Monday, 28 April 2014

I'm a Natural Bride to Be (#NB2B)

In case you missed it, I'm getting married!!


Okay, last year I had a few of my readers ask my advice on how to style their hair for their wedding. The truth: I have no idea! Google 'bridal hair' and you get this:


Umm, not going to help me much is it! So what's a natural girl to do? I love my fro but I don't want to rock it how I do every day for my wedding day. Believe me, I've tried wedding dresses on with veils when rocking my free fro...let's just say whoever began the veil trend didn't have an afro in mind. When I came across Black Girl with Long Hair's bridal section early last year, that's where I'd direct my bride-to-be readers. They have an awesome selection of different natural brides' stories and great inspirational photos of how they wore their hair. But in terms of resources, that was it.

Now that I'm a bride-to-be myself and I'm doing my own research, I've come across some more inspirational spaces that have been making me change my mind everyday about how to rock my hair on my special day. So far I'm loving:


And I'm so glad I joined the world of Instagram! That seems to be where all of the natural hair brides have been hiding! If you search for the hashtag #naturalbride, you'll come across inspiration for days. Here's a glimpse of what you can find there:



Even Twitter seems to be a promising place to start...


So I'm comforted to know that it's not a completely useless search. But still, with all of these styles available to take inspiration from, I'm nowhere close to choosing what to rock...

Anyone else getting married this year or next? Who's recently hitched? How did you wear your hair? Let's share ideas and inspiration!

Follow and interact with my natural bride journey using #NB2B. Tag me with your inspirational photos or your own bridal styles. Excitement!

21 comments:

  1. Pinterest "Natural Hair Brides", loads of inspiration.
    Also Black Girl Long Hair has a natural bride Pinterest page too.
    Check out this Pinterest link. All I typed was "Natural hair brides"
    http://www.pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=natural%20%20hair%20brides

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    1. Yup, already on the Pinterest pages...I live there now lol

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  2. "let's just say whoever began the veil trend didn't have an afro in mind" #rotfl I know what you mean, my cousin chose not to wear one because she didnt want an updo and the veil kept "re-shaping" her mane.
    I think you would look amazing with any updo for your big day :D i cant wait to see what you choose :D

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    1. Thank you Fanta! I also can't wait hehe

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  3. Follow @naturalhairbride on IG.

    Also, Bella Naija had a post last year: http://www.bellanaija.com/2013/11/15/bn-bridal-beauty-natural-hair-nigerian-brides-bridesmaids/

    My wedding was also featured: http://www.bellanaija.com/2014/02/27/bellanaija-weddings-presents-anita-berry-kesiena-cakes-lovely-lagos-beach-wedding-rich-rivers-traditional/

    Hope this helps

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    1. Thank you, helps a lot!! You looked stunning btw :)

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  4. Hi. I stumbled upon this blog wen I was looking for marley afro weave that resembles natural hair. Love the blog. I have an afro but mine is a bit thin and would love to add some volume with a weave. I'm in joburg. If anyone has an idea of where I can get this weave that resembles natural hair Pliz help.

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    1. Hi, not sure where you're located? If you're in the US, try Afro Kinky hair...worked well for me :)

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  5. Hey Aisha! Congratulations! I am a june bride, this year (June 28th). I am natural but still haven't figure out what to do with my hair. I want a low bun to accommodate the veil but gosh, no idea. I am getting married back home in west africa and the humidity with my hair is almost a no go there. We can share ideas? let me know I can send you pictures. Alex

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    1. Hey Alex, I'm also getting worried about the humidity for my events back home! Sharing is caring, and I'll be sharing a lot of the inspiration I'll be coming across over the next months. Please do send me photos. You can do so via Twitter, Instagram (@aishaandlife), Facebook...take your pick. Please be sure to tag #NB2B ;)

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    2. Will send some on your Facebook! I don't have a twitter or insta! Alex

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  6. Here is a friend, prettykay, who got also hair issues with what to do on her big day. She resolved it. Please read this post http://ghanaiannaturals.blogspot.com/2013/12/a-ghanaian-natural-hair-bride.html

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    1. Aww thanks so much for sharing. Very nice!

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  7. Congratulations Aisha, i'm glad i found your blog again after many months...Can't wait to see your wedding pics and i'm sure your hair will be fabulous.:D
    The Beautiful Eagle's Blog

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    1. Hi Ugo, also glad you came back ;) thanks so much, I'm really excited to share my photos with you all!

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  8. Hi Aisha.
    Congrats on being a Natural Bride To Be :)
    Speaking of veils and how they're not friends with Afros.
    I've been making hair and neck accessories - which I think might work very nicely with an Afro. Unfort, I cant be 100% sure cause I have short natural hair.
    Check some out on my blog Slomokazi http://slomokazi.blogspot.com/ - I'll be doing some proper pics sooon and will actually feature an afro.
    Happy Planning and will def keep an eye out on your blog to see what style you rock on your big day.

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    1. Hey Silondile, thanks for sharing your site. I saw the flower headband - it's gorgeous! But battled to find other accessories. Are they still coming? Great stuff ;)

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  9. Hi Aisha. Congratulations. I love your blog. It helps me on my natural journey. I'm 8 months natural now. Kindly advice on the following. I have been protective styling since my big chop. But how can avoid damaging my hair line while protective styling. Also where can I buy Fro Kink hair in SA Pretoria. I would like to install twists

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