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Top wedding hairstyles for your big day

Top wedding hairstyles for your big day
Gigi Gordon
Beauty Writer8 days ago
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Deciding which hairstyle to wear to a wedding, for your own or a friend's ceremony, is a pretty big deal. Whether you're looking for inspiration for your big day, or if you're thinking of taking your wedding hairstyles into your own hands, we've got you covered.

When picking out your perfect do, it's important to keep your outfit in mind. Is your dress big and poofy? Loud and proud? In that case, it's probably best to go for a subtle style that isn't going to overpower your dress. On the flip side, if you're going for understated elegance with your attire, your hairstyle is the perfect way to take things up a notch.

As far as we're concerned, ribbons and flowers are a little bit, well, overdone. Instead, keep things simple, classy and modern by keeping hair accessories at an arm's length. From show-stopping updos to sleek blow outs, we've curated a hotlist of the best wedding hairstyles. Enjoy!

Classic curls

 

To recreate these corkscrew curls, you'll need a couple of things. For a look this smooth, you'll need the superpowers of Olaplex No.6. Concealing damage and minimising frizz, this fan-favourite formula is loved for its smoothing abilities. Other than helping you achieve your sleekest style yet, this formula is actually good for your hair. The bond building technology strengthens weakened strands, leaving hair looking healthier and feeling stronger.

To create show-stopping curls, you'll also need a top-notch tool. The BaByliss Berry Crush Curls Curling Tong is designed to create the bounciest of ringlets. Designed with customisable heat control, the tool heats up quickly so you can get straight into styling, ideal for those of us who always seem to be running late. The long cable and lightweight design make it super easy to use, so you can get princess curls without your arms going dead.

  • Olaplex No.6 Bond Smoother 100ml

    Olaplex No.6 Bond Smoother 100ml

    4.72 Stars 216 Reviews
    £26.00
  • BaByliss Berry Crush Curls Curling Tong

    BaByliss Berry Crush Curls Curling Tong

    4.5 Stars 2 Reviews
    £25.20

Double dutch

 

Give the classic updo a modern makeover with two chunky dutch braids. Not only is this style ideal for keeping your hair out of your face, it also creates heatless curls that you can let loose for the night, or on your honeymoon.

To polish off the style and make sure those curls last, smooth a small amount of Olaplex No.7 into your hair before styling. Minimising frizz and concealing flyaways, this treatment gives any style an upgrade, while actually repairing your hair.

  • Olaplex No.7 Bonding Oil 30ml

    Olaplex No.7 Bonding Oil 30ml

    4.51 Stars 149 Reviews
    £26.00
  • We Are Paradoxx Moisture Hangover Hair Elixir 75ml

    We Are Paradoxx Moisture Hangover Hair Elixir 75ml

    4 Stars 3 Reviews
    £21.00
  • Shu Uemura Art Of Hair Essence Absolue (150ml)

    Shu Uemura Art Of Hair Essence Absolue (150ml)

    4.67 Stars 95 Reviews
    £44.25

Straight and sleek

 

If your dress is pretty bold, it may be a good idea to go with a simple, classic hairstyle. Kat used the Color Wow Dream Coat Supernatural Spray to achieve salon-worthy sleekness. Gracing the tresses with a glossy shine, the spray creates the illusion of healthier hair while defending against humidity, which is perfect for summer weddings.

  • Color Wow Dream Coat Supernatural Spray 200ml

    Color Wow Dream Coat Supernatural Spray 200ml

    4.41 Stars 147 Reviews
    £25.00
  • Goldwell BondPro+ Day and Night Bond Booster 75ml

    Goldwell BondPro+ Day and Night Bond Booster 75ml

    £12.92

Messy updo

 

First, you'll need a texture spray to recreate this nonchalant look. Moroccanoil's Dry Texture Spray adds body to any style, which is especially important when it comes to updos.

Set your finished look in place with the Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray. A favourite amongst hairdressers, this product is perfect for creating wedding hairstyles, thanks to its lightweight texture and refreshing scent. We'd recommend choosing the strong hold formulation to make sure your style really does stay in place for your big day.

