16 Modern Wedding Hairstyles for Black Brides

Written by Whitney Teal
Photo: Stanlo Photography

Choosing an elegant style for your locks that fits your wedding aesthetic is one of the most important tasks on your wedding planning checklist. When searching for wedding hairstyles for Black brides you’ll want to consider a few things, including the climate of your wedding location, whether you’ll wear a veil and if you’ll be rocking your natural hair or a relaxed or weaved style. You’ll want to have this info together before you start to seek out a wedding hairstylist for your big day, as this will also help them provide an accurate price quote for you. A little inspo goes a long way at this stage in your planning, too. Seeing how other Black brides styled their hair, hair accessories and veils will give you some idea of what feels most like you and provide a reference for your stylist.

Check out these modern wedding hairstyles for Black brides.

Sleek Braided Crown

A gorgeous and elegant choice of wedding hairstyles for Black brides, these braids work for both natural and relaxed tresses. They're also a perfect complement to just about any veil style.

Trendy Twisted Crown

A variation on crown braids, a twisted crown is chic, versatile and virtually guaranteed to hold up through the ceremony and reception. You might want to let your MOH know she'll be on edges duty, though!

Long, Loose Curls

Perfect wedding hair is not limited to updos. Longer hair worn loose is perfect for brides choosing strapless gowns or women who just want some hang-time to whip around the dance floor.

Flower Crowns & Loose Waves

Another benefit of loose waves or curls for your big day? It's that much easier to adorn yourself with beautiful flowers. Flower crowns add rich greenery and bright hues to your wedding style, while more subtle options, like baby's breath, add a touch of sweetness to your hairstyle.

Long Layers & Light Feathering

You don't have to go full "Charlie's Angels," but a nice feather or two is a great way to frame your face and show off your veil. One of the most simple and versatile wedding hairstyles for Black brides, long layers are also a great time to experiement with extensions for you big day.

Side-Swept Curly Layers

Side-swept 'dos are the best of both worlds: Sleek on one side and loose on the other. Add even more interest with warm highlights and fun accessories, or keep it understated with the focus on your curly layers.

Bundled Loose Curls

An elegant updo to show off a strapless gown or statement jewelry, this style involves adding loose spirals to your hair before bundling them at the nape. A side-swept bang and pin curls are added to complete the hairstyle.

Metallic Headpiece & Low Bun

If you've selected the perfect wedding hair accessory and you need a hairstyle to compliment it, this low bun with a middle part is a chic choice.

Long Bangs With a Bun

Bangs add a ton of visual interest to your wedding hairstyle and allow you to show off a bit of your tresses when the rest are tucked into a bun. Sweep them to the side like this bride so you won't have to worry about keeping them out of your face all day.

Half Up With Barrel Curls

Keep your long hair out of your face while showing it off with this half up hairstyle. Side-swept bangs, a top pompadour and defined ringlets in the back make this style a show-stopper.

High Textured Bun

Looking for a wedding style that shows off your natural texture? This high textured bun is a winner. Accessorize with a bedazzled headband like this bride or keep it simple and let your natural waves, curls, coils or kinks steal the show.

Short Blonde Curls

A great tapered cut and an ombre color effect are all that's needed to create this natural wedding hairstyle. Even better, the style is just as striking if you choose a different color or stick with your natural shade.

Medium Curls With Jeweled Hair Accessories

It can often be difficult to find elegant styles if your hair isn't super-short or super-long. This sophisticated curly bun with curly tendrils is perfect for medium-length hair.

Straight Low Chignon

If you really want to show off your bridal makeup on your big day, go for a sleek chignon at your nape. Far from plain Jane, a neat knot is the perfect canvas for bright accessories and complimentary veils. While this style features straight hair, the same neat bun can be achieved on naturally textured tresses as well.

High Bun With Front Pompadour

Compliment your wedding tiara with a sophisticated pompadour (i.e. kind of a hair roll) and a high bun. Neat edges and hair accessories take one of the classic wedding hairstyles for Black brides to the next level.

Braided Low Bun

Modern wedding hairstyles for Black brides are all about adding bits of visual interest here and there. This sleek low bun becomes next level with a few loose braids on the side feeding into the bun.