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Updated on September 22, 2021
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Short hairstyles are convenient in every-day wear, but what about prom when most girls are planning to rock luxurious curls and fancy updos? Fear not, your short tresses can also be styled all the rage. Here are fresh trendy ideas for prom hairstyles for short hair worthy to show off at your senior ball. As always, you should first decide on your outfit style and then get down to the choice of the right hairstyle. Although in this question the length is definitely crucial, we promise you a rich choice. The following 50 ideas will provide some food for thought!

For a short hairstyle nothing can be more important than the shape and precision of your short haircut. That’s why even if you plan on styling your hair for prom yourself, make an appointment with a hair stylist in advance to refresh your cut. You may also want to change the type of bangs or add highlights to your time-checked look. The idea is to appear in front of your peers, sporting a new surprisingly breathtaking look!

Short Hair Ideas for Prom

Pixie crops. Make a stake on the edges, finish or interesting hair hue! Pixies are the shortest hairstyles, so you need to refresh your haircut (and maybe your hair color) before prom and have it styled according to the chosen idea. It may be a soft platinum blonde pixie with side-swept bangs or a sultry and edgy brunette crop. Longish pixies allow sporting chic bedhead styles with shaggy bangs on a contrast with tender romantic gowns.

Short bobs. Bring out the texture! Modern bobs are awesomely radiant, messy, shaggy, wispy, tousled… whatever to enhance the texture. For prom you can sweep your bangs off the face or style them delicately to one side with a side parting.

Updos for short hair. Does everyone know you wear a crop? Surprise them with an updo! Short hair updos suggest at least a bob length. Twisted and braided updos can be done even on short hair, while they look fancy and intriguing. You can also decide on a fake updo, curling your locks, sleeking them back and fixing randomly at the nape with bobby pins. A tender hair flower will be right to the point.

Hairstyles for Short Hair for Prom – Inspiration Gallery

Let’s check the ideas.

1. Soft Braided Updo for Prom

Contrary to what some people think, there are many different short hairstyles for prom, and they include not only buns and simple braids. This relaxed braided updo is a cute option because it looks good from all angles. It’s also one of the many ideas that demonstrate that braids are well suited for the prom day.

2. Blonde Curly Bob

Step out in style with this upscale princess look that’s highly recommended for graduation hairstyles. It features a luscious mix of golden blonde and brown blonde color tones and a loose side braid pinned in place. The cascading fluffy waves add bounce and volume.

3. Ash Blonde Side-Braided Style

This one is a clear winner when it comes to chic prom hairstyles for short hair. One side is tousled and the other is corn rowed, creating an eye-catching asymmetrical detail that is fairly self-sufficient and doesn’t need any extra frills.

4. Tousled Bob with a Diagonal Braid

It’s always possible to make a personal statement with formal hairstyles for short hair. You can do that, for example, with a complex-looking four-strand braid that runs diagonally across the back of your head and hides in the loose tousled curls.

5. Loose Twisted Updo for Prom

Prom hairdos can sometimes be very elaborate and look absolutely formal. For a more relaxed look, try a soft updo that wraps around the back of your head. It’s an easy look if your hair is on the shorter side because you don’t have to worry about tucking in the tail.

6. Side-Parted Prom Hairstyle

This curled and pinned look is one of the timeless prom updos for short hair. It’s flirty and fancy. Short hair `dos can sometimes feel like they’re missing something, but this one has all the elements of a longer style. You’ll like it so much and you’ll want to wear it for a ball!

7. Prom Curved Braid Updo

This looks complicated but it really isn’t. All you have to do is braid your hair and keep on adding pieces to the braid as you are braiding down. Secure the hairdo with a few bobby pins, and you’re done. You may ask your friend to help you with this look.

8. Curly Updo for Bob Length Hair

You can’t help but appreciate the simplicity of this fine hairdo that’s perfect for the occasion. It features carefully curled ends lifted and pinned at the back for a polished updo look that seems absolutely divine with this gorgeous platinum blonde hue.

9. Long Pixie Prom Style

The timeless success of this classic prom style remains uncontested. The wispy front fringes pulled to the side highlight the facial features, while the fullness of the crown area adds volume to the style and serves as a perfect cushion for the delicate hair piece.

