Formal Braids for Long Hair

There are lots of braided hairstyles for long hair, and many are perfect for formal occasions. Braids are appropriate and on trend for prom, grad, and any formal event you want to stand out at. Keep reading for a few different ways to braid your long hair for a special event.

formal side braid fascinator

This formal side braid looks fabulous worn with a bright red strapless dress and matching fascinator. To get this high volume and textured look, French braid hair to the side as usual and tie the braid loosely. Then starting from the top, gently tug on each loop to plump up the plait. The side braid pairs well with every hair accessory. For some extra special prom hairstyle, wear a braid with a tiara.


double crown long braid

With extra long hair, you can mix and match different braids for a dramatic look. Here, a braided crown starts from a deep side part and wraps around the hairline. Then all the hair is woven into a loose messy side braid. This would also look amazing with a side fishtail braid. For a charming finishing touch, you could try weaving a ribbon into this formal braided hairstyle.

long formal prom braid

If the tousled look isn’t for you, try this polished and sleek look. At the front, a little volume at the crown is added by taking a section of hair from a deep side part and twisting it to start the braid. This look is dramatic with super long, shiny and straight hair but would also look wonderful with shorter hair that is wavy or curly.

There are so many ways to wear braids, from everyday to formal. Check out these pictures for more braided hairstyle inspiration and instructions.