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MUA Dele & her groom, renowned photog Jide Alakija

Happy Friday! Hope you’re gearing up for a great weekend. BellaNaija Weddings is very proud to present this BN Bridal Beauty. The BN Bridal Beauty column is to inspire you with beauty tips, color combos and more! See previous editions – HERE

Today you’re going to hear from brides (and bridesmaids) on why they wore their hair natural on the big day. Hopefully this will become a series, if we hear from more brides that want to share their natural hair tips and tricks. Please email us – weddings (at) bellanaija.com if interested.

BN Weddings wants to deeply thank the brides and maids that shared their photos and stories with us. And for you reading this, we want to let you know you’re truly beautiful no matter what hair you choose on your big day.

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Bride: Dele Alakija
BN Weddings: What inspired your natural hair do for your special day?
Dele: By the time my wedding came around (May 2011), I was rocking the TWA (Editor’s note: teeny weeny afro, or as Naijas say, low cut) and couldn’t bear the thought of relaxing my hair for my wedding, let alone again in life. It hadn’t been up to year since my 2nd “big chop” and I had already decided that the days of relaxers and a burning, itching scalp were far gone. And considering hubby is not a big fan of weaves, my options seemed pretty bleak. I probably had about 2 weeks left to figure out my hair for my wedding and was essentially freaking out until my dear friend and sis in MUA-dom, Tiwa Lawrence instagram.com/pinkdiamondstl, pointed out some natural hair styles that renewed my hope (though I was a little unsure considering the lack of hair length). I was introduced to Aeleise Mitchell of HairLoveArt – www.hairloveart.com, an AMAZING Chicago-based natural hair stylist (and STILL my go-to-gal anytime I return to Chicago). I told her about the vision and she DELIVERED!

I loved everything about it and while I was met with more than a few incredulous looks and/or exclamations from some older family members, on the day of the wedding they saw how the whole look came together. Was really happy to have taken that risk then and still having a ball exploring different natural styling options (and more random stylings can be seen on Instagram @delealakija – http://instagram.com/delealakija

Photography: Marc Climie and Enimien Etomi Inegbedion – http://blog.eetomi.com/

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Bride: Mercy
BN Weddings: What inspired your bridal hair choice?
Mercy: I had my traditional and church wedding in one day, I wanted a hairstyle that would stay through all the gele changes and what not so I opted for cornrows and twists (I had some kinky hair extensions
added to my own hair for length). I got my hair done the day before by Chioma at Spring Sparadise in Utako, Abuja – www.springsparadise.com

Photography: Libran Eye – http://libraneye.com/blog/

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Bride: Victoria
BN Weddings: What inspired your beautiful bridal braids?
Victoria: Wearing braids on my wedding day was not the easiest choice I made – it was a roller-coaster of emotions especially as our hair is the crown of our beauty. I had ample time to plan my wedding – a good year – and the same issue popped up every month “Victoria what hair style are you having for your day?” my answer remained the same though I always knew I would never dabble in relaxed hair again – “I actually do not know.” A final decision was made in the last week of August – a few days to my wedding which was scheduled for 6 Sept 2013.

I battled with relaxed hair for so many years, the breakage, buying overrated American hair products that caused even more breakage and so much more. In March 2012 I decided to go ahead and action the ‘BIG CHOP’, I freed myself of all the remaining strands of relaxed hair and just glared in the mirror for a long time wondering what to do next. At this time I was not engaged – so had no reason to keep my relaxed hair. In July 2012 my hubby proposed – then I entered into the whirlwind of restless thoughts “ooooo nooooo my hair”.

Fast forward a year (March 2013) – my hair was now totally grown out, longer and beautifully kinky, it took me a good 9 months to fall in love with my natural hair. My hairdresser recommended so many alternatives to braids for the big day – I even purchased an ‘expensive’ kinky hair weave from abroad (remains in original packaging). However, there was one special individual who continued to remind me that I should do me, that it was my day and I should go with what I have always secretly intended – braids. My wedding coordinator Esther really did help. I laugh now when I remember the expression on people’s faces when I mentioned I was having braids for my day– I nearly started doubting the whole idea all over again but thank goodness for closure.
Now once decided – the predicament was no longer the issue of braids – it was now the style of braids, do we go for normal three plaits, kinky twist, the popular pic n drop etc. My slight issue was that braids tend to look very harsh especially in pictures. I searched the internet endlessly for cute braid styles and eventually settled on soft twists with simple hair from eXpressions. My hairdresser promised I would look lovely for the wedding, all styling was by my MUA Kemi Kings – she worked her magic and made my simple braids ‘bridal’.

Vick’s loving message to You
My message is that ‘your wedding day is your day’, I held on to those words like glue to paper. You are the bride, your wedding is in essence an expression of you, what you love – believe me when I say that what makes you happy and content will please all those who gather to share your beautiful day – your confidence will radiate. If you are not comfortable no one else will be. Be yourself – it is soooooo much easier 😉

MUA & Braids Styling: Kemi Kings Makeup – Facebook
Photographer: Soozana Pvan

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Bride: Osayi Emokpae Lasisi
BN Weddings: What inspired your bridal hair dos – the twist out and fro-hawk?
Osayi: I’ve been natural for about 5 years now, and I decided that I wanted to highlight how beautiful natural hair can be. I am amazed that people always ask me about my hair and whether I do something special to my hair and all I always say is that I use coconut oil (it works wonders).

