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plan-ahead hairstyle tips

  • Start early. If you have inch-long bangs that you want to grow out, begin as soon as you get engaged. Keep in mind that it takes hair about a month for hair to grow a half inch.
  • Talk to your stylist several months before the wedding about how to get your hair into the best possible shape. If you're thinking about making a major change in color or cut, do it well before the big day.
  • Once you've chosen your gown and veil, schedule a hair trial. Your wedding-day do should match your dress in sophistication and work with the headpiece.

Wedding Hairstyles: Are Wedding Updos for You?

Wondering how to wear your wedding hair on the big day? Here are some tips to help you figure out if a wedding updo will work for you.

You've chosen your dream dress and found the perfect veil; now it's time to decide on a hairstyle. Want to wear it up, but don't know where to begin? You've come to the right place because we've got lots of ideas for classic -- and clever -- updos. These beautiful styles work well with a wide variety of headpieces (though most will take some serious practice or the help of a pro).

Classic Updo

Create a mass of curls with a curling iron and sweep hair up and secure it on top of the head in a high ponytail. Let the curls spill out around the elastic, pin any strays, and spray it into place.

French Twist

Love the Audrey Hepburn look? Try a classic French twist. Because this style works best with hair in tip-top condition, start deep-conditioning treatments well before the big day.

A Romantic Look

If you're marrying in a garden setting, a Victorian-style gown, or you just want to capture an ultra-romantic effect, try a more unstructured hairdo. Apply a product that will hold hair in place and give it some shine, then scrunch hair to form soft waves and curls. Next, gather it in the back, form it in a downward French roll and secure it with a large barrette at the nape of the neck.

Crown of Twists

Try a more intricate style. Divide hair into small sections. Twist each section and create a crown with the twisted locks by pinning each on top of your head.

Up-and-down Do

Can't decide if you want your hair up or down? Try a little of both! Pin up the front half of the head in a simple sweep or more elaborate loops, and let the rest hang down the back.

Simple Ponytail

A basic style can look very sophisticated. Pull back hair into a low-slung ponytail. For a more glamorous look, add some extra shine with a small amount of shine serum before styling.

Modern Updo

If a simple uptwist makes your face feel overexposed, pull down pieces from the front of the hair to create tiny face-framing tendrils, which soften the look.

-- Cindy Hobson

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