35 Trendy Prom Updos

Published By Brooke
Updated 04-21-2018

Dig up the bobby pins, the clear elastics, and the strongest hairspray you own — it's prom time, ladies. Whether you're rocking a high neck dress, or you don't want to worry about your curls falling flat all night, you can't go wrong with one of these 35 trendy prom updos.

Crown Twist with Messy Bun

Crown Braid with Messy Bun | Hairstyle on Point

We'd wear this prom hairstyle to a picnic. We'd wear it to the grocery store. Heck, we'd wear this purposefully messy style just about anywhere.

Double Dutch Braid with a Bun

Double Dutch Braid with a Bun | Hairstyle on Point

Moment of truth — there's a certain level of confidence you must have to rock double braids at prom. But if you choose to, we'd be oh-so-proud.

Fishtail Crown

Fishtail Crown

Calling all free spirited ladies — flower crowns are out, and fishtail crowns are in.

Triple Braided Roses

Triple Braided Roses | Hairstyle on Point

Sometimes an updo can be a piece of art all by itself.  If you want to get creative, try something intricate and ornate like these stunning triple braided roses. How gorgeous would this look with an open back dress?

Low Knot

Low Knot Prom Hairstyle | Hairstyle on Point

If your hair doesn't hold a curl or you're worried about it falling flat, this prom updo is for you. Play around with a little texturizing spray and dry shampoo to get the course, wavy texture.

Curly Low Bun

Curly Low Bun | Hairstyle on Point

In a few easy steps, you'll be rocking this romantic low bun. Simply curl your hair with a wand, spritz with hairspray (the strong-hold kind!), and bobby pin into place. If you have heavy, thick hair, you may need to pull hair into a loose, low pony first before pinning.

Fishtail Low Bun

Fishtail Low Bun | Hairstyle on Point

Boho is back, ladies. You'll be seeing loose fishtails and braids everywhere this season, but don't worry — not everyone's will look this good.

Quick tip: It's all in the thickness of the braid or fishtail. Check out this video to maximize volume.

High Pony with a Braid

High Pony with a Braid| Hairstyle on Point

Flaunt this flirty pony, and you won't have to think twice about your hair all night.

Fishtail with a Low Pony

Fishtail with a Low Pony | Hairstyle on Point

There's that fishtail again. A wrap-around low pony is classy and feminine.

Wrap-Around Braid

Wrap Around Braid | Hairstyle on Point

This whimsical, loose braid is super simple to replicate and looks best on ladies with thick locks.

Messy Bun Updo

Messy Bun Updo | Hairstyle on Point

This messy bun is classy without being overdone. Just be prepared to pull 200 bobby pins out of your head on prom night.

Braid into a Low Pony

Braid into a Low Pony | Hairstyle on Point

Maybe you're not into the fancy updo — we're not judging. We love a simple style, too, and we think this one's calling your name.

Thick, Loose Braid

Thick, Loose Braid | Hairstyle on Point

This effortless mermaid braid is breathtaking, and if you don't have the length or volume to replicate it, fake it. It's nothing a few clip in extensions can't handle.

Thick, Side Fishtail

Side Fishtail | Hairstyle on Point

We'd love to see this side fishtail on ladies with open back dresses. It's a little beachy and a little boho.

Slicked-Back Pony

Slicked Back Pony

Nothing screams confidence more than a slicked-back pony. Why not channel your inner Selena at prom?

Loose Braid Updo

35 Trendy Prom Updos | Loose Braid Updo | Hairstyle on Point

This poised prom hairstyle tucks your hair neatly away for the night, but it's still loose enough to look feminine and romantic.

Classic Chignon with Jewel

35 Trendy Prom Updos | Classic Chignon with Jewel | Hairstyle on Point

Spice up the simplest prom hairstyle with a jeweled clip or flower hairpiece.

Low Bun with Curls

35 Trendy Prom Updos | Low Bun with Curls | Hairstyle on Point

Transform any low bun updo with lustrous, face-framing curls.

