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5 African American Hairstyles For Special Occasions

From actresses to singers to models, star style was everywhere in August 2015! Between the MTV Video Music Awards and the Emmys we have enough black hairstyles for special occasions to talk about for months.

We spotted some of the hottest ‘dos on these red carpets to bring you a simple how-to packed article on achieving these looks for yourself. Check out these 5 easy-to-do styles and bring your celebrity style A-game to your next social event.

1. Teyonah’s Easy, Breezy, Beautiful Bun

We thoroughly enjoy watching Teyonah strut her royal high bun. I’m definitely giving her 5 stars for this lovely look!

Teyonah Parris Easy Breezy Beautiful Bun Emmys

Photo courtesy of Celebmafia.com.

How to Style:

  1. Smooth hair into ponytail.
  2. Wrap loose extension hair around ponytail.
  3. Take sections of hair roll and pin into place until height and shape of bun is achieved.
  4. Spray sheen to add shine to hair.

Recommended Products:

X-pression hair extensions is my favorite brand to use to achieve this style. It’s length, weight and shine give fantastic, full results time after time.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This style looks great on everyone. It’s especially great for those women who have round faces because this ‘do will tend to elongate the face. Straight or wavy long hair is recommended to achieve this style.

2. Halle’s Bold, Brown, And Beautiful Pixie

Halle Berry has an endless beauty that has followed her throughout the years. Her classic pixie stays as a standard in the hair industry!

Halle Barry Black Hairstyle For Special Occasions

Photo courtesy of Urbanmecca.com.

How to Style:

  1. Dry hair with wrapping lotion foam.
  2. When dry, flat iron hair into style.
  3. Spray sheen to add shine to hair.

Recommended Products:

The most important thing about this style is protecting the hair by putting moisture back in especially if you have lightened your hair or if it’s relaxed. That being said, try using Hair Polisher Heat Protecting Hair Serum by Fantasia. Check out the one with aloe enriched serum for an amazing shine. This is especially good for use if your styling tools are ceramic.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This style looks great on everyone. Straight, short hair is recommended to achieve this style.

3. Keeping It Chic With Chanel

Chanel’s hair remains bone straight with a solid color to bring out the details of her fashion forward dress and shoes.

Keeping It Chic With Chanel Iman Straight Hair

Photo courtesy of Huffington Post.

How to Style:

  1. Part hair on preferred side.
  2. Apply heat protectant then flat iron hair bone straight.
  3. Spray light finishing spray for shine.

Recommended Products:

Joico K PAK Smoothing Balm is one of the top 5 heat protectants out there.  Try it out for your next blow dry.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This style typically fits anyone! If you have a round face, this style helps elongate it with its asymmetrical cut. Straight hair with medium length hair is recommended to pull off this style.

4. Madame Rowland’s Royal Do

We are head over heels in love with Kelly’s entire presentation at the Video Music Awards this year. Check out the details on how she pulled off her royal braid to get red carpet ready.

Madame Kelly Rowland's Royal 'Do At The VMAs

Photo courtesy of Huffington Post.

How to Style:

  1. Slightly curl hair using a flat iron or huge Velcro rollers. The point is to get the hair smooth as possible.
  2. Comb the hair down starting from the middle of the head.
  3. Braid hair around the hair line so it sits just above the forehead. Tuck and pin the end of braid away neatly so it’s not seen.
  4. Pinch the sides of the braid and gently pull to make the braid look thicker.
  5. Use firm finishing spray.

Recommended Products:

This style requires long hair! Don’t hesitate to add a few clip ins around the edges for a fuller look. Check out Remy clip in extensions from Remyclip.com. The company promises that a full money back guarantee if you’re unsatisfied with their hair; so what do you have to lose? Go check it out!

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This style looks great on slender faces. If you have a round face, this style may not be for you. Straight, long hair is recommended to achieve this style.

5. Rock The Waves With Alexandra Ship 

This sultry updo is brought to you by actress Alexandra Shipp. Perfect for a night on the town!

Rock The Waves With Alexandra Shipp Updo

Photo courtesy of Huffington Post.

How to Style:

  1. Use setting lotion and braid hair into 5-6 cornrows starting from forehead to nape.
  2. Undo braid after it is completely dry.
  3. Pinup hair as desired.
  4. Spray sheen to add shine to hair.

Recommended Products:

Try  Mizani Setting Lotion Mutli-level Hold Formula creates lovely wet sets while deep conditioning the hair. Right now you can get this product on sale from $35 to $24.95 from House of Beauty World.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This style looks great on everyone. Straight to curly long hair is recommended to achieve this style.

All of these celebrity inspired special occasion styles are proven perfect for a night out on the town, weddings, or any special event. So what are you waiting for? Try it out and rip your own runway!