40 Updo Hairstyles for This Prom Season
by Faith Brar
Prom season is upon us, and it’s time to get some planning out of the way. Finding the right dress and shoes to match can be tough, but nothing brings an outfit together like a gorgeous updo. Whether you are going for a classic look or want something unique or edgy, we’ve got you covered. Here are 40 updo hairstyles with tutorials from some of our favorite bloggers that will help you look perfect on your prom night.
Triple Braided Bun
If you know how to braid, this updo hairstyle will be a walk in the park for you. Check out the whole tutorial at the Camille Styles blog.
Rope-Twisted Pinwheel Bun
This unique bun featured on Bloglovin’ may look daunting, but it’s totally doable in the comfort of your home. All you need is a brush, a rat-tail comb, a few bobby pins, a pony tail holder, and a bun maker.
Conch Shell Braid Updo
The Modern Salon blog has put together a tutorial for this beautiful, intricate-looking bun that is nothing but a modified version of a fishtail braid. Those of you with thin hair will definitely need to give it a tease, but other than that you should easily be able to recreate this look.
The Twisted Sister
This particular version of a classic updo hairstyle is designed to make sure your hair stays intact, especially when you are getting down on the dance floor. Get the full tutorial from The Beauty Department. You can find more-secure prom updos like this one here.
The Quick Twist
If you have short hair but still want an updo hairstyle for prom, this is a great option for you. And the best part? It requires only two short steps! Get the tutorial at The Beauty Department.
Here is another updo hairstyle for all of you with short hair. And it is pretty easy if you know how to French-braid—just follow the tutorial on The Beauty Department.
Loose Braided Updo
Trying a boho look for prom? This updo hairstyle, featured on Green Wedding Shoes, is a perfect combo of loose curls and French braids, giving you that messy, carefree look you are going for.
Pretty Big Mohawk
Looking to add some edge to your ensemble? This updo hairstyle from Promise Tangeman will do the trick. You will need tons of hairspray for this one.
Textured French Twist
Featured on Camille Styles, this updo hairstyle is a modern take on a trusted classic—the French twist. To get this look, all you need is a crimping iron, a teasing comb, bobby pins, and hairspray.
Tuck-and-Cover French Braid
Missy Sue knows what she is doing when it comes to Tuck and Cover hairstyles. This particular version incorporates a French braid, making your updo more elegant and sophisticated. You are bound to make heads turn with this one.
This look will make you look as if you came straight out of a fairy tale. It is easy to recreate and will stay in place while you dance the night away. Get the whole tutorial here.
Sometimes simple, quick and easy is the way to go when it comes to the perfect prom updo. This two-minute bun from Makeupwearables allows you do to that. A low, messy bun like this one is a classic and will awe everyone on your special night.
Choose this chic, sleek, and “knotty” updo for a perfect prom night. And you can recreate it in just 5 simple steps with the help of this tutorial from Lulus.
The Fan Bun
The cool thing about this updo hairstyle is that you can make it neat and polished or loose and messy depending on the look you want for prom. Yet Another Beauty Site provides a simple step-by-step tutorial to help you easily recreate this do.
If you are skilled enough to put your hair in a ponytail, then you shouldn’t have a problem putting together this updo hairstyle featured on Camille Styles.
Messy Knotted Bun with Braided Band
Another bohemian-inspired hairstyle, this updo has the perfect touch of glitz needed to go with that off-the-shoulder or sleeveless prom gown. Tessa Rayanne provides a simple three-step tutorial on her blog to help you recreate this look.
Romantic + Twisted
Brit + Co guarantees that you can pull off this updo in under 10 minutes, with limited products and tools. Check out the tutorial here!
Loop De Loop
Dreamy updo alert! Follow the step-by-step instructions on how to recreate this updo hairstyle from A Beautiful Mess (there’s a video).
Easy Headscarf Roll
Wanting a ton of volume without having to tease your hair or use bobby pins? This updo hairstyle is perfect for you. Emily from The Freckled Fox walks you through this textured, messy look in a few detailed steps.
