20 Popular Prom Hairstyles For Girls With Medium Length Hair September 12, 2017

You’ve got the most beautiful dress picked out for your prom and the perfect shoes to go with it. You’ve also gone through endless YouTube tutorials to finalize your makeup look. But you’re still undecided on one thing – one thing that can make or break your outfit. That is, of course, your hairstyle… *cue: blood-curdling scream*. If there’s one thing that keeps me up at night before a huge event, it has to be the thought of styling my hair. Now, I know a lot of girls opt to get their hair done professionally for this momentous occasion. But, honey, you don’t need to drop a pretty dime here. Just check out our list of top 20 prom hairstyles for medium length hair and you’ll see that you can do any and all of these styles yourself in no time at all!

Top 20 Gorgeous Prom Hairstyles For Girls With Medium Length Hair

1. Loose Waves

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Well, now that you’re a young lady who’s going to graduate from high school soon, I’m sure you would like to experiment with some sexier styles. What better day to do this than at prom? This rugged and sultry curly hair look sported by Mila Kunis is sure to work perfectly on an understated and elegant prom dress.

What You Need
  • Heat protectant
  • 1 inch curling iron
  • Texturizing spray
  • Hair brush
How To Style
  1. Apply heat protectant all over your washed and dried hair.
  2. Picking up small 1 inch sections of hair at a time, curl all your hair.
  3. Spritz on lots of texturizing spray all over your hair.
  4. Gently run a brush through your curls and shake them out with your hands to finish off the look.

2. Messy Side Bun

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Running for Prom Queen? Then you definitely need a hairdo that is fit for royalty. And you definitely need to go for a classy updo. This elegant messy side bun look is perfect for adding that soft and romantic vibe to your whole look and is sure to get you voted Queen of the Prom Court!

What You Need
  • Heat protectant
  • 2 inch curling iron
  • Hair brush
  • Hair elastic
  • Bobby pins
How To Style
  1. Apply some heat protectant and curl the lower half of all your hair.
  2. Gently run a brush through your curls to open them up.
  3. Part your hair on one side.
  4. Start tying your hair in a loose side ponytail (on the side of the parting with more hair).
  5. At the last twist of your hair elastic, loop your hair only 2/3rd of the way through to create a bun.
  6. Wrap the loose ends of your ponytail around the base of your bun and secure them with bobby pins.
  7. Fan out your bun and pin it to your head to finish off the look.

 3. Half Up Half Down Curls

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Worked hard to maintain your straight A streak all year round and want to let your down for once? Well, you can do that quite literally at prom with this effortlessly chic hair look! Channel your inner good girl with this curly hair and pouf on top style that has been sported by Carrie Underwood oh-so-sweetly.

What You Need
  • Heat protectant
  • 5 inch curling iron
  • Comb
  • Bobby pins
How To Style
  1. Prep your washed, dried hair with some heat protectant.
  2. Curl the lower half of all your hair.
  3. Pick up all the hair from the front that is between your temples and comb it back.
  4. Twist this section of hair once and push it a bit forward to create a pouf.
  5. Pin this section of hair at the top of your head with a couple of bobby pins criss crossed over each other to finish off the look.

 4. Simple And Straight

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If you have curly hair, why not go for a hair transformation to mark the very important rite of passage that is prom? Yep, I’m talking about straightening your hair! Nothing flatters a classic, figure hugging prom dress more than a sleek straight hair look.

What You Need
  • Heat protectant
  • Straightening iron
  • Smoothening serum
How To Style
  1. Apply heat protectant all over your washed and dried hair.
  2. Picking up 1 inch sections of hair at a time, straighten your hair until it is poker straight.
  3. Part your hair down the middle.
  4. Rub some smoothening serum between your palms and run them through your hair to give it a sleek and shiny finish.

 5. Low Bun

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Prom is a time to clean yourself up and dress to the nines. And what better way to do that than to go for a super classy bun hairstyle? Low buns like these have the spectacular ability to transform you into a mature young adult who looks like she has everything under control (even if you most probably don’t).

What You Need
  • Smoothening serum
  • Comb
  • Hair elastic
  • Bobby pins
  • Hairspray
How To Style
  1. Apply some smoothening serum all over your hair.
  2. Part your hair on one side.
  3. Comb back your hair and tie it into a ponytail a couple of inches above the nape of your neck.
  4. Divide your ponytail into 2 sections and individually twist them right till the ends.
  5. Intertwine these two sections with each other till the very ends.
  6. Roll this twisted ponytail into a flat bun.
  7. Secure it to your head with the help of bobby pins.
  8. Spritz on some hairspray to set the do in place and finish off the look.

