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Fros Fashions and Finds :Natural Styles for Summer Brides

By Megan Davis

The Truth Contributor


The heat is on this summer as outdoor experiences are well underway. From the Promedica concert series at Promenade Park, to rooftop parties, festivals, this is the season to slay everyday! With the season filled with events and activities, people want to look good without too much effort so it is important that they can find styles that work for various occasions. Last month, we saw what’s trending today in natural hair styles. This month, we want to focus on those formal summer occasions like showers, conventions and weddings, where people want to look flawless for their special day and the beautiful photos that commemorate it.


The black bride is a wonder all by herself. From her sun kissed skin to her unique and original bridal gown, brides of color are blazing the trail for original, personalized, and cultural tributes in their weddings today. At the top of the chart is always the hair. Hair is the crown that adorns women no matter the occasion, especially after the veils and tiaras are put away. So let’s take a look at how brides of color are styling their naturals for their big day.



Twist and Shout! The natural twist out has been a go-to style for many natural brides lately. Something simple provides an organic elegance that is unique for everyone who wears the style. A twistout can be fashioned to many styles, leaving full bangs with a sleek pin-up in back, also known as a half updo. Twist Outs can also be parted on one side or down the middle, with a braided “headband” or even rolled and tucked on the side. Twist Outs are created on freshly shampooed hair but for a smoother look, they can be created on stretched hair (hair that is shampooed and blow dried, then twisted). Several brides choose to accent their twistout with a simple flower, pin or bedazzled bobby pins.


Tie that knot! Bantu knots are a more modern look for natural brides who especially want to pay homage to our African roots. Bantu knots can be worn for the ceremony, then unraveled for the reception for a curly look. This works nicely if you’re going for a wardrobe change which is popular nowadays.


Loc’d in love! Locs are a very appropriate style for brides. What was once a style only given to the free spirited naturalista, locs are being worn by more brides today than ever. Locs can be styled into anything from chignons to french twists, and cascading curls. Locs are versatile and provide individuality for every bride; and grooms are rocking locs too!


Short and sweet! There’s nothing like a bride with a cute cropped ‘do. From close coils to the Dora Milaje tribute from the film Black Panther, many brides are keeping it short and sweet, especially during summer months. Shorter styles are also made bold with color, clipper designs and super shiny coils.


Flower power! Summer weddings are often celebrated outdoors. Brides do enjoy a lovely summer-scape complete with natural greenery and blessed blooms for their big day! Going for a destination wedding? Beach waves on locs, braided buns and full on fros are wonderful adorned with flower crowns that some brides DIY for their big day!


Smooth and simple! ALthough weddings have evolved over the years, there are still many brides who prefer a more traditional, polished look. Because natural hair can do just about anything, sleek buns, updos and twisted delights are still all the rage. A bride may opt for some hair added to the crown for fullness and drama, but a silk press and pin up serve their purpose for the traditional bride.


Whatever your wedding style, you don’t have to alter your hair texture permanently to achieve gorgeous looks for your wedding day. These style can also be worn by the wedding party, hostesses, and of course, the guests.





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Revised: 08/16/18 14:12:11 -0700.



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