April 07, 2016

Easy DIY prom hairstyle for girls with short to medium hair with layers


Glad to be back this month with some prom hairstyle inspiration for you!

This up-style is lovely, romantic, elegant and perfect for an upcoming prom.  This is one you can do on yourself and is good even if you have shorter, layered hair.  You won’t need to go to a salon for expensive hair extensions.  And more importantly, it’s quite easy to do!

Prom Hairstyles

Step-by-step instructions:

  1. The first thing you’ll want to do is curl your hair. This will give the style a romantic look and make it a lot easier to form and pin up!  I used a curling wand and it´s quite possibly the easiest.
  2. Next you’ll want to part your hair from ear to ear in a slight horse shoe shape pointing upwards. Clip the hair on the top out of the way and tease the lower part using a rat-tail comb or a teasing brush.
  3. Brush your hair out gently over the teasing and gather the hair in a loose side ponytail. You can tease the ponytail gently as well, if you like.
  4. Now divide your pony into smaller sections and twist each of them, one by one loosely, place the ends close to the nape of your pony and pin in place with a bobby pin. TIP: Look in the mirror and play around with their placement, before pinning. Also leave out a few curls hanging down, this will give the hairstyle a more effortless look. This technique is great to make your short pony appear to be a full and big, messy bun.
  5. Let the rest of your hair down and make a side part. You’ll want most of your hair to go to the side where your pony sits. Make loose rope braids on both sides, where you’ll pick up new hair only from your hairline.
  6. Pick up some hair close to the part and divide it into two strands.  Cross over in the direction away from your face.  Add in additional hair to the lower strand and cross over again.  Continue until you’ve added hair from above your ear and then just twist the two sections over each other without adding in new hair and secure it with an elastic at the end.  Now repeat on the other side.  Be sure to leave out some face framing pieces.
  7. Now just place the twists in the back of your head, crossing them over the bun and pinning them in place with bobby pins. Make sure to hide the ends. Don’t pull them back tightly, leave it soft and loose.  You can now pin up any remaining hair that has been left out over the twists. It will help blend everything together.

Now look at everything from different angles in the mirror.  Tweak it until you’re satisfied, spray it with a bit of hairspray and you’re done!

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So how about it? Will you give this easy DIY prom hairstyle a try?

Ok lovely! Prom or no prom, may you have a wonderful hair day! 🙂 See you next time!

For more great hair tips and ideas check out Hairs Affairs!

  • Elisabeth Vidal

    amazing. love it

  • Liana P Shkreli (Ana)


  • Alessandra Sio

    Amazing, planning on trying this soon ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  • Alessandra Sio

    Amazing 😱😱😱😱

  • Alessandra Sio


  • Julie Fisker Jensen

    So soft and beautiful!

  • Olivia Romanacci

    i have short hair so this worked perfectly and wasnt too hard to follow!

  • Nina Janzen

    so pretty!

  • Hannah Dement

    Super cute!

  • Paris Perez

    Love this!!

  • Liz

    This is so cute.

  • Ebony

    Sooooo pretty

  • Chelsea

    Wow it looks so easy! It can be for prom or any day you need to get your hair up! I’ll have to try this!

  • calmond

    I love this style–might give it a try with my layers!

  • Courtney Castle


  • Allē McReavy

    Prom hairstyles that are easy 👌🏼

  • saphiresandiamonds

    So elegant looking.

  • Sarah B

    I love it! Too bad I can’t do hair no matter how hard I try haha

  • Tatum

    So pretty!

  • Sisters creating time

    So cute!=D

  • Haley Karshna


  • Phoebe lee

    its so nice… and it looks really easy to do!!!

  • Tobi Lister


  • Sunreet

    i love all those step you give us it is very helpful

  • Alicia

    Beautifully done!

  • Alexis Miller

    Love this😍😍

  • Amina

    I love that style!

  • Estella

    I just love this hair style

  • xxx ItsSoBeauty xxx

    I loove that hairstyle!

  • Jessica

    Even thing here is so nice wth

  • Dua Aamir

    Even though I don’t have layers love this!!!!!!

  • Claudia Sanchez

    Love it!

