If you’ve been looking for a fresh way to wear your long hair down for prom, a wedding or other special occasion, you may find yourself feeling overwhelmed by the hundreds of blogs and YouTube videos available online. They’re great if you already know what you’re going to do, but if you’re still deciding, here are some of the hottest ways to wear your hair down this season.

Pure Elegance

Down Hair StylesFor Rapunzel-like length, there’s nothing more classic and glamorous than corkscrew curls. Perfect for wearing your wedding hair down, long and luscious curls can glam up any gown and easily accommodate hairpieces.

To easily achieve this look, towel freshly washed hair and part it to one side. Brush your hair to the other side as you blow dry it. Next, using a 1-inch curling iron, curl a small section of hair from the tip up, gently unwinding the hair from the curler rather than pulling the iron out of your hair. Clip the curl out of the way and continue onto the next small section of hair, spraying heat setting serum on the hair just before curling. When you’ve got the amount of curls you want, finish with a humidity-resistant hair sheen for additional shine.

Vintage Curls

Wedding Hair DownAre you going to prom circa-1950’s and need a down hairstyle to match? With the pin-up style, you can wear your prom hair down and still pull off the vintage look that made Betty Page and Dita Von Teese so famous. Perfect for most face shapes, pin-up girl curls are easy to do, provided you have the right tools at your disposal.

To accomplish this vintage look, towel dry your hair and work a style cream into it. Make a diagonal part in your hair and wrap hair around head with a paddle brush as you blow dry. With a 1-¼ inch curling iron, create large curls at the top, and pin each section immediately into place to cool. Loosely curl the rest of the hair, saving big curls for the top-front section. Arrange those big top curls and bobby-pin them in place. Leave the lower curls loose, and the upper curls tight. Finish with holding spray.

 Let It All Down

Bridal Down HairstylesPerfect for accentuating strong facial features like high cheekbones and luscious lips, let your hair down in soft, wavy curls and finish off this high-fashion look with a high shine. To have this look, blow dry hair thoroughly, parting it deep to one side.

Using a flat iron, smooth hair from the top of your head down hair mid-length. Spray each section with heat setting spray before using a 1-inch barrel curling iron to volume the lower half of your hair. Repeat all until curls abound. Finish with high hold, high shine hairspray.

Farrah Fawcett Blowout

While Beyonce stays busy sweating out her blowout, sweating out her press, you can get this classic look that hearkens back to Farrah Fawcett and a much simpler time; the 1980’s. Whether you go for Farrah’s classic wings or take Beyonce’s more modern approach, the blowout is one of the easiest, hottest looks that’s trending for proms and weddings everywhere. This hairstyle takes a bit of time, but the results are worth it!

You’ll want to make sure you have a really good blow dryer. Look for a model that has a turbo motor but operates on 1,800 watts or less, since you’ll want to dry hair fast while minimizing damage. First towel dry your hair, giving it a good tousle for volume and shape. Then spray a fast-dry on your hair like Redken Pillow Proof Blow Dry Express Primer. Work your fingers through your hair while waving the hair dryer side to side until your hair is about 80 percent dry.

Next, separate hair into four sections (front, back and both sides) and twist each section up into a clip. Grab a big round brush and your dryer, release the front section, and place the brush at the root behind the section. Brush as you dry, rolling the brush up as it nears your ends. Once completely dry, collect the section in a big curl  and secure into place with a hair clip. Repeat on side sections of hair. For the back section, use a paddle brush as you blow-dry to better tame it. Release all the sections and allow hair to fall naturally, teasing your curls as you see fit. Run the blow-dryer on the cool setting to lock in moisture, and finish with a light holding spray and some smooth finishing cream near the part.