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If your big day is coming up (or even if you’re just dreaming of a ring), rest assured that there are plenty of beautiful wedding styles for African American hair. The last thing a blushing bride should stress over is her do’, so be sure to consult a stylist at least a month prior to the event; be sure to take the style of your dress into consideration.

Adorned Cornrows: Cornrows are a popular wedding day ‘do for brides with natural African American hair. Adorn your braided style with cowrie shells, pearl pins or flowers to match your bouquet.

Long and Luxurious: As this is your time to be a princess, you may prefer to do a long, flowing look. If your own hair isn’t coming down your back, use hair extensions to achieve this style. Loose waves or curls are more wedding day glam than bone straight tresses. This is also a lovely option for long, natural African American hair.

Romantic Updo: Black women with natural hair, permed tresses and wearers of hair extensions alike can look gorgeous going down the aisle with a chignon, French twist or curled updo. Use a light hold spritz designed for Black hair to keep hair in place (choose one that isn’t sticky or too oily) and pull out a few face framing tendrils. Use decorative pins or baby’s
breath for a glamorous touch.

The Bridal Bushy Fro’: If you are rocking a natural, don’t feel pressured to straighten your hair out for the wedding. Many African American brides are opting to keep their look for their special day (and with good reason: brides sweat and cry a lot, and you may not be so happy to see your hair turning back in your wedding pictures). Consult with a natural hair stylist to find the best moisturizing product for your Black hair texture and use a fly headpiece instead of a traditional veil, so as not to smash your ‘fro.

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