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15 Romantic wavy hairstyles for prom

/ 05.04.2015

One of the easiest hairstyles for any occasion is a romantic, wavy look, and for prom, it couldn't be more perfect! Below, you'll find fifteen gorgeous wavy styles, including updos, loose locks and half-up tresses. Which one will you wear to prom this year?

1. Half up tousled waves

Half-up tousled waves
Half-up tousled waves

Summer is so close we can almost taste it, so why not rock some half-up, tousled waves for a beachy prom hairstyle? Textured waves look beautiful with accessories and they're super easy to style!

Styling tip

Spritz dry or damp hair with Advanced Hairstyle TXT IT Tousle Waves Spray and blow-dry your mane in twisted sections to create natural-looking movement.

2. Wavy half hawk

Wavy half hawk
Wavy half hawk

If you like the idea of romantic waves, but want a prom hairstyle with some edge, a wavy half-hawk is exactly what you need. It has plenty of movement and the braid adds some extra detail to the look.

Styling tip

When curling the hair near your face, roll the iron or wand out toward your ear for the most flattering curl.

3. Curly updo

Zoe Saldana with a romantic curly updo
Zoe Saldana with a romantic curly updo

At the Oscars this year, Zoe Saldana hit the red carpet with a curly updo that was impossibly pretty and totally perfect for prom. It has plenty of texture and the glossy, wavy finish makes it appear super intricate and glamorous.

Styling tip

Add shine to your finished updo with Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Strand Smoother Serum Spray.

4. Tumbling mermaid waves

Tumbling mermaid waves
Tumbling mermaid waves

Beautiful prom hairstyles don't always have to be complicated, and this understated, glossy look proves it! Tumbling mermaid waves are gorgeous on everyone and they work really well with a simple barrette or a floral accessory.

Styling tip

After curling, don't brush your hair as this will compromise the texture. If you really need to smooth or detangle your mane, use a wide-tooth comb instead to protect your waves.

5. Wavy beehive ponytail

Wavy beehive ponytail
Wavy beehive ponytail

Putting a vintage spin on your beauty look is never a bad idea and a wavy beehive ponytail is a great way to do it. You can go as high and as big as you want with the beehive part, and you could team it with a monotone headband for some serious mod vibes.

Styling tip

To get volume that lasts, apply Advanced Hairstyle BOOST IT High Lift Creation Spray to your roots then lift and tease the hair with a fine tooth comb.

6. Romantic side braid

Cute side braid
Cute side braid

Pretty side braids are basically synonymous with romantic hairstyles, and they're also a great way to show off long hair!

Styling tip

Wash your locks the day before for the best texture and grip to braid with. You can eliminate excess oil at the root with Advanced Hairstyle BLOW DRY IT Longwear Spray if you feel like you need to.

7. Sideswept waves

Sideswept waves
Sideswept waves

Polished Hollywood waves combine glamour and romance, which is exactly what you need for prom. So, grab your curling iron and channel your inner movie star!

Styling tip

For long lasting hold and flyaway prevention, mist your finished style with Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Bold Control Hairspray.

8. Voluminous side braid

Voluminous side braid
Voluminous side braid

Whether you're battling humidity or just want to rock a seriously full bodied look, try a voluminous side braid hairstyle.

Styling tip

Apply Advanced Hairstyle BOOST IT Volume Inject Mousse to damp hair before blow-drying to create lift and add volume.

9. Textured updo

Textured updo
Textured updo

A textured updo will keep your hair up and off your face, which is ideal for the dancing the night away. This hairstyle also works beautifully with all kinds of accessories, from flowers to headbands... to floral headbands!

Styling tip

For extra grip, spray your bobby pins with dry shampoo before putting your hair up.

10. Braided headband

Braided headband
Braided headband

If you don't want to spend a lot of time styling, update your regular wavy hairstyle with a braided headband for prom. You can position the headband to keep the hair off your face, or you can leave some pieces in front to soften the look.

Styling tip

For a smooth texture, apply Advanced Hairstyle BLOW DRY IT Thermal Smoother Cream before drying your hair.

11. Messy side braid

Blake Lively's messy side braid
Blake Lively's messy side braid

Blake Lively , queen of romantic hairstyles, knows exactly how to rock a messy side braid for any occasion. The trick is to combine the braids with disheveled waves and to keep the whole look fairly loose to create a soft, universally flattering look.

Styling tip

To get the texture just right, use a 1 ½" curling iron to make large, loose waves throughout before braiding your hair.

12. Voluminous side sweep

Voluminous side sweep
Voluminous side sweep

To create an interesting silhouette with your prom hairstyle, try a voluminous side sweep. For a really edgy, fashion forward look, try wearing it with a sleek finish on top and matte waves at the bottom.

Styling tip

After curling your hair, spritz the lengths with Advanced Hairstyle BOOST IT High Lift Creation Spray and tease with a fine-tooth comb to add volume.

13. Half-up middle part

Easy half up waves
Easy half up waves

If you take a 'less is more' approach to your hairstyle, keep your prom look chic and simple with a half-up middle part. You can add waves through the lengths for extra movement or even throw in a cute baby braid.

Styling tip

Part your hair with a tail comb for the most accurate results.

14. Wavy updo

Wavy updo
Wavy updo

Try pinning wavy hair back into a textured chignon for an ultra-chic, romantic prom hairstyle. This updo will look amazing with any dress, and as long as you secure it with plenty of bobby pins, it'll keep your hair in check while you tear up the dance floor.

Styling tip

Team this hairstyle with a flower to match your corsage for a coordinated beauty look.

15. Fishtail side braid

Cute fishtail side braid
Cute fishtail side braid

Finally, a cute fishtail braid is a great go-to option for prom because it's really pretty, it's fairly easy to style, and it works with every outfit on the planet. You can dress it up with a barrette or some flowers, or just rock it as it is.

Styling tip

When braiding, loosely tie the hair at the top to make holding the braid easier while you work on it. When you reach the ends, untie the top and use the elastic to secure the fishtail.

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