20 Formal Braided Hairstyles


Braided hairstyles are a popular choice for formal occasions such as weddings or proms—simply because they look so fantastic and neat! Formal hairstyles usually have a simplistic look, therefore the big and dramatic hairstyles aren’t what we’re going to be talking about today. These styles are for the professional woman or the important suit-and-tie event. There are many different types of braids so there’s no doubt you’ll find the perfect style for your hair length and texture Whether you have long or short hair, there is a braided style that will look great on you.

If you’re looking for a formal hairstyle that will wow everyone at your next special event, meeting or otherwise, try one of these charming braided hairstyles. From classic box braids to intricate French braids, there is something for everyone here. So get inspired and choose the perfect braid for your next big occasion.

1. Wedding Hairstyle With Braids

Wedding Hairstyle With Braids

Take everyone’s breath away with this jaw-droppingly gorgeous braided hairstyle that is adorned with special pearl accessories. Braided wedding hairstyles with accessories usually give a romantic and whimsical vibe.

2. Medium-Length Braided Hairstyle for Prom

Medium Length Braided Hairstyle for Prom

The belief that you must have long hair to make dazzling braided hairstyles for prom is completely untrue as your medium length hair can perfectly achieve pretty prom hairstyles, such as the one pictured above.

3. Long Braided Hairstyle for Prom

Long Braided Hairstyle for Prom

Braided hairstyles for prom should make you look like a queen in her prime! Prom braided hairstyles, especially when done on long hair, are very versatile as they can be made into a variety of different eye-catching styles like half-up, half-down braided hairstyles, braided updos, long ponytails and many others. If your natural hair isn’t long then extensions can be used to provide that extra length you need to execute your dream prom style!

4. Semi-Formal Braided Hairstyle

Semi formal Braided Hairstyle

If you want a quick semi-formal hairstyle that allows you to be more relaxed for your day at the office or the meeting that’s in only an hour, this quick and clean semi-formal hairstyle is the best choice for you. Just braid the sides of your hair and secure the ends into a bun.

5. Wedding Hairstyle With Braids for Long Hair

Wedding Hairstyle With Braids for Long Hair

If you want a fancy hairstyle for your long hair on your big day, using braids to adorn your long hair is a nice choice for you. Your hair can be made into a half braid style, with braids made at the top of the head and the rest of the hair let down in the back.

6. Braided Updo Natural Hairstyle

Braided Updo Natural Hairstyle

Your natural hair can blossom by styling it into a braided updo. Braided updo natural hairstyles are very versatile as you have a lot of swirly and curly options to choose from.

7. Formal Braided Updo

Formal Braided Updo

If you want a flexible braided style that will give you a high level of freedom and comfort and make you look chic and elegant, formal braided updos are perfect for you as they possess all of these qualities.

8. Braided Updo for Prom

Braided Updo for Prom

Braided updos are one of the most comfortable braided styles for prom. Your hair is kept secured all day and night, especially while you dance, and no stray hair is falling on your face or back.

9. Braids and Curls Hairstyle for Prom

Braids and Curls Hairstyle for Prom

Slay your curly hair for prom by styling it into this braids and curls hairstyle. If you have straight hair and you love this style, you can actually curl your hair yourself in order to achieve it.

10. Formal Box Braids

Formal Box Braids

Do you have a formal event that you want to attend but don’t know how to style your box braids? This box braids into an updo style is an excellent option for you! Not only does it suit all formal occasions, it is also stylish and easy to create—no change to your braids necessary!

11. Formal Side Braid

Formal Side Braid

Side braids are perfect for formal and professional occasions. You can either wrap your side braids up into a bun or leave them braided to the ends. Whichever way you choose to style your side braids, be assured that this asymmetric style will come out fabulously.

12. Black Braid Hairstyle for Formal Events

Black Braid Hairstyle for Formal Events

You must have a black hair type to create the coveted black braid hairstyle for formal events. This braided ponytail into a bun is a very nice and easy hairstyle if you’re not yet a master at styling your hair formally.

13. Formal French Braid Hairstyle

Formal French Braid Hairstyle

French braids already look amazing on their own. You can very simply style the ends of your French braids into a bun to achieve a flawless formal braided hairstyle. You need to make your hair into one or more French braids first, either as a high or low ponytail, before you wrap the ends into a bun.

14. Formal Braided Hairstyle for Long Hair

Formal Braided Hairstyle for Long Hair

A lot can be done with long hair types when it comes to styling them. Long hair can be made into a half-up, half-down braided style with the top hair braided and the bottom left to fall back—a great way to show off your long, majestic locks to the world!

15. Formal Fishtail Braid

Formal Fishtail Braid

The decorative fishtail braid can be made into an impressive updo for formal events, as well. One or more fishtail braids are made on the hair with the loose ends secured into a bun to create this formal variation of the fishtail braid.

16. Easy Formal Braids

Easy Formal Braids

To perfectly execute this easy formal braided hairstyle, plait your hair into two braids and secure the ends at the back, as if it’s a half updo hairstyle. You can make the style yourself since it’s super easy and quick to do. Don’t be shy about adding a nice clip or two to add a little shine.

17. Formal Waterfall Braids

Formal Waterfall Braids

Waterfall braids are very popular hairstyles for formal events, especially for prom and weddings. Waterfall braids are classy and creative braid styles that can be slayed on short and long hair types.

18. Formal Dutch Braids

Formal Dutch Braids

Dutch braids are commonly made into updos for formal functions. You can style your Dutch braids up into a ponytail or wear them down to the nape of your neck while securing the ends into a regal and elegant updo.

19. Formal Braided Hairstyle for Winter

Formal Braided Hairstyle for Winter

Even though there are varieties of updo hairstyles worn to formal occasions during winter, letting your hair down or putting it into a half-up, half-down braided style helps to keep you warmer. If you have thinner hair, consider adding extensions to achieve the thickness that you see above!

20. Formal Crown Braids

Formal Crown Braids

Crown braids are updo hairstyles that are appropriate for literally all formal events. Crown braids feature one or two Dutch braids plaited around the head to look like a crown.


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