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Help a Curly Out!- Wedding Hair

By January 27th, 202117 Comments

Sian writes;

Hello curly world!

I know that this is a regular cry that can be heard on CN… but I NEED WEDDING HAIR HEEEELLLLLLP!
Let me give you guys the low down:
I’m a 3C curly, a year into my natural/healthy hair journey, and do not know of any natural hair stylists based in London (England) where I’m from. I really gotta make do on my own. Unfortunately, I have a very limited arsenal of up-dos that would be wedding appropriate AND I don’t have a lot of time to experiment as I’m in the final year of University (studying law is super demanding…why did I do it to myself?!). Prepping for my exams really has to take precedence until they’re out of the way… which only leaves me 4 weeks(!) to sort out my ‘do… and a wedding dress! – I know you must all be thinking I’m some kinda crazy…and maybe I am!
I found a couple of styles I like but I don’t know how to get the look… can anyone give me any tips or point me toward a youtube tutorial?

Help a Curly Out!- Wedding HairHelp a Curly Out!- Wedding Hair


  • Anonymous says:

    Go see Michael Price at Hair & Make-up Dept
    2 Peoples Hall, 2 Olaf Street, Notting Hill, London W11 4BE or call 020 7243 1030 or book at
    Open Wed-Fri 10am-10pm Sat 10am-6pm

    He has a fantastic reputation for curls.

  • Anonymous says:

    I agree with Yani. I'm a 3C curly from brooklyn, NY. A year out in my transition I had the same problem. I was going to the bahamas and I wanted hot hair. But I was stressed to the max with planning, finishing finals, packing. A wet spiral set may just be the thing. Stay positive. We have fabulous hair that can do anything! Congrats girl!

  • Yani says:

    I disagree with the poster who said you need a weave and a relaxer to recreate those looks. Let's remember that natural hair is quite versatile. I would recreate the curls in picture #2 with a flexi-rod set or a twist-out if twist-out's gives your hair that nice spiral look. Like others have said the key is to make sure the set is DRY and defined before picking it apart and forming the up-do.

  • Anonymous says:

    Girl, stop playin'. You know the only way you can look like them is to get a weave, AND a relaxer. Honey, you looked at the long pics. Pitch them quickly. Don't despair. Type natural hair styles for african american women into the google search box and pick again. And listen to anyone who said "roller set", "twist-out", "braid-out", or any thing about a "roll". Take about an hour to let your bestie hook you up. Then look in the mirror and smile. Because it is your wedding day and you're about to marry your man. And he probably would've loved if you shaved it all off. Oh, and get you one of them flower thangs. That's cute.

  • Jo Somebody says:

    At least you're not Kate Middleton! :-P

  • Anonymous says:

    I'm from the UK, living in London. Head over to the British Curlies Curly Salon forum and you'll find discussions on salons that do curly hair. It seems you only need curly hair and at least CBL to APL hair for this maybe shoulder length at a push. If you are stressed with finals, wedding planning and pushed for time, the last thing you want to worry about is your hair. Let someone else do it and save yourself that last minute hassle. I personally think any decent salon could do that hair for you regardless of it being a natural salon or the typical Aveda type salon.

  • Anonymous says:

    I think advice is impossible without a description of the bride's hair beyond "3c". For example, she says she's a year into her natural hair journey, but does not mention length at all. Naturals all know that a year's growth varies wildly. And Is she transitioning? If the ends are straight, that's going to need to be addressed for the updo. Does her hair easily hold a curl?

  • Anonymous says:

    For the hair #2 seems functional. Also maybe Anita Grant may have some info on natural stylists. For the dress, do a knock off version (cheap) of what Kate wears tomorrow (lol). Seriously though visit JCrew. Also won't Marks and Spencers have something? That's my favorite store in the UK.

  • Candace4life says:

    You can also check out under the wedding section here on CN site under brides names: Bianca and Apryl. Their wedding hairstyles are nice.

  • Candace4life says:

    Naptural85 "Wedding Hair Style Tutorial Natural Hair" Video

    You can also do an google search with the image clicked on and put in as "brides with natural hair" and a bunch of hairstyles come up.

  • Anonymous says:

    Check out Naptural85 on youtube. She has some beautiful wedding hairstyle ideas!

  • atribitt says:

    From the pics, to me it looks like the most important part is the HAIR ACCESSORY! It stands out more than the actual updo itself. The right hair accessory will make any updo (perfect or messy) look gorgeous! Congrats and good luck!

  • Anonymous says:

    Naptural 85 on youtube has a wonderful wedding hair tutorial,also try bantu knot outs these can also produce the most gorgeous curls and waves.

  • MelMelBee says:

    Like others have said, it's important to do a solid curl set. I think curlformers or rods (less expensive) would give you really good results!
    Congrats on becoming a lawyer and on getting married :)

  • Anonymous says:

    Style 1: You could do a flexirod set/twist-n-curl/braid out , pick it apart, pull your hair into a messy ponytail and pin a fake flower in. You can make the flower by going to a craft store, picking a flower that you like, cut the stem and hot glue a clip or bobbypin to the back.

    Style 2: Again, some type of curl set. For volume in the front you can use something like a "Bump-it" (, and then pull your hair in a loose bun and pin accordingly.

    You can check out or Ebay for Wedding Hair Clips that can add some bling to your doo.

    The most important thing is to produce a solid curl set or braidout…Make sure your hair has ample time to dry. Also, EXPERIMENT…lock yourself inside with your law books over the weekend and do a trial run…again, focus first on producing a perfectly dry curl set, and then start pinning the curls accordingly. Lastly, adorn your curls with an appropriate accessory and you'll feel like a princess!!

    Good Luck! :-)

  • jmh says:

    I say do a set of (about 12) 2-strand twists with lots of Darcy's Botanicals Matagascar Styling Creme, keep for several days – then carefully untwist to create uniform waves & carefully coax into an updo with hair pins. I'm sure it will be fabulous!!!

  • Anonymous says:

    The second one looks easy. You could do a twist and curl or braid out (whatever method you would usually do) Then pin it up loosely with bobby pins…

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