23 Amazing Prom Hairstyles For Black Girls

Prom is a time when all young ladies want to look and feel amazing and it all begins with beautiful hair.  There are many prom hairstyles for black girls to choose from that are edgy, classy or simple.

Whether you like up dos, braids, or styles with added color remember prom is a special time so make sure your hair rises to the occasion!

Deep Part Waves

Picture of a deep part wavesInstagram @tarynmarinhair

Full Sew-In with Body Curls

Full Sew-In with Body Curls hairstyleInstagram @socheyhair

Q&A with style creator, Cheyenne Simmons
Master Cosmetologist / Stylist @ Lily International Salon in Atlanta, GA

How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as a full sew-in with body curls. I love this look because it looks so natural.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This look is a great style for clients who want to protect their hair from overheating, but also want to add length, thickness. or color to their hair. It is also ideal for those who want to take a break from wearing their natural hair.

Make sure you choose commercial hair that matches your natural hair texture so that the finished look looks natural. Stay away from styling products such as oils, hairsprays, and serums. Styling products will weigh the commercial hair down and cause it to look oily.

A person with a very active lifestyle can easily pull this hair up into a twisted bun, a loose ponytail, one-side it, or wear with a suit every day. This look is very versatile for many lifestyles.

Naturalista Updo

Naturalista Updo hairstyleInstagram @loveleyshair

Q&A with style creator, Haley Smith
Hairstylist / Extension Specialist @ Elle Style Studio in Richmond, VA


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as a “Naturalista Updo”. It is a very low maintenance but elegant style for a girl with natural hair.

It is also considered a protective style, which is my favorite thing about it. This low upkeep style is amazing because you are able to wear this look without damaging the hair while still feeling pretty.

Any advice for someone considering it?

My advice to anyone considering this look is to make sure the style is done on moisturized hair so when the look is taken out, your hair will still feel very amazing. I recommend doing the style on wet hair, using a moisturizing mousse or a curling cream.

This look is a great choice for anyone with a tight curl pattern because it will hold the twist very tightly and not loosen. This style is perfect for anyone who is sporty, active, and likes versatility because this style gives you multiple looks in one.

The top crown portion of the twists can be unraveled and worn as a free twist out, which will give you an updo with a look of loose curls at the top. Or, once you are ready to take the whole style out, all of the twists can be unraveled and worn as a twist out which gives your hair great texture and definition.

Adding oil or serum to your hands before touching the twists and curls will help retain great shine and leave your hair looking beautiful.

Simple & Distinguishable

Simple & Distinguishable hairstyleInstagram @beaute_royale05

Q&A with style creator, Katha Luna
Hairstylist / Make-up Artist @ Beauté Royale in Montreal, QC


How would you describe this look?

This is an easy and quick look to achieve because it is both simple and distinguishable. What I like the most about this look is that it preserves breaks, protects the brittle hair, and helps to regrow the hair.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I highly recommend the look to on-the-go clients because it is easy to maintain with simple products like olive oil, coconut oil, or gel.

Lemonade Braids

Lemonade Braids hairstyleInstagram @lesbene_styles

Q&A with style creator, Dayana
Hairstylist / Make-up Artist @ Rama Hair Salon in Brooklyn, NY


How would you describe this look?

This look is known as “lemonade braids”. These are freestyle cornrows that demand creativity and a lot of time. It’s a type of style that has been around for a while and the price varies based on the length and size a customer may want.

My favorite thing about these braids is the unique design. With this style, I have to make sure the pattern I am creating is neat and presentable. I love doing this style because clients are always satisfied with the designs I come up with. Even though it takes up to six to eight hours to get them done, it is worth the satisfaction!

The alignment of the braids, the gaps I create, the length of the braids and the finishing touches are all just amazing to me. I am exhausted after creating a look like this, but it is always worth the time and effort.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Protect these braids before going to bed. This step is very important to help maintain the style longer and keeps it neat for the next day. Secondly, moisturize your scalp because when these braids get old, they tend to lose their shine.

