DIY: A Bride’s Hair Guide

A step-by-step guide with professional tips on how to perfect a beautiful wedding day hairstyle yourself.



Who’s it for: Medium to long hair

What you’ll need:

Hair brush

Hair elastic

Hairspray (try TRESemme Tres Two Extra Hold spray)

Bobby pins

Let’s get started:

Step 1: Brush hair down, back and to one side into a ponytail and secure with a hair elastic.

Step 2: Lightly mist hair with hairspray.

Step 3: Wrap hair into a loosely structured or unstructured bun and add bobby pins to secure it.  Set this look with hairspray.

Pro tip: If you have shorter hair or just want a thicker looking bun, add clip in hair extensions. Apply it right after Step 1. and continue.


Who’s it for: Shoulder length to long hair

What you’ll need:

Hair elastic

Bobby pins

Hot rollers (try Conair Instant Heat Hot Rollers $30.00)

Hair spray (try Oribe Superfine Hair Spray $29.00)

Let’s get started:

Step 1: If you have straight or fine hair, set hair in hot rollers to add volume and texture. Make sure the rollers are fully cooled before removing.

Step 2: Separate one equal portion of hair to the side and secure with a hair elastic.

Step 3: Begin French braiding the other side that’s loose starting from the crown of the head towards the nape area. To do this, divide a top, middle section of hair into three sections and braid, adding hair alternately from each side of the head into the middle section as you go.

Step 4: Once braid is complete, secure the bottom of hair with a hair elastic and mist the braid with hair spray.

Step 5: Repeat Step 3 and 4 to the opposite side.

Step 6: Begin to gently loosen the braid by pulling on sections.

Step 7: Take one braid and cross it over to the other braid securing it with bobby pins.  Repeat the same step with the other braid.

Pro tip: If you have naturally wavy or curly hair skip Step 1. To spruce up this hairdo, try adding fresh flowers or hair ornaments.



Who’s it for: Medium to long hair

What you’ll need:

1-1.25 inch curling iron. (try T3 Single Pass Twirl 1.25 curling iron)

Hairspray (try L’Oreal Elnett Satin Hairspray, Strong Hold $12.99) 

Shine serum (try L’Oreal Ever Style smooth & shine serum)

Paddle brush (try Aveda wooden paddle brush $20.00)

Double prong hair clips

Tail comb

Let’s get started:

Step 1: Create an exaggerated part on your most wearable side.

Step 2: Mist each section of hair with thermal spray. Set hair with curling iron all over and secure the curl with hair clips.

Step 3: When you’re  done, remove the clips starting with the very first curl to the last.

Step 4: Apply a dime size amount of serum to the palm of your hands and emulsify. Finger comb hair to loosen the curls.

Step 5: Gently brush through the curls starting from the ends up.

Step 6: Finish with hairspray.

Pro tip: To create more volume, apply a volumizing agent to wet hair, blow dry straight and then begin Step 1. 

By: Sonia Castleberry

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Sonia Castleberry

Sonia Castleberry is the Senior Beauty Editor for World Bride Magazine. She’s a licensed third generation hairstylist that’s well recognized throughout the television, film, and fashion industries. Her passion for hair and all things beauty began at an early age growing up in her family’s hair salon. Her work has appeared in several publications both nationally and internationally. Her industry knowledge and work ethic has garnered her opportunities to contribute to major broadcasting networks, brands as well as feature films. She is the owner of Brides by Sonia Castleberry, a luxury on location bridal agency that brings the salon to you on your wedding day. In her spare time she enjoys traveling with her husband and son. Sonia currently resides in New York City.

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