Our Favorite Prom Hairstyles for Medium-Length Hair
by Emily Gregor
Prom is right around the corner, and finding the right hairstyle is almost as important as finding the right dress. Prom hairstyles for medium-length hair can be fun, flirty, simple, and completely glamorous. Whether you’re the prom queen or working the decoration committee, you’re sure to find the perfect prom hair idea here!
Formal Half-Up Hairstyle
Show off your beautiful face with this fab half-up, half-down prom hairstyle by Twist Me Pretty. Created by knotting individual strands together, the result looks effortless, and it’ll definitely photograph well from all angles.
The Friendship Knot
No date? No problem! This friendship knot by Hair Romance is an easy prom hairstyle for medium-length hair, and you only need hair elastics and bobby pins to create it. Perfect for the bohemian gal, this hairstyle is both simple and romantic.
Half-Up Looped Braid
If you’ve mastered the waterfall braid, step it up a notch with this half-up looped braid by Missy Sue. The added steps will make you look like the braid expert you are. This complex hairstyle is perfect for any prom look.
The Knot Hawk
If you want a prom hairstyle with an edgy vibe, look no further than this faux-hawk style from Goldfish Kiss. Easy to do, this updo will get your hair out of your face and help you make the best-dressed list.
Another variation of a half-up, half-down prom hairstyle, this twisted half-updo by The Small Things Blog is perfect for when you want to party with your friends without worrying about your hair getting in your face.
Half-Up Braided Crown
If you have thick hair, this braided-crown hairstyle is perfect for your prom look. Treasures & Travels created an easy tutorial anyone can do. Plus, this look will stay in place from pictures on your front lawn to the last dance.
Whether you have short or medium-length hair, The Beauty Department has a tutorial for you. A sleek and chic updo, this simple twist is guaranteed to make you look elegant and pulled-together on your big night.
Beautiful and simple, this chignon by Ulrika Elder at Yet Another Beauty Site is perfect for a girl who wants an update on a classic look.
The Gibson Tuck
Classy and effortless, this updo by The Freckled Fox is a prom look that will make you unforgettable.
Easy + Pretty Updo
Look smart and sophisticated with this classic updo from Anne Sage. Using a spiral bobby pin and a hair elastic, you can elevate your basic bun to a glamorous prom hairstyle for medium hair.
Irregular Braided Headband Hairstyle
This irregular braided headband by Bebe XO is perfect for prom night. Uneven three-strand braids combine to create a look that is both soft and romantic. You can pair your braids with either loose waves or straight strands.
A sleek French braid and a low side bun combine in this tutorial by Once Wed for a sophisticated prom hairstyle.
Take the festival look to prom with this tutorial by Chapter Friday. Loose curls are all you need to finish off this boho-chic prom hairstyle for medium-length hair.
Dance all night and keep your hair out of the way with this lace braid updo by Yet Another Beauty Site. It looks more challenging than it is, but a lace braid is sure to impress.
A Little Bow
Keep it simple with this chic bow by The Small Things Blog, the perfect prom hairstyle for medium-length hair. If you have a lot of layers in your hair, add a few bobby pins and hairspray for stability.
Half-Up Fishtail Braid
Fishtails work no matter how long your hair is, so this prom hairstyle by Yet Another Beauty Site is perfect for the girl who wants a soft, romantic prom look.
Instead of a half-crown braid, go all out with this reverse-crown braid by A Beautiful Mess. Starting from one side of your hair, take one third of your hair and begin braiding. Check out the full tutorial here to create a romantic, springlike look that’s a perfect prom hairstyle for medium hair.
Two Twisted Buns
Creating two twisted buns instead of one adds an extra element of interest to your prom look. This tutorial from Join the Mood will also add the illusion of more hair if you have thin tresses or fall on the short side of medium-length hair.
Fancy Side Ponytail
For sporty girls who want to make a statement, look no further than this prom hairstyle by The Small Things Blog. All you need is a teasing comb, a hair elastic, and a few bobby pins to make this look work for you.
Simple and effortless, the rolled chignon is the perfect prom hairstyle for the girl on the go. All you need to create this look by Once Wed are bobby pins, elastic hair bands, and hairspray. Don’t worry; this updo can withstand even the most outrageous prom emergency.
The Freckled Fox is at it again. No matter how you do it, a half-crown braid is a perfect prom hairstyle for medium-length hair.
Nikki is our go-to girl for beauty’s latest trends, whether it’s liquid blush or this half-crown bun. Start by creating two simple twists, one on each side of your head, and put it all up in a bun. The ‘do is glam, easy, and versatile—check out Hello to Beauty for the full tutorial.
Low + Loose Bun
To create this romantic prom look by Hair and Makeup by Steph, start with loose curls and pin them up in a low bun for a casual and sophisticated look.
Simple Chignon Updo
In a rush? Look sleek and polished with this simple prom hairstyle by A Beautiful Mess.
This is a prom hairstyle for all the braid masters out there. It may not be the easiest style, but Instabraid has a tutorial that will help you master this tricky braid just in time for prom.
Romantic Braided Updo
Start with curls, and end with a romantic braided updo from M Loves M. The perfect prom hairstyle for medium-length hair, this look is one you can use for formal events to come.
Mix boho and class to create this prom look by Rubi Jones. Two twists are all it takes for this simple prom hairstyle.
Twisted Low Roll
Another easy boho look, this romantic look by Slashed Beauty is sure to impress on prom night.
Upgrade your chignon with this rope-braid style by The Beauty Department. This prom hairstyle looks both effortless and romantic and will give you extra time for your nails and makeup.
Show off your braiding skills with this multi-braided updo by Missy Sue. Check out the full tutorial for a prom look that’s sure to wow.
Messy Upside-Down French-Braid Bun
The extra effort to create this messy upside-down French-braid bun will be totally worth it when you rake in the compliments. Check out this tutorial by The Merry Thought for a prom hairstyle you’ll love.
Clear mind, full braids—can’t lose. Am I right? Try this sophisticated Greek-inspired updo from Beauty and Mess for a prom hairstyle that will keep your strands out of your face all night long.
Shoulder-length beauties, this horizontal-twist updo is for you! This look alters the classic French twist just enough to elevate your prom look. Check out the full tutorial at Parlor so you can create this elegant look with ease.
Flowered + Braided Updo
Make any updo look glamorous with the addition of braids and a few coordinating blooms. Mademoiselle Ruta brings this romantic prom look that’s sure to bring spring to the dance floor.
If you’re bored with the classic chignon but want a prom hairstyle that’s just as simple, check out this tutorial from Pencil Shavings Studio. By moving the chignon to the side, you get a fresh, romantic look that you can do in minutes.
Fishtail-Braided Faux-Hawk Bun
Easier than it looks, this prom hairstyle by Annies Forget Me Knots is perfect if you want to show off the back of your dress.
Messy Four-Braid Updo
Four braids, bobby pins, and a lazy-girl attitude are all you need to create this effortless prom hairstyle by Latest-Hairstyles.
Easy Headband Updo
For another variation of a twisted roll, this tutorial by The Headband Project will get you out the door and on the dance floor in no time.
Slightly more difficult than a French braid—but easier than a five-strand braid—this Dutch-braid prom hairstyle by Hair Romance is elegant and will keep your hair out of your face all night long.
Bohemian Festival Knot Braid
It’s hard to resist this knotted fishtail-crown braid by A Beautiful Mess. This prom hairstyle was made for medium-length hair, and the knot acts as the perfect finishing touch for this style.