Any type of hair (natural or relaxed) can wear these braids, but I don’t recommend this style to anyone with short hair. Also, keep your edges safe by not keeping the braids in for way too long because they can be pulled along with the braids.

Perfectly Effortless Braids

Perfectly Effortless Braids hairstyleInstagram @braidqueen_

Q&A with style creator, Mariam
Hairstylist / Manager @ Mariam & Teneke African Hair Braiding in Brooklyn, NY


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

The one word I can use to describe this style is effortless. If this style is braided the right way, it can frame any shape face perfectly.

My favorite thing about this hairstyle is that everyone and anyone can wear it. It does not matter what age you are, what texture hair you have, or your profession. Anyone can rock this style while looking elegant, but not boring.

What tips or products do you recommend to recreate this look?

The tools needed to create this hairstyle are a comb, elastic band, any type of hair grease, any type of edge control, Kenekalon hair, and someone with hair.

Any type of hair texture can do this style. It does not matter if your hair is short or long, as long as it is catchable.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

Anyone from a 5 year old to a 50 year old can wear this style and still look appropriate and exciting. As long as your hair can be braided, this style is for you.

Daring, Flirty and Feminine

Daring, Flirty and Feminine hairstyleInstagram @raina.bee

Q&A with style creator, Raina Berkley
Hairstylist in Miami, FL


How would you describe this look?

If I had to choose three adjectives that come to mind when creating this style I would say daring, flirty and feminine. My favorite thing about this style has to be the lightly layered fringe

Any advice for someone considering it?

In order to recreate/maintain this style ,I would suggest the use of a lightweight oil to provide shine and a product with medium hold to provide a longer staying power.

I recommend this look for the slightly edgy woman with at least 30 minutes a day to dedicate to refreshing/styling her hair. In my opinion, this style best suits women with a oval head shape.

1. Braided Updo

This is a cute updo style  with braids.

braided prom updo for black girlsStyle by REGINA BALDWIN, Fayetteville Beauty College, FAYETTEVILLE, NC

How to Style:

  1. Flat twist, or cornrow hair from crown to center of head.
  2. Form ponytail.
  3. Shape ponytail into desired updo style

Recommended Products:

Try  EcoStyler brand gel, spritz and edge control for a style that will look good all night.

Best Face Shape: 

This style suits all face shapes.

Tip(s):

You can also achieve  this ponytail style with weave.

2. Oversized Bun  Updo

This elegant updo features an oversized bun with swooped bang effect to add  a little pizazz at the front.

oversized bun updoStyle by PAMELA WEBSTER, Greg’s Professional Barber and Beauty Salon, Mobile , AL

How to Style:

  1. Smooth your hair into a ponytail. You will need the ponytail to be front and center to achieve the “high bun” effect.
  2. With your spritz, and comb, smooth hair.
  3. Shape bun into desired updo style

Recommended Products:

Try  EcoStyler brand gel, spritz and edge control for a style that will look good all night.

Best Face Shape: 

This style suits all round and almond face shapes.

Tip(s):

If you don’t have enough hair for this style you can add some weave.

3. Curly Love

This style features romantic curls swept to the side.

curly love side swept doStyle by DENISE GRANBERRY, L3 Salon, Spring Lake, NC

How to Style:

  1. Straighten hair.
  2. Using a barrel roller or curling wand to curl hair.
  3. Sweep hair to the side and use edge control to smooth edges.

Recommended Products:

Use your favorite heat protectant, oil sheen and edge control for a perfect look.

Best Face Shape: 

This style suits all face shapes.

Tip(s):

For more volume and length, extensions can be added.

