Prom season has been far from traditional over the years. These days, it’s all about stepping into your special night embracing your personal style in every way that you can. To wit: If you want to wear a pair of kicks with your gown, we say do it! And if you want to get hairstyle inspiration from the runways, we say to do that too. We can totally help you out with the latter: We found some elevated, and fashion-forward African American prom hairstyles from the catwalks.
We’d like to warn you though, these hairstyles are so good, you may not be able to come to a decision right away and may even find yourself wearing them way after the big day has passed. Read on:
African American Prom Hairstyles: Looks from the Runway
1. The Afro
The afro hairstyle is an easy style to wear during prom season. If you are contemplating on chopping your hair off right before prom, here’s proof that it will look amazing with a gown.
2. The Glam Blowout
Every girl needs a last minute hairstyle option. The blowout is a simple and easy hairstyle to choose for prom. To fancy it up, all you need is a bold lip and charming accessories.
3. Cornrow Braids
4. The Curly Updo
Want to go for chic yet fun updo African American prom hairstyles? You can’t ever go wrong with a curly look like this. Gather your hair up into a high ponytail and tease your curls to perfection. Set with a shine hairspray like Bed Head by TIGI Headrush Shine Hairspray.
5. Piecey Curtain Bangs
Looking to hit the prom scene with a new trend? Well, piecey bangs are not so new, but they’re back! Swoop your fringe into this look.
6. The Half Up
We admit this hairstyle may be worn by many promgoers but that shouldn’t deter you from wearing it as well. Ain’t nothing wrong with a classic, especially one as chic as this.
7. Headband Updo
A fun headband serves as the perfect accessory to complete your prom look. Try a girly headband with a bow.
8. Princess Inspired Hairstyle
For some, getting gussied up for prom feels like a fairytale. Why not create a look that complements the feeling? We love the idea of this fairytale-inspired dreamy look. Create spiral curls on your tresses with a hair wand, then set with a flexible hold hairspray like Dove Style+Care Flexible Hold Hairspray and pin up into an updo.
9. Low Bun
Let’s say you plan on wearing a gown that has so much detail that you don’t want to wear a hairstyle that overpowers it. Go for a laid-back low ponytail hairstyle that keeps your whole look understated yet chic.
10. Old Hollywood Straight Hair
Prom night is one of the best times to get glammed up. Take cues from Old Hollywood and opt for this sleek glamorous look. Add shine using TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Shine Serum.
11. The Side Swoop
Do you wear your hair with a side part as your signature look? If so, this is an easy way to update it for prom season. Swoop your bang area over to create this updated look.
12. Sleek Bun
This sleek bun style works well for any type of prom attire. Smooth your hair back into this style to draw all attention to your gown.
13. African American Prom Hairstyles Fit for Statement Earrings
If you plan on wearing a bold statement earring, don’t hide it with your hairstyle. Instead pull it back and put that strong shoulder-duster game on display.
14. Medium TWA
If you got it, flaunt it! Embrace your cut and your texture this prom season with short African American prom hairstyles. Pick your teeny weeny afro out to perfection with an afro pick, then seal the deal with a shine spray.
15. Sultry Waves
Try a more fun and flirty look for prom night like these sultry waves. Use a flat iron to help achieve the perfect wave and set with a hairspray of your choice to lock your waves in. Our pick: TRESemmé TRES Two Freeze Hold Hairspray.