Stylish hairstyles for black women from the runway

Your ultimate guide to looking catwalk-worthy this autumn.  

Fashion week is always one of the first places we look for new and exciting hair inspiration. From cornrows and vintage-inspired finger waves, to big, beautiful afros – it’s safe to say that there are plenty of chic hairstyles for black women on the runways to take your cue from.

And while you may feel like you can’t recreate those amazing looks without a stylist on hand, we’re here to tell you that you actually can!

Have a scroll through our gallery above for some serious hair inspo, and read below to get the details on each look.

6 stylish runway hairstyles for black women

model with a mini afro hairstyle on the runway with a flower in her hair
Mini afro at the Diane von Fürstenberg SS16 show. Credit:

Mini afro with accessories

If you’ve got a short afro, draw inspiration from the Diane von Furstenberg runway show and embrace your natural black hair!

Keep your afro cropped short and evenly rounded, and place an embellished or floral hair piece on one side of your head, just above your ear. This will add a delicate, feminine touch to your TWA and make it party-ready in an instant.

model with a big curly afro on the runway wearing tribal style clothing and jewellery
Big curly afros are all the rage. Credit:

Big, curly afro

Alternatively, if you’ve got a big, curly afro, look to this hairstyle from the Tommy Hilfiger show for inspiration. Keep the back of your hair quite long, so that it touches or falls just past your shoulders, while graduating the length at the front.

Ask your stylist to work in a few layers to help frame your face, too. Complete the look with a pair of oversized, drop earrings for a playful feel!

Editor’s tip: To keep your ‘fro looking healthy and well-moisturised, spritz in some TRESemmé Oleo Radiance Bi-Phase Conditioning Mist after you’ve washed it, and just before styling. 

model with a middle parting and waves walking on the runway wearing an all black outfit and a black choker
Middle parting + waves = fabulous. Credit:

Classic middle parting with waves

If you have relaxed hair, look to Costume National for inspiration and opt to style it with a middle parting, adding in light waves at the end. Use a tail comb to create a neat centre parting, before curling your hair with a medium-sized barrel curling wand.

Editor’s tip: To get that runway-worthy shine, finish by applying a hair serum, like the TONI&GUY Glamour Serum Drops.

model with a side-swept waves hairstyle on the runway wearing a white outfit
Side-swept waves add an effortlessly chic touch to any look. Credit:

Glamorous side-swept waves

Bored of your straight, relaxed hair? Try styling your tresses into glamorous, red carpet-inspired side-swept waves! Not only do these gentle waves add body and volume to flat, straight hair, but they also inject some sexy movement, too!

To pull off this Hollywood-worthy hairdo, opt for a super deep side parting, as seen at the Christian Siriano spring/summer 2017 show!

model with cornrows hairstyle on the runway wearing a grey knitted outfit
Cornrows at Valentino SS16. Credit:

Cornrows with a bun

While cornrows have been around for ages, they’ve recently become super popular, thanks to a number of A-list celebrities (think Kim Kardashian and Jennifer Lopez) sporting the style.

We love how cornrows were pulled back into high buns at the Valentino show and think this ‘do makes the perfect look for a party or festival.

model with finger waves hairstyle on the runway
Finger waves at Stella McCartney AW16. Credit:

Vintage finger waves

If you’re after a hairdo with cool, retro vibes, look no further than classic finger waves (very The Great Gatsby, if you ask us!). The good thing is, this style can work on both short and long hair, so long as it’s relaxed!

Remember to opt for a deep side parting to ooze maximum elegance and that glamorous ’20s attitude.

Editor’s tip: Use the VO5 Mega Hold Gel Spray to help keep that finger wave in place from day to night.


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