The best hairstyles for your prom don't have to come at a hefty price tag or be so intricate that only a stylist can do them. Here, tips for creating easy looks in the comfort of your own home.
Old Hollywood Glamour
No one says glamour quite like Hollywood actresses from the 1940s. To create the look, coat damp, towel-dried hair with mousse and blow it dry section by section using a large round brush. Make a part on one side and set with a light hairspray. Take a 1-inch section and curl from end to root using a 1¼-inch-barrel curling iron. Once curled, wrap into a tight pin curl, fastening it to the scalp with a clip. Repeat until entire head is finished. Mist with hairspray and allow curls to cool. Remove clips and gently run your hand through hair to break up. Brush the curls so they’re smooth and hair looks waved. Tame stray hairs with a little styling cream.
A ballerina bun worn high on the head is a classic look. Blow hair straight. If your strands are curly or frizzy, use a flat iron around your hairline to smooth any areas. Place hair into a tight ponytail and smooth with styling wax. Tease the ponytail and set with hairspray. Twist and wrap hair in a circle around the elastic, and hold with bobby pins. Tuck ends under and secure. Set with hairspray.
This style is incredibly chic. To pull it off, start by blow drying hair straight, bending ends under with a round brush. Form a side part and separate hair into a top and bottom section. Sweep the bottom section into a low side ponytail. Tease the ponytail, smoothing the outer strands. Form it into a loose bun and pin to scalp. Next, separate the top part into two sections. One at a time, bring each section loosely behind the ears. Secure atop the bun, tucking ends underneath. Set with hairspray.
Romantic waves are an easy and effortless way to wear hair. First, spray dry hair with a heat-styling spray or hairspray. Use a 1½-inch-barrel curling iron to curl hair from ear down. Once hair cools, break up the curls so they are softer. Keep flyaways sleek with a smoothing serum. Spritz with hairspray to hold.
A ponytail can look sophisticated if you wear it low and to the side. Blow dry hair straight and make a side part. Tease hair at the top of your head and set with hairspray. Fasten hair into a ponytail on the same side as the part so it falls over your shoulder. Leave a few loose pieces in the front and use a 1-inch-barrel curling iron to create curls in those strands and throughout the ponytail. Loosen up the curls with your fingers so they're not too tight. Set with hairspray.