Fabulous Updos For Your Prom
Prom can be one of the most memorable moments of your high school life. Make the most of it with a creative a creative prom updo. Find a style that enhances your natural beauty and expresses your awesome personality. Here’s a list of 19 fantastic prom updos that range from simple and classy to funky and cool. Enjoy!
TOP KNOT SOPHISTICATION
How to Style:
FRESH AND FUN
PRETTY IN PINK
- Blow out hair with a large round brush (or medium if you want a little more curl to your hair).
- Flip hair upside-down and spray with volumizing hairspray. Shake it out until it dries, then flip back up.
- Use a flat iron on the lowest possible setting you can get away with for any extra smoothing you need in the bangs or other fringe.
- Use your fingers to comb hair back like you’re going to put it into a ponytail. Twist hair around and use your clip to secure it. If there are any pieces falling out because they’re too short or too fine, use bobby pins to sneak those hairs back in to the twist.
- Light hairspray is all you should need to complete this style.
OLD HOLLYWOOD GLAMOUR
- Apply a mousse or other styling product to damp hair, then blow out using a large round brush.
- Use a low setting on your flat iron or curling iron to smooth any hairs that need extra help and to create an extra roll at the bottom.
- Use a large barrel curling iron to set a curl in your bangs for the victory roll. After removing curling iron, smooth hair and roll it cleanly. Pin in place underneath with several bobby pins.
- Backcomb underneath in the back at the bottom in order to anchor your bobby pins.
- Smooth hair back towards the bottom like you’re going to put hair in a ponytail, with the ends rolling under. Pinch the underneath hairs and pin in place. Pull the sides inward and pin, making sure to tuck pins underneath and out of sight. Use hair pins (like bobby pins, but they don’t pinch tight) for hairs on top to keep them looking loose.
- Finish with a firm hold hairspray.
SLEEK ROMANTIC UPDO
- Prep hair with a sculpting product.
- Dry set hair with a large barrel curling iron and pin curls up until they’ve cooled then let them down.
- Slick hair back into a ponytail at the top of the crown area. Use bobby pins to secure barrel rolls as you smooth through and shape the curls. Use hair pins for the top curls that you don’t want to look pinched.
- Finish with a firm hold hairspray.
LOW MESSY CHIGNON
- Use a styling product to smooth hair back into a ponytail just below the center back of your head (occipital bone).
- Use a curling iron or rollers to create curls then use your hands or a comb to mess them up without making them fuzzy. The easiest way to do this is to pull the curls apart and shake them out. Once they’ve separated, you should be able to adjust the fullness with backcombing or leave as is.
- Use bobby pins to pin the bun shape, starting with the outside edge and filling it in with the remaining curls. Make sure to tuck the pins underneath. If there are any ends hanging out, leave them for a softer look or pin them if you prefer more structure.
- Mist the whole style with a little clean firm hold shine hairspray.
- Separate hair behind bangs straight down the center all the way to your hairline in back on the bottom (nape area).
- Smooth each side into a ponytail just above and behind your ears. Make sure they’re in the same position before continuing, because if they’re off, you’re whole style will look crooked and tilted.
- Separate each ponytail into 3 sections and twist each of those sections into a mini-bun. Let the ends stick out and pin them underneath to hold them in place.
- Run a flat iron through your bangs and finish it off with a little light hold hairspray to keep fly-aways to a minimum.
- Smooth all hair back into a ponytail just below the occipital bone in the back.
- Take small sections of hair from underneath and create braids that will wrap around the top and sides of the chignon.
- Leaving the braids out, smooth hair into a roll and pin underneath.
- Use the braids to cover the gaps on the sides and drape one or two across the top, then pin underneath.
- Spray finished style with a firm or extreme hold hairspray.
CHOCOLATE & VANILLA SWIRL
- Pull a flat iron through completely dry hair to smooth and polish it.
- Backcomb up the center back section of your hair as well as the top and crown areas. Clip away the top section.
