36 Curly Prom Hairstyles That Will Make Heads Turn
by Faith Brar
Whether you have naturally curly hair or want to add some texture and dimension to your ‘do, we’ve put together a list of 36 curly prom hairstyles just for you. With step-by-step tutorials from our favorite beauty bloggers, you will look and feel like nothing short of a princess on your special night.
This cute half-up, half-down curly prom hairstyle adds just the right amount of edge to your average curls. Missy Sue intertwines four braids to create an arrowhead design. Though it may look tough to do, this look should be pretty easy to re-create. You won’t know it until you try it!
The Celtic Knot
A romantic ‘do like this will have your date swooning over you. To get this look, Camille Styles recommends practicing a few times since this knot is a little complicated.
Half-Up Ladder Braid
Missy Sue channels some old styles into this modern look by combining French and waterfall braids. By keeping the two braids apart, she creates a cool and unique effect, but it’s the hairpiece really brings this look together. So make sure you find a hair accessory that pairs well with your ensemble. Follow her detailed video tutorial to get the look.
Flaunt your natural curls with this simple half-up, half-down curly prom hairstyle. You don’t even have to know how to braid. Just grab a few pins, and Hair Romance will walk you through the rest of the steps.
Half-Up Fishtail French Braids
Embellish this half-up, half-down curly prom hairstyle with a cute clip, and you’ll wow everyone at your prom night. This look will only take minutes to re-create once you’ve curled your hair. Follow the tutorial by Missy Sue.
Puta Bow in It
A half-up, half-down curly prom hairstyle like this can be as dramatic or as soft as you want it to be. Camille Styles gives us step-by-step instructions on how to create these full cascading curls topped off with the perfect hair accessory—a bow.
Half Up Lace Braids
If you want to add a bohemian vibe to your half-up, half-down curly prom hairstyle, this look is perfect for you. By combining three kinds of braids—one regular, one fishtail, and one lace braid—Missy Sue creates a cascading effect that adds some serious panache to your ‘do.
Loop Waterfall Braid
Have your hair become its own accessory by adding a whimsical braid to the mix. Hair Romance puts a simpler touch to the classic waterfall braid, making it quick and easy to do. Pair it with some luscious curls to look your best on prom night.
Dutch Braid–Embellished Half Updo
Dutch braids are a fabulous go-to if you are going for an elegant and classic look. This curly prom hairstyle can be as dramatic or as simple as you want it to be. Just follow the step-by-step tutorial by Missy Sue.
Twisted Crown Braid
Halo-type braids pair perfectly with loose waves. This twisted crown braid by Twist Me Pretty takes minutes to re-create and looks great on long or medium-length hair.
Mohawk Braid Top Knot
A curly prom hairstyle like this could add some edge to the simple off-the-shoulder/sleeveless dress you might be wearing to prom. In her video tutorial Missy Sue shows us how to successfully Dutch-braid, starting at the front of the head, and she gives tips on how to get bombshell waves using a wand.
These romantic, let-down curls are perfect if you are going for a “less is more” approach for prom. You can easily achieve this look from Percy Handmade by following a simple tutorial.
Old Hollywood Curls
Missy Sue was inspired by the ’50s and ’60s to create this modern take on a classic look. You will look red carpet–ready with this sophisticated hairstyle for prom.
Want it to look as if you spent hours and hours on your hair when you actually spent just thirty minutes? Try out this intricate half-up, half-down curly prom hairstyle by Twist Me Pretty.
Side Swept Curls
Take a simple side-swept hairstyle, and make it unique with a peekaboo braid. Follow the video tutorial by Missy Sue to get this look, which requires minimal effort and doesn’t take long to re-create.
Add some edge to your ensemble with this half-up, half-down curly prom hairstyle. The knots are super-easy to re-create and build upon each other to create this cool look. You are definitely going to want to try this tutorial by Twist Me Pretty.
Half-Up Side French Braid
A style like this has an extremely romantic feel to it. All you need to do is know how to French-braid, and Missy Sue will take care of the rest in her step-by-step tutorial.
