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Bridal hair for all hair lengths: DIY updos and braids

by Lotte Lindgren on Jul 10, 2023

Read through by Dorthe Kristensen

Hairdresser and former co-owner of the award-winning hairdressing chain Zoom by Zoom
With many years of experience in the hairdressing industry, Dorthe has advised many customers about hair and hair care. Dorthe has read through this blog entry to ensure high quality and professionalism. This blog post is professionally updated on March 10, 2024.

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Bridal hair is an important part of any bride's overall look, regardless of hair length. Whether you have short, medium or long hair, there are many beautiful updos and braids that will make you shine on your big day. In this blog post, we'll explore DIY solutions for every hair length and give you inspiration to find the perfect style for you. Read on to discover our tips and tricks!

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Which hairstyle suits the bride best?

When it comes to choosing the perfect hairstyle for the bride, there are many factors to consider. It is important to consider the bride's personal style, the design of the dress and the theme of the wedding. Here are some popular hairstyles that suit the bride well:

1. Pin-up hairstyle: A classic and elegant pin-up hairstyle is always a safe choice for the bride. It can be a tight bun, a romantic braid or a loose updo. Updo hair gives a sophisticated look and compliments both a traditional and modern wedding dress.

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2. Wavy hair: If the bride wants a more relaxed and natural look, wavy hair can be the perfect choice. It gives a soft and romantic look that goes well with boho themed weddings or beach weddings. It can be styled with flowers or jewelry to add an extra touch of elegance.

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3. Hair styling with flowers: Flowers in the hair can add an extra dimension to the bridal hairstyle. They can be small flowers woven into braids or arrangements, or they can be larger flowers attached as a decorative detail. Flowers in the hair are a popular choice for boho-themed weddings or summer weddings in nature.

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4. Braids: Braids are a very popular method that can also be combined with other different types. There is a wide variety of braids that can give your bridal hairstyle many different looks.

Hairstyles for short hair

An elegant bun with a fine barrette is perfect for brides with short hair - it gives a sophisticated look and can easily be done at home.

1. Beautiful and simple: An elegant bun with a fine barrette is perfect for brides with short hair. It gives a sophisticated look and can be easily made at home.

2. Romantic and Feminine: Try a romantic side updo with curls to create a soft and classic look on your wedding day.

1. Elegant bun with barrette

1. Create an elegant and beautiful look for your wedding day with a bun set with a barrette. This stylish hairstyle is perfect for the bride who wants a sophisticated look.

2. The bride's hair can be completed with a beautiful bun set at the nape of the neck and decorated with a delicate barrette. This elegant setup will highlight your wedding dress and give you a romantic touch on your big day.

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2. Romantic side updo with curls

The romantic side part with curls is a beautiful and elegant style that goes perfectly with the wedding dress. The curls create a soft and feminine expression, while the loose setup gives a romantic touch. Feel free to add a veil to complete the romantic look on your wedding day.

When you choose this bridal hair style, you can be sure to feel like a real bride. The beautifully braided setup and elegant curls will make you shine on your big day. Remember to strike the right balance between elegance and lightness in your choice of hair jewelry or accessories for this stylish side updo with curls.

3. Vintage-inspired French braid

Create beautiful bridal hair with a vintage-inspired French braid. This setup is perfect for both short and long hair lengths, and can easily be adapted to your wedding dress and wedding day style. Add a romantic veil to complete the elegant look.

Hairstyles for medium length hair

1. Create a romantic look with soft updos and loose braids. Divide the hair into sections and braid them together for a casual yet elegant look.

2. Give your medium length hair a feminine touch by creating a half updo with romantic curls. Use a curling iron to create loose waves in the hair, then tuck the top section of hair up at the back of the head for a sophisticated look.

3. Add flair to your bridal hairstyle by creating a cute top bun with braided details. Braid two small sections from the sides of your hair together and secure them as a bun on the top of the head for a unique and stylish look.

1. Soft updo hair with loose braids

  • Start by creating texture in the hair using a salt water spray
  • Divide the hair into two sections and braid each section into a loose braid
  • Put the two braids together at the nape of the neck for a romantic and relaxed look

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2. Half-up hair with romantic curls

Half Up Hair With Romantic Curls:

  • Start by curling your hair for a romantic look
  • Divide the hair into two sections: the top and the bottom
  • Braid the upper part of the hair and secure it with an elastic band
  • Let the remaining loose curls fall naturally around the face

Cute top bun with braided details:

  • Gather all of your hair into a high, tight bun on top of your head
  • Braid a small section of hair and wrap it around the bun to create texture
  • Secure the braid using invisible elastics or bobby pins.

3. Cute top bun with braided details

A cute and feminine way to style your wedding hair is by creating a top bun with braided details. This hairstyle is suitable for all hair lengths and gives a romantic and elegant look. You can easily do this setup yourself at home using a few simple steps.

