23 pretty prom hairstyles to inspire you

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Prom season is officially here, and while you may have chosen your dress weeks (or months!) ago, chances are you're still on the hunt for the perfect hairstyle. With prom often falling on a warm May evening, we're big proponents of wearing your hair up in a formal updo -- but of course that also depends on the dress.

If your gown has serious sparkle or a killer neckline, you're going to want to wear your hair in a way that looks pretty and put-together but lets the dress be center stage. If your dress is more on the simple, classic side, you might want to do something a little more exciting with your hair -- whether it's a gorgeous braid, a twisted chignon, or an embellished look with accents woven throughout like Brie Larson's hair at the Oscars.

Above, watch one of our favorite simple yet beautiful styles you can do at home, and below click through to get inspired -- some of the most beautiful hair moments that are perfect for prom.

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23 pretty prom hairstyles to inspire you

An elegant braided crown.

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A pretty twisted half-up 'do.

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For an edgier look, braid the back of your head into a high bun. 

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Elegant twists make for a gorgeous chignon.

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A boho-inspired braid pulled back into a low bun.

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A purposefully 'messy' bun.

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The ultimate bouncy ponytail.

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A simple, elegant ballerina bun.

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A looser, slightly wider bun shows off hair highlights.

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Curled locks pulled back into youthful twists.

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A slightly spiked, twisted bun.

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Soft waves with a little embellishment.

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A daring, elegant, shoot-for-the-stars play on a mohawk.

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Undone elegance.

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The most elegant ponytail you'll ever see.

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Subtle, sweet details. 

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A gorgeous full, curled ponytail.

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The ultimate twisted updo.

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A sleek, knotted look that is insanely cool.

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Soft waves and a sparkling embellishment.

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A low, twisted chignon.

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Loose, flowing waves.

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Gravity-defying volume.

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