4. Black Tie Elegance

An elegant dreadlock updo can be quite stunning! Perfect for those of you with individual braids or dreadlocks.

black tie elegance locs updoStyle by Paulette Anderson, Loc Star! The Natural Hair Design Studio, Forth Worth, TX

How to Style:

  1. Wash and condition locs.
  2. On damp hair, manipulate dreads unto large twists up and around the head.  
  3. Secure with bobby pins.

Recommended Products:

Try  using dreadlocking gel/creme and edge control for a super sophisticated look.

Best Face Shape: 

This style suits all face shapes.

Tip(s):

For those of you with less patience, this style is best done by a stylist on freshly twisted locs.

5. Fancy Pants

This style features intricate twists and high bun for the ultimate in fancy and glamorous looks.

fancy pants prom hairstyle for black girlsStyle by Felix C McNeil, Hair Poetry by Felix, Asheboro, NC
high bun with intricate twistsStyle by Felix C McNeil, Hair Poetry by Felix, Asheboro, NC

How to Style:

  1. Flat twist, or cornrow hair from crown to center of head and from nape to center of head.
  2. Form ponytail.
  3. Shape ponytail into desired updo style

Recommended Products:

Try  EcoStyler brand gel and edge control for a sleek look.

Best Face Shape: 

This style suits all face shapes.

Tip(s):

To help thicken the twists add extensions.

6. Midnight Purple Bob

Keep your style  fun by adding some color to a well groomed cut.

midnight purple bob prom hairstyles for black girlsStyle by NAKIA BOYKIN, Mane Inspirations, Columbia, SC

How to Style:

  1. Begin with your hair flat ironed.
  2. Glue or sew the colored extension pieces to the desired area.
  3. Style as desired.

Recommended Products:

Use a quality heat protectant for damage free thermal styling.

Best Face Shape: 

This style suits oval and long faces.

Tip(s):

Have your stylists color your hair prior to flat ironing and  then perform a deep condition treatment to replenish your hair with nutrients.

7. Naturally Chic

This style features naturally curly hair and cornrows for a hands off approach to thermal styling.

naturally chic flat twists prom updoStyle by Kimberly Patterson-McCoy, Salon 224 Inc., Fayetteville, NC

How to Style:

  1. Braid one side of your hair from ear to crown.
  2. Roller set the rest of your hair using a wrap and set  foam.
  3. Allow hair to dry throughly then remove curlers.
  4. Style as desired.

Recommended Products:

Use wrap and set foam to add hold to your curls.

Best Face Shape: 

This style suits all face shapes.

Tip(s):

You can use roller set rods to create the curls in this style.

8. Cute Mohawk

This  cute style features a curly mohawk and side cornrows.

cute mohawk side cornrows for promStyle by Shontelise Crutch, FabStylez Hair and Braid Studio, Columbia, SC

How to Style:

  1. Braid her from one side to center of your head.
  2. Create mohawk by using a curling wand.

Best Face Shape: 

This style suits almond and heart face shapes.

Tip(s):

Try incorporating extensions for a fuller look.

9. Soft n’ Pretty

This style features and all over curly look on short to medium length hair.

soft and pretty curly bobStyle by Alfonso Hart, Dudle Beauty College, Charlotte, NC

How to Style:

  1. After blow drying hair apply heat protectant.
  2. Take small sections of hair and wrap around curling wand.

Recommended Products:

Use a heat protectant to minimize heat damage and apply a curling hold product for lasting curls.

Best Face Shape: 

This style suits round face shapes.

Tip(s):

This look can also be achieved with rollers.

10. Diva Wave

Beautiful waves adorn this long style for a prom diva look.

diva wave long styleStyle by MARCUS DOSS, Marcus Doss Salon, Fayetteville, NC

How to Style:

  1. Flat iron hair straight.
  2. Seperate hair into small sections.
  3. Use a barrel curling tool to set curls one section at a time.

Recommended Products:

Use a holding spray to keep your curls looking fresh.

Best Face Shape: 

This style suits all face shapes.

Tip(s):

You long look can also be achieved with extensions.

