5 Easy Formal Hairstyles for Black Hair for Prom, Weddings and More!


For a special event like prom or a wedding, the best hairstyles are a step above the everyday but you can also style yourself. These 5 easy formal hairstyles for black hair are all celebrity-approved and hot off the red carpets. Try one for your next big party!



Long hair worn in luscious curls is one of the go to celebrity hairstyles. Jennifer Hudson rocks the look with flattering-for-everyone long side swept bangs that are also curled. Her hair is also pulled over one shoulder, which is perfect with a strapless dress. Curls also work for shorter hair! Amber Riley‘s shoulder length hair with bangs is curled at the ends to add lots of volume and glamour. With some practice, both these looks are easy to do yourself. Back hair is prone to breakage from styling tools so do yourself a favor and use a high quality curling iron with adjustable temperature like the easy to use Sedu Revolution Clipless Curling Iron combined with a heat protectant spray like Beyond The Zone Turn Up The Heat Protection Spray.



Next to curls, updos are the most popular formal hairstyle. They’re not all overly complicated though! A super sleek and shiny bun or ponytail, like the one Beyoncé is wearing. The key is to use a shine serum and boar bristle brush to get every single hair in place. If a few break free throughout the night, keep a toothbrush and travel size hairspray in your purse. Then simply spray the brush and smooth stray hairs back into place.

For something more dramatic than a formal ponytail, try an easy bun with hair piled high on the head! Kelly Rowland looks fabulous with this topknot worn with thick blunt bangs cut into a face-framing curve. For a softer look, Chanel Iman‘s updo has volume at the crown with a bun of loose waves. This is an option for all you ladies rocking natural curls! And don’t forget that with hair pulled up and off the face, bold or sparkling statement earrings are a must.