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Make Me Bridal Pro: Laura Anne Hair & Makeup Designer

So you’ve got the dress, the shoes, and the jewellery. Next on your bridal to do list is deciding on a hairstyle that you love and that makes you feel like the most amazing version of yourself. In the past, many black women felt they needed to wear wigs or weaves on their big day, but increasingly we are seeing women of colour embrace their natural kinks, curls, and coils. And the results are gorgeous! The only problem? With so many amazing natural hairstyle options available for afro hair, it can be hard to choose. To get you started, we’ve rounded up 10 formal but fierce bridal looks created by the talented Make Me Bridal hair and makeup pros.

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Make Me Bridal Pro: Ema Bridal makeup

A half up half down hairstyle with plenty of texture is a great look, whether you’re opting for boho chic or minimalist modern style on your big day. Add a pretty hair accessory for extra wow-factor.

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Make Me Bridal Pro: Quelle Bester

Take your cue from Solange and embrace the afro on your big day. If you’ve been growing out your curls, this is a striking natural bridal hairstyle to choose. Your stylist will shape it with scissors or clippers and moisturise for shine and hold. No accessories needed!

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Make Me Bridal Pro: Flaming Bride

Long and loose layered curls create a relaxed look, elevated for bridal by the addition of real flowers. (Get our top tips for wearing fresh flowers in your hair here.)

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Make Me Bridal Pro: Makeup by Sabina M

Box braids, baby hairs, and a constellation of star hair pins makes for a beautifully eye-catching look. It’s paired here with natural-looking makeup and matching celestial earrings.

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Make Me Bridal Pro: Toni Searle Beauty

There are afros and then there are AFROS! This uber gorgeous and dramatic look can be achieved with a diffuser attachment and wide-tooth pick, and is perfectly accessorised with a sparkly hairpiece tucked into the curls.

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Make Me Bridal Pro: Joyce Connor Make Up

Thinking of going for the big chop? No need to wait until after your wedding day. Wearing your hair short allows your facial features to shine. Accessorise with statement earrings and a bold lip.

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Make Me Bridal Pro: Aston’s Makeup and Beauty

Natural curls pulled away from the face with a pearl headband makes for an effortlessly glamorous, on-trend look.

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Make Me Bridal Pro: Caitlin Haughton Hair & Beauty

An updo is a great option, whether you go for locs, braids, or pulled into a topknot with a few escaping curls (and a gorgeous smoky eye).

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Make Me Bridal Pro: Joanne Hook Makeup Artistry

There’s nothing prettier than natural curls topped with a floral wreath or crown, and beautiful makeup in summer tones. This look is perfect for an outdoor wedding.

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Make Me Bridal Pro: Abi Taylor Bride

Bouncy natural curls look brilliant, whether you stick to your own colour or add lighter tones to enhance the texture. Be aware that hair dye can affect your hair texture, so be sure to discuss it with your hairdresser well ahead of the big day.