My hairstyle for my wedding was a side swept mohawk, using a combination of braids and two strand twists. My hairstylist was O’Naturalswww.Onaturalsbeauty.com (They specialize in natural hair, here in Lagos). I decided to go with this style because I realized that my wedding was going to be a very busy couple of days, and I did not want to do too much to my hair.
Someone asked me if I was going to get my hair relaxed or add extensions to my hair, and I just smiled and said no, I was determined to let people see that our hair can be beautiful without any additions. My traditional was on a Friday and the church wedding was on a Saturday, so I needed a hairstyle that would be easy to manage. I am from Edo state, and my husband Kehinde is from Osun state, so we had decided that we would wear the traditional outfit from both of our cultures, which added to the challenge of the hairstyle I needed to have. I needed something that would fit into all the head coverings I would be wearing – beads for Benin, Gele for Yoruba, Tiara and veil for the church wedding, and a fascinator for the reception.

And of course I also needed something that would be versatile and I could still look wonderful for all my honeymoon pictures.

I’m really glad that I picked the style I did. I was able to keep my hair in the braids for about three weeks, and I was able to do everything I needed to do i.e. dancing like it was 1999, sweating on the dance floor, running in the rain etc.

Photographer: Mayonikks – Facebook
Hair Salon: O’Naturals www.Onaturalsbeauty.com

Osayi’s personal blog where she talks love, natural hair and more: www.iyasostuff.com

Osayi’s Pre Wedding: She did a fun and fab twist out.
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Bride: Jimisola
BN Weddings: Why you chose to wear my hair natural for your big day?
Jimisola: I chose to wear my hair natural for my wedding for a few reasons:  1) Getting a weave or relaxing my hair would have been “un-natural” for me (pun intended…lol). I have been natural since January of 2009 and in that time; I have worn my hair “natural” about 95% of the time (the rest of the time it is in braids or twists). Therefore I didn’t want a wedding hairstyle that I would look back on and wonder “what was I thinking?”  Or feel like “It wasn’t me” 2) I was planning to return to work 2 days after the wedding. Because I am in the military, my hair has to be worn according to certain regulations while at work. I didn’t want a hairstyle that would be complicated or take a lot of time to accomplish only get to rid of it three days later.

BNW: What was your hairstyle inspiration – did you do it yourself? Is it a style you do regularly?
J: I spent a good amount of time searching for natural hair styles online. I toyed around with the idea of a wearing a twist-out on stretched hair (twist-outs are my go-to style), but quickly decided against that because natural hair is easily altered by moisture i.e. rain, humidity or even sweat. I settled on a natural up-do which I found via mz_tammy on Instagram. She had a great tutorial for the style on her YouTube page – SupaNatural Tammy (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Sd1cjuYvXQ). After deciding on a style, the next task was finding a natural hair stylist in New Jersey. I searched for a while and even did a hair trial, but it just wasn’t working out and I was running out of time. Rather than getting stressed or frustrated, I considered styling my hair myself. So, I watched a lot of tutorials on YouTube, practiced quite a bit, and felt pretty confident in my abilities. The decision was made to do my hair myself.

Three days to the wedding a friend of mine (who was less confident in my hairstyling abilities) mentioned that she had a cousin who was pretty good at styling natural hair. I sent her a picture to give her an idea of the length of my hair and also so she could decide if we would need additional hair for the style. She watched the tutorial on YouTube and agreed to style my hair. On the wedding day, I washed and blow-dried my hair to stretch it. That took me about an hour and then she styled it, which took another twenty minutes or so. We ended up styling just my hair (no additional hair was used) which made it much easier. I accessorized with floral hairpins that were purchased from Etsy.com and that completed my wedding hairstyle.

MUA: Abby of JuicyLooks
Photographer: Abella Studios – www.abellastudios.com

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Bride: Adeola
BN Weddings: What inspired your natural hair look?
Adeola: I did the big chop in February, 2012. Once I started planning the wedding, I knew I didn’t want to relax my hair. I also wanted an “Afrocentric” look- so, no weave. I had pictures of several styles (mostly TWAs and updo with my fro) and then realized that my hair was at the awkward length stage where it would be too long for a cute TWA and too short for an updo. It was challenging to get someone who could stretch my hair effectively for the planned hairstyle. So, 2 days before the wedding, I decided to get braids inspired by the fact that my bridesmaids were all going to be in braids. Also, I have tried some formal updos with braids in the past, so I knew I’d be able to handle it myself.

Traditional Makeup: Tosh Makeover
White Wedding Makeup: Ayaoba Makeovaz
Beads: Mrs Ajoku (+234) 803 303 0667
Photographer: The Atunbi Experience

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Bridesmaid: Odera Ifeoma Ekwunife
BN Weddings: Why did you rock a natural hairstyle for your friend’s wedding? Was it her idea or did it just happen?
Odera: For the wedding, most of us who were natural on the bridal train decided to keep our hair in a protective style to withstand the heat and sweating from the day’s activities. Our hairstyles were versatile, which added a unique factor to the usual uniform of bridesmaids’ dresses. Our bride did not ask us to wear a particular hairstyle, it just happened! For this wedding I did Kinky Twists, Chidinma did hip-length Senegalese Twists, Ugochi did Genie Loc/Yarn Twists, and Nkoli did a natural twist-out FroHawk.

