So, you’re preparing for your Igba Nkwu ceremony? Congrats! Now, it’s time to figure out what to wear and the rest of your look (hairstyle, coral beads, and makeup). As a modern bride, your look has to be Instagram-worthy and BellaNaija-worthy at the same time. For your Igba Nkwu outfit ideas, check out our editorial picks on some of the finest trending Igbo traditional wedding attire for brides. However, as an ‘asa’ (fine girl) that you are, your look will not be complete without the proper hairstyle for an Igbo traditional wedding and the right coral beads to adorn your neck, head, arms, and legs.
In this post, we’re presenting to you the 20 latest Igba Nkwu hairstyles, neck coral beads and headpieces spotted on stylish Igbo brides. All the lovely women in the featured images have their wedding makeup on-point to inspire you on how to do yours – so, take note. Also, ensure to read the tips I included (below) for choosing the best Igba Nkwu hairstyle for your face – it’s at the end of the pictures. Now, let’s get right into it – swipe or scroll down to choose your best Igba Nkwu look.
#1, 2, 3: All-Back & Hair-Down Igba Nkwu Hairstyles PLUS Coral Bead Necklace and Matching Beaded Headpiece | Half-up and Half-Down Styles on the Bride on the Right (The ‘Uto Nwa’ Look)
ABOUT THE HAIRSTYLES: These Igbo bridal hair styles can be done with your natural hair slicked back or cornrow weaving all-back or half-up like the bride above (top right). If you don’t have thick hair, adding a hair extension/ attachment/ weaves/ weavon can give your hair more volume like the bride in the middle (above image). You can also wear this hairstyle with only your natural hair, like the bride on the left (above).
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THE CORAL BEAD HAIR ACCESSORY AND BRIDAL NECK BEADS: These traditional wedding hairstyles would be like any regular hairstyle without the native Igbo coral bead headpiece. Besides, you won’t look like a bride if you just stop there. The coral bead will do the transformation. So, throw in a layer of coral bead around your head and voila you’ll be looking like an ‘omalicha’.
To achieve the above Igbo bridal look, you can wear a bold single-strand coral bead necklace or one with double or triple layers. Wear a matching set of coral bead earrings and bangles. If you like this type of Igba Nkwu hairstyle, comment below to tell me which one in the image above is your favourite look.
4, 5, 6, 7: Elegant Wrap-Around High Bun Packing-Gel Updo Hairstyles for Igbo Brides at Traditional Marriage Adorned WITH Layers of Coral Bead Hairpiece and Neck Beads | Braided Bun and Twisted Bun Styles on the Right (The ‘Asa Nwa’ Look)
ABOUT THE HAIRSTYLES: This is a top bun hairstyle and is achieved with styling gel to lay down the brides’ front edges flat and keep it in place, without any flyaway. Some brides choose to have cornrows (weaving) at the bottom of this style, instead of packing up their hair with gel. That also looks very cute. This updo (packed-up bun) Igbo wedding hairstyle is wrapped around at the top and so requires a long hair and volume (thick hair) to make it work. That means you need to use hair extensions’ (attachment) to make the hair longer and fuller which will enable it to be wrapped round at the top. Any good hairdresser knows how to do that.
For the top part, there are different styling variations, as you can see from how the top of the brides’ hair looks. The brides on the left (above) have this style with smooth hair wrapped around to form a bun (like a puffy doughnut) on top. The brides on the right (above) have the top parts of their hair braided (braided bun style) and twisted (twisted bun style), and the braided part wrapped around on top. Check out how the bride on the extreme left (above) has a fringe with her packing-gel hairstyle. How cool is that?
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THE CORAL BEAD HAIR ACCESSORY AND BRIDAL NECK BEADS: Once your hairdresser has the style locked down for you, next is to transform it into an Igbo bride’s hairstyle, and that involves wrapping layers of small coral bead jewelry around the top of the bun.
#8, 9, 10, 11: Sleek Off-the-Face Braided Back/ Low-Bun Igbo Bridal Hair Styles Accessorized WITH Front-Forward Coral Hairpiece and Matching Neck Beads (The ‘Omalicha’ Look)
STYLE TIPS: the hair is pulled pack from the face, edges laid flat and coral bead placed around the front as the highlight.
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