Must-Have Hair | Top 4 DIY wedding hair tutorials
Would you ever consider doing your own hair for your wedding? The prospect may seem a tad daunting for your big day, and the thousands of hair tutorials floating around the web can seem more overwhelming than helpful. I’ve had a little look around and I’ve found some of the absolute best, easiest and prettiest how-to guides for simple DIY wedding hair. Here are my top 4!
1. ‘The New French Twist’ at Martha Stewart Weddings
This little 4-step tutorial is incredibly simple to follow – you certainly don’t need to be a super-human domestic goddess with a penchant for insider trading to pull it off. This is one in a collection of classic DIY ‘dos on the site that are all beautiful and chic… and if imagining Martha’s stern yet gentle voice guiding you through it (like I did) helps then so be it!
Difficulty: Absolute minimal difficulty
Equipment needed: Bobby pins (the longer the better), round brush, texturizing or regular hair spray, small hair elastic
Works with: Classic and elegant gowns and veils positioned at the back or birdcage veils
2. ‘Vintage Vixen ‘40s-Inspired Waves’ by Matthew Curtis for Daily Mix
Like any true romantic I’ve always had a soft spot for feminine, vintage-inspired hairstyles. Unfortunately, they are notoriously fiddly and always leave me in a frustrated pile of tears, hot rollers and styling mousse. Thankfully, Matthew Curtis, the hairstylist featured in this video, makes the retro style look incredibly easy – using minimal equipment and giving fantastic little tips for getting the look just right.
Difficulty: There aren’t any particularly difficult techniques employed for this one, but it will require some time and patience to get each curl done properly
Equipment needed: Medium to large curling wand or hot rollers, ‘work in’ spray is what he uses, but you could just as easily use mousse or setting spray, long tong clips, fine tooth comb, soft bristle brush
Works with: Vintage silk or lace gowns, oversized silk flowers pinned at the side or a striking Mantilla style veil
3. ‘Bohemian Braids’ by Christina at Hair Romance
I’ve only recently stumbled across Christina at Hair Romance, but her site has quickly become one of my favourites due to her fantastically straightforward, step-by-step instructions.
This particular tutorial gives a few different variations on what Christina calls a ‘four strand slide up braid’, a feminine, bohemian-inspired side braid that can be easily adapted to any type of hair and would work just as easily for a garden, beach, registry or formal wedding.
Difficulty: Surprisingly easy, but you do have to be confident with sectioning and braiding your hair
Equipment needed Bobby pins, small hair elastics – that’s it! Plus your choice of styling sprays or serums
Works with: Floor-length lace gowns and flower crowns
Via Hair Romance
4. ‘The Chestnut Bun’ by Joanna Goddard at A Cup of Jo
This cute tutorial comes with an absolutely gorgeous photo shoot (all I want in life right now is to cycle around on a vintage bike in a little feathered wedding dress) and results in a hairstyle that is just as stylish – a little twist on a classic, sleek, up-do.
Difficulty: Minimal, but may take a little time to get your bun to sit exactly where you’d like it to
Equipment: Bobby pins and an elastic band (make sure to find one that fits very snugly, otherwise your hair may escape!)
Works with: Minimalism and birdcage veils
Via A Cup of Jo