10. Braided Half Updo for Short Hair

Want to try something other than a slick formal hair look? Leave your bob down and loosely braid the front layers of your hair. Curl the ends, and you get one of those universal short prom hairstyles you can wear for graduation or a night out with friends.

11. Bouffant Updo for Bob

When it comes to prom hairdos, shorter hair is usually worn down or in half updos. However, styling a trendy loose updo, even the one with a bouffant is a great idea. Backcomb, twist, pin and set with hairspray.

Formal Updo For Short Hair

Instagram / @kellgrace

12. French Braid for Short Hair

Contrary to popular belief, not all formal hairstyles for short hair need to look, well, formal. Especially in recent years, we’ve seen a gradual trend towards relaxed (but still polished) hairdos, incorporating thick French braids and gentle waves with balayage or ombre color.

Bouffant Hairstyle With Braid For Bob Length

Instagram / @adnomoreira

13. Vintage Waves with Hairpiece

Invoke your inner Egyptian or Grecian goddess for your school dance with a gorgeous, eye-catching headpiece paired with smooth waves. This short formal hairdo is both classic and innovative in its flair, it truly makes you look heavenly.

Vintage Bob Hairstyle

Instagram / @headstudio

14. Half Mohawk with Macrame Braid

Think prom night is an evening dedicated to by-the-book hairstyles and quintessential sleek or curly updos? Try again. Not all looks, like this edgy braided half mohawk, have to fall within that category – this one is much more evocative of a rocker style than princess stuff.

Bob Hairstyle With Pompadour And Side Braids

Instagram / @hair_by_pelerossi

15. Twists and Messy Bun

This platinum (almost silver) hue works elegantly when paired with a messy, curly updo, absolutely perfect as a short hairstyle for prom. Be sure to curl your hair beforehand to add some extra texture. Make loose twists along the sides and tie a low bun loosely too for a slightly undone effect.

Messy Twists And Bun Updo For Bob

Instagram / @jaclynstepphair

16. Simple Half-Up Style

School dance and graduation season can be a low maintenance girl’s worst nightmare: hairspray and curling iron?! Luckily, not all prom styles are curly and perfect. Some are achieved in 15 minutes or less. You can tie two fishtail braids at the back of your head creating a sort of braided crown if you want to look elegant and put together with an easy and quick hairstyle.

Half Updo With Fishtail Braids

Instagram / @jenniekaybeauty

17. Side Swirl Updo

Although this updo is somewhat unassuming from the front, the back is pure drama, relying on a side swirl and twisted pieces brought together to build texture and volume. Start from running a volumizing mousse through your hair and tease the crown.

18. Cute Fishtail Braid

Long gone are the days of super sleek and unnaturally curly prom updos for short hair. Today, a more natural (but still elegant) appearance has taken precedence over sweet curly-girly hairstyles. Natural textures and dimensional colors take centre stage. A single fishtail braid transforms an otherwise casual daytime look into something dressier.

Bob With A Fishtail

Instagram / @hair_by_pelerossi

19. Sweet Side Braid

When styling short hair for trendy prom styles, remember that braids can work wonders for those who want to look natural yet a bit more upscale, as jbraidsandbows exemplifies with her look. A braid creates natural separation between the shades of your balayage hair.

Braided Bob Hairstyle

Instagram / @jbraidsandbows

20. Curly Updo with Bouffant

When creating evening styles for very short hair, the quickest and most effective method for maximizing volume is to tease the crown. To start, run a bit of thick volumizing mousse or spray through your locks, focusing on the roots. Next, tease the crown section with a comb, brushing downwards toward the roots. Make a few twists and pin them around the bouffant.

Curly Half Updo For Bob

Instagram / @adnomoreira

21. Curled Hair with a Crown Braid

Searching for a cute but less hackneyed short prom hairstyle? Look no further than this sweet hairdo from goldplaited_. You can also rock a style like this at a wedding, bachelorette party or any black tie affair. Just make sure there are plenty of pics involved – you’ll want to see it from different angles!