Hairstyles for long hair

1. Create an elegant look with a high ponytail decorated with a pretty bow and voluminous curls. This classic updo for long hair is perfect for creating sophisticated bridal hair.

2. Add a bohemian touch to your wedding look by choosing a braid with a floral wreath around it. This romantic and natural updo is perfect for long hair and will give you the ultimate boho bridal hair look.

1. High ponytail with bow and curls

A high ponytail with an elegant bow and curls is an ideal bridal hair style for any hair length. This style gives a sophisticated look while creating volume and movement in the hair. To achieve this hairstyle, you can start by curling your hair for added texture. Then, pull the hair up into a tight ponytail on top of your head and secure it with an elastic band. Finish by tying a pretty bow around the elastic to add a feminine touch to the look.

2. Bohemian braid with flower wreath

Bohemian braid with flower wreath: Create a romantic and bohemian-inspired look for your wedding day with a beautiful braid adorned with a flower wreath. Start by braiding the hair into a loose French braid along the side of the head and securing it with a rubber band. Then add different colorful flowers that match your bridal bouquet to the wreath to give it that extra wow factor.

Sleek and simple updo with hair color: If you prefer a more modern look, try this simple updo. Brush your hair smoothly back and gather it in a low bun at the nape of the head. To add some flair, paint some subtle pastel colors on the lower sections of your hair to create contrast and interest.

3. Sleek and simple setup with hair color

Sleek and simple setup with hair color:

  • Using colored hair spray or chalk can add a unique touch to your bridal updo.
  • Create a deep side part and smooth the hair down towards the back of the head to create a sleek look.
  • Color only a few sections of the hair to give a subtle contrast in the colors.
  • Finish the look with light hold hairspray to ensure the hairstyle lasts all day.

4. Loose and romantic bun with braided details

Create a romantic bun with braided details for your wedding day. Ideal for both short and long hair, this loose updo creates a soft and feminine look. Braiding techniques can be used to give extra dimension and texture to the bun, making it even more elegant and eye-catching.

How to get the perfect look for bridal hair?

When it comes to creating the perfect look for bridal hair, there are several factors to consider in order to achieve the desired result. Here are some tips and tricks to help you achieve the perfect look for your big day:

1. Consult a professional hairdresser: It is important to consult a professional hairdresser who specializes in wedding hair. An expert will be able to guide you on the different styles and techniques that will suit your face shape and hair length best.

2. Plan well in advance: It is important to plan your bridal hair well in advance to avoid stress and have enough time for trial runs. Take photos of the different styles you like and discuss them with your stylist to find the perfect style for you.

3. Consider your dress and the theme of your wedding: Your bridal hair should be in harmony with your dress and the theme of your wedding. If you have a romantic dress, you can consider soft curls or loose hair, while a more modern dress can go well with a slim and streamlined setup.

4. Consider the weather: If your wedding is outdoors or in a warm climate, consider the weather when choosing your bridal hair style. Consider a style that will stay in place even in hot and humid weather, and use products like hairspray and anti-frizz serum to keep frizz at bay.

5. Think about your personal style: It is important to choose a bridal hairstyle that suits your personal style and makes you feel confident and beautiful. Consider whether you prefer a more classic and timeless style or a more modern and trendy style.

6. Test-drive your hairstyle: It is crucial to test-drive your bridal hair style before the big day. This allows you to see how it will look and ensure that it will last all day. Take pictures and get feedback from your hairdresser to make any adjustments if necessary.

7. Use accessories: Accessories such as flowers, headbands or pearls can add extra dimension and elegance to your bridal hair. Consider adding some details that match your dress or the theme of your wedding to create a cohesive look.

8. Be careful with your choice of products: When it comes to styling your bridal hair, it's important to choose products that suit your hair type and provide the desired durability. Talk to your hairdresser about which products will be best for your hair and be sure to try them in advance to avoid unwanted surprises.

9. Book a professional for your big day: While you may feel capable of styling your own hair for your wedding day, it's always a good idea to book a professional hairstylist to do the final look. A professional will have the experience and expertise to ensure your bridal hair looks perfect and lasts all day.

10. Remember to relax and enjoy the day: Remember that your wedding day is a special and memorable event. Give yourself time to relax and enjoy the day, and trust that your bridal hair will be beautiful and perfect for the occasion. By following these tips and advice, you can be sure to get the bridal hair you've always dreamed of and create unforgettable memories on your wedding day

Hair essentials to remember for the big day

To keep your hair looking great all day, you can use a few tools to make sure you can keep your hairstyle in place or freshen it up as you go. We recommend products such as a hairspray, dry shampoo and possibly a volume hair powder. It's also always good to have a few extra hairpins and some matching hair clips in case you want to change your hairstyle along the way. It's also a good idea to remember an umbrella if it's raining to prevent your hair from getting frizzy with moisture.

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