Wedding Updo for Naturally Curly Hair

It’s becoming much more common for women to embrace their natural hair whether it be curly or straight, and we’re so happy that women are proud of their natural beauty and are doing what they can to let it shine. We love this simple wedding updo for naturally curly hair from Yolanda Jones, styled by Lora Kelley and photographed by Joey Kennedy, and we encourage you to embrace your organic beauty on your wedding day and work with what you have! Keep reading for the full tutorial on how to recreate this wedding updo.


-Duck Bill Clips
-Hair Spray

Step 1: Leave hair natural and feathered out.
Step 2: Add hair oil to provide shine and soften fly-aways
Step 3: Divide hair into 4 basic sections and clip off with duck bill clips
Step 4: Start with the section at the base of the neck – hold it out from the head, and using your hand, fold it over and tuck ends into the hair and pin.
Step 5: Do this with the next section of hair above the first section, but fold it the opposite way of the first – this will create dimension in the hair.
Step 6: Pick on of the side sections, and divide it into two more sections.
Step 7: Fold the lay one over the other, and fold them across the head, tucking the ends in and pinning as you.
Step 8: Use the last section of hair to lay over the top and across the back of the hair, folding across the hair, and tucking the ends under. Pin.
Step 9: Spray with hair spray.

Photography: Joey Kennedy | Hair: Yolonda Jones | Make­up: Lora Kelley | Shirt: Rag and Bone | Jewelry: Anthropologie | Jeans: Rag and Bone | Styling: Lora Kelley

21 Responses to “Wedding Updo for Naturally Curly Hair”

  1. Helen Michelle

    The model has got gorgeous hair! I have curly hair as well but not as long as the model’s. I did leave my hair down for my wedding and it looked pretty but it was summer so it did get uncomfortable as the night progressed. This hair-do is amazing, for Summer or even Spring brides. Spring brides can add some flowers.

  2. Rachel

    Yes! Thanks so much for doing this. My hair is very similar and I can’t tell you how hard it is to find inspiration for beautiful updos.

    • Maggie

      Yeah the instructions suck unfortunately :( I wish there were clearer instructions, I’d love to try this

  3. Eva

    This hairstyle looks beautiful, but I don’t quite understand steps 8 and 9… Maybe the barrier of the language (I’m French) ?

  4. Alicia

    I also don’t really understand what to do with each section, but maybe that’s because my hair is straight. I can’t imagine folding my hair would have any thing close to this effect lol, her hair looks so nice too!

  5. kat

    Beautiful hair, beautiful updo and beautiful model. HORRIBLE instructions. Typos all over, and bad descriptions.

  6. Jez

    Make a video tutorial on how to do this please. I have super curly long hair and would love to do this but the instructions and pictures are unclear.

    • Mary McLeod

      We didn’t have a video for this specific tutorial, but we’re working on getting more videos on the site for our readers!

  7. Aoibhín

    Using a model with a fairer hair colour would make for better pictures as black tends to lack definition in images viewed on electronic devices

  8. Adriana

    Love this hairstyle, i want to try it on myself. Too bad i can’t understand the instructions! ):

  9. Isabela Almeida

    Beautiful hairstyle. Too bad the instructions are useless and the pictures do more harm than good in explaining. Confusing is an understatement.


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