Hello prom girl! Does your dress call for a side swept hairstyle but you have no idea where to start? That’s where I come in. I scoured Pinterest and YouTube for some fabulous side hairstyles for you to whip out for your prom night. From the classic side bun to Hollywood curls, these styles are easy to do on your own or grab your friends and try out the styles together. You’re bound to find the one you love!
Simple Side Ponytail
First, section your hair at the crown and backcomb to give some volume. Smooth the poof and pull hair into a side ponytail. Secure with a clear elastic. Next, grab about an inch section and wrap it around the elastic (or braid the section and then wrap around). Slip the pin under to secure in place. Lastly, curl the ponytail and pin each curl as you go to help it hold. After ten minutes release the pins for tight curls or run your fingers through for looser waves. Add a headband or other fun accessories.
Looped Side Swept
Start by sectioning the top part of your hair and using a wand (or wrap hair on the outside of your curler) to curl. Be sure to hold each curl in your hand to allow them to cool. Repeat sectioning and curling as needed until all hair is curled.
Next, grab a piece by your ear and pull it into a ponytail, securing with an elastic (preferably one that matches your hair color). Holding the pony tail split hair above the elastic creating a hole and loop your hair back through it. Repeat this step for as many loops as you want, moving diagonally across your head. To create volume, grab hair from the opposite side and backcomb.
And that’s it! Feel free to add any accessories to glam it up.
Romantic Side Bun
Start by spraying your hair with dry shampoo to help create some texture. A little tip from me to you: if you don’t have natural curly hair, go ahead and curl your hair and then spray it with dry shampoo. Next, tease it at the crown. Once you have your base, take some hair over your ear and twist it across to the other side. Stop once you’ve gone across your neck and pin in place.
Grab the remaining hair and separate into three equal sections and braid. Hold the end loosely and pull at the braid to make it looser. You’ll want about 1.5-2 inches wide. Hold a piece at the bottom and pull up, scrunching the braid. From here, roll and position the braid to by your ear and pin in place. Lastly, remove the first pin holding the twist to loosen the style just a bit. Spray and you’re done!
Inverted Fishtail Braid
First curl hair into loose waves and push hair to the side of your part (whether it’s left or right, don’t fight it). Pick up a section of hair above your ear and separate in two pieces. Take a piece on the outside of one section and cross it under to the inside of the and add it to that section. This time grab a piece from outside and cross it under adding it to the other side. Repeat adding hair until the braid reaches the other side of your head. This part can get a little frustrating, so don’t give up. Just go slowly and eventually you will get it.
Once you’ve got it, take hair from the front and bring it over the braid and fishtail as normal. (To fishtail, just separate two sections and cross the outside under to the inside of the other side and repeat.) Secure with a clear elastic. You can leave it as is or lightly tug at the edges of both braids to create a more voluminous style. Feel free to accessorize with clips or whatever you want. Finish with hairspray and you are done!
Side Swept Curls
Create a deep side part by using the end of a rat tail comb. This is one of the most crucial steps so be sure you have a flattering side part. Begin curling with a large barrel iron on the side opposite the part (the smallest section). The important part is to curl TOWARDS your face (I know it’s totally different than modern day, but trust me).
Continue curling but try not to get too much volume at the top. After all the hair is curled let it cool for five minutes and then gently brush them out; you should be left with a gorgeous wave. Sweep your hair to the opposite side of your part and pin in the back to hold it in place. Spray with hairspray to keep it in place.
I hope you enjoyed these side hairstyles. Be sure to tag #moncheriprom on Instagram if you try them out! Happy styling!