  • Danae


  • Brittany Marie

    I wish I would have seen this when I was going to prom


    Great hair style

  • Iliana


  • Sarah B

    So pretty!

  • Jeanne Coulombe

    So pretty

  • Nicole M.

    So creative!

  • Mackenzie


  • Jennifer Luna Ayala

    Love it I need help this is the right thing I can do with my hair.

  • Beauty.03

    Changes up any look from 0 to 100

  • Jeanie Morgan

    doing this tonight for my concert

  • Nicola Forbes

    I think I have just found my grad ball hairstyle! So pretty

    • Ania Brzozowska

      Thank you Nicola!

  • tess campbell

    sooo trying this out!

  • Rebecca Boyss

    Love it!

  • Tiff


  • Nouzhat Yousuf

    perfect <3

  • Ellis

    Definitely going to give this a try!

  • Brianna

    This hairstyle is so simple yet so nice to do

  • Lenah

    Simple but classy

  • Haley Karshna

    I like buns, but i dont like how they look on me

  • Bhumi

    Such a perfect hairstyle for short hair 👍🏽

  • Clare Maguire

    You have such pretty hair!

    • Ania Brzozowska

      Thank you Clare! 🙂

  • cortney brown

    This is nice! I do this like everyday.

  • Mackenzie


    • Ania Brzozowska

      Thank you Mackenzie! 🙂

  • LilTortoise

    very nice

  • Loz Vlogz

    Omg i love this so much <3

  • ㋡Brianna Atkinson㋡

    I’ll have to give this a try for homecoming!

    • Ania Brzozowska

      Yay! :)) That’s great! 🙂

  • Barrie

    I wish I’d seen this yesterday so I could’ve tried this on my teen’s hair!

    • Ania Brzozowska

      I’m glad you like it, you can always try next time! 😉 Thank you!

  • cheryl

    I like it, looks easy.

  • Paris Perez

    so cute, love how you made it seem so simple to do. CGH is very helpful when it comes to trying to figure out how to style my hair

    • Ania Brzozowska

      Thank you so much! 🙂

  • Jeena Bittenbender

    I love it. Would look great at a wedding but also with a T Shirt and jeans….

    • Ania Brzozowska

      Thank you! 🙂 Oh yes, you can dress it up or down, all depends on the accessories! 😉

  • Amy M

    So cute❤️

  • Francesca


  • Gretel Allen

    It looks so pretty….I will definitely try this!

    • Ania Brzozowska

      That’s awesome! Thank you Gretel!

  • joni metcalf

    These hairdos are gorgeous!


    Showed this article to my daughter….she is having her two flower girls have their hair like this for her wedding….thank you

    • Ania Brzozowska

      Wow that’s wonderful! :))) Thank you! 🙂

  • Paige D

    Amazing 🙌

  • Mary Dailey

    This is so pretty and would also be perfect for a wedding!

    • Ania Brzozowska

      Couldn’t agree with you more!;) Thank you Mary! :*

  • Leen

    Super nice

  • Kay-Ann O

    Perfect 😘❤️

  • Jade Barwick


  • Lauren

    This has really helped me to decide on how I would like my hair for prom thanks

    • Ania Brzozowska

      That makes me really happy! Thanks Lauren!:*

  • Elsa Fabulet Pitt-Bailey


  • Beauty.03

    i love me a quick n easy yet beautiful hairstyle

    • Ania Brzozowska

      Me too! 😉 Thank you so much!

  • Xictlaly and Dolores


  • Shena Carla Quilang


  • Maria Perez


  • Maleeka Ibrahim


  • Madeline McBride

    So helpful!

    • Ania Brzozowska

      Glad you found it helpful Madeline! Thank you!

  • lee-yuhn

    Sooo cuuuuute ❣❣

  • Stephanie Ventura

    Perfect 👌🏻❤️

    • Ania Brzozowska

      Thank you! 🙂 So glad you like it!

  • Ambrin


  • Denisse Barria

    simple and cute

  • Maddie

    Really unique!

  • Annalise G

    This hairstyle is solo pretty! I want to wear something like it to my school formal

    • Ania Brzozowska

      Go for it! 😉 Thank you Annalise! 🙂

      • Annalise G


  • Julisa

    Very pretty and creative, but not sure I can do this myself, I might need a professional.

