Who says you have to pay a TON of money for nice hair on your wedding day?
I know it's a tough decision for most women. Do you do your hair yourself and save money on your wedding day, or do you pay big bucks and have it done professionally? I'm here to tell you it CAN be done by YOU, at home (with a little help from a friend), and will save you time, money, and stress. Continue reading for some great hairstyles that are sure to help make your wedding day a success!
The Side-Swept Chignon
The classic, but simple chignon is a wedding day hairstyle that is loved by many. It is used probably in more weddings than any other up-do, and for good reason. It's very elegant looking when done correctly! The side-swept chignon is a new twist on an old favorite. Instead of being tight and pristine looking, the side-swept chignon is more light and flirty feeling.
You will start this hairstyle by doing your hair in a low, side ponytail. Then take the ends of your hair and flip them through right above the ponytail holder. For hair that is more of a medium length, leave it as is and accent with a pretty hair clip or barrette. However, if you have hair that is longer, it will look much better to put the side ponytail into a bun (perfection is not necessary, since we are going for a pretty, yet relaxed look), and once again use barrettes or pretty clips to finish the look and hold it in place. For a more romantic feel, leave a couple wisps of hair fall free and curl them to frame your face.
The Ever Popular Top Knot
This hairstyle is something like a bun, except much more formal looking. Begin by making sure your hair is super straight. A straightener can help give you that sleek, smooth look that most women desire, but is not necessary as long as you blow dry it straight.
Part your hair on the side, but leave out a large section in the front. Pull your hair into a high ponytail. Take the front piece that you left out, and pull it back along your ear, wrapping any extra length around the ponytail, and pin in place. Then, you will divide your ponytail into 4 sections, and twist 1 section, and wrap it up around the base of your ponytail, leaving the other sections loose for the time being. Now, you will repeat the twisting and wrapping with the other 3 sections, to form a bun.
You're finished!!! If any loose pieces are standing out from your style, use pins and hairspray to keep them in place.
1/2 Up With Beachy Waves
Start by blow drying your hair with your head upside down, to create lift and volume at the roots. Then use a medium-barreled curling iron, holding the iron vertically and curling in one inch sections of hair. Do not brush your hair, but allow the tendrils of curls to fall naturally. Use a small bit of light hairspray to hold your style, but not too much! A headband or flowered barrette or hairpiece would match beautifully with this hairstyle!
Smooth Wrap Around Ponytaill
This hairstyle is super easy! You can do it pretty quickly on your own, which makes it a real winner in my book. It is probably best for long hair, in order to achieve that sleek look that we are going for! First you will want to use a GOOD straightener on your hair, to get it smooth and shiny. Now smooth your hair back with a brush into a ponytail, as high or low in the back of your head as you would like. (A mid-way or lower pony tail will probably look most sophisticated).
Now before you tie your ponytail, separate a small strip of hair from the underside (a longer piece is best), and wrap it around the base of your ponytail until you reach the end of the strip of hair. Tuck the end of the strip of hair into your ponytail holder. The trick is to keep the ponytail holder itself completely disguised, so it looks as if your hair is the only thing holding the ponytail in. A thin pencil can help if your having trouble tucking it in. Brush out the ponytail when you're finished, and if you need to, use the straightener once more to really get that long, sleek ponytail that you desire. A fancy headband would really do wonders with this look!
With these simple hairstyles, you'll be looking fabulous for your big day!!! Just remember to take your time, and if you need an extra hand,it never hurts to enlist the help of a friend.
Honeysuckle on January 10, 2015:
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Lizabeth on January 01, 2015:
You really found a way to make this whole prcseos easier.
Annalisa (author) from Pennsylvania on September 02, 2012:
I currently do not write for other websites,but I will be writing more hair styling tips in the future! Unfortunately,my laptop broke over the weekend so I won't be writing until I get a new one in the next week or two,but keep an eye out! And thank you!
perlwatson from England on August 31, 2012:
nice article and tips..i wonder if you write for other websites as well? I am very interested in hairstyles related articles..