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7 Prom Updos And Ponytails You Can Do Yourself

Updo & Bun Hairstyles

7 Prom Updos And Ponytails You Can Do Yourself 7 Prom Updos And Ponytails You Can Do Yourself 7 Prom Updos And Ponytails You Can Do Yourself

Between the glam, the photo ops and the dancing, prom might be one of the most memorable high school moments. Although it may look a little different this year — thanks to social distancing, protective face masks and all — you still want to make most of it, and that includes getting the perfect ‘do for the occasion. Whether you’re headed to a distanced dance, having a photo shoot or attending a virtual event, no prom look is complete without a fabulous hairdo, so why not go all out? If you’re looking for easy prom updos and stylish twists on traditional ponytails that you can do at home, you can find everything you need to get some of this season’s most coveted hairstyles, ahead. 

1. Bubble Pony

Although your makeup may be covered by a mask, we promise this upgraded pony will make a statement. 

What You Need: Hair tie, small clear hair ties, hair spray.

How to DIY: Secure a ponytail at the crown of your head with a hair tie. Section off two to three inch pieces of the ponytail with and fasten with small clear hair ties. Then, gently tease and pull the sections to create a bubble effect. Finish by spritzing the L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Extra Strong Hold Hair Spray to keep the look in place all night long. 

Editor’s Note: To rock this as a low pony, be sure to secure the base at the nape of your neck instead of at your crown.

2. Accent Braids Multiple Ways

If you don’t have time to wash your hair, accent braids are an easy, almost effortless way to add some spice to your hair. 

What You Need: Dry shampoo, small clear hair ties, hair tie (optional) 

How to DIY: Start by grabbing the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths Air Volume Dry Shampoo. Spray it on the sections of your hair that accumulate the most oil and run your fingers through your strands to ensure even distribution. Now that greasiness has been taken care of and your hair is feeling nice and clean, separate two small sections of the hair that frames your face on each side of your head. Braid each of these sections and tie the ends with small clear hair ties. Feel free to style your accent braids in any way you like, including letting the braids hang but our favorites are either pulling the braids back for a half-up-half-down look or opting to pull them back into a high ponytail.

3. Low Bun with Tendrils

For a low maintenance look that’s sure to please, allow us to introduce you to the low bun with tendrils. 

What You Need: Frizz serum, hair tie, comb.

How to DIY: We love just how versatile this look can be—wear it as is or up the ante with embellishments like glittery gemstones or even a stylish headband. Run the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths Frizz Killer through your hair to smooth out frizz before separating small segments of hair around your face. You can style the tendrils any way you like—curled, straightened, or natural. Lastly, finish the look by bringing the rest of your hair into a low bun at the base of your neck and secure it with a hair tie. Feel free to personalize the ‘do by teasing it for a looser look or keeping things tight and sleek. 

4. Claw Clip Updo

Claw clips are all the rage right now, and for good reason. Not only can claw clips be matched to your outfit, but they make an updo as easy as one-two-three. 

What You Need: Claw clip, brush.

How to DIY: First, pick a claw clip that works with your outfit. Next, brush your hair to ensure you don’t have any clumpy knots that will get in the way. Lastly, (we weren’t kidding about three steps!) grab your hair like a low pony and wrap it around one finger and twist your hair until the ends are tucked in. Secure the twist to the back of your head with a claw clip. 

Editor’s tip: We love to pull some hairs down around the ears and around the face for added dimension. 

5. Pearly Ponytail 

If you’ve ever wanted to string pearls onto your strands, prom is the perfect time to try. It isn’t as hard as you think! 

What You Need: Pearl beads (or any kind of beads), hair tie, small clear hair ties.

How to DIY: 

To make sure your hair is soft and silky for easy pearl application, it’s important to use the right products. We recommend washing your hair with a nourishing shampoo and conditioner like the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths Restoring Shampoo and the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths Conditioner for Long, Damaged Hair to repair damaged ends before using the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths 8 Second Wonder Water Lamellar Rinse Out to give the hair a smooth, shiny finish. Once dried, situate your hair into a low pony at the base of your neck. One by one, gather a few strands and loop a bead through, as if you were making a bracelet with a piece of string. To keep the pearls in place, fasten small clear hair ties around under the pearls.

6. Slicked Back Half Pony

Give the impression of a super thick ponytail with this hack.

What You Need: Hair tie, hair spray, comb.

How to DIY: Instead of opting for a high pony, leave half of your hair down for the look of an updo while giving the appearance of a super full pony. First, style your hair to your liking—either curl, straighten or keep natural. Then, using a comb, pull the top half of your hair up into a tight ponytail at the crown of your head, securing it in place with a hair tie. Finish things off with the L’Oreal Paris Elnett Precious Oil Satin Hair Spray for a slicked back look. 

7. Wrap Around High Pony 

Don’t reinvent the wheel, just switch it up a bit. That’s how we feel about this ultra-trendy high ponytail look. 

What You Need: Hair tie, bobby pins.

How to DIY: While a ponytail might not be the fanciest updo you can think of, this added wrap-around detailing makes it look elegant and polished. To get the look, tie your hair into a high ponytail, about halfway up your head, leaving an inch-thick segment out at the base of the ponytail. Then, once you’re finished securing your ponytail, wrap the extra piece around the hair tie and keep it in place with a bobby pin. 

Photo Credit: Alice Linnéa Vondeling, @alicevondeling

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