Photography: Leeda Images & SamAlesh Photography

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xoxo, Ink

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109 Comments

  1. Toto

    November 15, 2013 at 7:41 am

    Yaaaaaaaaaaay!! im so happy, was thinking of how i would rock my natural hair on my day.. now this has helped 🙂

  2. Bvf

    November 15, 2013 at 7:57 am

    Beautiful…

  3. Kay

    November 15, 2013 at 8:11 am

    Lovely hair styles. Makes me want to go for my third big chop…

  4. Que

    November 15, 2013 at 8:12 am

    Thank you thank you thank you….alas hope yet remains for us…. I have had a few nightmares bout mine n wedding…. so this is a breathe of nice air here. I must confess, seeing yet another #teamnaturalpost, I tot…..here we go again *almost rollin eyes*… then I saw d bridal bit n jumped right in…lol! I am off to the web pages posted, I’m most excited bout the salon in lagos, pls anyone feel free to share other options in lagos if u know. Also places where one can get good products in lagos. Thank you. Good morning.

    • jho

      November 15, 2013 at 10:20 am

      as for salons in lagos??? sistur, there is none that will handle ur natural hair like u do. tho i hed O’Naturals opened one in ojota, you can her blog onaturals.blogspot.com/ she talked bout it there. for natural hair products, check on olori.com.ng, twentysix85.com, todaysnaira.com, thekinkyapothecary.blogspot.com/p/apothecary.html, or you walk into any of the casabella stores at the palms or at the surulere shoppin mall. hope this helped?

    • [email protected]

      November 18, 2013 at 1:34 pm

      My dear you can do it your self in your kitchen I have been rocking my Nachy for 3 years now and I found out that our locally sauced products are the best. For deep condition I mix milk, mayo, olive oil, this also stops breakages at the temple. For steaming I miss coconut oil (go to your village market they still have people making it till today or ask your friends from the East a small Eva bottle will go for about 2500k) and Shea butter. Forget all this story on the bottles of products all na packaging. The Caribbean’s, Indians have figured out that their locally sauced products is the best way to go

    • Angela

      November 15, 2013 at 12:58 pm

      follow @naturalnigerian on twitter and you are good to go
      for all your hair products, and there is a meet very soon for team
      natural hair, you will love it.

    • Que

      November 16, 2013 at 12:14 am

      Thank u thank u thank u, you all r far too
      kind….

    • Ann1

      September 15, 2015 at 11:53 pm

      I love how BN featured real weddings of average people today! It was so beautiful seeing regular people like the majority of us readers, and seeing their gorgeous weddings! They all look beautiful!

  5. mercii

    November 15, 2013 at 8:18 am

    lovely piece! i quite understand the need not to relax your hair for wedding, especially when its natural!

  6. THEISOKOGIRL

    November 15, 2013 at 8:22 am

    SO LOVELY,MAKES WANNA BC, that picture with the net veil over the brides face is GORGEOUS……

  7. Berry Dakara

    November 15, 2013 at 8:34 am

    YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    berrydakara.blogspot.com

    • Ebun

      November 15, 2013 at 12:12 pm

      IKR!!!! FINALLY!!!!!!

      itsebunite.wordpress:com

  8. Detutt

    November 15, 2013 at 8:36 am

    Very very beautiful, i’m transitioning to natural hair too, not easy sometimes but my mind is made up, all those chemicals aren’t just good for the hair…

  9. xtinexxx

    November 15, 2013 at 8:37 am

    cute

  10. Nike

    November 15, 2013 at 8:40 am

    This is so cool. My hair is very tough and I’ve been looking for ways to style my natural and very kinky hair. My big chop was on March 30, 2013; it hasn’t been easy. I absolutely love the bridesmaids’ looks. 4 very nice and achievable hairstyles in one photo.

  11. Fun-me

    November 15, 2013 at 8:41 am

    Wow! This is encouraging and beautiful. Black is beautiful.

  12. Ikunkun

    November 15, 2013 at 8:42 am

    Yes boss!! I agree with the bride that said to always stay true to who you are…I recently learned to keep my hair in braids or just styled for important events in my life…… I had a very important interview a couple of months ago and decided to install a weave(after almost 4years without one)…biggest mistake ever!! I felt so awkward during the entire process…i was just all over the place. Its amazing how just the hair on your head can have the biggest effect on your confidence.

  13. anonymous

    November 15, 2013 at 8:46 am

    beautiful and classic

  14. Aibee

    November 15, 2013 at 9:09 am

    YES! Well done BN. Team Natural all the way. Yes you can look “bridal” with natural hair.

  15. memze

    November 15, 2013 at 9:11 am

    all natural babyyyy

  16. Colour Purple

    November 15, 2013 at 9:15 am

    Really Lovely

  17. Nulookottawa

    November 15, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Wow! I Like.

