3 Easy DIY Prom Hairstyles for Long Hair

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Your hairstyle for prom is one of the most important factors to complete your overall look, but having long hair often makes things a little harder, especially if you aren’t wanting to go to a hairstylist. Personally, I don’t have to worry about having longer hair, but to look out for all my #XoBabes out there, I have compiled a couple simple, yet trendy,  hairstyles for long hair that you can do yourself for prom. 

The Looks.


A cute and simple hairstyle you can try is a french braid leading into a low bun. Depending on whether you prefer a sleek or more relaxed look, you can change up the way you make your bun. If you’re aiming for the sleek look- Add a little bit of hairspray, or gel, to your pony, twist the hair, wrap it around the hair tie, and pin the twist into place as you go around. This technique is called a Ballerina Bun and will not only make your hair last all night, but also give you a sleek and modern look for your gown. 

Girl with two french braids leading down to a ballerina bun. She is facing away so that you can see the whole hairstyle.

If you're looking for more of a relaxed look, use the leftover hair from the braid and create a messy bun. My personal technique is to half up the pony tail and then wrap the sides in opposite directions and pin as you go. Another trick to give your hair  more of a messy look is to pick out a few thin strands of hair from the bun and and around the face. After taking these pieces out, you can give them a light curl to really frame up your face.


Girl with a sleek top knot bun. Her head is tilted up and she is wearing purple eye shadow.

The next look is a modern and quick up-do called a Top Knot. With long hair, a top knot is super easy to accomplish because you have plenty of hair to make the bun look full and cute. To really make your Top Knot look sleek and modern, the best thing to do is add gel to the hair closer to the scalp, and brush it into a super high pony, making sure that all your fly-aways are gelled down.

After bringing all your hair up to a pony, wrap the pony around the hair tie, wrap another tie around it (or 2), gently pull the bun apart to add volume, and insert some bobby pins to secure it down. The last thing you want is to have your hair flopping around your head all night. Once the bun is done grab a teasing brush, or even a toothbrush, and run it through your hair with hairspray to make sure all the wispies are down and flat against your head.

Girl with a fuller body top knot. Her head is tilted down and she is wearing pearl earrings.

If you want a little softer of a look. You can pull the hair not in the bun to give your hair a little more volume. Then, like in look #1, pull a few strands out around your face and curl them.



The final look I’m bringing you today is the double dutch braid into a low pony. To start, separate your hair with a part down the middle. Then choose one side to start with and tie off the other, so it stays out of your way. After both sections are parted, start at the top of your head and dutch braid all the way down your head and about 2 inches lower than the base of your head. Do the same thing on the other side. Once both sides are braided, combine them into a low pony at the base of your head, you’ll want to undo the braids that keep going after the pony tail. I usually straighten the pony to give it more of a sleek look, but you could always curl it to make it more whimsical and fun! 

Girl with 2 double dutch braids leading down to a full and curled pony tail. She is facing away, so that you can see the whole hairstyle.

With all of these looks, don’t forget to add a bunch of hairspray, to ensure that your hair stays in place during all the dancing you will be doing later!

Have you tried one of these long hair up-dos? Leave a comment down below with how it worked out for you, or if you have a style I didn’t mention, leave it in the comments with a quick tutorial! I can’t wait to see what you come up with! 

~I got 99 bobby pins and I can’t find one.~

XO, Olivia.

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