11. First Lady

This simple and elegant bob style will make you the most sophisticated girl at the prom!

first lady sophisticated bob hairstyle for black girlsStyle by Tanisha Higgins, A Heavenly Place In Hair , Walton Beach, FL

How to Style:

  1. Flat iron hair straight.
  2. Use flat iron to create layers.

Recommended Products:

Use holding spray and heat protectant for a picture perfect do.

Best Face Shape: 

This style suits all face shapes.

Tip(s):

You can also achieve  this style with extensions.

12. Lovely Dawn 

A sweet updo featuring a long side bang and flower accessory.

lovely dawn updo with flowerStyle by TIFFANY CUNNINGHAM, Pucci’s Salon, Decatur, GA

How to Style:

  1. Flat iron hair.
  2. Separate bands and give a slight curl with flat iron
  3. Mold hair into ponytail using spritz.

Recommended Products:

This style can be achieved with natural hair or extensions. 

Best Face Shape: 

This style suits all face shapes.

Tip(s):

If you don’t have enough length for this style you can add extensions.

13. Ombre Queen

The ombre look is really in this season, and is a great spring prom look.

ombre queen curlsStyle by MARCUS DOSS, Marcus Doss Salon, Fayetteville, NC

How to Style:

  1. Add color to the ends of the hair. .
  2. Create curls with a simple heat tool such as a curling iron, flat iron, or wand curl.

Recommended Products:

Use heat protectant and edge control for a beautiful look.

Best Face Shape: 

This style suits all face shapes.

Tip(s):

For a healthier option, use a natural hair dye.

14. Lady Bug Bun

Elegant buns and swoops are a timeless prom look. 

ladybug bun prom hairstyles for black girls

How to Style:

  1. Flat iron hair.
  2. Manipulate hair in place for the bun.
  3. Allow a little hair to hang down for the bang.

Recommended Products:

Try  EcoStyler brand gel, spritz and edge control for a style that will look good all night.

Best Face Shape: 

This style suits oval and round face shapes.

15. Goddess Beehive

This half and half style with hump is a prom classic that any young lady can effortlessly rock!

goddess beehive half and half styleStyle by Karen Chavez, Lady of Grace, Peoria, AZ

How to Style:

  1. Flat iron hair.
  2. Use a “bump it” hair tool or back comb hair to achieve the hump look.
  3. Curl the back of the head for the  goddess curls

Recommended Products:

Use heat protectant for thermal protection.

Best Face Shape: 

This style suits oval face shapes.

Tip(s):

Use the “bump it” styling tool for the perfect hump.

16. Glamorous Comb Over

This do features a combover with lush curls.

glamorous comb over with curlsStyle by ERMA STEPHENS, Head’s Above, Crestview, FL

How to Style:

  1. Flat iron hair.
  2. Simply smooth the hair to one side
  3. a curl.
  4. Use bobby pins in the back to secure hair to one side.

Recommended Products:

Use heat protectant for thermal protection.

Best Face Shape: 

This style suits oval face shapes.

Tip(s):

Use the “bump it” styling tool for the perfect hump.

17. Poetic Justice Braids

Long braids are super popular now and make an edgy statement for prom.

poetic justice prom hair for black girlsStyle by ASHLEY WHEELER, Godly Image Hair Studio Inc., Ft. Walton Beach, FL

How to Style:

  1. Cornrow hair one one side.
  2. Part hair into sections.
  3. Add extensions and braid.

Recommended Products:

This style can be kept neat with edge control.

Best Face Shape: 

This style suits all face shapes.

Tip(s):

This style is done best by a professional braider.

I hope that these prom hairstyles for black girls have given you some great ideas on how to rock your hair for your special day. Remember, you can mix styles to achieve the look you are going for. The key is to wear what makes you feel comfortable and beautiful.

This is a night to remember, try something unique, and allow your individualism to be expressed. Have a great time!