Curly Bob Hairstyle With A Braid

Instagram / @goldplaited_

22. Sleek Half-Up Hairstyle

Don’t underestimate the beauty and allure of a classic sleek short hairstyle for school dances, graduation or other formal events. A style like this can give the spotlight to the rest of your look – your make up and attire, from a bold red lipstick to a dazzling evening gown. Another bonus? It’s incredibly easy––just twist and pin in place.

Simple Half Updo For Medium Hair

Instagram / @coiffuredespres

23. Low Loose Bun

This updo loosely swirls your highlights into s soft low bun at the nape of the neck. This could be a cool casual updo, but it definitely has its special twist, so, you can wear it proudly for a special occasion as well.

Loose Bun Updo For Short Hair

Instagram / @lauren.morrison

24. French Braids to Bun

If you are a fun and easy-going kind of girl, try sloppy braids and a messy bun for your graduation hairstyle. We love this series of French braids that form an understated bun––perfect for plenty of photo opps.

Three Braids And Bun Updo

Instagram / @goldplaited_

25. Extra Short One-Sided Bob

Grey and silver tones, both blaring and subtle, are definitely all the rage right now––and make a cool color accent for cute prom styles that lack length but not style. For extra short hair, try to add an asymmetrical twist by shifting the weight of your bob to one side, followed by a series of volume-enhancing curls.

Short Curly Ash Blonde Bob

Instagram / @nataliesrosie

26. Curly Mohawk Updo

This elegant hairstyle is highly deceptive––at first glance, you’d be absolutely sure the model has long, flowing, curly hair. Aided by curling and precise pinning, even shorter hair can achieve an eye-catching textured updo.

Mohawk Updo For Shorter Hair

Instagram / @hairhunter

27. Mesmerizing Pinned Updo

As Instagrammer @kellgrace shows us, all hair––even short strands––can go up. And if you’re in the market for a prom hairstyle for short hair, look no further, as this polished updo is sure to take your date’s breath away! Best of all? It’s easy to do.

Updo For A Layered Bob

Instagram / @kellgrace

28. Twisted Rows Updo

Extensions are the only quick and efficient solution to get a showy updo when you are growing out your natural hair. If you don’t like bulky styles, try neat rows of flat twists crossed and pinned at the nape of the neck.

29. Ultra Curly Formal Hair

With bangs blended into the rest of the hair that has been styled in airy curls, this evening style has “Heavenly” written all over it. The trick? Lots (and lots!) of hairspray, especially right after you’ve curled your hair. Avoid running a comb or your fingers through the updo to keep the airy curls intact.

30. Soft Upstyle with Curls

A decade ago short hair prom hairstyles were defined by a surplus of hairspray, super-tight curls and unnaturally crispy bangs. Today, the prettiest styles are also the softest––the natural-looking texture steals the show here. Consider a medium hold hairspray to ensure you keep the shape of the curl, but avoid the crisp effect.

Curly Blonde Updo

Instagram / @hairicome_

31. Dark Blond Rolls and Twists

This one is perfect for its carefree but styled look, and it’s achievable even with frizzy hair. The roll begins at the front and runs down to the sides, becoming a mass of rolls and twists with some decorative pins in place for added sparkle.

32. Prom Hair with Multiple Braids

One braid adds a carefree touch but multiple braids create a beautiful bohemian look for prom. Divide your hair into three different sections then braid each one across your head. It’s okay if some shorter pieces stick out. That messy texture definitely adds to the look.

33. Curly Black Bob

Just take a moment to admire her hair’s beautiful texture. When you have curls like those, there is no need for an overly complicated updo. Keep things simple and allow your mane’s texture to be the focus by choosing a haircut that shows it off, like this angled bob.

34. French Roll for Prom Hair

A French roll is a popular hairstyle for evening wear whether you have long or short hair. This one has a youthful vibe that is perfect for prom thanks to the wispy texture, loose twist, and sweet floral hair clip tucked as if randomly.

35. Short Multi-Braided Prom ‘Do

Do you want to see prom hairstyles for short hair that allow you to show off your length as opposed to pinning it back? Then try something like this. A loose headband braid stretches delicately along the hairline. A tighter braid is added behind the first one for an interesting short prom hair look.

