This year, Jonathan and I celebrated four years of happily married life! I just can’t believe how time has flown by! The pandemic has made it pretty challenging to go all out to mark special occasions – but I knew I had to find a way to make this milestone memorable for us. A family anniversary photo shoot did the trick! Jonathan, TKB and I spent the day outdoors at the dreamiest venue capturing our love. For the shoot, I threw it back to 2017 and recreated my wedding day hair and makeup, and re-purposed my dress to bring to life a 2021 Ijeoma bride. I got so much love on my natural wedding hairstyle, so in this post I’m sharing how I achieved it in three simple steps, so that you can too!
Cornrow Your Hair
A couple of days before you plan to rock your hairstyle, you’ll want to cornrow your full head. Of course, it’s always best to wash and moisturize your hair with your favorite products ahead of this, so that your cornrows seal in all the goodness. Before all of this, I actually colored my hair as I had spent the past two and a half years growing out my previous color. You can stick to your natural hair color, but if you’re wanting to experiment with a different shade, I shared some tips for coloring natural hair in this post.
Take Them Down and Fluff Out
After a few days of cornrows, you’ll need to gently take them down row-by-row with your fingers. Once your full ‘fro has come out to play, give your scalp some love by massaging it with your favorite oil or hair food (I used Tropic Isle Living Jamaican Black Castor Oil Hair Food) to top up the moisture. This step is also key to fluff your hair out to create more volume. On my actual wedding day, I used clip-ins that matched the texture of my natural hair to add a bit of length, but this time around I didn’t need to.
Twist and Pin the Top
Next, you’ll want to section out your hair from ear to crown to create five chunky twists at the top of your head. You can then group them together by two or three and combine them into two single chunky twists. Join these two twists into one and pin them elegantly to the back of your head. Once this is done, you can continue to run your fingers through the loose bottom part to make sure you’re happy with the shape and body. Et voilà! You’re ready to walk down the isle!