Romantic Boho Lace Braid Updo
This intricate-looking updo hairstyle is actually deceptively simple. A loose, messy updo like this one is perfect for prom, and all you need to do is know how to French-braid. Follow step-by-step instructions from the tutorial on The Wonder Forest.
chic braided chignon
A braided chignon like this one is both feminine and stylish—perfect for prom night. Get the tutorial here.
The Triple Twist
Kate from The Small Things Blog admits she created this hairstyle by total accident. That said, this shabby-chic updo only looks complex but is actually easy to recreate.
Simple French Roll
It’ simple, easy, chic, and classy. This simple French roll featured on Bea’s Beauty Blog is an updo roll that everyone will admire.
Twisted Braid Updo
To get this look, you’ll need to know how to Dutch-braid. Instead of finishing the braid in a bun, you will have to twist it upward and pin it underneath. For more braid styling tips and a tutorial, visit Bloglovin‘.
Chic Low-Rolled Bun
Low buns are almost always chic and sophisticated. This particular version is so simple and easy that you can recreate it in mere minutes. Neatly pack away those annoying flyaways into this sturdy, low bun, and don’t worry about your hair for the rest of the night. Get the whole tutorial here.
This look is reminiscent of Whitney Port from The Hills. Pair with a short dress or a long gown—either way you are bound to look elegant and classy. Steph from Hair and Makeup By Steph can help you get this look in 12 short steps.
If you’re looking for more of an “undone” updo, this variation of a low chignon is perfect for you. Master this look with the help of this tutorial.
The Monday Morning Bun
No need to wash your hair for a day if you want this look. This updo hairstyle will keep your hair in place, making it perfect for when you are moving around and taking pictures or for when you are dancing later on in the night during prom. Get the full tutorial here.
Incorporating milkmaid braids into an updo hairstyle is always a good go-to for prom. This version of a braided updo volumizes your hair and gives it a slightly retro feel. Keiko Lynn provides a detailed tutorial on how to get this look on her blog.
You can accessorize this trio of buns with literally anything you want. This updo hairstyle is sturdy yet complex enough to give more of an edge than the average updo. The full tutorial is available on A Beautiful Mess.
Reverse Crown-Braid Updo
Crown braids can make anyone look as if she came straight out of the movies. With an added twist, this updo hairstyle adds a little complexity and spunk to the average crown-braid updo. Make sure to check out the tutorial.
You can recreate this updo hairstyle in mere minutes. It will give you an old-Hollywood vibe that would pair perfectly with any dress or gown. Watch the tutorial featured on Hair Romance.
Also known as the figure-eight bun, this updo hairstyle is easy to pull off and will look sophisticated and elegant for prom. Get step-by-step instructions on how to recreate this updo yourself from The Beauty Department.
Topknot Hair Bun
For an effortlessly chic look for prom, this updo hairstyle is a great go-to. It will also keep your hair wound in place for a night full of crazy activities. Follow the instructions featured on Hot Beauty Health to get this perfectly undone look.
An updo hairstyle like this one can work on hair from shoulder-length to long and is very easy to create. And since the buns are so secure, it is great for when you are trying to be active on prom night. Get the full tutorial from Side Walk Ready.
Messy Pretzel Chignon-ish
A unique updo hairstyle like this one has that effortlessly chic look and feel—and actually is rather effortless. Kacia over at the Coconut Robot provides a quick tutorial on her blog, making it super-easy to recreate this look.
A stretchy headband of your choice is all you need to pull off this look. Bethany over at the Treasures and Travels includes a video tutorial on her blog to help you create this look.
Fabric Maiden Braids
If you are wearing a simple, elegant gown for prom, you can dress it up with this unique updo hairstyle. Pick a scarf that matches or accentuates your prom dress, and you will have yourself an amazing updo that everyone will be talking about.
A crown braid of any kind is beautiful. This particular version adds a little touch of flair to the average crown braid by substituting a Dutch braid. You are in for an extra-trendy chic look with this one. Take a look at the tutorial here.
French Fishtail-Braided Chignon
An interesting twist on the fishtail braid, this updo hairstyle is perfect for long hair or hair that isn’t extremely layered. Hair Romance provides a step-by-step tutorial on how you can get this look for prom.