36. Braided Messy Mohawk

Edgy girls will definitely want to remember this look when it’s time to choose a ‘do for prom. It works on a variety of hair lengths but it is especially suited for those who have cropped, choppy hair. Create a zigzag braid on the side of your head then tease your locks in the center for a rebellious faux mohawk effect.

37. Prom Hair Twisted Updo

An important thing to know is that prom hairstyles that have numerous steps to go through to succeed aren’t always the best. Sometimes it’s the simplest look that has the biggest impact. See this low twisted updo. It requires minimal skill, but the result is very pretty.

Two Twists Updo

Instagram/ @hairdreams_

38. Short Wavy Hairstyle with a Shaved Side

Are you confused about prom hair for short hair? Stick with a curly look like this one. It works on medium to very short hair. To add some edge to the look, try a side undercut. Or simply braid it tightly.

39. Short Textured Bob

Play up your mane’s texture for prom. This angled bob would look gorgeous if it was styled straight, but the tousled, disconnected ends are so cute. Plus, they add movement and the illusion of thickness.

40. Copper Red Mesh Updo

Here’s an updo that’s packed with femininity. It’s one of those classic, convenient yet stylish prom hairstyles for short hair. The rich, compelling hue looks charming and enticing, while the back upsweep features an intricate mesh look with wispy side fringes and bangs that frame the face.

41. Muted Smooth Bob

You can’t go wrong with this style with its dainty look, guaranteed to work with any prom outfit. Being more formal, it’s smooth and neatly combed, while still featuring cute tiny flyaways for a livelier look. The braided bangs add interest, as do the off-center part that delicately balances out the length of the face.

42. Brunette and Blond Braid

Claim this hairstyle as a conversation-starter, as it’s sure to get you noticed. You definitely like braids, so think a loose chunky side fishtail braid that looks twice awesome with contrasting highlights.

43. Short Platinum Undercut Hairstyle

Clearly, this is a fancy and elegant way to change your trendy undercut look for the occasion. The loose braid separates the long bang from the carefree long front and leads toward the cropped undercut section, creating a wonderful contrast of three textures (long, short and braided) within one short hairstyle.

44. Shaggy Red Bob

This is the perfect occasion for an attention-grabbing entrance. Why not go for this cascading hodge-podge of copper and golden blonde messy waves that intertwine with the two braids nesting in their fullness. The uneven, messy edges complete the look.

45. Side Braided Bob

This style is a great choice for short prom hairstyles because it rocks, and you can easily do it yourself. The tight French braid is gently constructed from the side part and accented with silver rings.

46. Ginger Blonde Bob with Two Braids

This is definitely a winner if you prefer to choose from updos for bobs. The long side fringes work well for this beautiful ginger hair which beauty could be enhanced only by the two messy side braids.

47. Disheveled Red Prom Do

Feel free to make your statement with this red hairdo. You can see how it’s really easy to create a fashionable look from a disheveled style with a harmonious volume throughout. The full side bangs are separated from the crown with an unkempt braid that begins somewhere among the waves above one ear and disappears into the tousled look.

48. Black Bob with a Rope Braid

Here’s a lovely twist-braid to boost your feminine appeal. With styles like this it’s evident how a single strategically placed detail can totally change the look of your basic style.

49. Simple Bob Updo with a Floral Headband

If you want to keep it clean and simple, then leverage the power of prom updos for short hair. This one features a floral headband on slightly disorganized short hair that’s pinned upwards from the back. The front bangs and wispy curled fringes complement this effortless style.

50. Easy Half Updo for Bob

Thinking of something more classic? Well, this auburn rounded bob with its under-curled ends is not fancy, but it is effective. It features hair gathered from the front and pinned down at the back, creating a smooth and pristine look. An excellent choice when simplicity is a must!

Short graduation hairstyles are bright and showy, unquestionably. They allow rocking bold colors and crazy textures, creating strong contrasts with your fancy outfits and flawless make ups. With a short trendy hairstyle you can easily overshadow long-haired beauties.

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