If you’ve ever looked for curly hairstyles online, you may have noticed something funny: curly wedding hairstyles, it would seem, are not actually for girls with curly hair. Which is why for so many naturally curly-haired girls, formal hairstyles can be a nightmare. Then there’s the “let’s blow-dry your hair straight only to re-curl it” routine that leaves you praying to God no moisture comes within a ten-foot radius of your body. First there’s the “let’s just pile it all on top of your head and call it an updo” technique. Almost all of them are straight hairstyles in disguise.
Curly hair is having a resurgence (thanks in large part to the tireless work of the black women championing the natural hair movement). There are even hair salons dedicated specifically to curly hair. And formal curly hairstyles aren’t all bad ’90s flashbacks anymore.Luckily, times they are a changing.
So we’ve rounded up thirty-three of them (plus eighteen video tutorials, in the event you’re DIYing) that won’t insult your hair’s sensibilities (note: one or two of these were obviously created on hair that has been curled with a curling wand, but we think they’d look just as good on naturally curly hair too):
Curly Updo Wedding Hairstyles
tips for diy curly hair
If you are going the DIY route, one of the easiest ways to practice for your wedding is by simply figuring out how to make your curls look their most awesome on the daily (because that’s half the battle, amiright?) And for that, YouTube is once again your best friend. Here are my best general tips for curly hair care and daily prep:
find your routine: The bulk of getting your curly hairstyle to look right is in the prep. It has taken me thirty years to figure out a prep routine that works with my hair’s texture and curl pattern (super fine, super dry, wimpy curls). But now that I’ve got it down, I can make my hair look 💯 in under ten minutes. There are a million YouTube videos on curly hair routines for just about every texture and length of hair. I just search for my texture and then “curly hair routine” and scroll until I find someone whose hair kind of looks like mine. While just about every video is different, there’s typically a common thread to curly hair prep:
- Avoid drying your hair out. I don’t wash my hair daily (I think I get it wet with conditioner once a week, and cleanse it every other). But when I do, I try to avoid anything that contains drying ingredients like sulfates.
- No, but seriously, don’t dry it out. It’s almost a joke how many curly hair prep steps are about retaining moisture. In fact, I just learned that my towel-drying routine is adding friction to my hair and I should switch to a microfiber towel or a t-shirt. #themoreyouknow
- Add moisture. Add moisture. Add moisture. For the longest time I thought that if I added things to my hair after showering, it would weigh the curls down. But it turns out almost all my curly hair grievances can be answered with “add more moisture.” So now I have a running cocktail of products I use to keep my hair moisturized (my hair is short, so I spring for the expensive stuff). I start with a heat protection lotion, then add curl cream, and top it off with an oil serum and shine spray.
diy curly wedding Hairstyles
If there’s anything a curly-haired person knows, it’s that sometimes the best stylist for your hair is you (or your parent or your BFF). Luckily there are plenty of tutorials out there specifically for curly hair; YouTube in particular is a goldmine (and video tutorials are typically much easier to follow than photo spreads because rewind button). Here are ten that you can try yourself:
1. Curly wedding hairstyle: Naturally Curly shows you how to pull off a sideswept curly wedding look.
2. Easy half-up half-down curly hairstyle: This tutorial is simple, but the results are super pretty and also veil-friendly.
3. Naturally curly updo: I like this style because it’s not too fussy. If there’s wind or humidity, it won’t be the end of the (hair) world.
4. Romantic Updo: This tutorial is done on wavy hair, but it’s the kind of style you could adapt to different textures. And it’s simple enough to pass off to a friend to try.
5. 10 hairstyles in 10 minutes: If you want range with your tutorial, here you get ten hairstyles for short curly hair—all in ten minutes and forty-five seconds.
6. Braided updo: Once you get past the intro music, this tutorial is super great for anyone looking to pull off a braided updo on their own.
7. Easy updo for naturally curly hair: If you’re worried about your hair coming undone, this tutorial might be what you’re looking for. It’s not going anywhere.
8. Easy natural updo: The YouTuber who created this video calls it the “sophisticated pineapple,” which is reason enough to try it. Also, it’s super simple and would look great with a birdcage veil a la this look.
9. Braided chignon: Braids are a curly-haired girl’s best friend. Plus, this style was inspired by The Hunger Games. So points for that.
10. Curly hairstyle ideas for short hair: Don’t have long flowing locks? No worries—there are a bunch of short hair ideas in this tutorial.