There’s a lot that goes into a wedding: your dress, the venue, the food, the guest list — but for curly girls, the dilemma of what hairstyle to rock on the big day is another hurdle to tackle. Flipping through wedding magazines or browsing Pinterest boards, it’s hard to find bridal hairstyles for natural hair. But fear not — we have ideas on what naturalistas can rock on their big day — and it doesn’t involve straightening your beloved curls.
NaturallyCurly spoke with stylist Atlanta-based stylist Ebony Sanders to get their take on styling natural hair for brides.
“Most people think styling curly/natural hair requires a ton of product and that the style won’t last through the day,” Sanders said.
Sanders also offered tips such as utilizing clip-ins, trying rod sets, or trying a smooth and thorough blow dry, which allows a lot of versatility for different looks.
Yamel styled her own her for the celebration of her 20th wedding anniversary and pinned the side of her beautiful afro back with a statement hairpiece.
“It was very important to me to have my natural hair so that other brides could be inspired as well,” Yamel told Naturally Curly.
Keziah rocked an updo for her nuptials, letting her curls frame her face and giving her curly bangs.
This fabulous updo includes a braided portion on the side that’s clipped back with a stunning hairpiece, giving a look an upgrade from a typical updo.
Looking to rock a bun at your wedding? The jewels inside the twisted bun and the accompanying hairpiece give a traditional updo a more fun approach.
If you enjoy the way your hair looks when it’s down, we recommend rocking it and adding a hairpiece like Malyia did! If you’d like your ‘fro to be more defined, check out our piece on how to get super-defined curls with this Wash & Go Technique.
This low-ponytail look is both elegant and classy, allowing you to show off your earrings or any other flashy accessories you rock on your big day. To achieve this style, we recommend using the Curls Blueberry Bliss Curl Control Paste to help slay your edges, and using a hairpiece to give your original hair more volume in the ponytail.
If you’re not committed to wearing your hair fully down, this half-up half-down style is great for showing off your curls — plus the flowers are a beautiful touch!
This look is different than your classic updo, with the hair in the front bump, followed by the hairpiece. The bride’s curls are then placed at towards the back of her head, providing a beautiful, streamlined look.
This braided low bun is beautiful by itself — but the addition of the pearls makes this look very elegant!
This beautiful side-part updo provides volume in the front with a bun in the back is great if you’re wanting to do a simple style to show off your dress and/or accessories more.
This soft twisted half updo is great for curly girls who want to wear their hair down for their wedding. The twists in the back are secured with a crown-like headband, giving the style a bridal look.
This simple, yet elegant look is good for a curly girl who wants to rock a low veil on her wedding day. We also love how flowers were incorporated into this look instead of a hairpiece!
This gorgeous updo provides volume everywhere you look, almost giving it an “elegant fo-hawk” look.
This creative stylist used hair accessories to put the curls on full display for this bride’s wedding day!
What’s your favorite bridal style featured here? Have you rocked your natural hair at your wedding? Post your picture and tag @naturallycurly so we can see how you rocked your hair on your big day!
Check out: 25 Easy-To-Do Updos for Naturally Curly Hair