16 Prom Hairstyles for Black Girls

Amra | 01 May 2019
Woman with naturally curly hair in pineapple

On the hunt for beautiful natural hairstyles for prom? Find the perfect look with one of these magical styles!

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.

Curly Half-up

Naturally curly hair in half-up, half-down
Credit: Rupert Laycock

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.

Ponytail Puff

Woman with naturally curly hair in pineapple
Credit: Rupert Laycock

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.

TRESemmé Botanique Curl Conditioning Mousse

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

brown curly hair in bun updo with cornrow braids
Credit: Rupert Laycock

Give your bun updo a prom update by adding two cornrow braids and wrapping a silk scarf into a cute bow around your bun.

Headband Twists

Curly brown hair with headband twist
Credit: Rupert Laycock

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.

TRESemmé Botanique Nourish & Replenish Hydrating Mist

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.

Halo Twist

natural hair halo braid updo
Credit: Rupert Laycock

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

naturally curly brown hair in pineapple updo
Credit: Rupert Laycock

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

black hairstyles for prom: chanel iman with long sleek hair swept to the side
Rapunzel, Rapunzel show off your great hair! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Looking for long prom hairstyles for natural hair? Then why not channel your inner Rapunzel, like Chanel Iman has done here.

While you can opt for playful loose waves, we think Chanel’s sleeker style provides a more modern touch and looks just as beautiful!

TONI&GUY High Shine Serum Drops

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

black prom hairstyles: janelle monae with a high bun updo with pearl hair accessories at the met gala
Give your go-to bun a pearly update! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

As we’re well aware, when it comes to next-level hair, Janelle Monae reigns supreme. And for this red carpet event, she went all out with this super pretty, natural bun 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

prom hairstyles for black girls: susan kelechi watson with side braided hairstyle
Switch up the side you rock your braid on, for extra style points! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

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

zendaya with wet look strands at red carpet event
Fresh outta water vibes are what you are going to serve at the table! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

On the hunt for sexy natural hairstyles for prom? Well, we suggest you zhuzh up your mane with some gel and give this wet-look hairstyle by Zendaya a chance!

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

tika sumpter with vintage wavy hairstyle on the red carpet
Mirror mirror on the wall, who has the coolest hair of all? You do! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

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.

TRESemmé Botanique Natural Hold Hairspray

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!

Floral Afro

head shot of model with big afro with flowers in it wearing yellow
If woodland vibes are what you’re after, try experimenting with flowers of all sorts! Credit: Verity Jane Smith

We’re sure you’ll agree, that these springtime-themed hair accessories work well with this mega-babe’s afro.

TIGI Bed Head Foxy Curls Contour Cream

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

Alexandra Shipp with short curly pixie cut with a tiara in it
Exude ice queen vibes with a tiara. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

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.

We simply adore how her fashion-forward, icy tiara works with her short coils, proving that you don’t always have to have long hair to look glamorous.

Rihanna’s Ponytail

Rihanna with high ponytail with curls in it, at the Valerian premiere
Ponytails + curls = the perfect black prom hairstyle! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Rihanna channelled major vibes with this romantic, wavy high ponytail, showing that prom hairstyles for black girls don’t always require a glam squad!

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

prom hairstyles for black girls: Jourdan Dunn with half up half down hairstyle with waves in it
Be Belle at your prom with a gorgeous half-up, half-down ‘do! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

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

black prom hairstyles: teyonah parris with box braided scarf updo on the red carpet
This hairstyle won’t be sending anyone to sleep! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

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!

 

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