  • Moroccanoil Dry Texture Spray 205ml

    Moroccanoil Dry Texture Spray 205ml

    4 Stars 4 Reviews
    £17.45
  • Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray Strong Hold 330ml

    Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray Strong Hold 330ml

    4.07 Stars 14 Reviews
    £17.25

Cornrows with laid edges

 

If you've had cornrows put in for a wedding, don't forget to clean up your edges the morning of. You'll need a sturdy edges gel that can stand the heat, and a baby hair brush for seamless styling. If you want a full step by step breakdown on how to lay your edges, check out the full article.

  • Crème of Nature Argan Oil Perfect Edges Extra Hold 64g

    Crème of Nature Argan Oil Perfect Edges Extra Hold 64g

    £8.21
  • Cantu Baby Hair Brush

    Cantu Baby Hair Brush

    4.5 Stars 2 Reviews
    £2.39
  • Imbue Curl Inspiring Conditioning Leave-In Spray 200ml

    Imbue Curl Inspiring Conditioning Leave-In Spray 200ml

    4 Stars 3 Reviews
    £7.99
  • TIGI Bed Head on the Rebound Curl Recall Cream (125ml)

    TIGI Bed Head on the Rebound Curl Recall Cream (125ml)

    4.25 Stars 8 Reviews
    £7.75
  • Bouclème Root Refresh 200ml

    Bouclème Root Refresh 200ml

    £18.70

Soft waves

 

Any good hairstyle starts with a good wash. For this look, Maria used the Redken Extreme Shampoo and Conditioner to hydrate any dryness in the hair, while giving the tresses a glossy shine.

Next, you can go in with your styling tool of choice. The Beauty Works Professional Styler is the perfect tool for this look, ergonomically designed to create effortless waves. Thanks to a wide and extra-long barrel, this styler is ideal for those with long hair, letting you get around your head in no time. Housed in a gorgeous box, the curler comes with a protective heat glove and carry case, just to make your life easier.

  • Redken Extreme Shampoo 300ml

    Redken Extreme Shampoo 300ml

    4.64 Stars 284 Reviews
    £14.40
  • Redken Extreme Length Conditioner 250ml

    Redken Extreme Length Conditioner 250ml

    4.67 Stars 264 Reviews
    £12.25
  • Beauty Works Professional Styler

    Beauty Works Professional Styler

    3.8 Stars 25 Reviews
    £59.49

Crazy curly

 

If you're feeling a little bit extra, there's no better day to live it large. Doing all the hard work for you, the BaByliss' PRO Perfect Curl MKII sucks up your hair and lets go of perfect curls. What's more, the tool is designed with three curl settings, including tight, loose and defined, to let you customise your style to suit your mood. Suitable for both long and short hair types, the tool has a salon-length swivel cord to make styling as easy as possible. Once you're done curling, tease out the corkscrews with a comb or brush. Set into place with a sturdy hairspray and you're done!

  • BaByliss PRO Perfect Curl MKII

    BaByliss PRO Perfect Curl MKII

    5 Stars 1 Reviews
    £150.00
  • Redken Quick Dry 18 Instant Finishing Hairspray 400ml

    Redken Quick Dry 18 Instant Finishing Hairspray 400ml

    4.73 Stars 30 Reviews
    £13.50
  • Azure Smooth & Curl Miracle Lotion Leave-In Conditioner 150ml

    Azure Smooth & Curl Miracle Lotion Leave-In Conditioner 150ml

    5 Stars 1 Reviews
    £13.49

 

 

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Gigi Gordon
Beauty Writer
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As a haircare obsessive, I’m always on the lookout for new products and methods that will define my crown. I can never stick with a hairstyle for too long, and I love to pair minimal makeup with a bold lip. I specialise in haircare, with a mission to make all hair types and textures look and feel fantastic. If you’re after a new routine or product – I’m your girl, I’ve tried every haircare challenge and all the curl creams I can get my hands on. I couldn’t live without my wash-and-go routine, and I follow the Curly Girl Method religiously. Unable to find my perfect salon, I’ve always cut, braided and dyed my own hair, working as a freelance hairdresser since 2016. Although I’m a long-time fanatic, I’ve been writing about beauty since 2019, working with haircare specialists from Cantu, Boucleme and Mielle Organics to uncover the best tricks and tips. Felicia Leatherwood is my haircare guru, and Scary Spice is my all-time icon.
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