16 Stunning Natural Hair Ideas From Real Brides

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TWO TWENTY BY CHI CHI / Design by Julie Bang

In a world of ever-changing makeup and hair trends, women are embracing their natural hair more than ever. Celebrities like Solange Knowles, Janelle Monáe, and Viola Davis have resisted processed, damaged tresses in favor of natural curls or coils.

If flat irons, hot rollers, and relaxers aren't your thing, then you shouldn't have to force yourself to use them on your wedding day. Besides, it's your wedding day, and you should be able to style your hair in a way that's comfortable for you. If you're looking to transition to natural before you walk down the aisle, consider consulting with your hairstylist before you begin the process.

From styles accented with veils and bits of blooms to minimal no-fuss looks, keep scrolling to find your hair inspiration.

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Free Flowing


Jordan Voth 

For a beach wedding, let your curls flow with the wind for an effortless and sexy vibe. The portraits of your tendrils blowing in the breeze will definitely be worth it. Not to mention all the time you'll save getting ready.

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Play With Height


Ashley Sears 

Fashion designer Carly Cushnie gave her wedding day hairstyle a bit of edge by trimming her curls on each side of her face and leaving the top to bring all the fullness and height. The results are lush and edgy, providing a slight contrast to the otherwise romantic theme of her destination wedding in Mexico City. Bonus: This cropped style will keep you nice and cool if your nuptials are taking place in a hot or humid locale.

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A Lively Updo

Bridal portrait

J&R Photography

Bring your updo to life with small blooms pinned in-between strands. This bride's glossy coils are decorated with a smattering of barely there petals, giving off an ethereal feel. If you love the look but don't want to put the effort in, just have your guests shower you and your spouse with tiny flowers as you leave the ceremony or reception.

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Add a Headpiece


LaJoy Hunter

A stunning headpiece can easily pick up where your long strands left off. Whether supplemented with an additional veil or shining bright all by itself, a creative choice in headdress can add so much oomf to any hairstyle. This one in particular just radiates retro glamour.

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Romanticize It


Nana Annan Photography

We're swooning over this bride's romantic curls. Unlike the loose waves that have become a bridal hair staple, these perfectly coiffed spirals have tons of dimension and texture, easily holding together a shapely half-up, half-down style.

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A Blossoming 'Do


Two Twenty by Chi Chi

Add a touch of romance to your hairdo by pinning two roses to the side of your hair. You can experiment with the size and color of the blossoms to tailor the accents to your ensemble. We think this bride totally nailed the theme of her garden party fête in Maryland with these oversized blooms.

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Go Big


Jessica Schilling Photography 

This natural-hair moment is jaw-dropping, to say the least.

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Crowning Glory

Bridal portrait


A crown of florals adds a touch of whimsy and bohemian flair to every hairstyle. This bride opted for a pastel-hued headpiece for her multicultural beachside celebration in Brazil.

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A Voluptuous Take


J&R Photography

A little volume never hurt anybody, right? This bride certainly makes a case for that claim with a voluptuous, bouffant-like roll combined with her updo. The dramatic style has a brilliantly vintage feel.

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Curly Cutie

Bridal portrait


How adorable and carefree does this bride look for her industrial wedding in Brooklyn? The fuss-free style makes a beautiful complement to the minimalist dress.

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Sweep It to the Side

Bride getting ready

MegaPixels Media 

To the left, to the left. We're loving this bride's side-swept locks—maybe even more than her gown's gorgeous neckline. There's always something oh-so vixen-like and sultry about a style swept to one side, exposing a flash of bare skin from the neck and shoulders.

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Edgy Braids


Gaby J Photography 

Who doesn't adore a good side braid? This is a fresh take on the traditionally sweet and romantic alternative. Braid your locks into the crown of your hair horizontally or on a diagonal to up the edge factor, as you would a French braid. Then leave the tendrils on the opposite side to flow naturally. The result is still boho but with a refreshing twist.

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Bun It Up

Bride getting ready


We honestly love an ample bridal bun. There is so much persona—and maybe even a few secrets—tucked away into all that volume and hair. This bride definitely delivered on the big bun front at her nuptials in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

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All the Glitz

Mother daughter moment

Andre Brown Photography 

Accent a low bun with a jeweled hairpiece to give your style that something extra. This bride opted for a dainty headband for a delicate touch of sparkle in her elegant chignon. And mama doesn't shy away from the shine, either. She accented her caramel curls with identical floral hairpins that perfectly matched her statement earrings.

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Consider a Topknot


Alyssa Timoteo

Don't discount the humble topknot. While usually the go-to for lazy Sundays and gym selfies, this 'do can also clean up with the best of them. Keep strands away from your face and those gorgeous cheekbones by gathering it into a sky-high knot. You'll be happy when you hit the dance floor.

Super-high buns and ponytails draw the eyes upward, lengthening the neck and showcasing your face (and neckline). Try accessorizing with a statement earring to really make the look pop.

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Très Elegance


Lauren Baker

Natural curls and texture add so much volume and dimension to a sophisticated chignon, giving it a slightly playful appeal. This glowing bride accented hers with gold floral hairpins symmetrically placed on each side for her dreamy celebration in Provence.

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