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MANESPIRATION: 9 Prom Hairstyles to Steal From the Red Carpet

What’s up, prom season!? We’re pleased you’re finally here. And we’re even more pleased the the outdated prom styles of the past [*ahem* crunchy ringlets plastered with Aqua Net] aren’t a thing anymore. Still, finding a look for what’ll definitely be a night to remember can be a mission. That’s where celebs’ manes make our lives so much easier. This year’s red carpets were packed with perfect manespiration! So whether you want to wear your hair up, down, or somewhere in between, there’s a style sure to suit your fierce-fancy. Ahead, nine celeb-inspired ‘dos perf for prom…


1. BARELY THERE WAVES

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Pair effortless waves à la Margot Robbie with an eccentric gown for cool contrast.

 

2. SUPER-SLEEK 

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Pin-straight locks and a sleek center part like Bella’s are for the girl who is all about a plunging neckline and heavy smoky eye.

 

3. OG GLAM

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Going for Old Hollywood glam? Lady Gaga’s voluminous locks at the Oscars should be your inspo. We envision the deep side part and sculpted curls with a sweetheart neckline.

 

4. FAUX MOHAWK

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If you’re looking for volume, but feel like wearing an updo, do as Kerry Washington and wear a faux mohawk.

 

5. POLISHED MOHAWK BUNS

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A fresh twist on the conventional ballerina bun, Rooney Mara’s slicked back mohawk buns at the Oscars are ideal for babes who plan to wear a gown with an embellished neckline.

 

6. BRAIDED BUN

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If you want to follow one of this season’s hottest hair trends, look no further than Olivia’s tresses—braided at the side part and wrapped into a bun at the nape of her neck. An intricate low ‘do like hers puts a modern chic spin on any ensemble. Click here for the how-to.

 

7. HALF-UP

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The ‘90s are back by way of the half-up hairstyle, like the one Alicia wore to the Oscars. All it takes are textured waves as the base and a sleek bun at the crown of the head.

 

8. BIG, BAD BRAIDS

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An interwoven braided ponytail like Chrissy Teigen’s from the Oscars elevates a backless dress. If this look intimidates you, chill—read this how-to.

 

9. HIGH PONYTAIL

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If you want the focus of your look to be your peepers and pout, but still want to embrace length, follow Ariana’s lead with a high ponytail, step-by-step here.


 

More prom hair ideas, right here.

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