    • Ania Brzozowska

      Thank you Julisa! Like with everything, we need a bit of practice at first, but if you break it down into steps and give yourself some time, you might be surprised how well you’ll do! 🙂

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  • Emma

    This is absolutely perfect for my hair. It’s medium length and has layers. I’m so excited to try it out!!

    • Ania Brzozowska

      Cool! :))) Thank you Emma!

  • Hailey King

    Love the hair

  • Vanessa Diels

    This looks easy and useful.

  • Sam

    Finally hairstyles for short hair, this is really pretty

    • Ania Brzozowska

      Thank you so much Sam! 🙂

  • Wiktoria

    Its pretty, but looks a bit difficult.

  • Chowmander


    • Ania Brzozowska

      Yay! 🙂 So happy to hear that! Thank you!

  • lainey

    this is so cool :))

  • B&b fan

    So cute

  • Anna Joles

    This is so pretty!!!!!

  • Cristo Murio Por Ti

    Could you please please show us different ways to wear a dutch braid? = D

  • rajee

    so cute

  • PAo10

    This is always useful, thanks for sharing

    • Ania Brzozowska

      You’re absolutely welcome and thank YOU! 🙂

  • Alejandra Villarroel

    Cute. But seems a little bit hard. 😐

  • celeste

    Gorgeous definitely trying it

  • Sarah

    this id so pretty but it seems so hard

  • Raquel Reyes

    So cute!!!

  • Glowariana

    Such a pretty hairstyle for prom😍❤️

  • lily


  • Erika Chu

    Love this hairdo

  • Edith Miguel


  • Tibebe S. Biru

    Just cute and simple.

  • Megan Darbonne


  • Sayra Garcia


  • Brianna

    This is a really easy and wonderful hairstyle to do

  • Monica

    Coolest thing ever!!! Now I won’t have to worry about having an awesome hairstyle for short hair at prom!

    • Ania Brzozowska

      I’m super happy about that Monica!:) Thank you!

  • viviana

    #and the rose gold headphones are beautifullllll!

  • viviana

    love this hairstyle!

  • Rachel

    Thank you for this! It’s so hard to find up-dos for layered hair

  • bella.125

    this is such a pretty style

  • Alex Thompson

    Her hair is so pretty if only I had a prom date

  • Nicole Oquendo

    Thats pretty cool!

  • Stephanie Roman

    tried this today just for school, looked amazing c:

    • Ania Brzozowska

      Awesome! I wish I could have seen a picture!:) Thank you Stephanie!

  • TheBestOfBri

    so pretty!

  • Ashwaq .،

    Love it .. Very nice 😍

  • Allie G

    Easy and beautiful!

  • Anna Thulin

    this is gorgeous! I definitely will use this for prom if I’m asked!

  • ✨Bëth✨


  • Victoria Martinez

    So elegant and girly ! Fav hairstyle !!

    • Ania Brzozowska

      Thank you Victoria! 🙂

  • Courtney Castle

    So cute!

  • iliana


  • Abdou


  • Alyssa Cantu

    This could easily be done for long hair😍

  • Mónica López


  • Hannah Paxman

    So pretty! Easy hairstyle to do!

  • Brooklyn powell

    Amazing hairstyles! So beautiful

  • Jennie

    Very cute!

  • this is beautiful and so great since I have short hair!

  • Adriana Bodewig


  • Grace W

    Love this so much

  • sage rawls

    this is perfect for me

  • Khulood


  • BIA martins

    sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo cute

  • Mafalda Teixeira

    Wow! i love it!

  • dunno_really

    love the, so pretty!!! Will be trying!!

  • Bayley

    Oh my goodness! This is stunning

  • Natalie Cheung

    Perfect 😃

  • اميره عبدالعزيز

    I love it, my hair the same length almost always I be worried if there is a marriage or Party to what to do with my hair, but this looks very pretty and easy I will try it soon

    • Ania Brzozowska

      I hope you do! Awesome!:) There is a lot we can do with this hair length, no worries! 😉 Thank you so much!

