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5 Easy At-Home Prom Hairstyles To Slay Your Look With This Year

Prom is exciting, but it can also be overwhelming. There’s a certain level of stress that comes with finding the perfect outfit, getting your nails done, finding the best makeup look to match your prom aesthetic, and most importantly, the perfect prom hairstyle to last you all night.

Even though you want to look your best, it’s not always easy when you’re balling on a budget and want to be as cost-efficient as possible. That’s why so many high schoolers have opted in doing their own prom hairstyles at home. Being the one to do your own prom hairdo allows for creativity, control, and overall pride when you get compliments on your hard work.

The hardest part of doing your own prom hair is making the executive decision of choosing what kind of hairstyle you want to rock, whether it’s a braid, a curled up-do, or long relaxed beach waves. So, narrowing down your options is the first place to start. So, here are some easy, at-home prom hairstyles that are simple and elegant.

Curled or straight bob

This one’s for my short-haired girlies who feel like they need to do some crazy creative hairstyle – but you don’t! Having a sleek bob is a statement that not every person can rock, so embrace it. I’d recommend straightening or curling your bob with added hair accessories like clips, or even adding some gems to switch it up.

braid or fishtails

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Big braids or fishtail hairstyles are great for keeping your hair out of your face for the day while also staying the night. I would leave out front pieces of your hair to curl to create dimension.

beach waves

For those of you who have long hair and don’t want to spend your time pinning your hair back with bobby pins, opting for relaxed beach waves is always chic. You can use either a clamp curling iron or a wand iron to achieve this look.

sleek bun or ponytail

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Slicked-back hairstyles are trendy and timeless, and have a chokehold on Gen Z. All you need is some hair gel and hairspray to keep stray hairs in place with a tight top-knot or ponytail. If you choose the ponytail route, you can curl the hair in your ponytail for added wow factor, or you could also do a tight braid.

half-up, half-down

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Can’t decide whether you want an up-do or keep your hair down? No worries – just do both! Doing a half-up, half-down hairstyle gives you the best of both worlds. Just divide half of your hair and put it in a slicked-back or teased-up ponytail (or braid) while leaving the rest of the hair either straight or curled!

Brooklyn Frederes is a Her Campus Writer for the Culture and Entertainment section. She writes content about a range of topics, such as pop culture, beauty, fashion, relationships, and self-help. Brooklyn recently graduated from the University of Iowa with a bachelor's degree in Journalism and English with a publishing track, where she focused on fiction and creative writing. She also was a writer and editor for the University of Iowa's Her Campus Chapter, writing and reflecting on personal experiences. In her free time, you can find Brooklyn reading romance novels, brainstorming book ideas, binging time period dramas, spending her money on makeup and skincare products, or hanging out with her sisters. She also is a day-one Swiftie who loves talking about anything Taylor Swift related and obsesses over her music.