DIY Bridal Hair

Wrangling your tresses into shape for a wedding can be stressful, whether you’re walking down the aisle or just attending as a guest. We asked rockstar stylist Kristan Serafino to share a few user-friendly styles anyone can master. It turns out all you need are some basic hot rollers, a flat iron, bobby pins, hairspray, and a teasing brush. No salon trek necessary.

Pro tip: To help your ‘do stay in place, Serafino suggests setting hair with hot rollers. For the Swirled Side Plait, straighten hair with a flat iron for added sleekness.

the duchess

The Duchess

A laid-back reinvention of Kate Middleton’s wedding style, this simple half-up, half-down ‘do is still fit for a princess. Start by setting hair in rollers (see above). Next, section the hair into two parts in front of and behind the ears. Using the teasing brush, tease the hair at the front, and smooth the topmost layer to create a smooth bouffant. (Tease all the way down to the scalp so that hair does not fall flat.) Divide the teased hair into two sections, using your natural part as a guide. Starting behind your ear, twist the left section of hair toward the center of your head and secure with a bobby pin. Repeat with the right side, and crisscross the twists where they meet in the middle. Secure by making an X with two bobby pins to keep the hair from slipping. Tousle the lower half of curls and lightly spritz with hairspray.

mod topknot

Mod Topknot

We love this style for two reasons: 1) It builds off of The Duchess, and 2) it’s messy yet refined. After completing the steps above, divide the underside of your hair into 1.5-inch sections and twist each one from the nape of the neck upwards. Secure the twists where they intersect with the X you created earlier, using more bobby pins if necessary. Let the ends hang loose. Once all the sections have been pinned, lightly tease your remaining hair and sculpt it into a loose, puffy bun at the crown of your head. Anchor with pins and an accessory, like Ban.do’s Mini Pom Pom set.

swirled side plait

Swirled Side Plait

On the big day, redoing your hair is the last thing you want to think about. Thankfully, this slick, braided bun will take you from the ceremony to the dance floor without losing its shape. Smooth your hair with a straight iron, then gather it into a low side pony at the base of your neck. (Serafino secret: To eliminate excess hair bulk beneath your hairtie, look at the ceiling while you do this.) Separate the ponytail into two sections, fishtail braid it, and coil the braid into a bun. Secure with pins at the base and accessorize with “something borrowed” (We repurposed a vintage dress decoration as a crown). Voila—instant elegance!

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