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8 Prom Hairstyles to Steal From the Red Carpet

Who’s ready for prom season?! We’re pleased it’s finally here. And we’re even more pleased the outdated prom styles of the past (*ahem* crunchy ringlets plastered with Aqua Net) aren’t a thing anymore.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. Red carpets are always packed with perfect manespiration, especially for prom. So whether you want to wear your hair up, down, or somewhere in between, there’s a style sure to suit you. Scroll below for eight celebrity prom hairstyles perfect for your big night!

Barely-There Waves

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

77th Annual Golden Globe Awards - Arrivals BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: Margot Robbie attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
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Super Sleek

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

The 58th GRAMMY Awards - Arrivals LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 15: Bella Hadid arrives at the The 58th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 15, 2016 in Los Angeles City. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
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Old Hollywood Glam

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.

88th Annual Academy Awards - Arrivals HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Singer/actress Lady Gaga attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Dan MacMedan/WireImage)
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Spiky ’90s Updo

Though you weren’t born in the ’90s, you can still style your hair like you were. Opt for a spiky updo like Doja Cat‘s to add some playfulness to any garment you don.

64th Annual GRAMMY Awards - Arrivals LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - APRIL 03: Doja Cat attends the 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 03, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for The Recording Academy )
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The Wet Look

Elevate your prom with a modern take on the wet hair trend. You’ll look like you stepped straight off the runway or the red carpet with this sultry style worn so effortlessly by Ciara. The best part is all the sweat you work up from dancing will blend right in.

2022 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Radhika Jones - Arrivals BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 27: Ciara attends the 2022 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 27, 2022 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Lionel Hahn/Getty Images)
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Braided Bun

If you want to follow one of this season’s hottest hair trends, look no further than Olivia Wilde’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.

88th Annual Academy Awards - Red Carpet HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actress Olivia Wilde attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
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Brushed-Out Waves

Keep things simple with some brushed-out waves and channel your inner Olivia Rodrigo. Who says prom hairstyles need to be intricate?

The BRIT Awards 2022 - Red Carpet Arrivals LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 08: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Olivia Rodrigo attends The BRIT Awards 2022 at The O2 Arena on February 08, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Jim Dyson/Redferns)
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Tinker Bell Bun

Buns go with every prom outfit, no matter if it’s flashy or subdued. We’re always big fans of the Tinker Bell bun for festive occasions because it’s so easy to create and, again, goes with everything. Use Sydney Sweeney‘s take on the bun as your guide.

2022 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Radhika Jones - Arrivals BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 27: Sydney Sweeney attends the 2022 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 27, 2022 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images)
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