Whatever you choose for a wedding hairstyle, it has to be completely you. This is exactly why many want to do their own hair for the big day. Sometimes, despite many attempts and trials of various wedding hairstyles, your chosen hairdresser still can't work out how to get it right. Or perhaps it's that you know you like doing your hair yourself. Maybe, even, it's that on one of the biggest events of your life, you'd rather not have yet another thing to worry about—at least if you do it yourself, then it's less likely to go wrong.
Whatever your reasons, there are plenty of solutions to creating incredible and stunning hairstyles for your wedding day. Just because you're wearing a white dress (or two-piece, or jumpsuit) doesn't mean you have to succumb to "bridal" hair (extensions, curls and intricate updos, although granted they can look pretty if done properly). In fact, there are many hairstyles that require little input—all it takes is a bit of practice before the actual wedding (we insist on that part). We've selected 21 cool but chic wedding hairstyles that you can totally do at home. Relaxed brides-to-be, this is everything you've been looking for. Click through our gallery for 21 wedding hairstyles you can do yourself.
This is probably the easiest one to do, and it will work with any texture and any length. Simply curl the ends of blow-dried hair and then loosely pull the front of your hair around the crown of your head and fasten in the middle at the back.
During New York Fashion Week, we spied this super-easy, super-chic look at Tory Burch. Simply tie your hair up in a low ponytail and add a bow over the top. Either opt for black à la TB or go for a more bridal colour such as white or dusty pink. Try John Lewis’s haberdashery for a range of different ribbon colours and materials.
If you’re more the easygoing kind of bride, then just find a pair of simple but chic hair slides, such as those on offer from ASOS, and you’re good to go.
There’s something very Joan Collins about this headband/turban look for a wedding. Slick back hair into a bun and fix with a headwrap. Best to source from Etsy.
If you’d rather keep your hair more natural-looking for the day, simply part it to the side and use tongs to randomly curl sections of your hair. This will leave you with pretty boho-style locks. Bonus tip: Make your curls a little tighter than you would like so the hairstyle stays in for the whole day, as it will always drop out a little.
This style is the trickiest to DIY, but it can be done. Get yourself a home hot roller kit, the BaByliss Boutique Salon Ceramic Rollers (£50) is particularly good. Then blow-dry your hair straight and section off your hair using the rollers. Start from the front and work your way to the back. Once you've had them in for the required amount of time, simply remove the rollers and gently brush through the curls. Set with hair spray.
Weddings, much like festivals, are no longer the place to wear floral crowns (the ones that go all the way around the head). Floral bands, however, now you’re talking. This Yunotme Flock Silk-Satin Headband (£68) is what we’d be wearing for the big day.
It doesn’t have to be all trussed up. Your hair can simply be in a high pony—all the better for showing off the incredible back of your wedding dress.
Not full bombshell but not full boho, this is an easy way to do soft curls without having to pigeonhole yourself into a theme. This is understated elegance.
One for brides with short hairstyles, try a slicked-back ’do that will enhance your wedding makeup and elegant neck.
Hark back to Sienna Miller circa the noughties, when she would wear a headband like no one else. This updated version mixes just the right amount of Game of Thrones in it too.
Perhaps Blair Waldorf is your style icon. If so, then a bejewelled headband is the way forward.
There’s something extra sweet (but not saccharine) about wrapping a piece of white ribbon around your hair for a bridal look. Try it with a low bun for a fail-safe easy wedding hairstyle.
Want to actually look like a goddess on your wedding day as well as feeling like one? You could try getting your hands on small pieces of real wheat, or you could try Etsy for a place to find unusual wedding hair accessories.
Adding fresh flowers to your hair doesn’t have to look hippyish or like you’re en route to a festival. Keep it simple and choose two or three white or ivory blooms that complement your dress then nestle a pop of colour in between. Pastel tones really set off blonde and red hair while brunettes and black-haired brides should embrace brights. Pinch some straight from your bouquet or check out Pinterest for more inspiration.
Headgear doesn’t have to mean a veil. Add a lace appliqué over an understated style like a low bun and you’ll be instantly transformed into a 20s-esque flapper. You’ll find plenty of adornments on Etsy, and just remember the key is in the positioning. Keep it to one side of your style and you won’t have to risk any dad jokes about it looking like a doily.
A halfway point between up and out of your face and sexy and undone, a fishtail plait that’s been pulled out and tousled screams nonchalant bride. It makes the perfect base for adding accessories or a veil, or leave it as is and choose some glitzy ear garb instead. & Other Stories will have your back on that front.
It’s fashion, but we like it. Simple yet striking, part your hair in the centre then use a large-barrelled tong like GHD’s nocturne soft-curl tong to create large waves. Keep the hair in chunky sections and always wrap it the same way around the tong to nail that neat, uniform finish. Scoop to the side and secure just under your earlobe, then add a long, straight ribbon that finishes below the pony.
Buns are a bridal go-to and quite often tend to be low-slung so you can rest a veil on top. Going veil-free? Then scoop your hair into a topknot and show off that neckline, gorgeous if you’ve got a fringe. Set your style with a finisher like Sam McKnight’s Modern Hairspray (£22) that gives good hold but won’t make your hair look like it’s suffering from rigor mortis.
Want sexy hair on tap? Then embrace its natural texture. If you have Afro or naturally curly hair, scrunch in some mousse and then run some Vernon François Curl Command Moisture Spray (£21) through your curls to stop frizz. Keep the roots smoother and pin up any longer layers so your hair sits at jaw level. It will highlight your cheekbones and jawline and elongate your neck and will work with backless or high-neck dresses.
Now you've got your hair sorted, find out how to master your own wedding makeup.