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Prom Hair: The 10 Hottest Trends for 2016


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I've Handpicked the Best Hair for This Year's Prom
All images from Getty

I've handpicked 100s of prom hairstyles that aren't ugly, dated or wrong, wrong, wrong (tiaras, anyone? Leave that for the prom queen). In this article, I break down below the 10 most popular prom and homecoming hairstyle trends for 2016. But before you check them out, here's a sneak-peek:

The Top 10 Trends

Here are the top trends in order. I'll hit the details and provide photos in this slideshow:

  1. The Mussy Updo
  2. Half-up/Half-down Prom Hair
  3. The Classic Prom Updo
  4. Long Hair Worn Down (the Non-Updo)
  5. Braids
  6. The Side Ponytail
  7. Short Hair
  8. Side Buns
  9. The Bejeweled Prom Hairstyle
  10. Fake Bobs

See photos of all 10 trends.

Picking Your Perfect Hairstyle: 4 Rules to Live By

When it comes to finding the perfect hairstyle for prom or homecoming, abide by these 4 rules and you'll be good to go:

No. 1: Choose the dress first. Your hair should complement your dress, not compete with it. The same goes with your prom makeup. Figure out your makeup last -- after you've chosen the dress and hairstyle.

No. 2: Consider your personality. You want to be comfortable at prom, which means you want to look like the very best version of yourself. If you are a casual girl who never wears makeup, the prom is not the day to break out your inner Kim Kardashian. Leave the formal updos for the classic, traditional girls in your school.

No. 3: Work with your hair texture, but consider changing it up to surprise everyone. Curly hair looks amazing either down or up, left curly or blown-dried super-straight (that will surprise everyone!). Straight hair can be curled into waves and wound into ornate updos (with the help of pins and hairspray). Wavy hair can be either straightened or curled and is the perfect texture for half-up/half-down styles as well as updos.

No. 4: Finally, when selecting styles, think ahead 20 years. Those prom photos may show up on 2035's version of Facebook, so you want to look fabulous and timeless. See How to Look 10 Pounds Thinner in Prom Photos before you stand in front of the camera. Those tips will last you a lifetime of picture-taking.

Let's get started with the top 10 trends beginning with the gorgeous mussy updo (my favorite).....

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