  18. Nappydread

    November 15, 2013 at 9:25 am

    Was thinking of going back to d creamy crack till I saw this, will hold out till my next bout of frustration in this luv hate relationship with my hair.

    • Lizzy O. The DIYLady.

      November 15, 2013 at 10:47 am

      realest comment ever! Lol…

      It is INDEED a love hate relationship. Naturalista here too and I will tell you now, it’s not easy. Thankful for Youtube and my DIY spirit sha.

    • Atoke

      Atoke

      November 15, 2013 at 5:03 pm

      Hahahaha YouTube has been helpful sha but there are some videos that I watch and I’m like… sisteh… not with my hair that’s like Igbo irunmole.

      But one thing I’ve found is that I take care of my hair a lot more now and I’m loving the results because I understand the curl pattern, I don’t manipulate it stupidly when it’s wet. I understand it and so I’m able to deal with it. It’s also a lot healthier now because I actually take care of it.

      With a lot of hits and misses (thanks to YouTube) sha… Lol

    • Ronke

      November 15, 2013 at 12:09 pm

      I met someone with on Saturday with at least 18 – 20 inches hair. I am not exaggerating because she packed it in a ponytail and it was waaaay bast her bra line. I just thought it was the normal ponytail style that we all do where you attach a weave to make the ponytail. I was shocked when the topic of hair came up and someone said it was her hair. I said noooooo. She took off the scrunchie she used to pack up the hair and I gasped in SHOCK!!!!. Her hair is soooooooooo beautiful and black like charcoal, silky and full, healthy like something else. It was like a weave. The beauty of it is, it is relaxed hair. She relaxes 2ce a year. Omo I sat her down and wrote out all the products that she uses. I took so many pictures with other girls too. She became like some museum object people take pictures of. Too bad I can’t post it here. Not to rain on the naturalista’s parade but when I hear the condescending nature and tone they talk about girls with relaxer and the whole chemical mantra, I just shake my head and say to each is own. This girl is 100% Nigerian. Ekiti to be precise. No mixed anywhere. The relaxer can’t be so bad now is it. Or is Seke a team self hate too. Sorry for the epistle. If you want to go back to relaxers, do it for you and don’t let anyone sell you the mantra that you hate yourself or you are a mental slave to oyinbo or some crap I have heard a gazillion times. Go Natural if you want, these girls look amazing as with many but don’t accuse the rest of being ignorant, lazy, and all the BS adjectives that has turned to Natural Anthem

    • Funmi

      November 15, 2013 at 1:04 pm

      Well said!

    • corolla

      November 15, 2013 at 1:30 pm

      this post is not about that.it’s a post Showcasing ways to
      rock natural Hair …and you are the one being
      condescending.

    • longhair

      November 15, 2013 at 2:41 pm

      I have to agree with you… most people are under the impression that if they go natural their hair will grow. NOT true I stopped using relaxers in Feb 2011 and I can def say my hair was bra length while it was relaxed. Now that I am natural it is still long but just a little past my shoulder. My hair texture is still the same it was just a personal choice for me.

    • eli

      November 15, 2013 at 3:41 pm

      I’m almost 3 years natural and I agree with everything you’ve said. I say it all the time to other “natural haired” girls….’just because you’ve made a decision to stop putting chemicals in your hair doesn’t make you better or more enlightened than the others” and yes they can be condescending.

      All the brides look beautiful though

    • The Real Madam the Madam

      November 15, 2013 at 3:44 pm

      You definitely have issues writing an epistle over individual choices that these brides made. I read their stories and didn’t see anything condescending or get the impression that they were calling anyone lazy, ignorant, self-hating. If you are happy with your relaxed hair then be happy and don’t come trying to rain on other people’s parade with your long winded rant.

    • TA

      November 15, 2013 at 6:22 pm

      Thank You!

    • Iris

      November 15, 2013 at 9:59 pm

      Yes. Yes. Yes.

    • onyekere stephgold

      March 28, 2016 at 11:07 pm

      ua right Ronke..buh atimesde relaxer dat suits somones hair might be a damage to another becos hair texture aren’t de same….xo is better to stick to one dat sui ua hair best or better still leave it natural

    • zsa zsa

      November 15, 2013 at 6:45 pm

      Me too dear, no shame in admitting. It is indeed a love hate relationship….some days my hair is like “yaaaay i’m happy and hydrated”…other days its like “just leave me alone, throw a hat or scarf on…i hate you” :(.

  19. Iya

    November 15, 2013 at 10:08 am

    BN! Two natural hair posts in quick succession! This is very encouraging. 😀

  20. Praise

    November 15, 2013 at 10:43 am

    BN, thanks, thanks, again and again…………

  21. BellaYankee

    November 15, 2013 at 10:51 am

    And some sick people will still say natural hair is not for days like weddings. Sigh.

