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Wedding season is officially on us—and if you’re a bride-to-be, congratulations! While you probably already have your dressed picked out, you may still be undecided when it comes to how you’d like to wear your hair on your big day. And if you have long hair, it can feel like the ideas are just endless. Not sure if you want to wear your hair down, in an updo, or in a braid? Here are six seriously pretty wedding hairstyles for long hair—whether you plan on doing your own hair or hiring a professional, you’re sure to fall in love with one of these styles!
If you’re thinking of keeping your long hair down when you get married, why not go for soft bohemian waves with a pretty headband to jazz things up?
What you’ll need:
L'Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle CURVE IT Elastic Curl Mousse
Large barrel curling iron
Get the look by following these simple steps:
Step 1: Apply the L'Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle CURVE IT Elastic Curl Mousse to damp hair and rough dry your hair with your blow-dryer to help add a little texture to your strands.
Step 2: Create your part. For this hairstyle, go for one that’s slightly off center.
Step 3: Split the top half of your hair into two sections and clip them, leaving the rest of your hair down.
Step 4: Wrap sections of different sizes around a large barrel curling iron to create your waves. You should also alternate the direction in which you wrap your hair—do some sections facing away from your face and some toward your face. This will help keep the waves looking natural.
Step 5: Unclip the top two sections of your hair and continue curling them. To finish, curl two face-framing sections of hair away from your face.
Step 6: It’s time to get loose! Loosen up your waves by running your fingers through your hair.
Step 7: Place your beaded headband on top of your head. How chic!
Plan on dancing the night away? Then make sure your hair is secured up so it won’t get in your way on the dance floor. This braided updo is oh-so-sweet and works perfectly on long hair.
L'Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray Strong Hold
Step 1: This popular wedding hairstyle works best on second day hair since it requires some texture. So, if you’ve recently washed your hair, spritz on a texturizing spray to help give it some grip.
Step 2: Split your hair into two pigtails, braiding them and securing them at the ends with clear elastics.
Step 3: Take one of the braids and pull it across the top of your head. Pin it at the base of the braid, in the middle, and at the end.
Step 4: Repeat this process with the other braid. Just make sure to tuck the ends of the braids under each other before pinning them.
Step 5: Help secure your look by using the L'Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray Strong Hold.
If you want your long hair to look super-fancy on your wedding day—without actually having to put in all that much effort—a waterfall braid could be exactly the style you should try.
L'Oréal Paris EverPure Frizz-Defy Shampoo
L'Oréal Paris EverPure Frizz-Defy Conditioner
Step 1: Shampoo and condition your hair with the L'Oréal Paris EverPure Frizz-Defy Shampoo and L'Oréal Paris EverPure Frizz-Defy Conditioner.
Step 2: When your hair is about halfway dry, blow-dry smooth using a paddle brush.
Step 3: Pick three thin sections (about half an inch wide) of your hair near your hairline—similarly to how you’d start a French braid.
Step 4: Take the section that’s closest to the top of your head and cross it over the middle section.
Step 5: Then, cross the bottom section over the new middle section.
Step 6: Follow up by crossing the new top section over the new middle section and then the bottom over the middle.
Step 7: Drop the middle section of the braid down—this will help it blend in with the rest of your hair.
Step 8: Grab a new section of hair (of the same size) near your part. You’ll use this as the new top section of your braid.
Step 9: Cross this new top section over the middle section.
Step 10: Cross the bottom section over the new top section.
Step 11: Repeat steps 4-10 all the way around your head.
Step 12: Once you reach the back of your opposite ear, create a normal three-strand braid.
Step 13: Use a bobby pin to secure the waterfall braid behind your ear.
There’s just something about a fishtail braid that gives off a really lovely vibe—and this version was made for brides!
Step 1: Spritz on some texturizing spray to help create grip and give your fishtail braid an undone effect.
Step 2: Gather your hair into a ponytail at the nape of your neck using a clear elastic.
Step 3: Split your ponytail into two sections. Unlike traditional braids, fishtails are made with two sections, not three.
Step 4: Take a tiny section (about half an inch wide) from the outer edge of your ponytail and cross it over the other section. Continue alternating doing this until you reach the end of your hair.
Step 5: Secure your braid with a clear elastic at the ends, then carefully cut the elastic off from the base of your ponytail.
Step 6: Finish the look by tugging on your braid—gently, of course!—to mess things up just a little bit.
When you’ve got long hair, gathering it into a half up half down style is probably one of your go-tos for formal events. But this is your wedding day, so kick things up a notch! A pretty loop adds a touch of elegance to this otherwise basic style.
L'Oréal Paris EverPure Moisture Shampoo
L'Oréal Paris EverPure Moisture Conditioner
Step 1: Shampoo and condition your hair with the L'Oréal Paris EverPure Moisture Shampoo and L'Oréal Paris EverPure Moisture Conditioner.
Step 2: Once your hair is about halfway dry, blow-dry it the rest of the way.
Step 3: Use a large barrel curling iron to create soft waves. Make some waves face away from you and some face toward you so that they don’t look too overdone.
Step 4: Take two small sections of hair, one from each side of your head.
Step 5: Make a loop with one section, then cross the other section over the side.
Step 6: Pull the hair under the looped section.
Step 7: Next, pull the hair through the loop.
Step 8: Thread the hair under the section on the other side.
Step 9: Pull the hair through the loop again.
Step 10: Pull the ends of both sections a little bit to see the loop really take form. You can secure it with a few bobby pins if needed.
The ballerina bun is a classic for a reason. And if your style errs on the simple, understated side, then this wedding hairstyle could be the right fit for your long hair.
L'Oréal Paris EverCreme Deep Nourish Shampoo
L'Oréal Paris EverCreme Deep Nourish Conditioner
L'Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Bold Control Hairspray
Step 1: Shampoo and condition your hair with the L'Oréal Paris EverCreme Deep Nourish Shampoo and L'Oréal Paris EverCreme Deep Nourish Conditioner.
Step 2: A ballerina bun looks best when paired with smooth strands, so blow-dry your hair with a paddle brush. Wait until your hair has dried about halfway before you start blow-drying.
Step 3: Pull your hair into a ponytail at the crown of your head and secure it with an elastic.
Step 4: Start twisting the ponytail into a rope. Pin it around the elastic until you get to the end of your ponytail. Tuck in loose ends under the bun, using a pin to secure.
Step 5: Help keep your look in place by spritzing on the L'Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Bold Control Hairspray.
Regardless of which hairstyle you decide to wear on your wedding day, one thing’s for certain: Your long hair will definitely look beautiful as you walk down the aisle, pose for pics, and dance the night away with your friends and family. Enjoy your big day!