You style your hair every day. (Some days you even do it more than once!) That’s why you—yes, you—are highly qualified to DIY wedding hairstyles. “It’s not something to be scared of,” says NYC hairstylist Nunzio Saviano. “If you practice, you’ll get technical skills—and believe it, you can really master the look.”
Your wedding will be the priciest party of your life. It's basically a universal truth. Between your venue, catering, and all of the little details, it's easy (almost scarily so) to realize you're suddenly over budget. But you can save hundreds by doing your own hair on your wedding day. Sure, it could be a little nerve-wracking to take charge of your 'do. But, as Saviano explains, practice makes perfect, and styling your own wedding tresses is easier than your think. Try a braid, a bun, or bouncy waves.
When in doubt, Saviano says, recruit a bridesmaid for help. “What girl doesn’t know how to braid?”
Here are some easy-to-master wedding hairstyles you can totally do yourself.
Because every hair doesn't have to be perfectly in place, it helps when you aim for a casual yet romantic vibe, like the braid above. To re-create it, Saviano suggests putting styling cream through your strands right out of the shower. Let hair completely air-dry, then mist on a light-hold hairspray before you start braiding. “It gives just the right amount of hold without being sticky,” he says. Starting at your ears (or at your temples if you want more tendrils around your face), pull hair back and create a French braid that morphs into a fishtail braid.
Secure it with a hair elastic and velvet ribbon.
Long, loose curls can look just right for your big day. To get this polished look, NYC hairstylist Tommy Buckett says to “prep damp hair with a volumizing mousse and a styling cream for shine.” Try Garnier Fructis Sky-Hi Volume Mousse ($3.42, available at Walmart) for tons of body and bounce, and protect your tresses from heat styling with Nunzio Saviano the Cream ($28, available on Amazon). Fully blow-dry your hair, then fire up the curling iron. If your hair holds a curl easily, use a large barrel, he says.
If it doesn’t, go with a smaller barrel “to compensate for curl drop.” Working from roots to ends, spiral sections around the barrel and leave there for 10 seconds. “For extra hold, clip in place until hair cools,” he says, and finish with hairspray.
A chic, understated bun is “about the bride being confident to wear all her hair back,” Saviano says. To get the look, start with washed-yesterday hair (“you want it a little lived in”). Sweep it into a secure ponytail and mist with hairspray, then twist, wrap, or braid the hair into a bun, and anchor it with bobby pins. If you want to use a bun sponge, he says, be sure it’s not too cartoonishly big and that your hair is long enough to fully cover it. Finish with another thorough blast of hairspray: “You don’t want any of the hair to come out,” Saviano says.
“You really can’t redo this.” L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Strong Hold Hairspray ($15, available at Ulta) will keep your tresses in place for hours.
This story originally appeared in the February/March 2019 issue of Brides, on stands starting December 18.