Hair Styling | Prom Night

Prom Hairstyles for Short Hair – Look Amazing for the Big Night!

Deciding on a hairstyle for a high profile event is a tricky affair at the best of times. But when that situation is prom and your current hair is short, it calls for an extra degree of thoroughness. Luckily when it comes to picking and choosing you'll never be at a loss for short prom hairstyles. There a number of different options and a ton of variety – plus they're also great for everyday situations. Whether you're looking for something formal and classy or something more relaxed, below we'll look at some of the best short hairstyles for prom.

Soft Waves

Short prom hairstyle with waves framing the face

Loose finger waves frame the face

While this might be difficult to do with short hair, it's not impossible. You're going to need a curling iron, a few setting clips, some hair mousse and some patience as you go from section to section of your bob or lob. It's a style reminiscent of those perfectly "messy" hairstyles that Parisian women of the 70s and 80s seemed to love, and it's one that will undoubtedly look perfect with your prom dress.

French Twist

For unmatched elegance the french twist is a staple to any formal occasion and a go-to short hair prom style. While it's traditionally applied more to longer lengths, it's also very easily adaptable to shorter hair. It's also deceptively simple to do.


  • Part your hair and pin it to one side.
  • Gather the unfastened side, twist it and pin it.
  • Use as many bobby pins as you need until your hair is fastened at the back.


And that's it! Simple, sophisticated and beautiful.

Slicked Back

Another simple yet surprisingly sleek look, the slicked back hairstyle is one of the more currently trendy short prom hairstyles. Start with damp hair and use a boar-bristle brush to brush your hair straight back and behind your ears. Next use a blow dryer with a nozzle attached to dry your hair to the shape of your head. Using your flat-iron, smooth out the ends as well as the top section of your hair. Finally apply some hair oil or hairspray to hold it all together.

Curly Pixie

Woman wears her hair curly as a short prom hairstyle

A pixie cut is an effortlessly trendy short prom hairstyle

For an extra short prom hairstyle, the pixies is timeless as well as flawless. It lends itself well to any look – whether you're getting ready for a casual date with friends or putting on that dress for prom. It's also extremely versatile, which is why with a curling iron and some holding product you can create some a truly beautiful curly pixie cut effortlessly.