  22. Mrs H

    November 15, 2013 at 11:05 am

    I have had my dreadlocks for 11 years now and counting, and
    before my wedding everyone kept asking what I was gonna do to the
    hair for the wedding, my family in particular thought I was crazy
    to wear dreadlocks for my special day. Oh well I did, my stylist
    did an amazing job too and I must say I looked ohhh soo Fab (Even
    if I say so myself)

  23. ALEXA

    November 15, 2013 at 11:30 am

    Very interesting brides and hairstyles. Beautiful

  24. Vics

    November 15, 2013 at 11:31 am

    Pls can someone explain to me the inspiration to keep our kind of hair natural when it’s obviously so much stress to maintain. I can do without weaves and all for a year(people who know me can attest to that) but not without my hair in a relaxed and easy to comb manner.

    • whocares

      November 15, 2013 at 12:20 pm

      loool. I know what you mean, my hair is like steel wool, it
      breaks combs. although I detest weaves, I texturise it, cut it in a
      style and go from there. in winter I braid it. Natural hair for
      those who love it and can cope with the stress is fantastic. when I
      had mine natural for a year (that’s how long I survived) I felt a
      sense of accomplishment, and believe me I always gave the weave
      wearers a smug “this is my hair biatch” look. some people obviously
      have more depth than I do, and so the reason for why they do it is
      different, but I suspect its this thing about making you remember
      your roots and who you are as well? especially in these times. That
      doesn’t mean that weave wearers etc don’t remember their roots, but
      there is a sense of satisfaction and pride to wearing your hair au
      natural and ROCKING IT! afro hair hasn’t enjoyed as much publicity
      as other hair types, and its a good thing its being celebrated
      now.

    • Oyinkan

      November 15, 2013 at 4:46 pm

      If your natural hair is like steel, then you are not taking proper care of it. I always here Nigerian women saying they relax their hair because its easier to manage. Not true. You clearly just are ignorant about managing natural hair. It requires a lot of moisture and sometimes stretching to maintain, and that’s why its important to educate yourself on how to care for it instead of running to chemicals or the hair extensions of other women.

    • zsa zsa

      November 15, 2013 at 6:42 pm

      First of all i love this post!! In 2008 when i braided my hair for my wedding my sister in laws to be were looking at me crazy lol.
      @Oyinkan, calling people “ignorant” does not help the issue. Yes people have difficulty managing their natural hair and it can be tiresome. If you have found a way to manage your own hair please share for others to learn.
      My last relaxer was in November 2006, the transition was stressful for me because i was never a “hair” person even when i was relaxed, rarely wore weaves or even braids. I was a ponytail wearing chic, my hair was long and dark. When i moved to the US, bad weather and relaxing my hair myself ruined my hair so i had to stop. 7 years on it is still tasking for me, i have 4c (possibly 4d) hair, almost no curl pattern…i’m not a product junkie…yes moisture works but not shea butter as it just sits on my hair. Braiding up/twisting my hair every night drives me nuts. I’m just low maintenance like that. I have been tempted to go back to relaxer simply because i miss being able to pull my hair on top of my head and being done with it but i haven’t made up my mind yet.

      So i understand when other ladies complain about maintaining natural hair and i understand why some relaxed ladies think naturalists are condescending.

      Lets change our tone and be a little more understanding of others.
      Sorry for the epistle…one love.

    • OmoMakun-www.ankarafestla.com

      November 15, 2013 at 8:10 pm

      Hey Zsa Zsa….i have 4c hair too. And i mean the extreme
      kind. You might have to experiment with a few products first or
      even make your own mixture. Its all about mouisture over and over
      again. Thats the only thing that helps. I’ve tried several ones,
      but when they say less is more, its no joke. Now I just use
      products from Patsie Girl(Spritz Spray & Hot Oil Treament),
      Curls passion fruit control paste, raw shea butter and coconut oil
      from time to time. As far as styling goes, check out
      jouelzy.com, she has 4c hair. Subscribe to her youtube
      page

    • zsa zsa

      November 17, 2013 at 3:58 am

      Hey OmoMakun….thanks for this. Never heard of patsie girl
      but will look for it when i go hair shopping,will definitely check
      out the website. Thanks again 🙂

    • H's boo

      November 16, 2013 at 4:58 am

      you took the words right of my mouth. I just cant….

    • Tunmi

      November 18, 2013 at 3:30 am

      It’s not being rude but our grandmothers did it, and their mothers did it. Asking around could really do something

    • onodugo adaobi

      November 29, 2013 at 10:10 pm

      Well, people have different reasons see some want longer
      length, some are tired of all sorts of chemicals on their hair and
      so they stop (plus natural hair products are healthier and well
      suited for black hair). Initially its a long process, you know
      finding the right products for ones hair and all but a very
      rewarding process. Trust me google natural hair and you will see
      different styles. Hope this helps.

  25. viva

    November 15, 2013 at 11:47 am

    I once spent almost 10 hours going to the salon in the
    process of getting my hair relaxed ( by the only hairdresser I
    trust ). for me that was the turning point. three years down the
    road, I have saved so much, money, time and headache. my routine is
    simple. I wash, moisturise with any oil, and braid about 3 times a
    year. I rock my natural hair with utmost confidence. I would NEVER
    put relaxer on my hair again!

