Whether you are going to prom with a boyfriend, crush or your best friend, prom is always a memorable night and with Instagram, Twitter and every other social media platform, prom is more immortalized than ever. We want our photos to be show stopping or at least newsfeed stopping. Once you’ve found (or imagined) your perfect dress, it’s time to pick a hairstyle. This can be a difficult decision: Up? Down? Curly? Straight?
One of the best ways to narrow it down is by choosing the right hairstyle for your dress. We’ve put together this simple guide to help make the right choice. But the most important thing is that you feel comfortable and beautiful regardless of fashion trends.
Choose the right Hairstyle to Match Your Prom Dresses Style
There are plenty of dresses styles. The best way to narrow down your choices is to consider the ‘theme’ or ‘mood’ of your dress. For example, if you have a classic and elegant look then choose a hairstyle that is just as timeless but if your dress if more relaxed and ‘flow’ then opt for a boho hairstyle.
Consider the Neckline
V-Neck, Scoop with Square Neckline Dress with Wavy Side Hairstyle
If you have one these popular shaped necklines then you should opt for an updo set relatively low that has gentle texture such as relaxed waves. Great options are a faux wavy bob (or a waves with a bob-length haircut), a textured side-swept braid or low side-swept bun.
Hair with a Strapless Neckline Dress
If you opt for a strapless dress then you want to show off your dress and shoulders. This could mean a sophisticated side-swept updo for some but this is also an ideal neckline for a down or half-up half-down hairstyle because the hair will draw the eyes to the shape of the sweetheart neckline and soften your shoulders.
If you have a high neckline then it just feels naturally to pull all your hair up in an elegant topknot or slicked chignon. You want to make your neck and neckline the center of attention with one these dresses. Whether you position the chignon or tight ponytail in the middle of your head or a high topknot you will have a truly elegant look.
A backless dress can be paired with a variety of necklines but it’s all about the backless feature. You want to show off the intricate back so an updo that matches the theme of the dress (vintage, elegant, boho, etc.) and shows off the back is a great option such as a crown braid or chignon. But if you want to wear your hair down then opt for a wavy side-swept or even a braid.
Halters have made a come back in the past few years. For these looks you should opt for a higher hairstyle such as a high sleek braid. If you have shorter hair (or even longer) and you want to wear your hair down then try a slicked back half up do for a bold look that compliments the halter neckline.
One shoulder dresses can be tricky because the strap can vary so much. From big ruffles or a simple one-inch strap to jewels and gems. This should be consider when choosing the right hairstyle. Generally a hairstyle that is off your shoulders will focus on the neckline. Choose a hairstyle that doesn’t compete but rather compliments the asymmetrical line such as a side-swept french twist or relaxed waves.
Remember that your hairstyle should suit your personal taste first and foremost. If you are having trouble deciding then choose a hairstyle that will flatter your dress and your face shape. It’s a good idea to have a run-through for your hairstyle prior to prom night, just to be sure that you’ve chosen the right hairstyle.