If you are looking for some elegant and stylish hairdos for your prom, you have come to the right place. Prom is one of the biggest nights in your high school life and naturally, you want to look nothing short of perfect. The following are 10 best hairstyles for prom that you can experiment with:

Pinned Back Ringlets

Pinned back ringlets are a beautiful, elegant and vintage style that you can sport on your prom day. It harks back to the swinging sixties when the women were rocking stylish updos without even blinking an eye. Of course, it is not as easy as the women made it look. So go liberal with the hairspray and mousse to ensure your ringlets stay in place. If you have shorter hair, do not hold back on curling your hair and bringing it right to the back. Perhaps you may even require fewer pins.

If you have long hair, do set aside a little extra time to curl your hair and set it perfectly. A curling iron is best for getting this hairstyle right. Pick one that has ionic conditioning so your hair also remains shiny and smooth, despite all the hair products, spray and mousse. Do not forget to load up on hairpins and keep some extra ones handy in your purse too.

Waterfall Braid

A lot of elegant hairstyles incorporate braids. The waterfall braid is a sweet, pleasant looking style that always works wonders. It is a simple style that will make you look like you have stepped out of Narnia or Game of Thrones. The simple, elegant braid cascades down your hair like a waterfall. Enhance this hairstyle by curling the loose hair at the bottom, giving it a delicate, voluminous bounce.

If your hair is of medium length, this is an especially wonderful style to try. It will go spectacularly well with a flowy pastel dress or a sundress.

Curly Low Bun

If you are looking for something quick and stress-free, buns are a good direction to go in. You can amp up a simple bun with some delicate curls. A voluminous low bun, accompanied with curls will lend texture, layers and greater volume to your hairstyle. You can even have a few strands of hair left loose to frame your face, giving the whole look a softer touch.

Messy Twists

If you want to go for a calculated messy look, that can be quite simple to achieve too. However, be careful not to go too overboard with it or it can look genuinely messy instead of fashionably messy. It’s a great combination of boho chic and romantic. If you have some color in your hair, this is a great way to show off the layers and colors. You could even amp up the hairstyle with some accessories like a floral tiara or headpiece. Again, use hair spray liberally to keep the look only the right amounts of messy — not more not less.

Low Ponytail

A low ponytail is another classic and also quite easy to achieve. But to make it look more formal and not as casual as a simple ponytail, use a few strands of your hair to cover up the hairband, to give the appearance that you have tied your hair using parts of your own hair — an entirely self-sufficient effort! You can even leave a few strands loose around your face to give yourself a softer look. Keep things neat and in place by using some hairspray or gel. This classic never disappoints!

Side Fishtail Braid

A fishtail braid uses four strands of hair instead of the regular three, typically used in a French braid. A side fishtail braid goes over one side of your hair and cascades down the remaining hair that is left open, like the waterfall braid described above. Finish off the look by adding some loose curls to the hair at the bottom.

Half Updo

A half updo is when you pull the hair off your face and pin it in the middle at the back of your hair. You then leave the remaining hair loose on your shoulders. You can even do a side-swept half updo. The bottom can be finished off with loose curls and some floral accessories. You can even attempt to elevate the crown slightly for an enhanced look.

Romantic Updo

A romantic updo is one where you take all the hair up, in a low bun, a chignon, a finger wave, etc. The idea of romance is conveyed by keeping a delicate look and incorporating curls or braids, if possible. You can leave some loose, curly strands of hair near your face for a softer touch. A romantic updo is ideal for a prom date.

Curls and Braids

A combination of curls and braids always lends an elegant, sophisticated touch to your entire attire. If you curl your hair first and then braid it, the look is bound to be more natural. Once you have braided your hair, whether French or fishtail, pull apart the knots in the braid slightly for a more relaxed look.

Fishtail Braid to Bun

A fishtail braid going into a bun is a combination of two classic hairstyles. This will require you to divide your hair into two parts, at the bottom and at the top. Start by pulling the bottom part of your hair into a fishtail braid. This braid will lead to a top knot with the remaining hair. Again, do not hesitate to use ample hairspray to keep the style in place.

Final Thoughts

The prom can be one of the most special nights of your high school life. You may stress about it for days, finding the perfect dress, getting the makeup right and nailing the perfect hairstyles for prom. The styles mentioned above are classic styles that will not let you down. These styles are also neutral enough to go with all types of attire. Remember the key elements — hairspray, mousse and pins! So go ahead, get that hairstyle right and make memories of a lifetime!