African American Prom Hairstyles: 15 Hair Ideas to Steal from the Runway

These hairstyles are to die for!

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 afro
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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.

african american prom hairstyles: blowout
Hit up your blowdry bar before your festivities. Photo credit:

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.

african american prom hairstyles: cornrow braids
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3. Cornrow Braids

There are so many reasons to love cornrows. If you are thinking about a braided style, push the braided bun aside and go for cornrows instead.

african american prom hairstyles: curly updo
The curly puff for any reason or season. Photo credit:

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.

african american prom hairstyles: curtain bangs
Curtain bangs are back. Photo credit:

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.

african american prom hairstyles: half up
A look you definitely will see during prom season. Photo credit:

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.

African american prom hairstyles: headband updo
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7. Headband Updo

A fun headband serves as the perfect accessory to complete your prom look. Try a girly headband with a bow.

african american prom hairstyles: princess headband
Strut into your prom like the princess you are. Photo credit:

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.

african american prom hairstyles low bun
Easy prom hairstyle idea. Photo credit:

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.

african american prom hairstyles old hollywood
A timeless look. Photo credit:

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.

african american prom hairstyles side swoop
A perfect way to update your signature look. Photo credit:

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.

african american prom hairstyles sleek bun
Smooth and simple sleek bun style. Photo credit:

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.

african american prom hairstyles: statement earring
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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.

african american prom hairstyles: two
Step up into the prom scene like… Photo credit:

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.

african american prom hairstyles: sultry waves
Roll up to your prom with sexy waves. Photo credit:

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.

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