Prom hairstyles for black girls are formal styles that can be worn by naturalistas or hair extension lovers. From intricate updos to picture-perfect waves, prom is the perfect time to go all out and try something new with your natural hair.
But if you’re stuck for prom hair inspiration, discover easy to master, celeb-approved and utterly enchanting prom hairstyles for natural hair below.
Let your natural hair do the talking with this easy half-up, half-down. And for extra prom worthy points add a sparkling hair accessory.
When has a pony ever let you down? Never, that’s right! So if you’re looking for a fail-safe prom hairstyle for your natural hair, stick to a cute puff ponytail.
Editor’s tip: Give your curls extra definition with the TRESemmé Botanique Curl Conditioning Mousse.
Shake can well and dispense 2-3 palm-sized amounts on damp hair. Distribute evenly and scrunch for curl definition. For a more natural-looking curl, allow to air dry.
Braids and Bun
Make your hair your best accessory with a headband twist. That’s right, instead of reaching for a headband, twist your own hair and style it across your head and secure with bobby pins.
Editor’s tip: Keep your curls in tip-top shape with the TRESemmé Botanique Nourish & Replenish Hydrating Mist.
Enriched with coconut milk and aloe vera this lightweight mist conditions, detangles and preps hair for styling.
Who needs a crown when you have a halo? This hairstyle will have all your friends thinking you’ve spent hours on your look when actually it’s super easy to do – but that’s a secret they don’t need to know. Sshhh.
Faux Fringe Bun
Try out a fresh new look with zero commitment with this stylish faux fringe bun. Simply pile your hair in a bun, leaving the ends to fall in front of your face for a faux bangs finish.
Chanel Iman’s Rapunzel Hair
While you can opt for playful loose waves, we think Chanel’s sleeker style provides a more modern touch and looks just as beautiful!
Editor’s tip: To give your long tresses frizz-free and shimmering finish, apply a few drops of the Toni&Guy High Shine Serum Drops and get ready to #slay!
Janelle Monae’s Updo
This look shows that even the most basic of hairstyles can easily be jazzed up with a few pearl hair accessories, making for a rather magical ‘do that’ll look great on prom night.
Susan Kelechi’s Braid
Keep your prom style practical and ultra-stylish with a side braid that’s full of boho charm!
Proving that black prom hairstyles don’t have to be intricate to look good, Susan Kelechi rocks a 3-strand plait in her natural mane, showing off the length and volume of her tresses. We’re sold!
Zendaya’s Slicked-Back Hair
Not only are wet-look styles a super sultry way to rock some runway vibes, but it’ll also give you an effortlessly chic ‘do!
Tika Sumpter’s Vintage Waves
Knowing a hot trend when she sees one, Tika Sumpter brings tonnes of vintage glamour to the table with her 1920’s finger waves hairstyle, which is one of the most sought-after looks of the season.
Editor’s tip: To make your mane a full-time masterpiece, set it in place with the TRESemmé Botanique Natural Hold Hairspray and just watch as the compliments come pouring in!
Editor’s tip: To really make your curls pop, work a small amount of the TIGI Bed Head Foxy Curls Contour Cream throughout your mane, for a seriously high-impact finish!
Alexandra Shipp’s Tiara
So you want to be prom queen, eh? The competition will be fierce and the campaigning will be hard, but if you put in the effort the crown can be yours.
And, if you want to go down the easy route, take your ‘do from drab to fab in a matter of seconds, with this fail-safe look.
Jourdan Dunns’s Half-up
When we spotted Jourdan Dunn with this darling half-up ‘do, we just had to stop and stare! To really up the ante, Jourdan has also pulled a few tendrils of hair free from the front, for an extra romantic feel.
Teyonah Parris’ Scarf Updo
When it comes to prom hairstyles for natural hair, there’s no reason that you can’t utilise the most effective protective style – hair scarves.
Not just reserved for those lazy days, these classic natural hair accessories can be made prom-worthy by choosing a silk or satin version. So, easily give your go-to box braided updo an elegant edge by finishing it off with a scarf that matches your dress – just like Teyonah Parris has done!