look is a fresh take on an old favorite: on each knot of the braid, one strand remains loose. This process gives the style movement, as well as adds dimension to its uniform color.

#68: Twisted-Up Half-Back

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This half-back has all the fun of a high ponytail, with half the effort! Braided front layers add volume to the top of the head. Strands of hair are pulled from the back and side layers to hide the ponytail holder. This prom hairstyle has a hint of nightlife about it, and therefore goes best with dramatic makeup and bright colors.

#69: Bump in the Back

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If you’re not feeling an up-do or a down-do, a half-back formal hairstyle is usually the way to go. Bump up your layers before tying them back to give volume to your look, as well as to better-frame your face.

#70: Braided Behind

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Side braids are some of the most popular formal hairstyles, and they’re mostly seen alongside a side-part. That doesn’t have to be the case! This prom hairstyle features slicked-back top layers while a side braid sneaks inside. With highlights, this style really has dimension from all angles!

#71: Twisted Crown

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This hairstyle is a take on the braided crown, but with twists instead! Take two strands of hair from the front of the scalp, then twist them back to the crown. In the end, you’ll have a cute, budget-friendly look for all your formal events.

#72: Pearled Branch

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Floral hair accessories are the go-to for proms and formal settings. However, nature-inspired accessories without floral elements, like this gold branch barrette, are coming into vogue. Use them as a subtle accent, or as the main event: it’s entirely up to you.

#73: Loose, Gold, and Graceful

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Larger barrettes usually help pull large amounts of hair out of the face. When pinned loosely, they manage hair while maintaining a more natural appearance. Using a large barrette in a wavy down-do creates a whimsical, effortless prom hairstyle.

#74: Not-So-Subtle Scarf

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Large, bright accessories sometimes overpower subtle down-dos. If you want to add some color to your formal look, try adding a scarf instead! Patterned scarves, like the one pictured here, add a pop of color without being too overwhelming.

#75: Big Braided Band

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Thick braids, such as this one, often work best with long, thick hair. Use bobby pins to keep the braid from falling, and tease each knot to make it look bigger and thicker. Leave some loose strands at the front of your scalp to frame your face, and to prevent the style from becoming too overwhelming.

#76: Beachy Waves

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Wavy, natural formal hairstyles are all the rage for this spring’s prom season. All you need to do to get this look is to wash your hair, and let it dry naturally. If your hair tends to frizz, use argan oil to smooth it into shape. Pair this look with minimal makeup, and let your natural beauty steal the show!

#77: Pinned Side-Bun

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A side-bun works in casual and formal settings, which makes this the ideal look for going out after a long day at the office or in school. Part your hair at the side, and pull it into a bun at the base of the scalp. Add a large barrette to give the look a visual center, as well as to pull any stray hairs into line.

#78: Flowing Lob

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Not everyone is ready to chop their hair to bob-length, and thankfully they don’t have to! The long bob, or lob, hits just above the shoulders and leaves plenty of room to play. Use a large-barreled curling iron to add wave and volume to the look, and that’s it: in this easy formal hairstyle, the hair does most of the work.

#79: Half-Up High

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The 70’s called, and it’s bringing the high ponytail with it. This look brings hair directly to the top of the head and allows it to fall into the hair’s natural wave pattern. This is a cute and easy prom look that can be done in minutes.

#80: Barrettes in the Back

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If your hair is naturally long and flowing, there’s little you need to change. For this formal hairstyle, simply pin your hair away from the face. This way, you’ll showcase your makeup and your beautiful smile.