25 Prom Hairstyles For Short Hair

Augusta Falletta
25 Prom Hairstyles For Short Hair
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One of the most fun parts of prom is researching how you want to wear your hair—and though pretty twists and elaborate updos usually get all the attention, we think it’s time that prom hairstyles for short hair get more press.

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For that reason, we spent some time scouring the red carpet for some serious celeb inspiration. From Karlie Kloss’ bob to Miley Cyrus’ fun pixie cut, we found a prom hairstyle for every kind of short haircut. Take a look through 25 of our favorite celebrity hair ideas for prom and tell us which you’ll be wearing in the comments below.

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Originally published April 2013. Updated March 2017.

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When supermodel Karlie Kloss cut her hair into a bob, the world followed suit. Texturized with a bit of a wave and blown out bangs, Karlie's hair is finished yet fresh.

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Miley Cyrus has been showing us the right ways to style short hair for months now, and this high-volume pixie cut is a fun way to add edge to your prom dress.

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Katherine Heigl styled her hair into an undone updo, teasing curled hair to make it loose and feminine.

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Rose Byrne teased her hair at the crown, pulling all but her bangs and a few face-framing pieces into a low bun.

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Brooklyn Decker's half up, half down style can be achieved with bobby pins and dry shampoo.

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Leighton Meester's slicked back hairstyle makes for sophisticated prom hair.

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Ginnifer Goodwin makes her pixie cut rocker chic with a half-grunge, half-smooth bed head hairstyle.

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Scarlett Johansson's undefined part and pieced beach waves contrast with her polished lace dress, making for a gorgeous combination.

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With a choppy hairstyle and side-swept bangs, Dianna Agron's short hair is so cutting edge.


Keeping things classy, Olivia Wilde's slicked back style with a deep side part is so on trend for spring.

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Leaving out the front, waved sections of hair and pinning back the rest, Ashley Benson's hairstyle isn't overdone but looks over-the-top gorgeous.

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Take a page out of Jesse J's playbook by styling your hair and bangs super sleek and straight.

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Cameron Diaz's waves keep things cool, a great pairing for a short prom dress.

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Michelle Williams' grown out pixie looks glamorous with blown out hair teased at the crown and styled into bangs.

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Leaving out the front section on one side of her head and pinning the rest to her neck, Naomi Watts' asymmetrical hairstyle has us grabbing the bobby pins and hairspray.

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If you've got half a shaved head, Rihanna's finger waved bangs and side-swept hair is the way to go.

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Emma Watson's straight, face-framing pieces and a half up, half down hairstyle look sweet and ladylike for prom night.

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Brittany Snow's simple, straight bob gives her a polished finish.

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Ciara's blown out, center part hairstyle looks sultry and glamorous for a big night out.

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Even if you're torn over your love or hate for Anne Hathaway, her gamine pixie for the Oscars was adorable, and a great, sweet touch to any prom. Add a bit of volume to your short crop and sweep to one side.

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Marion Cotillard went for an asymmetrical hairstyle, tucking one side of her hair behind her ear and leaving the opposite side sleek and straight.

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Emma Roberts' classic low chignon suits her oval face shape beautifully with long, side-swept bangs.

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Julianne Hough loosely pinned up her locks into a bun, leaving out random pieces to keep the look soft.

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January Jones went for a radical look with a pompadour hairstyle at the top of her head, leaving the shorter pieces stick straight in the back.

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AnnaSophia Robb's long bob haircut is smooth on the top and texturized on the bottom, a fun look for a prom night party.

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