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Curly-haired brides-to-be, it's easier than you think to pull off frizz-free spirals on your wedding day. Here's how, according to Sally Hershberger stylist Matt Fugate:
1. If you're wearing your hair down:
To avoid frizz, don't touch your hair all night, Matt says. For perfect spirals, skip the shampoo and instead, use tons of leave-in conditioner, plus a hydrating cream like Sally Hershberger Hyper Hydration Keratin Spray ($6.50, available at Ulta). Clip your hair up for a few hours before you walk down the aisle, then let it air-dry or blow dry with a diffuser. To keep flyways from frizzing, go over them with a curling iron, just from the roots to the mid-point. Bonus: Loose curls are the best canvas for a headpiece or flower crown — and they help keep your curls extra-smooth!
2. If you're wearing your hair half-up:
Go for a sleeker, more polished style by blow-drying your hair at the crown of your head, facing the blow-dryer straight back to add volume, then run your fingers through your hair to create a textured look and pin it at the crown of your head. Touch up curls hanging down with a curling iron to add smoothness, and finish with a dry oil like Dove Pure Care Dry Oil Nourishing Treatment ($10, available at Amazon).
3. If you're wearing your hair up:
Embrace your inner Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman, and pile your curls on top of your head. Prep your hair as if you were wearing it down, then flip your hair upside down, gather your curls to the crown of your head, and flip back up. Adjust your curls in the mirror until they're the perfect level of messiness, and pin into place. Hold with plenty of hairspray, like John Frieda Frizz Ease Moisture Barrier Hair Spray ($5, available at Amazon), and don't worry about flyways — they're all part of the ethereal charm!
4. If you want to try a braid:
Go for a braid chignon! Brides with thick curly hair are perfect candidates for this style, Matt notes, because it smooths out curls without losing texture. It's just as simple as it sounds: braid your hair, either in a classic braid or, if you want an edgier look, a fishtail, then twist your hair around a hair elastic in a chignon and pin into place.
Short-haired curly brides, try a hairline braid. First, make a deep-side part, then French-braid only the hair at the front of your head, so it sticks up from the front of your head. Pin the rest of your hair into a messy chignon at the nape of your neck, then wrap your hairline braid around the top of the chignon. Voilà, instant romance!