Black bridesmaids are being told their natural Afro hair ‘isn’t suitable’ for weddings.

When Alysha* was asked to be a bridesmaid for her childhood best friend, she was completely over the moon. To be an integral part of such a special occasion was a huge honour, and Alysha relished the planning, the hen do, and the excitement over the dresses, flowers and makeup. But she was the only Black bridesmaid – and her white best friend didn’t think about the fact that she would have different needs when it came to hair styling. This lack of consideration almost destroyed their friendship. Alysha tells ‘The bride – let’s call her Sophie* – wanted us to all have the exact same makeup and the exact same hair. I don’t know how we were ever going to achieve that, the three other bridesmaids were white with straight hair.