2017 Wedding Day Hair Trends for Brides of Color

Eight hairstyles for varied textures and lengths you’ll want to try on your wedding day.
by BlackBride.com
bride with twists in hair
Lauren Cowart Photography

If there's ever a day your hair needs to be absolutely perfect, it's your wedding day. We understand how important your tresses are to you, and when it comes to completing your bridal look, your hairstyle will be the finishing touch that pulls it all together. Finding the right one for your texture and length can be a daunting task, but don’t fret—BlackBride.com has you covered.  Whether you’re looking to accentuate your curly texture or wow your fiancé with a trendy short style, we’ve curated a selection of our favorite wedding day hairstyles you’ll want to try.

Textured Curls

For an effortlessly flawless look on your wedding day, add definition to coarse or curly hair by trying romantic curly tendrils. This look can be achieved with a wand curling iron on dry, blown-out hair or by using flexy rods on wet or dry natural hair. Best of all, this look is sure to last all night.

bride with curls
Kanayo Adibe


Classic Updo

The classic updo is an elegant and regal style for the bride who wants to spend more time enjoying her wedding than fussing with her hair. Not only is this look easy to achieve, it will also withstand countless hours of photo-taking, outfit changes and dancing. With your hair pulled up, your facial features become the main attraction, and that’s exactly what you’ll want on your wedding day.

classic updo
Marie Violet Photography

Natural Waves

Long sultry waves are a great way to show off your natural texture. Whether you have tight ringlets or large and loose curls, free-flowing tresses make for an effortlessly romantic bridal look. Soft waves are perfect for a destination or beachside wedding.

bride with natural waves
Alex Kaplan Photography

Chic Twists

We love it when brides own their natural kinks, curls and locks on their wedding day. Get the goddess look with a twisted updo that's both elegant and carefree.  You can take this twisted 'do to the next level with a jeweled haircomb or even a flower crown for a truly glamorous touch.

bride with hair twists
Lauren Cowart Photography

Modern Sleek Ponytail

When you think of a ponytail, you probably imagine a more casual hairstyle you'd wear to the gym. But ponytails can by chic and stylish, especially if you add volume and lots of curls. For a red carpet look, slick your hair back into a refined ponytail. If you’d like to achieve a more voluminous style, add hair clips or extensions.

bride with ponytail
District Photography

Finger Waves

Channel your inner Josephine Baker with a sleek finger wave style, perfect for shorter cuts. You’ll look and feel like a 1930s Hollywood starlet on your wedding day with this soft vintage style.

bride with finger waves
Kanayo Adibe

Cascading Curls

Nothing says romance like beautiful bouncy curls. For a touch of old-Hollywood glam, pair your loosely spiraled tendrils with a deep side part. Cascading curls are perfect for medium to long lengths and offer versatility that can be easily swept into an updo or chic ponytail.

bride with cascading curls
Lola Snaps Photography

Braided Bun

Braids are in, and the braided bun is a fresh alternative to the classic bridal updo. This look is perfect for warm weather nuptials and is sure to still be frizz free by the end of the night. For a sleek fuss-free look, pair a stylish bun with a French or fishtail braid.

bride with braided bun
Landon Hendrick Photography


Tip: Try several different hairstyles before selecting your wedding day look. When choosing one that works for you, take into consideration the style of your wedding dress, the weather or season, and your hair texture and length.


BlackBride.com is the longest running, go-to wedding website and resource for multicultural brides. With a unique focus on the stylish, modern bride-to-be and wedding enthusiasts, the site features inspirational content and real love stories, to not only help brides plan their dream wedding, but also provide support for "After the Aisle" to help couples stay married. BlackBride.com also features a Bridal Suite of top-notch, fully vetted wedding vendors from around the country. 


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