Celeb Inspiration Board: Prom Styles

By Jessica Galliart | 04/07/2013 10:15:00 PM

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It’s the most wonderful hair time of the year–prom season!

If they’re not already, prepare for every Saturday for the next three months to be booked solid with special occasion style appointments, which many stylists will hail as their absolute favorite appointments to take on. Though Pinterest has aided tremendously over the past year to helping clients enter the salon better prepared with photos of the looks they’d like to achieve, stylists still have some prep work to do to steer clients in the right direction with fresh, trendy styles. And this is where MODERN would like to help.

From funky to fabulous, here are 10 memorable celebrity styles that may be of interest to your special occasion clients seeking that standout look for their big night out this spring.


click image to zoom Kate Middleton’s Chignon

It’s likely your younger clients will forego the hat with this look, but if Kate liked the idea of this updo enough to wear her hair up (a rare occasion), then it’s sure to be a winner of a prom style.

How-to: Joico’s International Artistic Director explains how to recreate the look.


click image to zoomFilmMagicBEVERLY HILLS, CA – JANUARY 13: Julianne Hough arrives at The Weinstein Company’s 2013 Golden Globes after party held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 13, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic) Julianne Hough’s Pinned Pomp

Prom isn’t just about updos–expect some requests from clients for styles with a bit of an edge and be prepared to offer up hair inspiration like this look from Julianne, which is ideal for ladies with locks on the shorter side or in between growth stages.

How-to: Stylist Riawna Capri gives a step-by-step guide for achieving Julianne’s (hair) height.


click image to zoomGetty ImagesHOLLYWOOD, CA – MARCH 18: Actress Rose Leslie arrives at the premiere of HBO’s ‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 3 at TCL Chinese Theatre on March 18, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images) Rose Leslie’s Knotted Updo

Romance in the front, drama in the back. Try out this seemingly subtle updo seen on the Game of Thrones star for a special occasion style that will keep your client feeling secure while she dances the evening away.

How-to: Stylist and Eufora Global Educator Mirza Batanovic told Modern how she created Rose’s style.


click image to zoomGetty ImagesHOLLYWOOD, CA – FEBRUARY 24: Actress Amanda Seyfried arrives at the Oscars at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images) Amanda Seyfried’s Sectioned Updo

As the gowns for proms and special occasions continue to amp up the drama, consider a modern take on a traditional almost-bridal look, like this one Amanda wore on the Oscars red carpet.

How-to: Stylist Marc Mapile gives some tips on taming frizz to achieve Amanda’s updo.  

click image to zoomWireImageHOLLYWOOD, CA – FEBRUARY 24: Actress Reese Witherspoon arrives at the Oscars at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage) Reese Witherspoon’s Cascading Side Waves

Waves are waves. So why were Reese’s the talk of the town on the night of the Oscars? Fashion followers on social media were stunned by Reese’s polish and texture on the red carpet, and this style is sure to be a big hit for special occasion season.

How-to: Achieve the perfect copycat style of Reese’s waves with tips from Pravana’s James Gartner.


click image to zoomWireImageBEVERLY HILLS, CA – JANUARY 13: Actress-singer Jennifer Lopez arrives at the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 13, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jeff Vespa/WireImage) Jennifer Lopez’s Deep Side Part

Ah, the deep side part. This look has been a big winner for many celebs, including Jennifer, Jessica Alba, Heidi Klum and Megan Fox. For the client seeking a more sultry look to complement her gown, test out the idea of this uber-glamorous Hollywood trend.

How-to: Prive Salon’s Erica Birdoe explains the steps for recreating Jennifer’s dramatic side part.


click image to zoomGetty ImagesLOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 12: Actress Nikki Reed (hair detail) arrives at the premiere of Summit Entertainment’s “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2” at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 12, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images) Nikki Reed’s Sleek and Chic Bun

How could we forget the bun? Whether worn high or low, it’s been the hottest and most wearable style of the past year, and clients will be eager to show off a more red-carpet-ready version of the style, like Nikki’s, at their big event.

How-to: Try these tips to recreate Nikki’s structured bun, styled by Mara Roszak.


click image to zoomJonathan Leibson/WireImage Bella Thorne’s Twisted Pinup

We love any style that allows for–and practically requires–a big, beautiful flower accessory on the side. Consider this ultra vintage updo perfected by the auburn-haired Bella for more of a classic look.

Salon tip: Any good pinup style needs some solid teasing for volume. Here are some tips on how to do that … properly.


click image to zoomChristopher Polk/GettyImages Gemma Atherton’s Swept-Back, Grecian Style

How much do you love Gemma’s goddess-esque headpiece? Prom is all about romance, and this swept-back, textured style practically screams it.

Salon tip: Find a way to work with your client’s brought-in accessory. Here are more ideas for incorporating headbands, barrettes, clips and flowers into the special occasion style you create.


click image to zoomJerod Harris/WireImage Christina Aguilera’s Purple-Kissed Tips

Because we figured we’d end this on a particularly colorful note. If your client isn’t necessarily seeking a complicated updo or even the super-trendy Hollywood waves, consider color work–temporary or not–to add some punch and complementary style to her down ‘do.

Salon tip: If you’re not already on the hair-chalking bandwagon, now’s the perfect to hop aboard. Here’s how you can get started, plus tips on how much to charge and how to promote your new services.