School Formal Hairstyles

School Formal Hairstyle Inspiration

It's the time of the year when school formals are just around the corner. If you're a typically super busy parent of a school leaver, or maybe you're graduating yourself this year, you've probably spent months hunting for dresses, accessories or suits and have left deciding on a hairstyle until the very last minute. Eek! 

Blonde haired bride wearing hair extensions in a ponytail for her wedding.

Human hair extensions (especially clip in extensions) are super easy to apply, and they can take your hairstyle and overall look to another whole level.  So even if you think some styles might not be achievable, keep an open mind as between your stylist and our team here at Medusa, we can help make your hairstyle dreams come true.

Do your research

We suggest you jump on Instagram, TikTok or Pinterest and check out what styles are trending for party and formal hair right now. Whether you're looking for something classic and elegant or fun and youthful, there'll be plenty of inspiration to save. Better still, grab some hair extensions, head to the salon, and chat with your stylist to get professional advice on which styles they think would suit your hair and chosen outfit best!

With so many style options and hair inspiration everywhere you look online, it can be hard to decide on the perfect style. But don't worry, we've got you covered. Here are some of the best school formal hairstyles to help you narrow down your search. 

Sleek and Straight

If your own hair is naturally straight and you don't want to go to too much effort, or you already have beautiful long natural hair and are planning on going for a classic and elegant look, then sleek and straight hair is the way to go. 

Simply straighten your own long hair with a flat iron and add a little bit of shine serum to give it a polished finish. 

If you don't have naturally thicker hair and find you need some extra thickness and length to achieve a glamorous look, just add clip some clip in hair extensions to enhance your natural hair. 

TIP: Ask your stylist to create some soft waves at a trial to decide whether you might want to break out and switch things up a bit instead.


Braids are always a good option for formal hairstyles because they can be dressed up or down, depending on how you style them. 

For a more sophisticated look, try a french braid or fishtail braids. Or, if you want something a little more fun and youthful, go for a messy braid or waterfall braid. 

Tape hair extensions, micro rings or clip in hair extensions are all excellent options for helping your stylist create big, long, traffic-stopping braids.


Updos are always popular for formals because they keep your hair out of your face and off your shoulders so you can show off your dress, accessories, neck or shoulders to the best effect while partying the night away. 

There are many different updo styles to choose from, so take your pick! Human hair extensions are the most popular choice for stylists when creating perfect messy buns, a braided updo, or even high ponytails.  

The best hair extensions for any formal event (and the easiest to apply) are definitely clip in extensions. Hair extensions will give your stylist more hair to work with and will help add lots of extra volume, aka drama. Messy or sleek, an updo can be styled to match any look.


Embracing and enhancing natural curls has been a strong trend this year, and we say the bigger and curlier, the better! Curls are also a great option for formal hairstyles because they can be styled in many different ways. 

Whether you want loose and natural-looking waves or tight and bouncy curls, everyone has a dream hair option. Just make sure to use heat protectant spray before styling to prevent damage to your hair!

Brushing Medusa blonde micro ring hair extensions

Getting help with human hair extensions

Our Medusa team is always here to help you with a colour match by finding the perfect shade to suit your natural look. We know human hair well and can advise which Remy hair extensions are best for your hair type. 

We're also happy to answer any questions you might have, as our main goal is to take away any stress around achieving your desired look for this big day/night!


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