10 Prom Hairstyles to Steal

Back in the day: Prom hair was stiff, sprayed, and pinned into place. You only had a few options when it came to the hairstyle, and all those options involved an updo. And once it was set, that ‘do wasn’t moving until long after the post-prom breakfast.

Now: French braiding your own hair, side updos, and loose, unkempt looks have taken over prom hairstyles. Nothing is off-limits and the more experimental the look, the better.

While the traditions of prom have barely changed over the years — the wrist corsage, parents taking awkward amounts of pics, and the crowning of the King and Queen are all still kickin’ — the overall look of prom-goers certainly has. And we’re not just talking about the dresses.

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That’s right. No more perfectly coiffed hairstyles. Prom hair has undergone a major transformation in the last couple of years, with messy, tousled hair stealing the spotlight. (Let’s not forget the current braid explosion or the side updo trend.) The best part of these “intentionally messy” hairstyles? You can skip the salon and easily do them yourself at home (even french braids!).

As long as you have a few styling tools, namely a hair dryer, round brush, bobby pins, and some hairspray, and great how-tos, you can achieve some amazing styles on your own. It just so happens that we have 10 of the best prom hairstyles already picked out for you. And did we mention we got celeb stylists to give us the 411? So please do us a favor: Keep the corsage and the limo, but leave behind tradition when it comes to your hair.

Click here for the top 10 best prom hairstyles.