No need to shave the side of your head to get this daring look for prom? Hair and Makeup by Steph creates a fake side shave with this braided faux undercut—a look you have definitely seen on the red carpet. It is not difficult to re-create and will add some serious edge to your ensemble.
Don’t think your hair could hold like this with just a few bobby pins? Think again. With this simple tutorial from Twist Me Pretty, get this curly prom hairstyle in minutes, and your hair is bound to stay in place as you dance the night away.
Add a boho feel to your curled hair by throwing a thin, classy waterfall braid into the mix. You are bound to get a polished “done” vibe while maintaining some sexiness with this curly prom hairstyle. Brit+Co gives a detailed tutorial on how to re-create this ‘do.
Soft Dutch Braid
Learn how to Dutch-braid with this easy step-by-step tutorial by Twist Me Pretty. Curl your hair away from your face before starting this beautiful braid, and you will look as elegant as ever on your prom night.
This elegant half-up, half-down hairstyle is a great way to look fancy without looking too formal. Thanks to The Beauty Department, you can get this look in minutes.
Half-Up Curly Style
You are going to want to use second-day hair to re-create this style. Jenny Strebe from Confessions of a Hairstylist takes you through the steps on how you can achieve this look with minimal time and effort.
Fancy Rolled Buns
This unique retro hairstyle will have people talking about your hair for days. It adds drama (a rare commodity) to the front of your head while keeping those loose curls flowing. Follow the step-by-step instructions from the video tutorial by Twist Me Pretty.
Wild Child Waves
If you are craving a natural look with a little kick to it, this tutorial by Brit+Co has got you covered. All you need is a curling iron and some hairspray, and you can get this look in minutes.
Try this tutorial by Confessions of a Hairstylist for simple vintage waves to achieve that old-Hollywood look! All you need is a 1.5-inch curling iron and some styling products.
Vintage Bounce Curls
Long-haired ladies, this one’s for you. Audrey Roloff from Auj Poj shows us just how simple and quick it can be to get this look. This curly prom hairstyle will give you a retro feel. Pair it with a long gown and subtle jewelry to look and feel beautiful on your special night.
Boho Half-Up Twisted-Edge Fishtail Braid
How could you not go crazy over this look? It’s practically jaw-dropping. With a little patience and help from Confessions of a Hairstylist, you can easily flaunt this gorgeous ‘do on your prom night.
Flowers and Knots
This boho-chic hairstyle is every girl’s dream. Start with a head full of curls, and add as few or as many knots as you want to your hair—the tutorial will show you how. Embellish the knots with delicate baby-breath flowers to stun everyone at your prom.
Topknot Fishtail Bun with Curls
This fun and trendy hairstyle is perfect for your big night. Start with a head of curls, and let this tutorial guide you the rest of the way.
Here’s another natural look for those of you who want to keep it simple. These curls are a breeze to create, and the best part is that they are going to stay in place when you are dancing the night away. Check out the tutorial, and follow five easy steps to get this look.
Spice up a simple pompadour with some unique brocade braids that are super-easy to do. You just need to know how to do a simple three-strand braid. Confessions of a Hairstylist will walk you through each step in its fun and detailed tutorial.
Romantic Flower Braid
This flower braid is the perfect accessory for a head full of curls. And it’s deceptively easy to re-create. Simply grab two sections of your hair to create a ponytail over one ear. Braid a classic three-strand braid, and roll it around its base. Secure it with some bobby pins, and that’s it—it’s that easy! Follow the step-by-step tutorial here.
Jack Sparrow–Inspired Braided Style
As impossible as this hairstyle looks, all you are doing is crisscrossing your hair in small sections and fishtailing as you go. You will be amazed how easy this really is once you check out the tutorial by Confessions of a Hairstylist.
Simple Waterfall Braid
Accessorize a head full of curls with this simple and easy-to-create waterfall braid. This look requires minimal effort and will give your hair a sophisticated and dreamy vibe for prom. Follow the tutorial here.
Twisted Half Updo
Keep your hair back and away from your face while adding dimension and texture with this look. Add some romantic curls, and look chic and classy for your perfect prom night. Learn how to get this look here.