Sure, a sleek chignon is an always chic and beautiful bridal hairstyle, but what if you want something untraditional? Don’t worry, there are plenty of hairstyles for your big day that will show off your personality and complement your dress.
The Bohemian Bride
Divide your hair from ear to ear across the back of the head and put the lower section into a ponytail, out of the way. If your hair is thin or you just like a little extra volume on top, tease the top section and tie it into a ponytail, leaving a few face-framing sections out for a carefree vibe. Take this top ponytail and either braid it and twist it into a bun, or just haphazardly twist and bobby pin large sections to hold the hair up and off the neck, close to the nape. Then divide the lower ponytail into two sections and loosely braid each one. Wrap the braids up and around the sides of the head, then pin the ends down.
You may wish to use bobby pins at strategic points along the braids to hold them into place. If you have a hair accessory, you can pin it on one side in order to disguise the end of one braid. Use a large-barreled curling iron to make the leftover sections in front wavy.
If you prefer the sleek, traditional bridal hairstyles, the French twist works well with many different hair lengths and accessories. Clip the top section of your hair up, then gather the bottom into a ponytail. Twist the ponytail up to form the basic shape of the French twist. Bend the ends back down and tuck them under the twist, then pin into place with bobby pins. Unclip the top section and backcomb until you reach the height you’d like. Smooth it back over the twist and grab the ends. Tuck those under the twist as well, then pin into place and spray with hairspray.
If you can’t decide between an updo and wearing your hair down, meet in the middle by pulling back the front and sides and adding a retro twist. If you want a softer, more romantic look, curl the ends with a large barreled curling iron, then run your fingers through your hair to loosen the curls up. Part your hair in the middle and separate it into top and bottom sections. Clip the lower section out of the way.
Then spray the roots along the part and the crown. Starting halfway back along the part and working your way to the crown, begin gently backcombing your hair with a fine-tooth comb. Smoothing the hair with your hands or the light touch of a brush, pull the whole top section back into a half ponytail and pin or clip it into place. You can use bobby pins or a special hair accessory. Release the lower section from the clip. Add shine spray.
Long and Loose
Kate Middleton did it, and so can you. Wear your hair long and loose to look like the girl next door he fell in love with. When your hair is damp, spray in a heat protectant and smoothing serum, then divide it into sections. Blow dry with a large round brush so that the ends have a slight curl and the roots have tons of volume. Create a side part and then wrap one-inch sections of hair around a vertical large- barreled curling iron. Run your fingers through the curls to soften them and then, if you prefer, discreetly pin the sides back with bobby pins that match your hair color. If you need more smoothing serum to tame flyaways or add shine, run some over the surface of the curls with the palms of your hands.
Any of these hairstyles can be done without a trip to the salon if you’re comfortable and don’t mind putting in the time and energy on the big day. Whether your ideal hairstyle is more traditional or you want to try an unconventional bridal ‘do, you can achieve stunning bridal styles at home.