Black Hairstyles and Updos for Prom: Celebrity Edition!


The numerous Hollywood red carpets, award ceremonies, and after parties are not only a fabulous source of inspiration for the latest prom dresses but hairstyles too! If you have Lupita Nyong’o’s ultra short crop, just add a headband for prom like she did when winning her Oscar. For ladies with longer locks, check out these black hairstyles and updos for prom courtesy of 9 celebrities wearing 10 hot looks!


Christina Milian shows that attention-getting prom looks are as much about the hairstyle as the color! She’s wearing her bright red highlights over darker locks in Farrah Fawcett-inspired curls. Just enough curled hair adds lots of texture and volume plus face framing bangs.

For a easy yet gorgeous look, Naomie Harris shows how effortless beauty can be. These voluptuous curls starting at below the chin are perfect with a strapless or dress with a deep neckline.


One of the many fabulous ways to wear curls is in a half up half down hairstyle. This face-flattering look on Gabrielle Union shows off blunt bangs and perfectly sun-kissed ombre highlights. The little bit of height in the half up part of the prom hair is super flattering on absolutely everyone.

The always lovely Zoe Saldana shows just how much volume curls can add to all hair types. These loose curls also have vintage inspiration, with broad finger waves around the face. This is a harder look to style yourself but absolutely worth a trip to the hairdresser, especially knowing that those curls will last all night long.

Of course Naomi Campbell continues to be a style icon after all these years. Her half up prom hairstyle with blunt bangs is similar to Gabrielle Union’s but with the addition of a vintage beehive pouf at the back. The pin straight hair adds the drama and height of this formal hairstyle.

Not all curls for prom need to be so styled! Everyone’s favorite Jennifer Hudson is rocking big and natural curls and they are beautiful. This is one night that you can show off that gorgeous hair, so do it!

If you have braids, there are lots of gorgeous updos out there for you. There’s lots of height in Beyonce’s bun or try Amber Riley‘s more elaborate braided updo with twists and turns.

All kinds of braids have been on trend this year from casual to formal looks. Kerry Washington is wearing a simple yet elegant bun hairstyle way up high with a touch of volume up front.

Another beautiful formal hairstyle from Christina Milian, this updo is both a trendy and classic. With more subdued highlights this time, her updo hairstyle if pulled loosely back with one free tendril. The back could be a bun or lots of pinned curls.

One of the major updo trends for 2014 has been hairstyles worn to one side, the best one of course. Thandie Newton is wearing a simple yet sophisticated updo with a deep side part. This is gorgeous like so or with bangs.