Prom updos are the perfect look for this special event
Hair Styling | Prom Night

Prom Updos: Look your Best for the Big Night

Wedding day aside, your prom night is arguably one of the most important nights of your life, and one in which your hair should look its absolute best. While other prom looks have their own merits, prom hair updos are perfectly suited for the occasion. After all, nothing says elegance and extravagance like a perfectly styled banana updo, a chignon worn high on the head, or a messy bun complemented with a braid or other details.

The sheer number of variations of updos for prom makes finding the ideal matching hairstyle for your outfit a breeze. Why not give one of the following glamorous looks a try for your prom night?

The Chignon Prom Updo

Wear a chignon as the ultimate prom updo

An elegant chignon is the perfect prom updo

The chignon hairstyle is a quintessential look that is suitable for all occasions, be it a casual get together, a wedding, or your prom. It works particularly well as a prom updo given that it looks gorgeous with formal dresses and other elegant outfits. They're also quite easy to style. The basic style is achieved by pinning the hair into a knot at the nape of the neck or back of the head. However, there are a number of variations on this look you can try, and it can be woven in an number of different ways. For example, you could experiment with a braided bun, a twisted chignon, or even a tucked under chignon.

The Banana Updo

A new take a classic style, using a banana hair clip is for your prom updo hairstyle that works well with medium, shoulder-length, and long hair. It's a true classic that became fashionable ever since being worn as a signature style by Audrey Hepburn. It's also very simple and fuss-free to create.


Simply brush your hair and tie it into a pony tail midway at the back of your head. Then clip sections of your hair from the bottom upwards until it starts to take on a banana shape, and spray with a firm hairspray to hold everything in place.

The Milkmaid Braided Prom Updo

Often called the French braided updo, the milkmaid braid is ideal if you're looking for a somewhat neo-traditional hair updo for prom. It's an easily achievable style, but it might require a bit of time to finalize all the braiding. Here’s a simple step-by-step breakdown of how to do it:


  • Simply brush your hair to get rid of any tangles
  • Create a center part
  • Braid your hair
  • Secure the braids to the top of your head with hairpins
  • Finish with hairspray


You'll have to consider the type of braids you'd like to use – classic, fishtail and rope braids are all interesting options – as well as what other details you'd like to add to this particular prom updo. For example, you may want to leave your bangs outside of the braids to create a subtle frame around your face.