Short & curly hairstyles for prom

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Short & curly hairstyles for prom
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Don't think that just because you have short, curly hair that your options are limited for hairstyles. Short curly hairstyles can range from girlish and demure to the look of a glamorous vixen. If you have a short hairstyle and your hair is naturally curly, there are many simple yet stylish ways to wear your hair that would be appropriate for formal events such as your high school prom.

Hair Care

If you are blessed with naturals curls, you sometimes think they are also a curse. Naturally curly hair will become frizzy and unmanageable if not properly cared for. Get your hair trimmed every six weeks to help manage split ends and stay away from heat styling and chemicals. Wash your hair every other day and never brush your hair or tug on it while it is wet. If your hair is in good condition, it will be much more manageable and easier to style.

Hair Cuts

If you are going for a short and edgy look for prom, you need to go to your stylist and ask for layers. Stacked layers and angled cuts emphasise curls and will add bounce to your style. If you want a softer, more classic look have your stylist cut just one to two longer layers into your hair. Get the ends thinned to achieve a flattering shape that is more voluminous on top.

Short & curly hairstyles for prom
Rihanna's angled bob emphasises her curls.

Curling Irons

If your hair doesn't have natural curls or the curls you want for your prom hairstyle, you can use a curling iron in the appropriate size. For big flowing curls you will want a large curling iron such as a two inch wide or one-and-a-half inch barrel. If you are going for the more natural all-over curl, use two or more different sizes in different sections of your hair. Use the bigger curling iron on the back and top of your head and the smaller one to shape the curls that will frame your face. Section your hair off before you start so that you don't miss any hair.

Short & curly hairstyles for prom
A wide-barrel curling iron.

Hot Rollers

If you are using hot rollers to achieve the curls you want for your prom hairstyle, section off the top middle section from the front of your head to the back. Start at the top-front section of your hair with the biggest sized roller in the set. Roll away from your head to get a soft and sweeping look with your curls. Just curl the top middle section for a more simple look. Leave the rollers on until they have cooled. Gently unroll them and spritz with hairspray. The curls will relax into place within the first 10 minutes.

Short & curly hairstyles for prom
Ceramic hot rollers.


When you are finished curling you can style and position your hair the way you want it. Let some curls fall in front of your face and sweep them to one side, or flip a whole side of your hair over for the swept look. To finish off your short and curly prom hairstyle, use smoothing cream to polish it up for a formal look. Use hair clips to hold a lot of the hair back or just a little. Experiment before the day of your prom with different looks so you can find the style you like best.

Short & curly hairstyles for prom
A swept look.

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