3 Easy Short Prom Hairstyles to Try
With prom shopping season just around the corner, it’s time to start daydreaming about the big day. From promposals and afterprom to dresses and shoes, it takes time and patience to plan out every last detail just so. We’ve found that sometimes so much emphasis is placed on finding the perfect prom dress that often times girls forget about the other important prom elements until it’s too late. One of the biggest pitfalls is neglecting to plan out your prom hair and makeup well in advance – especially your hair.
The Importance of Prom Hairstyles
Choosing and practicing your prom hairstyle is important for several reasons. First and foremost, it can totally transform your entire look, and has the power to either clash or enhance the dress and makeup you’ve chosen – so choose wisely. Secondly, while most junior and senior high school girls have a decent amount of experience practicing their makeup, the majority have very little practice in creating formal hairstyles on themselves. This is due to the fact that teenagers have few formal events to attend in their young lives, and it takes quite a bit of practice to nail a look just right – even with a great YouTube or Pinterest tutorial.
First Your Dress, Then Your Hair
For these reasons, we recommend picking the perfect prom hairstyle as soon as you’ve chosen your dress. Take your right now time to daydream, browse Pinterest, Instagram & YouTube for inspiration. But as soon as you’ve chosen your dream dress for prom, it’s time to nail down a coordinating hairstyle that suits your look just right. Whether you choose to book a hair and makeup artist to create the look for you or if you plan on practicing it over and over yourself at home, make sure you have a plan in place to go along with that stunning hairstyle.
Short Hair, Don’t Care
A lot of prom hairstyles and advertisements are geared toward promoting long hairstyles for prom, and short haired girls are often left in the dust. We think that short haired beauties can have just as much fun as the long-locked ladies, and have compiled a list of our five favorite short prom hairstyles to prove it.
The curled bob is sophisticated, stylish and glamorous. It’s a perfect prom hairstyle for girls who are wearing vintage or Hollywood-inspired dresses with plunge necklines, or mermaid dresses with sweetheart necklines. This style works best for girls who have medium thickness hair that holds curl well.
Get the Look:
- Begin by washing hair and gently squeezing excess water out with a towel.
- Add in a root boost product all around the roots for that glamorous volume.
- Create a deep side part and pin the crown of the hair up with clips while you blow dry the bottom half first.
- Finish by drying the top half of your hair smoothly, but with a round brush so you increase volume at the roots.
- Using a 1” barrel curling iron on high heat, curl the bottom half of your hair first with the top half pinned up, as with the drying process.
- Once the bottom half is curled, begin from the front of your crown by sectioning hair into 2” wide sections, and wrapping the hair around the curling iron. Hold the curling iron parallel to the head as you hold it in place for the curl to set.
- Once the curl is set, carefully release the curl from the curling iron and re-roll it up to your head. Pin the curl into place with a flat 2 or 3” long hair clip to allow it to further set into place.
- Continue until the crown has been curled, pinning each curl into place after you finish removing the curling iron.
- After all curls are done and pinned, begin releasing them from the front of the head to the back, shake them loose and pull a few apart, and even run a wide tooth comb over them to loosen them up.
- Re-form a few of the curls at the front using your fingers, and spray a fine mist hairspray over the finished look to keep it in place.
Short Prom Hairstyle #2: Slicked Back on the Sides with Volume at the Top
This sleek and chic prom hairstyle is a great choice for fashion-forward femmes who err on the side of sophistication. If curls and updos just aren’t your look, consider this hairstyle with slicked back sides. It’s a total power hairstyle and commands attention when you walk into the room – it’s a look that oozes confidence and self-assuredness. The great thing about this prom hairstyle is that it can be made to work for a variety of hair types. However, if you happen to have curly hair that cannot be straightened with a blowdryer and straightener, or your hair tends to frizz after it has been straightened, stick with a style that has more natural wave or curl – this one is not the best for your hair.
Get the Look:
- Begin by blow-drying your hair in four sections: the bottom section, two side sections, and a top crown section. Dry the bottom straight using a paddle brush or straight mason brush, dry the sides by slicking them back against your head, and dry the top with a large round brush to create volume while keeping the top sleek. Be sure to add a bit of volumizer to the top before drying it so your hair keeps some height, and add a straightening product that cuts down on frizz to the rest of your hair.
- Straighten the sides and back of your hair with a straightener to remove all wave and frizz.
- Pin up the volumized crown section of your hair. Add a lightweight gel appropriate for dry hair to the sides and slick them back one side at a time, pinning them into place in the back.
- Once the slicked back sides are secured, remove the volumized crown section from the pins and tease it at the roots to create additional height.
- Using a bristle brush, comb back the volumized crown section back and over the slicked back sides to hide the pins that hold the sides in place.
- Add hairspray all over to keep the hairstyle in place.
Julianne Hough has the cutest short hairstyles. From her blunt choppy bobs to short Hollywood waves, she and her hair and makeup team just nail the look every time. Her red carpet short hair updo is the inspiration behind our third and final step-by-step short prom hairstyle for today. The great thing about this style is that it can be achieved with hair that’s just a few inches long, making it a winner for high schoolers who don’t want to grow out their cute cuts just to put their hair up at prom.
Get the Look:
- Begin by washing hair, towel drying and then blow drying after adding a root-boost product.
- Separate the crown of the hair from the base of the hair with clips.
- Using bobby pins, begin tucking small pieces of hair back from the base of hair toward the back. Use one to two bobby pins per small section of hair to hold it in place and create a pretty piecey look.
- Once the bottom half is all pinned back into little sections, let the top half loose and repeat the process with the hair on the crown.
- Instead of pinning hair back as with the bottom half of your hair, pin the crown hair toward a midline on your head. This creates extra volume and glam, and the pinned pieces of hair will eventually meet with the bottom pinned pieces as you continue pinning from the front to the back of the crown.
- Use a fine mist hairspray to set your look into place, and don’t forget to bring along plenty of bobby pins to fix little hairs that fall astray as you dance the night away.
Which short prom hairstyle is your favorite? Did you have an updo that you did on your own short hair for prom? If so, we’d love to see it and share it with our followers for inspiration! Just tweet at us with your pic (@jvnbyjovani) and we’ll RT to spread the love and inspiration. Happy hairstyling!