African Bridal Hairstyles

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African Bridal Hairstyles
African bridal hairstyles can be classically sculpted or quirky and modern. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

From traditional to modern, there is a huge amount of choice in African bridal hairstyles because the hair is so easy to sculpt and set. You could choose a classic chignon, waves and braids, or a more dramatic style that makes full use of curl and volume. When creating any beautiful wedding hairstyle, remember to take full advantage of the natural characteristics of your hair. Choose a hairdresser with experience in styling African hair, making sure that you experiment in advance some weeks before the wedding.

Classic Updos

Classic styles that may require complicated volumizing, backcombing and setting on Caucasian hair are more easily created on African hair. For a basic updo, separate two-inch sections of hair and comb through with a dab of moisturising cream. Curl sections from roots to ends with tongs, gently pulling hair in the direction you want it to lie. Arrange curls as desired, pinning them up with the front or sides pulled loose.


Braiding offers a chance to adapt hair to many trends, while paying homage to traditional African style. Braiding offers a chance to adapt hair to many trends, while paying homage to traditional African style. Braid hair close to the scalp at the front and leave the back loose so it can be curled or pinned into an updo or bun. Wearing the front in smooth, decorative braids allows you to attach a veil or tiara to go with a classic dress.

Hair can be braided right to the end, decorated with beads or piled on to the top of the head. A contemporary fashion such as weaving the hair with ribbons or studding an updo with pearls becomes easy with a strong braided structure.


Like braids, you can easily fix locks into a range of striking wedding styles. Curl your locks with rollers and then twist and pin them into an elegant updo, leaving some hair loose if desired. For a relaxed wedding, pull locks into a low side ponytail or bun and dress it with flowers or a pretty clip.

Because locks are so striking, complement them with a distinctive bloom. You could choose classic white lilies or something tropical like a frangipani or orchid arrangement.


Prepare hair by keeping it in good condition on the run up to the wedding, which also means moisturising the scalp. Braids and curls work best on hair that is nourished and strong.

Use professional tools, such as ceramic flat irons when practicing styles. These will not tear the hair and are less likely to burn and dehydrate it. Also use moisturising and protecting products whenever you use heat on your hair.

Try any colour changes, as well as new relaxing or re-texturising processes several months before the wedding. When you have achieved the results you want, do your final top-up treatment about a week before the wedding to give hair a chance to settle and look its best.

If short natural hair looks too much like your everyday style, consider decorating your hair with fresh flowers.

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