Prom Hairstyle Inspiration: How To Choose the Right Hairstyle



Prom season is finally upon us! To celebrate, Redken teamed up with NYX to keep you looking unstoppable all night long. Together we've created the ultimate prom giveaway, complete with must-have NYX makeup and Redken hair styling essentials. 

Visit Makeup.com to learn more about the sweepstakes and enter for a chance to win an amazing prom prize package, including favorites like our texturizing Wax Blast 10 HairsprayRewind Paste, and One United leave in conditioner

We're also here to help you find your perfect prom hairstyle. Read on for advice and tips to get you ready for the big night!

How to Choose the Perfect Prom Hairstyle

From finding the perfect dress to figuring out your pre and post-prom plans, prom season can be full of unnecessary stress. To help, we're here to help with one key step—your hairstyle. 

Good hair is a major part of looking and feeling your best all night long. From braided updos to long loose curls, there are endless formal hairstyle options to choose from. Whether you know exactly what kind of style you want or need a bit of inspiration, we've got you covered with tips for perfecting your entire prom look.



Your prom look isn't complete without the perfect hairstyle. As a general rule, the simpler the dress the more room you have to play with your hair. For statement dresses you'll want to keep your hair simple. Once you've picked out your ensemble, here are some tips for choosing a complimentary hairstyle.

First things first, figure out what you want to showcase. Let your dress be your guide. If you have an open-back or one-shoulder dress, you'll want to highlight the details on your back or shoulder by wearing your hair up and off your neck. For these dresses, a beautiful updo is the way to go. From a slick backed bun to braided updos to loose-wavy ponytails, there are endless updo options to match your vibe.

If you've chosen a strapless dress, consider a side-sweeping style, loose curls, or long braids for a glamourous affect. If you're rocking an off the shoulder dress, balance your look with a low, volumized bun or switch it up a sleek, slicked back style. For dresses with a deep v, compliment the detailed neckline with a long, wavy lob. 

Something else to consider is the material of your dress. If you're wearing a delicate lace or silk dress, an elegant updo will pull your look together. While there are no hard and fast rules, these tips can guide you while you figure out what feels the best on you.

PRO TIP: Your stylist is there to help! To help them help you, be sure to bring photos of your dress (on you if possible!) so you can create the perfect hairstyle for your big night.


If you've chosen a simple dress, you have more room to play with your hairstyle. Whether you go with a more intricate hairstyle or opt for a classic look, add a little flair by accessorizing your style. From jeweled clips and tiny charms to embellished headbands and floral pieces, hair accessories are a great option for those looking for a more unique finishing touch.

Adding decorative clips or jewels can tie your whole look together or make the details of your dress pop. Hair accessories are incredibly versatile and can work on a variety or styles!

BOOK YOUR APPOINTMENT EARLY! Find a salon near you and get ready for the big day

For more hairstyling inspiration, tips & tricks for your prom hairstyle, follow @Redken on Instagram and view the more prom hairstyle inspo in our lookbook!