If you’ve been blessed with naturally curly hair, there’s never been a better time to embrace your natural texture. In fact, many of us spent lockdown doing just that, and 2022 is all about rocking a laid-back, natural style that feels authentically you. But as any curly girl will tell you, kinks and coils are far from effortless. Curly hair can be unpredictable and are prone to either frizz or flatness, depending on the weather, products, and many other factors. But that doesn’t mean you can’t make them work for you as a bride. In fact, naturally curly wedding hairstyles are some of the most gorgeous, with their romantic vibe and ability to work well with flowers, veils, and accessories. You just need to know what to do. So below, we’ve rounded up 10 stunning styles for curly brides, along with some top tips for keeping your mermaid mane under control, and some fab inspiration from the Make Me Bridal hair and makeup pros.
A textured updo is an effortlessly romantic option for curly hair. The curly strands will add dimension and volume to the style, making it look far more intricate than it is to create. Keep it simple with a tuck or bun and accessories with pretty clips or a hair vine.
TOP TIP: If you want to wear a veil, a simple tulle number is your best bet to complement (and not compete with) your hair’s texture.
Curly locks are an ideal base for fresh flowers, whether it’s loose blooms or a floral crown. Not only will your they help to hold the flowers in place, but the natural look of curls also combines perfectly with florals to create a boho vibe.
TOP TIP: Secure flowers with hair combs or U-shaped pins instead of bobby pins if possible, as they hold more hair.
Sometimes the best wedding hairstyle for curly hair is simply to let your coils and ringlets flow freely. The bigger, the better! A delicate touch of gypsophilia adds an unexpected and sophisticated touch here, without taking anything away from the mane attraction.
TOP TIP: Keep your hair hydrated. Don’t wash it too often, use an old tee-shirt or microfibre towel instead of a terry cloth one, and make hair masks and leave-in conditioners part of your routine. Depending on your hair, your last wash should be a day or two before the wedding itself, to ensure it is in its most workable state.
Another good option if you’re letting your curls run wild is to go with a centre parting and top with a statement crown accessory. Even if your hair is big, don’t assume your makeup has to be understated. The bold berry lip is a clever finishing touch here, balancing the look out beautifully!
TOP TIP: Run a little oil through the ends for extra shine and hydration.
Braids and plaits are a good addition to any curly wedding hairstyle as they add additional texture and volume in keeping with the look you’ve already created. This playful style is a play on the French braid, with curls left loose from the nape of the neck so you get the best of both an up- and down-do.
TOP TIP: Keep those ends trimmed and healthy! To make sure that your hair is in its best condition leading up to your wedding, ensure you trim it regularly – your last haircut should be around a month before your wedding day.
Speaking of the best of both, a half up half down hairstyle is a fabulous option for any curly girl bride. It allows your curls to fall naturally but still look neat and chic, and will also keep your hair off your face.
Long isn’t the only option for wearing curly hair loose at your wedding. A bob or lob is another flirty option. This one is absolutely gorgeous!
A curly updo doesn’t have to be low and loose. Instead, channel all your princess vibes into a tiara-topped updo, with a few loose tendrils hanging down to frame the face.
TOP TIP: Your curls will help your updo stay in place all day and night. However, you might want to let your hair down (literally!) at the reception for a different look, especially if you’re rocking a second wedding dress.
Bridal ponytails are on-trend and are a gift to curly brides. Once you slick your hair back into a ponytail, you won’t have to worry about frizz or flyaways. A high pony like this one looks particularly glam and will help to show off your gown, especially if it has a shoulder detail like this one.
TOP TIP: Keep some smoothing serum on hand throughout the day to keep your mane frizz-free and tame any flyaways.
Perhaps the easiest style but one that’s quintessentially bridal is to slide a gorgeous clip or accessory into your curls, creating contrast with the curl texture and a touch of sparkle!
TOP TIP: Keep it simple! Your hair accessory shouldn’t compete with your hair texture, just add a little more detail or sparkle.
Looking for more natural hair inspiration? See our roundup of afro hair ideas here.