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Lean in a little, we've got a secret to share: Contrary to what you might've thought, you don't need a professional to get hair that's as gorgeous as your wedding dress. In fact, there are a handful of easy 'dos that can be achieved without visiting a salon. If you don't want to sit through one or more hair appointments, you can master these beautiful styles from the comfort of your own home. You can even turn practice into a bonding sesh with your bridesmaids—everyone loves a good makeover night now and then!
Ahead, we've listed seven simple DIY wedding hairstylesthat you can recreate all on your own (or with the help of some trusted friends and family members in your getting-ready room). For the modern bride, there's a contemporary updo, and for the glamorous bride, there's an elegant chignon. If your vibe's more boho, we've got options for braids and twists, and if you're more traditional, there are sleek and classic hairdos, too.
Aside from showing you the finished product, we've also provided step-by-step guides for achieving each beautiful hairstyle. If the tutorials aren't enough to make the process smooth, we've recommended some products as well. So, go on and check out our suggestions for DIY bridal hairstyles. If you like more than one, feel free to pass some along to your bridesmaids—in fact, these ideas work as wedding guest hairstyles for any attendee! After all, you don't have to be the leading lady to rock gorgeous strands on the big day
Look One: The Modern Updo
Severe, shellacked wedding hair is stay-proof but not exactly pretty. For a more relaxed take on the classic updo, try this loose, romantic hairstyle instead.
Generously spritz your favorite extra-hold hairspray all over, and spiral-curl hair in small sections using a one-inch curling iron.
Step Two: Divide in Half
Using fingers, loosely pull all hair back from the face, leaving plenty of volume at the hairline. Split hair in half in the back and gently twist each side several times, until you have two long, twisted pieces. Do not make these tight.
Step Three: Criss-Cross Finish
Draw the sections together, crossing the left over the right. Depending on length, repeat this process until about three inches of ends remain. Pull the ends up, and secure them against your head using several bobby pins, then tuck and pin all stray strands.
Look Two: An Elegant Chignon
You probably recognize this look from almost every red carpet, but this one is much simpler to execute on your own. If you want a classic big-day look, you can't beat the traditional chignon.