Hopefully the warming weather is pulling you out of those second-semester blues toward the warmth of the blue spring sky. If you’re anything like us, the budding roses and lilies may have you starting to think about corsages and boutonnieres. Spring has sprung, and it’s officially #promszn, ladies.

Not only is prom a chance to dance with your best friends, take a limo ride, and take pictures to preserve memories, but an opportunity to express yourself with a look that makes you feel more confident than Beyoncé performing at the Super Bowl.

The most important advice for a flawless prom look is to keep your look cohesive. Different hairstyles pair better with different looks. Prom hairstyle trends have shifted away from the tight, ringlet curls that tend to look stiff and rigid, regardless of the way it’s arranged. These days, we aim for a windswept, natural, “I woke up like this” look.

When in doubt, braids can add flair to your go-to hairdo. As Ivy’s most requested look, we’ve re-invented the typical braid with our braid and bun bar. Our “Braid Baristas” are pros at integrating the trendiest braids into any style. Here’s some inspiration for a prom look that will have your friends calling you #goals.


Perfect Princess

Does your dress make you feel like the fairest of them all? Ballgowns and A-line dresses pair well with a classic up-do, especially a high bun. A sleek signet is perfect for ladies that prefer a low bun. You will look regal, elegant, and fairytale ready.


Finish your look with soft, delicate eye makeup, perhaps with a touch of shimmer. Go with a glossy pink lip and shoes with a subtle sparkle. Iridescent earrings will have you beaming.


Boho Beauty

Bohemian style is whimsical and enchanting. The defining characteristics of boho hair are mystical effortless. This style is perfectly achieved by integrating braids, braids, and more braids. Fishtail, rope twist, Dutch, and pull-through braids all contribute to the free spirit vibe that is quintessential to bohemian style. You can incorporate multiple braids into your ‘do, and even mix and match braid styles.


When doing a boho up-do, remember to keep the volume high and the hair tousled. You can make your braids appear looser by pancaking the braid (gently pulling the braided pieces apart, giving the appearance of a fuller braid.)

This look can be enhanced even further by adding hair accessories, such as small flowers or a leafy appliqué. For makeup, go with neutral shadow shades, a nude, glossy lip, and illuminated cheekbones. Finish with strappy heels or sandals and plenty of rings.


Classic & Quintessential

If your style is more simple-yet-striking, you have a lot of room to play around when it comes to accessorizing. A classic side-swept bun or braid is always an option. Signets can bring out a classy, Kate Middleton vibe. Loose, romantic curls never go out of style. Some of our most popular requests are half-up, half-down variations and waterfall braids that are minimalistic but stunning.


To add an edge, try a smoky eye or a more dramatic winged eye. If you do a lighter eye, go with a bolder lipstick to add some punch to a traditional look. Big earrings or a chunky necklace can also help make the outfit pop.


Dramatic & Daring

Edgy, unconventional, and fashion-forward dresses are expressive and radiant your confidence. Be careful not to overdo it, though! This kind of dress goes best with sleek and simple hair. Get your Ariana Grande on with a tight high pony, or channel your inner Zendaya to pull off a slicked back low ponytail at the nape of your neck. If you want to spice your hair up just a tad, you can tease part of your hair, or braid the hair after you tie it up. Get your hairspray ready; bye-bye wispies!


Dark yet simple makeup will complement your outfit without competing with it. Shimmery, small earrings will accentuate your face without detracting from the dress.



Call Ivy to set up an appointment for your prom needs! Whether your taste is fresh and unique or traditional and tender, we have stylists that will help you feel like the belle of the ball.

Special thanks to our Eastside Master stylist, Rosie Maederer, for these style tips!