How to Rock Your Natural Hair Down the Aisle
These natural hair wedding styles will help you put your best hair forward on your wedding day!
Depending on your natural hair type, choosing a wedding look that stays true to your personal style may seem a bit stressful. Don’t fret about frizzy hair or thinning edges, we’ve found a few natural hair wedding styles that will dazzle on your big day. Bonus! We tracked down some expert tips to help make your wedding do more do-able! What’s your natural hair type?
Naturally Thick Hair – It’s hard to get the perfect bun or up-do when you have more hair than hairpins – it’s a problem that plagues stars like Jessica Simpson and Penelope Cruz.
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When buns and ponytails become a little overbearing, try a super-chic French braid. If you have your heart set on an up-do, try adding braids around your up-do. By sectioning off your hair your bun will look smaller and your braids more formal.
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For women who love long luscious locks, a blow-out, a few jumbo rollers and a bit of shine serum can create a star-worthy waterfall of wavy hair.
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Expert Tip: If your hair is thick but made up of lots of fine strands, it tends to lead to frizz which can become a nightmare to manage. Work in a dime-sized amount of gel or serum while you hair is still wet to group fine strands together and create a smooth and shiny finish. When using a blow dryer, women with thick hair should use a directed nozzle and wide tooth comb-brush to evenly dry hair and keep frizz away.
Naturally Curly Hair- Although your tresses may seem hard to tame at times, women with naturally curly hair don’t necessarily have to pull out the flat iron. If you want your natural curls on display at your wedding, consider a chignon with a small bump in front.
If your curly hair is very short, decorative hair accessories, like a floral hair ribbon and clip, can take a casual look to formal with the help of a few hair pins.
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Expert Tip: Use your favorite styling mousse to sculpt your hair into your desired style while it’s still wet. As it dries, your curls will form ringlets with a glossy look.
Afro Kinky Hair- If you don’t envision yourself with straightened or permed hair on your wedding day, keeping your natural hair doesn’t mean your style choices are limited. A few heavy duty hair clips and pins can go a long way in creating an elegant style with an edgy kink.
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If your hair is dread-locked, your options for up-dos are endless. For a more glamorized look, use curling rods or plaits to create bouncy curls.
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Expert Tip: If you’re planning on wearing a style that requires curls; start your curling process a few days before your wedding for curls that hold through out the entire event. The longer you keep your curling rods or plaits in the longer your curls will last. A holding gel or mousse applied liberally before you plait or curl your hair will help hold your curls or kinks without making them stiff. Don’t forget to moisturise your scalp the day before your wedding to allow your hair time to absorb the moisturiser without weighing your hair down.
Naturally Thin Hair- Women with thin hair have the option of adding extensions (clip-in or the splurge-worthy professional application) to add body and glam. If a hairpiece isn’t right for you, try a short cut to add volume.
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A classic bob, a short choppy bob or a mid-length cropped cut minimizes the effect of thinning ends and gives a little bounce when you walk down the aisle.
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Expert Tip: While using your volumizing hair product of choice, dry your hair with your head down towards the ground and your hair flipped down so you dry the hair at the back of your head first. Use your fingers to lift and move your hair as it dries. Make sure your hair is completely dry before adding more volumizer; if your leave water in your hair when you apply the product, your results will be diluted.