  • sophia cavalcante

    Looks like I can do it!

  • Rachel Smith

    This is gorgeous!

  • Avital Frank


  • Jana Klement

    Just what i needed. Thanks 👍

  • Nouzhat Yousuf

    Wao! Amazing!!

  • hanh nguyen

    very pretty!!!

  • Aimee Valdivia

    I love it!!!

  • Anna To

    Wow it looks so soft

  • Ellis

    Wauw! 😍

  • Sammi Shih


  • Bhumi

    So beautiful!! 😍

  • Natasha Xavier

    this would be my new favorite post, because my cousin is going to prom this month so that would be perfect if I give her this… thanks cute girls hairstyles

    • Ania Brzozowska

      You’re welcome Natasha! 🙂

  • Nikky2110

    Defenitely going to try!

  • Iliana


  • Abigail Merlan

    So pretty and simple

  • America Cano

    This is the type of hairstyle that looks like it took you 10 hours but really only took you like 30 min absolutely love it!

  • jøanna |-/

    This looks so conplicated but it’s so simple 😱

  • Genesis

    I’m going to try this for prom is looks so pretty

  • Miranda benson

    Always looking for easy hairstyles! And this is great

  • Ms. Izzy Montero


  • Kylie Domic

    Cute 🙂

  • mich.19

    Wow! so pretty!!

    • Ania Brzozowska

      Thank you! 🙂

  • Patti Lewis

    Love this!

  • Erin

    So cute!!!

  • Valeria Garcia

    Beautiful! <3

  • Xictlaly and Dolores


  • Madison Glascott


  • Sierra Rojas-smith

    Super cute love it I can definitely use this

  • Kay-Ann O

    Super cute 😘

  • Kayla Frank

    The steps are easy to follow. It’s a fabulous idea showing different hairstyles for various hair lengths…very helpful 🙂

    • Ania Brzozowska

      Thank you so much Kayla!:)

  • alyssa


  • Emily Dow

    Love this idea!

  • Madeline Williams


  • Jasmine


  • jurika martinez

    fun hairstyles

  • Savannah


  • Maria C

    I love updos and these are absolutely gorgeous😍

  • Reatha Brunjes

    cute and stylish

  • Ruby

    It’s so hard to find actual styles for short hair so this is very helpful!

  • solozzo

    pretty girl and pretty hair!

  • Jenna dole


  • Aliyah Moore

    This is so helpful!

  • Justine

    This is soooo beautiful and helpful! Thanks you all! 😉

  • Dyamond

    This is so cute!! <3

  • Tori LaParr


  • Alina Alexis Valencia

    So pretty!

  • Melanie

    Omg! This is such a beaauuuttttiiifulll hair do! Too bad I’m not going to prom cuz I would totes do this! 😍👌🏾

    • Ania Brzozowska

      I wouldn’t mind wearing it with jeans and t-shirt! ;))) Glad you like it Melanie, thank you!

  • Hafsa Rehman

    Looks hard but pretty

  • Stephanie Roman

    woud love to try thiss if my hair was long enough! c:

  • Hina


  • Jennifer Luna Ayala

    Yes I just found the perfect hairstyle for prom thank very much!!

  • Ariana Reynoso

    Yes! Been looking for something like this.

  • Takhiya

    Pretty I really like this hairstyle

  • Jasmine

    Loving the hairstyles!

  • Mariah Parks

    I am gonna try it on my hair it looks so pretty

  • Donna Grant

    these are all so pretty!

  • Aubri

    I love this hair style is so pretty

  • Linh Nguyen

    Cute, easy, simple for prom ~! I love it~!

  • Gamar A

    anything like this for long hair

  • Tawnie Green

    I have really long hair but this is still so pretty

  • Mystical Memories

    This is so cute! I am totally going to try this out on my sister!

  • Elizabeth Eike

    This is actually pretty simple! I’ll have to try it out soon!

  • Kristen Marie

    This is so pretty! Great post.

  • Esmeralda Lindsey

    Soo Cute!!

  • Amina

    wow it’s very pretty and my prom i coming up soon 🙂 I might give it a try

  • Alicia Chevalier

    So elegant. And affordable as prom can get pretty price-y.