11 Prom Hairstyles That Won’t Compromise Your Natural Curls

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Prom Hairstyles,

Getting your crush to pull off an extravagant promposal is just half the battle of ending your high-school days with a bang. Planning every little detail of your prom night is arguably the best part of senior year — after graduation, of course. The dress, the manicure, the makeup, and the hair are all equally important. These pictures will be on your mom's mantle for a lifetime, after all.

And when your hair is natural, the styling options are endless, making it even harder to settle on the perfect look. Some assume that prom — or any special occasion — requires silk pressing your hair straight, but there are lots of gorgeous curly options, too. Ultimately, the most important thing is that whatever style you choose will hold up after you've been body rolling and twerking for hours.

To help declutter all your recent Google searches, we rounded up natural hairstyles that are fit for a prom queen, ahead.

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If you're gonna pick a time to go ham with hair bling, prom is it. You can achieve these spiral curls using flexirods, and upgrade the mohawk look by embellishing the sides with jewel barrettes.

Topknots shouldn't be reserved for days when you "literally can't" with twisting and finger-coiling. You can make the style prom-worthy by weaving a gold ribbon through a braid at the back of your head.

For prom-goers with locs, there's plenty of opportunity to play around with color. You can dye your hair before your party, or use a pigmented hair chalk to match your locs to your gown.

For this fro-hawk, celebrity stylist Lacy Redway used pearl-accented pins to secure Zazie Beetz 's hair.

You can also get a few flower-shaped clips and secure them throughout your updo for some added shine.

Your basic ponytail can instantly become a ponytail worthy of winning prom queen with the addition of a few (or a lot of) diamond bobby pins.

Add "chunky side braid" to the list of easy hairstyles you can't go wrong with.

Nikki Nelms made classic cornrows look abstract and artsy by weaving gold cord throughout actress Bianca Lawson's braids. Pair this with your spaghetti-strap dress to make a statement without really trying.

You can copy Logan Browning's slicked-down side part with a second-day twist-out or a wash-and-go. The best part? It'll save you cash on booking a stylist, because it's so easy to DIY.

You can dress up your waist-length ponytail by adding a few cornrows along the sides of your hair. Once you slick your strands back and attach a braided extension, you'll be cheesing like Issa Rae in all of your prom pics.

Yes, you can rock baby hairs to prom — just take a cue from celebrity stylist Ashley Noel. For the NAACP Image Awards, she decorated Marsai Martin's bun with slicked down edges and teeny pearls.

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