So you’ve seen our new winter issue and want to replicate the beautiful bridal hairstyles inside? Good for you! These five looks are definitely do-able at home – all it takes is a little time and effort, and the step-by-step visual guide below. Remember when choosing your favourite style to consider the neckline of your wedding gown (generally, high necks suit updos) and the mood of your wedding day (a relaxed, boho-style celebration lends itself more to loose locks than a tight topknot). Have fun!

Hair and make-up: Sam Scarborough

Photographs: Nic Huisman

A cascade of curls

Create a fun and fresh boho look by taking up half your hair and leaving the rest to roll softly over your shoulders.

  1. Start off by curling your hair. Simply clamp your hair in your iron and twist it from the roots, dragging the iron slowly towards the edges. Section off parts in layers to make this easier.
  2. Gently run your fingers through your hair to separate your curls. Spray with some hairspray to stop the curl from dropping.
  3. Using a wide-tooth comb, tease the hair at the crown of your head to create some height.
  4. Gather some pieces from the front of your hairline and secure them together at the back with a statement clip.

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High princess bun

An elegant look for a classic bride. A sparkling band around the base of the bun and a pair of delicate earrings complete this fairy-tale updo.

  1. Separate a section at the top of your hair and clip it away.
  2. Secure the rest of your hair in a high ponytail. Give your ponytail some texture by teasing it, then with a soft bristle brush smooth out the top layer. Now loosely wrap the pony around the band, securing it with hairpins.
  3. Half the section on the top of your hair. Tease the back section to give you height, then create a bubble and secure it to the base of your bun. Finally take the front section and smooth it over the bubble and secure the ends into the base of the bun.

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Twist up

Open up your face with this glam style: it shows off your features but still has a soft feminine look, especially when adding floral accessories.

  1. Start off with textured hair (either allow your hair to dry naturally or use a curling tong to give your hair some oomph).
  2. Take a section of hair from your temples and twist it in towards itself. Curl your hair in from the bottom gathering the hair from underneath and tuck it in.
  3. Continue to twist your hair all the way along from one ear to the other, loosely pinning the hair to your head.
  4. Twist some strands around your face to create a softer, more flowing look.

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Full-size diagonal bun

<bodytext>Modernise the bun with this beautiful yet detailed look – it’s easy to do but so effective! Finish it off with a jewelled comb to add some pizzazz.

  1. Create a deep side parting and sweep the hair across your forehead. Secure the rest in a low ponytail.
  2. At the base of the ponytail, above the hairband, split the ponytail into two sections.
  3. Take the length of the ponytail and fold it through the band. Tease the ponytail to create volume and texture.
  4. Loosely roll the ends into the base of the ponytail and secure it into a long bun.

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Fish braid

A braid is a very trendy option but can still look romantic. It is perfect for a bride who wants her hair out of her face without the style looking too structured.

  1. Create a middle parting all the way down your head from your forehead to the nape of your neck.
  2. Holding the two sections in either hand, take a thin section from the outside of the left half to join the inside of the right half. Then take the outside of the right and move it to join the inside of the left. Repeat all the way down.
  3. Keep your braid tight all the way down. Once you have finished it and secured the end with a rubber band, gently pull at the strands of the braid to loosen it up for a messier look.
  4. Gently pull out some front sections to soften the edges of your face. To add a finishing touch, lightly curl these pieces.


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