Planning for wedding season? If the stunning dress, statement shoes and even the handbag is secured, the next step is to focus on your beauty look—aka your hair. Whether you’re the bride-to-be, the maid of honor or a guest, we found 33 wedding hairstyles for Black women to rock all season long.
33 Wedding Hairstyles for Black Women to Rock All Season Long
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3. Low Pony
If the high pony isn’t your thing, try a low look instead. First, part your hair down the middle and brush the sides before wrapping your hair into a low ponytail at the base of your neck. Like Zuri Hall, you can leave your natural curls out and define them with a moisturizing cream.
4. Curly Side Twist Updo
Side parts will always be in and Natasha’s curly ‘do is proof. This heavy side bang look shows off a mix of small twists and curls for an all-out glam moment that works for any wedding theme.
5. Money Piece Bob
A voluminous bob is one thing but adding money pieces to your look will further elevate things. Tip: Don’t forget to apply a spritz of styling spray to boost shine and protect your colorful strands.
6. Classic Blowout
This winning hairstyle is a foolproof option for anyone in the wedding party. To add some flair, run your ends through a curling iron (or use a round brush and a blow dryer) to create loose, voluminous ringlets.
7. Bedazzled High Braided Pony
You deserve to shine bright on your big day. To recreate Sheryl’s eye-catching pony, all you’ll need is a bag of gems (or a snazzy gem machine) to decorate your ‘do and dazzle the night away.
8. Large Mid-Bun
Go big or go home. This style is all about making a statement. To achieve a generously sized bun, consider adding a bundle (or two) of extensions to wrap around your natural hair.
9. Low Bun
Presenting: A classic hairstyle that works for the bride, maid of honor or any wedding guest in attendance. Gather all your hair into a low ponytail before wrapping (or braiding) the lengths around the hair tie. Tip: Leaving a few strands out and curling them adds a nice touch to the minimalist style.
10. Fishtail High Bun
A regular bun is cool but adding multiple layers of fishtail braids to the look takes it up a notch. Once your hair is slicked back with gel, the fun part is working on multiple fishtail braids and using bobby pins to secure them into one huge high bun.
11. Locs High Bun
Whether you’re a locs veteran or just ready to switch up your hair, this style is a great option to try. To recreate Halle’s look, leave a few loose curls out from the bun.
12. Half Braided Half Down 'Do
If you want the best of both worlds, this half up half down ‘do lets your braids your natural curls shine. You’ll want to focus on the small rows in the front before weaving the ends together into a crown design. Use some curl cream to define your hair and give your long tresses some bounce.
15. Natural Short Cut
Here’s your sign to book a salon appointment for the big chop before the wedding. Use Lashana as inspo and show off your natural curl pattern along with a lighter blonde shade that truly makes the short style pop.
16. Sleek & Side Swept
Two words: Smooth and sleek. Apply a styling gel and brush down your mane so you don’t have a single strand out of place—even as you bust a move at the reception.
17. Silk Press
A voluminous blowout is always iconic but keeping things sleek and super straight is a total vibe, too. A flat iron (aka your secret weapon) will help smooth down any flyaways and a shine spray will keep your silk press pristine for the whole day.
18. Styled Baby Hairs
Megan Thee Stallion’s low bun isn’t complete without her intricately styled baby hairs. Show some love to your edges and we promise your wedding hairstyle will turn heads.
19. Pixie Cut
If you’re looking to add some layers to your short style, consider this pixie cut. Anok’s hair, mixed with her matte beauty look (do you see that impressive blush contour?), is a great reference to show your stylist.
20. Bantu Knots
Bantu knots are pretty versatile as is, so play around with the size or the number of knots around your head to make them uniquely yours for the wedding festivities. (To recreate Nnenna’s hairstyle, check out this step-by-step guide.)
21. Curly High Bun
To join the high bun train like Tinashe here, gather your locks towards the crown of your head and gently wrap them around to create a voluminous poof. And don’t worry about making it look perfect; keep a few strands loose to show off your swirls.
22. Low Braided Pony
Give a regular low ponytail a makeover with an embellished braided design. To make it wedding ready, wrapped the braid in gold tinsel (or ribbon) for the fancy reception party.
23. '90s Beehive
You can never go wrong with classic ‘90s hairstyles. Exhibit A: Cardi’s Met Gala look this year. Grab your round brush and blow dryer to add volume throughout before pining away the strands from your face to create the beehive shape.
24. Retro Pin Curls
As mentioned, when in doubt, classic hairstyles are the way to go. This vintage style combines a blowout with defined pin curls. Use bobby pins to create small circles near the hairline for a sculptural finish.
Here’s another idea: Have every bridesmaid rock different renditions of cornrows by playing with the number of rows, length and color of their braids. They can also include various accessories (like beads and gems) if they want a statement moment as they walk down the aisle.
27. Chic Headbands
Whether you’re rocking a high bun, low ponytail or a bouncy blowout, add a snazzy headband like Danai for an ultra-glam finish.
28. Fulani Braids
Gabrielle Union is always stunning on the red carpet and the bride-to-be will be, too, with this protective style. Once your hair is parted, add rows of braids on either side to create a stylish design.
29. Coily Faux Hawk
Show off your coils with this edgy style. Use a banana clip to bring each side together or try the pinning method to keep all the attention on the middle.
30. '60s Flipped Ponytail
You can take your pony up a notch by simply flipping out the ends. Use a round brush and your blow dryer to make the perfect swoop.
31. Shaped Pompadour
A styling cream is a great way to mold this Lupita ‘do for 4C girlies. Let’s not forget a statement accessory to match your wedding fit.
32. Box Braids
Have multiple weddings coming up? This protective style can be worn in many different ways. Wear it all up or fully down (or half up) to match any wedding vibe and outfit.
33. Braided Bob
Why not combine two stunning looks into one chic style? Like Marsai’s bedazzled style above, we suggest adding a touch of sparkle to the ends via crystal hair pins. You know, so you shimmer as you shimmy down the aisle.