 6. Messy Curls

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Go wild, go crazy, and make all them boys and girls swoon over you at prom with this sexy curly hair look! Just do what Keke Palmer did and go for some tight spiral curls that will bounce around beautifully when you groove to your favorite songs.

What You Need
  • Heat protectant
  • 1 inch tapered curling iron
  • Curl defining leave-in cream
How To Style
  1. Prep your washed, blowdried hair with some heat protectant.
  2. Picking up 1 inch sections of hair at a time, curl all your hair from the roots to the tips.
  3. With your hands, part your hair on one side.
  4. Apply some curl defining cream to your curls to give them some bounce and definition.

 7. Perky Ponytail With Loose Bangs

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Want to spend your prom like a breeze and without any worries about touching up your hair or outfit? Then, take a page out of Jennifer Aniston’s lookbook. To keep all the focus on her beautiful dress, she went for a simple ponytail with loose bangs.

What You Need
  • Comb
  • Hair elastic
  • Bobby pins
  • Teasing brush
How To Style
  1. Tease down the hair at the crown of your head to give it some volume.
  2. Leaving out your bangs, gently comb back all your hair and tie it into a mid-level ponytail.
  3. Pick up a thin section of hair from your ponytail and wrap it around its base to hide the hair elastic from view.
  4. Secure this wrapped section of hair with some bobby pins.
  5. Part your bangs on one side to finish off the look.

 8. Romantic Twists

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If you consider yourself a girl-next-door who likes to keep her hairstyles sweet and simple, then pair your prom dress with this hair down hair look with twisted accents. This simple hair look takes about 3 minutes to perfect and works brilliantly to add a romantic vibe to your whole look.

What You Need
  • Heat protectant
  • Straightening iron
  • Bobby pins
How To Style
  1. Prep your hair with heat protectant and straighten all your hair.
  2. Roughly part your hair down the middle with your hands. It doesn’t have to be a straight parting.
  3. From the very front, pick up a 2 inch section of hair from right next to your parting.
  4. Twist this section of hair right till the end and pin it at the back of your head.
  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 on the right side to finish off the look.

 9. Classy Side Ponytail

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Oh, Anna Kendrick…you can do no wrong, can you? Honestly, the girl can give a masterclass on how to keep your hair looks simple yet effectively sophisticated. This side ponytail style teeters the line between casual and fancy to create a look that is as elegant as it gets.

What You Need
  • Heat protectant
  • 2 inch curling iron
  • Teasing brush
  • Hair elastic
How To Style
  1. Apply heat protectant all over your hair.
  2. Picking up big 3 inch sections of hair at a time, curl the lower half of all your hair.
  3. Gently tease down the hair at the crown of your head.
  4. Part your hair down the middle.
  5. Leaving out the front sections of your hair to frame your face, tie all your hair into a low side ponytail.
  6. Flip your ponytail over your shoulder to finish off the look.

 10. Chignon Knot

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Going stag to your prom and want to show everyone that you’re a smart, independent woman who don’t need no man? Then, check out this uber chic chignon bun that is effortlessly gorgeous and classy. Sport this over a sexy off-shoulder dress and watch all the boys who didn’t ask you to the prom eat their hearts out.

What You Need
  • Heat protectant
  • 5 inch curling iron
  • Hair brush
  • Texturizing spray
  • Bobby pins
How To Style
  1. Apply heat protectant to your washed and dried hair.
  2. Curl all your hair.
  3. Run a brush through your curls.
  4. Spritz on some texturizing spray to give your hair some hold.
  5. Part your hair on one side.
  6. Leaving out some sections of your hair to frame your face, gather the rest of your hair at the back.
  7. Twist all your hair right till the ends.
  8. Roll this twisted hair once so that it forms a ring.
  9. Pull the ends of your hair through the center of this ring and pull them down to tighten your knot.
  10. Secure some sections of your chignon knot to your head with a few bobby pins to set the updo in place.

11. Classy Ribbon Updo

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Afraid that you might sweat too much and find your hair matted to your head halfway through prom? Then I’ve got a hairstyle that will solve this problem in a jiffy and still look totally stunning. Go for a simple bun style and accessorize it with a black ribbon to create this breathtaking hair look.

