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Why This Bride and Her Bridesmaids All Wore Their Hair Natural Down the Aisle

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Courtesy Nakyia Whitty

When Nakyia Whitty began to envision the look of her wedding (which just took place in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, on June 11), she pictured the white dress, the beautiful beach setting, the flowers — and the perfect hairstyles for her bridesmaids. And the look she had in mind? All-natural.

“As I grew into my own, I felt that it was beautiful,” Whitty told of her experience growing out her natural hair two years ago. So when it came time to plan her wedding, she knew that she wanted the women standing beside her on her big day to look and feel equally as beautiful wearing their natural texture. “I wanted my memories to be of black women wearing their own natural hair.”

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Luckily for Whitty, her bridesmaids all had been wearing their hair natural as well — so the choice was an easy one. But immediately after making her decision, she was faced with opinions of family members who weren’t as on board with the idea. “I was told, ‘You need to straighten it for a classic and timeless look,'” she said. “That hurt my feelings. It’s me, it was who I am. I wear it everywhere. So to tell me that I need to tame it or straighten it for my big day, it made me second-guess everything I was doing.”

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When it came down to it, however, Whitty and her bridal party walked down the aisle wearing exactly the look that was in her heart from the beginning: their big, beautiful and born-with-it hair texture. And they’re getting tons of attention for their stunning photos. “I’m happy that the world is seeing it,” she said. “Maybe this will put a crack in this mirror. You can wear your hair and be yourself.”

What do you think of Whitty’s decision of going natural? Sound off below!

— Jillian Ruffo