  26. stylefash25

    November 15, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    Thank youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu. Definitely bookmarking this
    page. stylefash25.blogspot.com

  27. Ebun

    November 15, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    IKR!!!! FINALLY!!!!!!
    itsebunite.wordpress:com

  28. temiloluwa

    November 15, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Wow! Thank you BN for this more than subtle reminder on the
    beauty of the African’s natural hair

    • whocares

      November 15, 2013 at 12:51 pm

      omg that’s my name tooo!!! lol. the level of excitement is
      too great. you are the second person I have met(?) who also has the
      same name. ahh now I can die happy. lol.

  29. Person

    November 15, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    YES!!! I am happy… These are NIGERIAN brides that rocked
    their NATURAL hair on their wedding day!!! Now, I know for a FACT I
    shall be rocking my fro on my wedding day. Page
    bookmarked!

  30. Miss_Flygerian

    November 15, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    For the longest time, I’ve always pictured myself on some
    kind of braids on my wedding day. Victoria just assured me of the
    beauty and possibility of braids on that big day,

  31. jcsgrl

    November 15, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    OMG!!! I just died and went to natural hair heaven…oo la
    la! These pictures are giving me life. I never thought I will come
    to a place where I love my natural hair but now I loooove it. Been
    natural for 3 years and yes I’ve had breaking points and meltdowns
    on managing the hair. Thank God for you tube and great products, my
    hair is beautiful. Even oyibo ppl they even complement my hair. It
    is not an easy decision for anyone who is still team relaxed
    hair…the point is do what works for you and take care of your
    hair. I just had my hair blow dried and cant believe how long it
    has grown. Relaxers finished the back of my hair. Now I have
    hair!!! *doing a yipee dance. Baba God thank you for my kinky,
    coarse, black and beautiful hair

  32. Abimbola

    November 15, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    I love this! love my natural hair!!! 🙂

  33. Somebody

    November 15, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    Beautiful hair styles, glad the ladies had options. Good
    job By.

  34. http://africansweetheart.blogspot.co.uk/

    November 15, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    This is fab. I’m sure it will encourage loads of women to go natural on their big day.

    africansweetheart.blogspot.co.uk

  35. onyinyechi

    November 15, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    lovely post! finally something to inspire ladies with natural hair…

  36. The Real Madam the Madam

    November 15, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    Awesome post. I definitely want to be a natural bride just because I feel that anything else wouldn’t reflect who I am. I can imagine that for some of these brides, it wasn’t an easy decision especially among us Africans. Simple natural hair that I rock on a daily basis, I get some family members asking me when I’m “going to get my hair done” or why I don’t opt for a more feminine look. So I can imagine that some of these brides got serious side eyes from their family/friends when they proposed the idea of wearing natural hair on their wedding day. Regardless everybody looked lovely on their wedding day.

  37. sizle

    November 15, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    Oh Yea!…..its TEAM Natural all the way baby!….Im glad i had my bigchop in June and i cnt be any happier for making that DECISION OF LIFE!!! All dese ladies look soo Fabulous…Many congrats on your big day!

  38. cleo briggs

    November 15, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    FYI there is nothing like natural hair is not meant for everyone, its who we all are, what we were born with. And yes natural hair can help hair growth compared to relaxers because putting chemicals in your hair to permanently alter its natural form can spell disaster for a lot.
    Educate your selves and stop the ignorant rambling …… Thank me later Darls

    • yesmina

      November 15, 2013 at 5:13 pm

      be* other women who use**

    • Ronke

      November 15, 2013 at 7:36 pm

      No need to thank you Darls. You used the word ignorant in
      your comment. No one takes advice from people who talk like
      that.

    • BellaYankee

      November 15, 2013 at 11:24 pm

      @ronke It is you no sensible person will take advice from sentiments aside. Of allllllll the women with suffered hair due to relaxers, it’s your ONE example that would make us believe that relaxer is good for the hair? I hear. For your idol to minimize her use of the creamy crack to 2x a year, doesn’t that tell you something? Relaxers ARE damaging to the hair, simples. I bet if she stopped altogether, her hair will be wayyyyyy healthier (thicker w/ less breakage).
      Yeah, not using” ignorant” in your comment may win you some audience but when you break it down, you’re not saying anything compelling either. You’re still very much stuck in your creamy crack ways and that’s the ONE thing this post is NOT about.

    • Oyinkan

      January 6, 2014 at 1:15 am

      I don’t understand why people are offended by the word ignorant. Ignorant means “not knowing.” If someone says you “don’t know” how to do something, how is that an insult? I think some posters are way too sensitive. If you don’t know how to maintain your real hair, then ask how to do it.

  39. tos

    November 15, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    the first bride wow…beautiful…

  40. African Naturalista

    November 15, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    Wow. These are so beautiful and inspiring.

    africanaturalistas.com

  41. O'Naturals

    November 15, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    Hiya! Thanks Jho for the mention. We styled Osayi’s hair
    for her wedding and it was a treat. Yes! Yes! Yes! You can rock
    your natural hair for your wedding. Visit us at 54 Ogudu Road,
    Ojota Lagos or call 08188024444 / 08158024444 or check out our
    website onaturalsbeauty.com or facebook.com/onaturalsbeauty and
    follow us on twitter @onaturals1. We’d love to chat on how we can
    get you looking fab with your natural hair on your special
    day.