What You Need
  • Teasing brush
  • Fine toothed comb
  • Hair elastic
  • Bobby pins
  • Black satin ribbon
How To Style
  1. Start off by teasing the hair at the crown of your head.
  2. Use a fine toothed comb to gently brush back your hair.
  3. Tie your hair in a mid-level ponytail.
  4. Twist the ponytail right till the end and roll it into a bun.
  5. Secure the bun to your head with some bobby pins.
  6. Place your black satin ribbon across the top of your head, right behind your hairline.
  7. Tie the ribbon’s ends together at the nape of your neck, under the bun, to complete the look.

 12. Kitty Ear Buns

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Want to add a touch of whimsy to your prom look? Then, just take a look at Bella Hadid’s adorable kitty ears hair look! Ditch the conventional updos and French braids in favor of this super cute hairstyle. These kitty ear buns will help you channel your inner quirky side.

What You Need
  • Texturizing spray
  • Hair elastics
  • Bobby pins
  • Hairspray
How To Style
  1. Spritz on some texturizing spray all over your hair.
  2. Part you hair down the middle.
  3. From the front, pick up all the hair from the left side of your parting to your left temple.
  4. Tie this hair into a ponytail.
  5. Twist this ponytail till the end and roll it into a bun.
  6. Secure this bun to your head with the help of some bobby pins.
  7. Repeat steps 3 to 6 on the right side to complete the look.

13. Frizzy Ponytail

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Trust Zendaya to absolutely slay her hair look without picking up a single heated tool. If you’re planning on wearing a monochrome prom dress, then you need to pair it with this frizzy ponytail that is bound to transform you into the belle of the ball. Or, well, the prom.

What You Need
  • Volumizing mousse
  • Blowdryer
  • Texturizing spray
  • Fine toothed comb
  • Hair elastic
How To Style
  1. Start off by applying volumizing mousse to your washed, wet hair.
  2. Flip your head forward and blowdry your hair from the bottom up to add lots of volume. Do not brush your hair while blowdrying your hair.
  3. Spritz on lots of texturizing spray all over your hair and scrunch your hair with your fingers to give them some frizzy texture.
  4. Part your hair down the middle.
  5. Rub some smoothening serum all over the teeth of your fine toothed comb and use it to slick down the hair at the top of your head.
  6. Comb back your hair with this comb and tie it into a low ponytail.
  7. Fluff up your ponytail even more with your hands to finish off the look.

14. Retro Headband Style

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The best hairstyles are those that blend the old school with the modern. And Maia Mitchell shows us here how to achieve this seamlessly. Embellish your retro beehive style with a thin headband to create a unique style that will make you stand out from the usual prom crowd.

What You Need
  • Heat protectant
  • Straightening iron
  • 1 inch curling iron
  • Bumpit (big)
  • Teasing brush
  • Fine toothed comb
  • Smoothening serum
  • Thin metal headband
  • Hairspray
How To Style
  1. Prep your hair with heat protectant and straighten it.
  2. Picking up 2 inch sections of hair at a time, curl the lower third of all your hair.
  3. Insert your bumpit at the crown of your head.
  4. Tease down the hair in front of your bumpit.
  5. Rub some smoothening serum all over your fine toothed comb and use it to smooth the hair on top of the teased hair and the bumpit.
  6. Put on your metal headband right behind your hairline.
  7. Spritz on some hairspray to set your hair in place.

15. Serpentine Bun

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Shay Mitchell does not mess around when styling her hair for a big event. If you want to go for a hair look that is different from the same ol’ low buns and half updos, then check out this amazing top bun sported by Mitchell that is inspired by the way a snake coils. Sport this look to your prom with a sexy sequined dress to absolutely slay the fashion game there.

What You Need
  • Heat protectant
  • Straightening iron
  • Smoothening serum
  • Fine toothed comb
  • Hair elastic
  • U pins
  • Bobby pins
  • Hairspray
How To Style
  1. Apply heat protectant and straighten all your hair.
  2. Rub some smoothening serum on your fine toothed comb and use it to slick back your hair.
  3. Tie your hair in a high ponytail right on top of your head.
  4. Twist your ponytail right till the end.
  5. Roll your hair into a circle once to form the base of your bun, inserting U pins and bobby pins as you go along to secure it to your head.
  6. Now, place the lower half of your ponytail diagonally in front of the base of your bun.
  7. Tuck the end of your ponytail into the center of your base, from the top, and secure it in place with the help of U pins and bobby pins.
  8. Spritz on lots of hairspray to set the updo in place.

