10 princess-worthy prom hairstyles for black girls

Amra | 01 May 2019
black hairstyles for prom: chanel iman with long sleek hair swept to the side

On the hunt for beautiful black hairstyles for prom? Channel your inner Disney princess with one of these magical looks!


Are you a naturalista or a hair extension lover? Do you dream of being a Disney princess for your prom? Well, now you can make that dream a reality with these pretty prom hairstyles for black girls – all without even setting foot in Disneyland!

Yep, that’s right, you can embody your fave character by taking a look at the gorgeous black prom hairstyles we found, which are surprisingly easy to master, celeb-approved and utterly enchanting.

1. 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 black girls? Then you’re probably hoping to channel your inner Rapunzel, like Chanel Iman has done here.

While you can opt for playful loose waves, like the Disney character does, 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!

2. Janelle Monae’s Cinderella 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’s imitating Cinderella 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 — bibbidi-bobbidi-boo!

3. Susan Kelechi’s Jasmine 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, for a Jasmine-worthy look 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!

4.  Zendaya’s slicked-back Ariel 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 black 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, it’ll also give you an effortlessly chic ‘do that even Ariel approves of!

5. Tika Sumpter’s vintage Snow White 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

If you’re more of classic kind of gal, you should take things back to where they began – by rocking this Snow White-esque crop!

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.

TIGI Bed Head Hard Head Hairspray

Editor’s tip: To make your mane a full-time masterpiece, set it in place with the TIGI Bed Head Hardhead Hairspray and just watch as the compliments come pouring in!

6. Pocahontas’ 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

Whether you’re frolicking in the forest or keeping villains at bay, as a princess, it’s always important to have your hair on point (and prom is no exception). And since Grandmother Willow won’t help, you’ll have to rely on butterflies and flowers.

We’re sure you’ll agree, that these springtime-themed hair accessories work well with this mega-babe’s afro. Plus, this protective look will last longer than Pocahontas and John Smith’s relationship (sobs!), meaning you rule the dance floor all night long!

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!

7. Alexandra Shipp’s Elsa-inspired 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 and channel your inner Elsa (like Alexandra Shipp has), 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. Guess shorter locks never bothered her anyway!

8. Rihanna’s Tiana 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 Tiana 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. Say goodbye to frogs and bad hair days!

9. Jourdan Dunns’s half-up Belle hair

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

In case you haven’t noticed, Beauty and the Beast’s leading lady was rocking the half-up hair trend before it was cool. So, when we spotted Jourdan Dunn with this darling Belle-inspired ‘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. Who’s the most enchanting prom-goer of them all? You of course (if you decide to give this ‘do a go!).

10. Teyonah Parris’ Sleeping Beauty 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 black prom hairstyles, 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!