All the Messy Prom Hair Inspiration You’ll Need for the Big Night

Kristen Bousquet
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Prom season is finally upon us, and aside from finding the perfect dress, the most important part of being prepared for prom night is finding your perfect hairstyle. If a polished hairstyle isn’t your style, you don’t have to begrudgingly head out on the dance floor in a ballerina bun. There’s tons of messy prom hair options out there, most of which are easy to create and very on-trend.

These messier looks take a lot less effort and are great if you don’t want to dish out a hundred bucks to get your hair done professionally. These are some of the easiest looks to get at home. With a curling iron, a few hair ties, and some effort, you can achieve any of these messy prom hair looks in a pinch. Take a look at some of these looks found on Instagram that would be ideal for prom and get inspired.

Go for a hairstyle with a look of natural texture. Whether you add it in artificially with sea salt spray or just let your locks air-dry, it’s a soft, pretty look that takes barely any time at all

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Embrace your curly ringlets with a gorgeous look like this on prom night!

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Pull your hair to the side and braid only the bottom section of it for a deconstructed, romantic style.

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Adding in a few curls here or there—or just at the ends—gives your hair just a tiny bit of that “done” feeling.

Still looking for that updo that’s not too black-tie? Try a relaxed knot that falls onto your neck.

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This style actually might take longer than the others, but the key is really keeping it loose with maintained fly-aways.

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A side ponytail instantly becomes prom-appropriate with a hair accessory.

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Twist back the shorter layers of hair that fall around your face. You can even braid them back to create contrasting textures and shapes.

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A single braid tied in the back can be altered to your messy prom hair liking.

Wrap a section of hair around the base of your fishtail, and then use your hands to loosen the braid up.

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Add in some waves to a lob with bangs!

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A wavy lob is also a style that will show off an extreme ombre.

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