- Smooth hair from the front side of your head towards the back without bunching it up. Pull it past the center line and use bobby pins to pin hair in place right up the center, creating X shapes with the pins from the bottom to the top. This is the time you will want to add a few pieces of the extensions if you want to use them in the style. Pin or clip them in with the rest of the hair in the same direction.
- Hair from the left side then repeats the same process, but bobby pin on top of the other side. It will give you a little more depth to the finished style.
- Create loops out of medium sized sections of hair in the back. It’s a free form style, so don’t think you have to copy it exactly the same. Separate the extensions into their own loops for a more dramatic look.
- Before you finish the loops on top, smooth the hair from the top of your head back towards the style to incorporate that hair, keeping the style fluid.
- Finish with a strong hold hairspray.
BIG PROM ATTITUDE
- When blow drying hair, make sure you’ve added a volumizing product to the top of your head like a spray or mousse, then blow dry it from the back to front for more “oomph”. Use a gel on the sides to help keep the braids clean.
- Separate the top from the sides, pulling a V-shape towards the bottom where the braids will meet. Clip the top up and French braid the sides with small sections. Braid all the way through the ends and use clear binders to secure them.
- Backcomb the remaining hair to get the amount of volume you’d like. If you have a really long face, you’ll not want to go too high or it will exaggerate that for you. It’s always easier to soften the bump than make it bigger once you’re done, so start bigger than you think you want and adjust it later.
- Smooth hair over the top and toward the back to where the braids meet at the bottom. Put loose hair in a clear binder and loop the hair under without pulling it all the way through to create the chignon.
- Wrap the ends of the braids around the binder and pin the ends underneath.
- Spray with a firm hold hairspray.
- Separate bangs and/or fringe, along with the sides, from the back of the style.
- Backcomb the top where you want your bump to be. Separate the bump part from the rest of the hair and put the remainder in a ponytail in the center back.
- Wrap the ponytail into a little bun shape and leave the ends out. You can even do this while putting in the ponytail by just looping the hair halfway through and making sure the binder is tight. Make sure you leave the ends out at the bottom instead of the top.
- Pull the sides back and pin just under the little bun.
- Use a flat iron to shape the ends in back and fringe/bangs in front the way you want them to flow.
- Add texture to the ends with a texturizing pomade or wax then spray the finished style with a little finishing hairspray.
- Add your accessory!
- After prepping your hair, blow dry and curl with a medium-sized barrel curling iron.
- Add backcombing throughout the whole surface of your scalp, then smooth over the top and separate your front section away from the back.
- Smooth hair from the right towards the left back and pin. With the left side, pin it just behind your left ear.
- Start taking random sections of curls and pin them into the shape your want your updo to be. You can adjust the height, width and length to suit your personality and style. Leave a few curls down to keep the softness.
- Instead of just shoving random bobby pins in and hoping they work, overlap two in an X shape to lock them in. You’ll end up using half as many!
- Complete your style with a little hairspray – medium hold for those with hair that loves curl and firm hold for those whose hair is a little more stubborn.
RED CARPET STYLE
- Got naturally curly hair? Use it! Natural waves and curls look amazing in styles like this. If not, use a curling iron to pop in some quick curls, then pull through them to mess them up and soften them out.
- Use your fingers to pull hair back loosely into a ponytail at the top of the back of your head.
- Randomly pin hair around the binder to create a simple bun shape without making it tight.
- Spray with a little hairspray for fly-away hairs, but don’t smash this fabulous loose style down!
- You can do the “shake test” to make sure it’s in place. If you think you’re done, shake your head around like you’re dancing. If it starts to fall out, you’ll know where you need to pin it better.
- Smooth all your hair back into a tight ponytail and spray the sleeked back hair with hairspray to make it perfect.
- With the hair that comes out of the pony, separate it into sections and twist them around each other to make a bun (or you can braid the ponytail and just wrap it around for a quicker process). Where the twists meet your head, pin underneath. Make sure the ends are securely pinned underneath.
- Spray the finished style with a firm hold hairspray.