  42. Naveah

    November 15, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    This is SUPER REFRESHING!!! I have worn natural hair for a few years now, I kept it that way for my wedding and let me tell you with two little rambunctious kids at home, it certainly makes my life much easier.

  43. Anonymous 1

    November 15, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    Thank You BNW!!!! Oh my goodness finally.

    I want to rock my natural hair too for my wedding and most of my friends are like goodluck! This really encouraged me. Will definitely be checking out some of the websites and IG pages you mentioned.

    Thank you again!!

  44. Chigbo

    November 15, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    Well done BN, well done.
    This is more like it!! Real Africans with hair length and texture we can all relate to.

  45. http://www.hairmillionaire.blogspot.com

    November 15, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    Love this!! Fab ideas for the natural bride, we are based in London and style natural hair for those special occasions. Thumbs up BN! 🙂

  46. yesmina

    November 15, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    That said. I think the brides look really nice and should
    be a source of motivation/inspiration for those who want to rock
    their natural hair on their wedding days.

  47. Doyin

    November 15, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    Can someone please suggest some very good hair products i
    can use? I just had my ” big chop” two days ago(No thanks to the
    harsh weather here in Canada) and i am still yet to decide which
    hair product is best for me. I have tried Pantene, Head and
    shoulders, and Olay hair products but i never saw any difference in
    my hair texture . Recently someone told me that both hair products
    contains sulphate and its not good for the hair…I would
    appreciate any recommendation please.

    • Grace

      November 16, 2013 at 2:28 am

      Hi Doyin. you said you chopped off your hair I was wondering if it is really short that you would need hair products? anyways I live in the UK. And few years back the weather and hard water took its toll on my hair and my hair which was extra thick and over shoulder length started breaking off especially on my pillow. then all of a sudden I became bald in the middle of my hair… had to chop it down a bit then started my treatment. now my hair is back and healthy.
      I used Aphogee two steep protein treatment with the moisturiser
      then to step down I use elasta qp moisturizing conditioning shampoo for damaged hair
      Tresemme shampoo and conditioner for dry and damaged hair
      Aussie products are also good especially the range for damaged hair
      Africa’s best organics hair mayonnaise stops my hair from breakage
      I use elasta qp moisturizer or john freida hair serum instead of using hair oil as they tend to be tooo greasy.

    • sara

      November 16, 2013 at 3:01 am

      Try the Organix line. It’s all sulfate free. I’m not sure about Canada but you may find it in most drugstores and Walmart. The shampoo didn’t work for me but worked wonders on my sister’s and best friend’s hair. Also try using shea butter mixed with coconut oil and/or olive oil immediately after washing and conditioning. It makes your hair soft and keeps it moisturized.

    • Princess Mimi

      November 19, 2013 at 3:38 am

      Use sulphate free shampoos. Check the ingredients. Aubrey
      Organic shampoo is quite good but it is all about what works best
      for you. Then you could use Organic root stimulator hair mayonnaise
      as a conditioner. I use African pride leave in conditioner when I
      have washed my hair, then I mix argon oil, shea butter and olive
      oil as my ‘oils’ to seal it. This is just what I use, it might work
      for you. As my hair is quite thick but ranges from 4a-4c. Check
      Curly Nikki’s website to get more tips and information. I hope this
      is useful!

  48. damepenelope

    November 16, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    I looovvvee this! Thanks BN!

  49. zzzzzzzzzzzz

    November 16, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    i love the braids more

  50. Chic

    November 16, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    I remember BN once had one of those photoshoots done by a
    bridal house/photographer or something in London and the model
    bride had on braids and someone commented “who wears braids on
    their wedding day?” I just laughed in Spanish at that comment in
    other parts of Africa especially east and southern Africa styled
    braids on your wedding day are the norm rather than exception a lot
    of brides get them done to save on time and hassle during their
    honeymoon as most go the next day after their wedding and it’s
    almost always a beach side honeymoon with a lot of water activities
    so they find the braids as a good alternative to wearing their hair
    out. BN a post on different braids styles would be nice:)

  51. simi

    November 16, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    woke up one lovely day in march and said no to relaxers,
    did the big chop and promised to get married natural; these posts
    just cleared every doubt about my TWA (annoying stage)

  52. Just saying...

    November 16, 2013 at 9:10 pm

  53. Doyin

    November 16, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    @Grace and Sara..Thanks for the tips.

  54. Hadassah

    November 17, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    I absolutely love this…and the brides all look gorgeous!!!

    Here’s a link on preparing your natural hair prior to styling to get the best out of your natural hair!

    http://www.nappilynigeriangirl.blogspot.com/2013/11/how-to-prepare-your-natural-hair-for.html?m=1

  55. Hadassah

    November 17, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    I absolutely love this…and the brides all look gorgeous!!!

    p.s. There’s a Natural Hair Meetup on the 30th November at Omenka Gallery . See naturalnigerian.com for more details. Everyone is welcome, relaxed or natural or in between!

