Photo: Bèla Adler & Salvador Fresneda
Both low and high chignons are a piece of cake with this bendable tool. "For my wedding, I wore my hair down and then used this to create the perfect messy bun for my reception," says Sarah Potempa, the hairstylist-gadget whiz behind this clever number. "It's especially good if you don't have a hairdresser on-site."
The Wrap-Up, $12, Sarah Potempa
No Pins Required
These flexible clips can wrangle even unruly hair into a sturdy updo—sans bobby pins. "Most women have the same trouble that I did with hairpins," says Andrea Pomerantz Lustig, author of the book How to Look Expensive (Penguin, $25). "You need a gazillion, your hair feels tight, and they still fall out!" Bonus: These clips won't leave a dent if you decide to let your updo loose on the dance floor.
$30 each, ZannClips
An '80s hair staple, this plastic looped pony-maker is staging a comeback—and the results are better than ever. According to hairstylist Theodore Leaf, that's because we now have primo styling potions to pair with it. "When you don't have to use industrial-strength hairspray, you get a much more modern look," he says. "It's a style that works great with a veil."
Topsy Tail, $7, Conair
Here's everything you need for a ballerina bun, in one handy box. "Top knots are great for petite brides," says creator Leaf. "If you're small and wearing a lot of dress, you'll look leaner."
Top Knot kit, $20, Bored with Your Hair