Messy Updo with Hairpiece

35 Trendy Prom Updos | Messy Updo with Hairpiece | Hairstyle on Point

Adding a dainty hairpiece to your undone updo is a game-changer. Try a gold hair accessory with shimmering gold eyeshadow — you'll look like a goddess.

Ballerina Bun

We know we have some minimalists out there, and we love you all. No need to fuss with a complicated prom hairstyle when you can rock a simple and chic ballerina bun.

Super-High Half Updo

35 Trendy Prom Updos | Curly Half Updo| Hairstyle on Point

We know it's not technically an updo, but can you blame us for including it? This spunky style allows you to show off bold eye makeup and those fake lashes you spent too much money on.

Braided Low Bun

35 Trendy Prom Updos | Braided Low Bun | Hairstyle on Point

An elegant braided bun will drop jaws on the dance floor. Try pairing it with a dainty necklace and dangling earrings to complete the look.

Braided Top Knot

35 Trendy Prom Updos | Braided Top Knot | Hairstyle on Point

A slicked-back style is one of the top trends this prom season and gives you the freedom to play around with funky makeup and statement jewelry.

Double Braid with a Low Bun

35 Trendy Prom Updos | Double Braid with a Low Bun | Hairstyle on Point

These dainty braids don't require thick tresses and can be accomplished with nearly any hair type. We're totally picturing this style with a flowy boho dress.

Undone Curly Bun

35 Trendy Prom Updos | Undone Curly Bun | Hairstyle on Point

The "undone" look is supposed to look a bit messy… like everything's out of place but exactly where it should be at the same time.

Ballerina Bun with Braided Crown

35 Trendy Prom Updos | Ballerina Bun with Braided Crown | Hairstyle on Point

If you want to take the everyday ballerina bun up a notch, try adding a chunky braided crown. It's a perfect chance to show off blunt bangs.

 Double Braided Updo with a Twist

35 Trendy Prom Updos | Double Braided Updo with a Twist | Hairstyle on Point

What happens when twists, teasing, and braids make a baby? See above.

Tucked-In Dutch Braid

35 Trendy Prom Updos | Double Braided Updo with a Twist | Hairstyle on Point

If your hair isn't long enough to achieve one of the other styles, don't sweat it. With this Dutch braid, the ends of the hair are tucked under and secured with bobby pins for a flirty, fun updo.

Low Elegant Twists

35 Trendy Prom Updos | Low Elegant Twists | Hairstyle on Point

You're probably wondering how on earth her bun is that thick? Us, too. If you love the look of a gently twisted bun, but you want a little more going on, try out this bombshell look with the help of some clip-in extensions.

Windswept French Twist

35 Trendy Prom Updos | Windswept French Twist | Hairstyle on Point

A traditional French twist could be too sleek and stuffy for prom, but this windblown variation is a perfect compromise.

Soft, Twisted, and Slightly Messy

35 Trendy Prom Updos | Loose Prom Updo | Hairstyle on Point

This low bun looks slightly tousled, a bit messy, and totally perfect if it’s paired with the right prom dress. Think: less glitz, more flower child.

Milkmaid Braids

35 Trendy Prom Updos | Milkmaid Braids | Hairstyle on Point

To modernize and simplify milkmaid braids, part hair down the center and braid into a low messy bun.

Grecian Fishtail Updo

35 Trendy Prom Updos | Grecian Fishtail Updo | Hairstyle on Point

Another gorgeous look with a bit of Greek flare is this fishtail crown braid updo.  The addition of the delicate gold leaf hair jewelry completes the style.

Romantic Bun with Crystals

35 Trendy Prom Updos | Romantic Bun | Hairstyle on Point

Another way to incorporate a little sparkle into your romantic style is with a crystal hair pin.

Thick Braided Updo

 35 Trendy Prom Updos | Thick Braided Updo | Hairstyle on Point

This braided updo for prom is the perfect match for any dress or style, and your woven strands will stay put until the last dance.


Did you finally find the right hairstyle for prom? If so, tag us @hairstyleonpoint on Instagram or Facebook — we'd love to see you rocking one of these looks on your special night.

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