Wedding Hair Inspiration for Natural Hair Brides

A few of you have reached out to say you have been struggling to find bridal hair inspiration for your natural tresses. I hear you.

The versatility of black hair is a blessing and a curse. We can do so much with our hair and what we choose to do with it is so often judged. Even on our wedding day.

So many women feel pressured to straighten their hair their wedding,  to have extensions and to have long flowing-locks only to be hidden in an up-do.  If  you want extensions or to relax your hair and that feels like ‘you’ then it’s all good, but if you want something else or you’re feeling conflicted or pressured, it can be hard to seek images to inspire you. I mean, let’s face it, we’ve all had the same programming around western desirability and beauty, even my dear friends five-year old black daughter had already made an observation at such a tender age, that you can’t be a princess unless your hair is blonde.

Subliminal programming and messaging in the beauty and wedding industry mean that if you’re going against the grain by simply wanting to be who you are and not alter yourself on your wedding day, finding diverse wedding hair inspiration in the mainstream can be tough, if not impossible. It’s something, I will be looking to feature more of here on Nu Bride too. SO for the time being. Fear not. Here are some of my favourite looks from 10 beautiful natural hair brides who chose to wear their hair natural on their wedding day. From veils and elegant adornments and flowers, to sheer volume and twist outs. The choice is absolutely yours.
You be you.

Also make sure you follow the naturalhairbride on instagram, the incredible Tola at My Long Journey and Brown Beauty Talk 

Be inspired.


Stacey and Brandon  | Rose Photo| Hair by the bride

  Kesha Lambert Photography   this image broke the internet for Pantora Bridal

Inspiration via Pinterest


Hair and Make up: Styling: Photo: JR Photography | Michelle Perez events via Natural Hair Bride


Christa Elyce via Bridal Musings 

Source via beautiquegh_mua


Hair by Lizzie Davies Hair source via 4hair chicks instagram

Nana Annan Photography


Sawyer Baird Photography  via instagram

Be inspired my beauties!

The Talent

Header image:  Rose Photo

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2 Responses to “Wedding Hair Inspiration for Natural Hair Brides”

  1. Heather
    July 30, 2018 at 1:22 pm #

    Hi Nova,

    Thank you so much for posting this! As you know, I dealt with the same issue before my husband and I got married. People kept asking if I was going to cut my dreadlocks before the wedding “ The audacity that after 8 years of growing my dreads & learning to love myself , I would cut them for such an important day in my life! I found a natural hairstylist and she did a wonderful over the shoulder do with flowers.
    My husband also got criticized for his hair. He is bi-racial and was in the beginning stages of growing his hair out.

    A woman came up to me in the bar we went to after our wedding ( to keep the party going of course!) and said “he didn’t even have the decency to cut his hair for you” I was appalled! My reply: “ My husband doesn’t need your validation. I love his hair at all stages, please don’t impose your value judgements on us”

    • Nu Bride
      July 30, 2018 at 10:35 pm #

      My goodness that is so rude Heather! You both looked wonderful on your wedding day. Judging someone else by our own (or societies) standards is so disappointing. I hope you didn’t let it ruin your positive day.