    Here’s a link on preparing your natural hair prior to styling to get the best out of your natural hair!

    http://www.nappilynigeriangirl.blogspot.com/2013/11/how-to-prepare-your-natural-hair-for.html?m=1

  56. Nkem

    November 17, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    This is so beautiful and I’ll definitely looking forward to showcasing my own natural hair for my wedding in January. After a series of breakage and battling with my mid length hair which refused to grow further I stumbled on a thread on nairaland by nappilynigerian. I notice improvements using her tip with oil.
    P.S. There’s a meetup on the 30th of November at Omeka gallery, check naturalnigerian.com for details.

  57. oyin

    November 17, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    The debate of natural vs relaxed is tiring. My thing is, nothing should be hat difficult or personal if you are encouraged or advised to stay true to yourself. We all know hair is one of African/black women’s j security meaning most African women are trying to emulate the European standard of beauty. And some claim that their hair is difficult so they have no choice but to relax or wear weave/wigs. I’ve always been natural before this whole natural movement emerged. I did it bcos my hair has always been long, full and thick never had problem with it.k. I will braid, twist and straighten it sometimes and I loved he different styles. People tell me, oh you have pretty hair or texture that’s why you are able to attain this length or texture. Or u must be mixed. It’s sad for Africans, blacks to believe in other to have nice healthy hair, it’s the contribution of another race. Although, I have soft texture, easy to manage but if I don’t take good care of it and use the right products for me, it willnot look as pretty and healthy as it looks. My point is, those complaining about how difficult it is to manage their coarse hair, make it easier by finding the right products. It might sound irrelevant or waste of time, take time to study your hair. It’s quite frustrating when your hair is not turning or giving the result you want, so take time to know what products and method will work for you. I’m 4A and the products I use or method won’t necessarily produce the same result as someone with 4c. Find your own personal way that works for you. Don’t expect the same result but just work towards having a nice manageable healthy hair. Regarding relaxer, the point is it’s not a sin to use relaxer it’s just mainly that find other healthy alternatives. The same with bleaching, u won’t die if you bleach, some people achieved a great result and didn’t die of cancer but the general rule is stay away from anything that is chemically enhanced bcos it might not affect u and it might but just try to stay safe.

  58. Atm

    November 17, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    it’s funny how no one mentioned good old WATER!

    • Oyinkan

      January 6, 2014 at 1:21 am

      A spray bottle with glycerin and water has changed my life forever! If you are in the US try “Stasofro” “Scurl” or “Carefreecurls”. They all contain glycerin and water along with other ingredients. They soften natural hair a lot. If you don’t have access to them, just buy a bottle of glycerin from a pharmacy (I spent 500 naira in Abuja) and dilute it with water.

  59. Anita....

    November 18, 2013 at 11:34 am

    I have been natural for over 7 months now and i have a lovely Afro…..but,at this point i have to give up,get my hair relaxed and just be free.I might try again in the future but for now…its just too much work.

  60. Princess Mimi

    November 19, 2013 at 3:30 am

    Team natural all the way!!! Beautiful.

  61. Princess Mimi

    November 19, 2013 at 3:30 am

    Team natural all the way!!! Gorgeous!!!

  62. uju

    November 27, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    kai!! Mrs Dele Alakija killed it for me shaaaa….im sooo rocking my hair on my wedding day!…loved Jimi’s too… lovely pics Belladarling

  63. Katriel

    November 27, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    Loving the natural looks big time

  64. Lagos eye

    December 1, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    Best BN article I have read! They all look incredible!! And the. Grooms absolutely adore them!!

  65. damsel

    December 2, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    Hi, I have a 10 months old daughter and she has a lot of hair what natural product can I use for her hair? At the moment I use baby oil to sustain and hydrate her hair. I really want to grow her afro well.

  66. The Mane captain (healthy hair & skin tips)

    December 2, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    beautiful post. I can;t believe women relax their hair for their wedding, only to cover it up with a weave. what’s the big deal with wearing braids anyway? why is a weave so important? This is a natural hair bride post but only a handful of them wore their hair out natural without extensions in it. you can easily get your hair braided by a good stylist in nigeria, if you don’t know how to put your hair up in a nice up do.
    themanecaptain.blogspot.ca

  67. Chichi

    December 14, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    i know i’m late but damn! i just had to comment! pls make this a regular!!!! Love love love it!!

  68. Manespeak

    January 22, 2014 at 2:14 am

    Love the wedding styles over here. This is inspiring for brides who are going to be natural on their big day! Yet again proof that you can looked beautiful with minimal styles. Whatever you want braids, Bantu braid out and au natural the trick is presentation 🙂

  69. jaybee

    March 12, 2014 at 8:12 am

    I relaxed my hair for my wedding when i ihave been natural for a year,if this article existed backed,trust me i wouldn’t try it lol,two years on though,i have been natural and loving every minute if it.

    http://www.bibiire.blogspot.com

  70. jaybee

    March 12, 2014 at 8:13 am

    *back then*

  71. kayode abisola christiana

    September 17, 2014 at 2:37 am

    It is just too fantanstic meeting you guyz here

  72. akurutclaudia

    December 15, 2015 at 9:41 am

    i like the hair styles,they are ver fantastic and thew gowns are unique

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    March 2, 2017 at 10:36 am

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