3 Pretty 'Dos To DIY For Wedding Season

Traditionally, wedding hair has a way of looking like it belongs at an adult prom — crunchy ringlets and shellacked roots, all twisted up into an unfortunate, unmoving updo. But we’re firm believers that all hair, bridal or otherwise, should always look soft, touchable, and beautiful, so we asked Fabrice Gili, creative director of the Frédéric Fekkai salon in SoHo, to craft three DIY ‘dos that any bride can pull off on her own — oh, and they also happen to be so breathtaking that you'll all want to wear them for every get-fancy occasion.
Here, you’ll find three epically romantic hairstyles, plus the step-by-step breakdown on how to create each one. Ditch the cake-topper mane and try one of these fantastical follicle masterpieces instead — you’ll thank us when you’re looking at the photos.
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Photographed by Mark Iantosca; Hair by Fabrice Gili at Frédéric Fekkai; Models Jessie Artigue of Style and Pepper, Lauren Noble, Nneya Richards
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The Retro Updo

Channel Brigitte Bardot with this volumized 'do. To start, section off a triangle-shaped portion of hair at the top of your head and secure it with a large hair clip.

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Separate out a two-inch section of hair on both sides of the head.

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Take the remaining hair in the back and secure it into a loose knot above the nape of your neck, to keep it out of your way.

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Take one of the side sections of hair and pull it to the back of your head, making sure that the hair swoops over the ears. "The typical bridal hairstyle is tight on the sides and behind the ear," says Fabrice. "Over the ears is very soft and romantic."

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Use a large clip to secure that side section of hair at the back of your head, looping it around itself so that the ends don't stick out. Repeat on the other side. Fabrice says he prefers these larger clips because unlike bobby pins, they actually hold thick hair. "Big clips give volume to the hairstyle and help with the construction. If you use bobby pins for this hairstyle, then halfway through the wedding you will have no hair left in the updo," he says.

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Release the back section of hair and divide it into two pieces, one on top and one on bottom. Grab the top section and use a bristle brush to tease the hair underneath, focusing on the roots to create that lift and '60s volume.

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Use a flat paddle brush to smooth the top of the teased section. You want to run the brush very lightly over the top of the hair — if you push down too hard, you will deflate the volume underneath that you just created.

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Secure the teased section with a hair elastic at the middle of the head. Don't pull it too tightly back, as again, you don't want to deflate that lift at the crown.

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Take a large clip and attach it over the elastic, pushing the hair up and back into the head to create a small bump.

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Grab all of the loose hair at the back of the head and twist it into a thick chignon, wrapping it up and around. Just be sure not to pull it so high that the clips underneath are exposed.

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Get the chignon at just the right place so that it is obscuring both the clip at the top of the head and the ones at the nape, then use large pins to secure it into place. You may need to use a few, depending on how thick your hair is.

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Release the front section of hair, then divide it into two pieces, one on each side. Take each section and twist it loosely to the side of head, pinning it into place.

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Our favorite thing about this style is that while it looks elaborate from the back, from the front it is sweet and simple, and doesn't take away from your natural beauty.

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Breathtaking. This is definitely one of our more elaborate DIYs, but as you can see, the results are well worth the extra effort.

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Glamour Girl Curls

Short-haired ladies are usually at a loss for dressy 'dos that work with their hair-length. This Gatsby-inspired style has some retro flair and doesn't require you to have Rapunzel locks to achieve it. To start, spritz a wave spray like Frédéric Fekkai Summer Hair Beach Waves Spray on wet hair, then use a diffuser to dry. This will create the natural texture and volume this style needs in order to stay put. Use your fingers to create a deep side-part.

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Take a one-inch section of hair at the front, and, using a large barrel curling iron, curl the hair outward.

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Take a small pin and clip the curl in place, then move on to the next section.

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Continue curling and pinning the hair all the way around the perimeter of your head. Wait until all the curls are cool to the touch, then begin removing the pins.

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Using a flat paddle brush, move in an upward direction to brush the curls up. This will build volume on the bottom, but leave the top of the head smooth and shiny. Spray with the wave spray to break up the curls and give them a bit of an undone feel.

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This style calls for a bit of bling, so attach a sparkly clip just above the ear to hold hair back.

On Lauren: Jennifer Behr Cherry Blossom Bobby Pin, $148, available at Jennifer Behr.

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Proof positive that you don't need foot-long strands to create a style worthy of your next fancy fete.

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The Dream Weaver

What, you didn't think we'd do a bridal hair DIY without including braids, did you? To get this super-twisted look, start off by separating out the front sections of hair on both sides of your head.

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Take the back of your hair and separate it into two sections, one on top and one on bottom. Clip the top section out of the way.

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Divid the bottom section of hair into three equal pieces, then braid. Secure with a clear elastic.

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Release the top section of your hair and then use your fingers to tease the hair and create some lift.

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Starting at the crown of the head, just below where you finger-teased, begin twisting the hair, all the way down to the bottom of the section.

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Pull the twist up into a loose, looping chignon at the back of the head, then use pins to secure it in place. The chignon should be directly above the braid.

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Take the loose front piece on the right side of the head and divide it into two sections. Repeat on the other side.

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Take the back section on the right side and twist it tightly, pull it behind your head and underneath the braid, then wrap it around the braid and tuck it in to hide the ends.

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Do the same thing with the left side, but pull the twist over top of the braid, then wrap around and tuck.

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Take the remaining front two sections and pull them behind your head, crossing them over top of the chignon. Place a pin in the center of the two strands, then wrap the ends underneath the braid and pin in place.

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The thing that makes this braid work for a special occasion is the intricacy of the weaving and the mix of textures. By adding that lift in the back, you can instantly elevate the style and make it appropriate for an elegant affair.

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If you want to dress this 'do up even more, add a delicate, sparkly headband. This will create interest in the front, so that all the action isn't going on in the back of your head.

On Nneya: Jennifer Behr Flora, $498, available at Jennifer Behr.

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