And it couldn't be easier to replicate.
While promoting The Vampire Dairies at PaleyFest this weekend, the gorgeious Nina Dobrev stepped up in an ultra-feminine half-up hairstyle, topped off with a bow.
The look was quite a departure for Dobrev who normally favors a casual loose wave to more obviously pretty styles like this. It's almost like she took a page out of Ariana Grande's book, and we have to say: We love it! In fact, it was the perfect way to offset her edgy dress, which had tough-girl details like studs and a cutout.
If you're rocking a stand out ensemble like NIna's, let this serve as prime hairstyle inspiration for prom. To get a similar look, texture products are key. (Nina has a serious head of hair!) Spray damp hair all over with Bumble and Bumble's Thickening Spray, then concentrate a bit of volumizing mousse at the roots to mid-length. Flip your hair upside down while you blow-dry, roughing up your roots with your fingers as you go to get a solid amount of ligt. After your hair is dry, try tonging sections with a curling wand in alternating directions to get a bit of a bend in the hair, then rake the culs out with your fingers so it doesn't look too "done".
Afterward, you can either backcomb sections at the crown of your head, or use a texturizing spray to give a little more grip to the hair. (Try lifting hair at the crown, then blasting Redken Quick Tease Backcombing Finishing Spray at the root.) Then, grab a grosgrain ribbon and tie your bow! The texture in your hair will make sure the bow stays put, but you can add bobby pins in a matching color to lock it in place.
Follow Nina's lead and wear it with a long, daring dress, or go the Ariana Grande route and pair it with a princess look for prom. Or, better yet? Wear it with a super-cool athletic-inspired sweatshirt and channel your inner cheerleader. Bring it on!