16. Grecian Half Updo

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If you’re planning on wearing one of those flowy Grecian style gowns to your prom, you need to sport a hairstyle that completes the look. This half up style sported by the ever-so-gorgeous Troian Bellisario works beautifully to transform her into a Greek goddess – like Athena, maybe?

What You Need
  • Heat protectant
  • 2 inch curling iron
  • Hair brush
  • Teasing brush
  • Fine toothed comb
  • Bobby pins
  • Cloth headband
How To Style
  1. Prep your washed, dried hair with heat protectant.
  2. Curl all your hair.
  3. Run a brush through your curls to give them a softer look.
  4. Part your hair down the middle.
  5. Tease the hair at the crown of your head and smoothen down some hair on top of it with a fine toothed comb.
  6. Leaving out the front sections, pick the hair from the sides of your head and pin them at the back, right under your teased hair.
  7. Twist your headband a few times before putting it on at the crown of your head.
  8. Flip all your hair over one shoulder to finish off the look.

17. Sweet Side Braid

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Whoever told you that can’t have your hair in a simple braid at prom was grievously wrong. After all, if Ariel Winter can do it then it certainly means that the style gods deem it acceptable. Besides which, look how ethereal and gorgeous she looks in this hairstyle!

What You Need
  • Teasing brush
  • Fine toothed comb
  • Hair elastic
  • 1 inch curling iron
How To Style
  1. Tease the hair at the crown of your head and slick down hair on top of it with a fine toothed comb.
  2. Leaving out your bangs, gather the hair from the top and sides of your head and pin it at the back of your head.
  3. Gather all your hair and hold it about 4 inches above the nape of your neck.
  4. Now simply braid it right till the end and secure it with a hair elastic.
  5. Part your bangs on one side and curl the lower ends to finish off the look.

18. Boho Accent Braids

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For you bohemian free spirits out there, here’s a stunning hair look you just can’t miss. Laura Marano’s gorgeously texturized and voluminous curls are a thing of beauty on their own. But the boho braid accents added to them take this boho chic look to a whole new level.

What You Need
  • Heat protectant
  • 2 inch curling iron
  • Hair brush
  • Texturizing spray
  • Teasing brush
  • Fine toothed comb
  • Hair elastics
How To Style
  1. Prep your washed and dried hair with some heat protectant.
  2. Picking up big 2-3 inch sections at a time, curl all your hair.
  3. Run a brush through your curls to open them up.
  4. Spritz on lots of texturizing spray and fluff up your hair with your hands.
  5. Tease down the hair right on top of your head.
  6. Slick back your front hair on top of the teased hair and pin it down in the center at the back of your head.
  7. Picking up random 2 inch sections of hair, braid them and secure them with hair elastics to finish off the look.

19. Big Frizzy Hair

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Since time immemorial, girls have always gone for sleek and elegant hairdos for prom. But if you like to roll on the edgier side, you need to take inspiration from Skyler Samuels. She ditched the pretty and sophisticated updo for a grungy wild hair look that creates an awesome contrast with her pink sequined gown.

What You Need
  • Blowdryer
  • Texturizing spray
  • Hair brush
  • Bobby pins
How To Style
  1. Start off by blowdrying your hair with your head bent forward. Don’t brush it.
  2. Spritz on lots of texturizing spray and scrunch and fluff out your hair with your hands.
  3. Part your hair on one side.
  4. Gently brush back your hair from the front. Pin it at the back of your head to finish off the look.

20. Sleek High Ponytail

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Another great way to trod the unconventional path when styling your hair for prom is to go for a bold ponytail style. Bailee Madison paired her pretty pink outfit with a sleek high ponytail that makes her look totally badass and cool. An added bonus here is that you can dance your heart out without having to worry about messing up your hair!

What You Need
  • Heat protectant
  • Straightening iron
  • Fine toothed comb
  • Smoothening serum
  • Hair elastic
  • Bobby pins
How To Style
  1. Prep your washed and dried hair with some heat protectant.
  2. Picking up 2 inch sections of hair at a time, straighten all your hair until it is poker straight.
  3. Apply some smoothening serum to your hair and slick it back with a fine toothed comb.
  4. Tie your hair in a high ponytail.
  5. Pick up a thin section of hair from your ponytail and wrap it around the base to hide your hair elastic from view.
  6. Secure this wrapped section of hair with a couple of bobby pins.

Well, there you have it, ladies! Our top 20 picks for prom hairstyles for girls with medium length hair. Pick one that you think will go best with your prom dress and don’t forget to comment below to let us know which one you chose!

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