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Wedding season is officially upon us and if you’re a bride-to-be, congratulations! While you probably already have your dress picked out, you may still be undecided when it comes to which hairstyle you want to sport on your big day. Choosing the perfect hairstyle can be a challenge regardless of whether you have short hair or long hair, but those with long locks may feel as if there are just too many potential styles to choose from. That’s where we come in—we’re here to help you narrow down your options. Below, find six seriously pretty wedding hairstyles for long hair, including updos and braided hairstyles, that you’re sure to fall in love with—just like you did with your soon-to-be spouse.
If you’re thinking of keeping your long hair down when you get married, why not go for soft bohemian waves adorned with a pretty headband to jazz things up?
What you’ll need:
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Large barrel curling iron
Get the look by following these simple steps:
Apply mousse to damp hair before rough drying your hair with a blow-dryer. This will help add a little texture to your strands.
For this hairstyle, part your hair slightly off center.
Split the top half of your hair into two sections and clip them, leaving the rest of your hair down.
Wrap sections of hair 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—with some sections going away from your face and some toward your face. This will help keep the waves looking natural.
Unclip the top two sections of hair and move on to curling them. To finish, curl two face-framing sections of hair away from your face.
It’s time to let loose! Relax your waves by running your fingers through your hair.
Place your beaded headband on top of your head. How chic!
Plan on dancing the night away? Then you better make sure your hair is secured atop your head. That way, it won’t get in your way when you’re doing your thing on the dance floor. This oh-so-sweet braided updo is perfect for all the dancing queens out there—and it looks amazing on long hair.
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This popular wedding hairstyle works best when hair has a bit of texture. If you’ve recently washed your hair, you’ll want to use a texturizing spray to help give it some grip.
Split your hair into two pigtails, braiding them all the way down before securing them at the ends with clear elastics.
Take one of the braids and pull it across the top of your head. Pin it at its base, in the middle, and at the end.
Repeat this process with the other braid. Just make sure to tuck the ends of the braids under each other before pinning them.
Help lock your look in by spritzing with hairspray. Now your braids won’t budge all night!
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 for you.
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Shampoo and condition your hair to smooth and prep your locks for this style.
When your hair is about halfway dry, finish drying with a blow dryer and a paddle brush.
Pick three thin sections (about half an inch wide) of hair near your hairline—similarly to how you’d start a French braid.
Take the section that’s closest to the top of your head and cross it over the middle section.
Then, cross the bottom section over the new middle section.
Follow up by crossing the new top section over the middle section and then the bottom over the middle.
Drop the middle section of your braid down—this will help it blend in with the rest of your hair.
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.
Cross this new section over the middle section.
Bring the bottom section over the new top section.
Repeat steps 4-10 all the way around your head.
Once you reach the back of your opposite ear, create a normal three-strand braid.
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!
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Spritz on some texturizing spray to help create grip and give your fishtail braid an undone effect.
Gather your hair into a ponytail at the nape of your neck and secure it with a clear elastic.
Split your ponytail into two sections. Unlike traditional braids, fishtails are made with two sections, not three.
Take a tiny section (about half an inch wide) from the outer edge of your ponytail and cross it over the other section. Continue doing this, switching back and forth between sections, until you reach the end of your hair.
Tie off your braid with a clear elastic at the end, then carefully cut the elastic that you used to put your hair into a ponytail in the first place.
Finish the look by tugging on your braid—gently, of course—to mess things up just a little bit.
When you have long hair, gathering it into a half up, half down style is probably one of your go-to looks 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.
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Before moving on to any styling, cleanse and condition your hair so it’s clean, prepped, and ready to go.
Once your hair is about halfway dry, blow-dry it the rest of the way.
Use a large barrel curling iron to create soft waves. Make some of the waves face away from you and some face toward you so that they don’t look too overdone.
Take two small sections of hair, one from each side of your head.
Make a loop with one section, then cross the other section over the side.
Pull the hair under the looped section.
Next, pull the hair through the loop.
Thread the hair under the section on the other side.
Pull the hair through the loop again.
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 big day.
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Shampoo and condition your hair with a nourishing hair care line.
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.
Pull your hair into a ponytail at the crown of your head and secure it with an elastic.
Start twisting the ponytail into a rope, then wrap it around its own base to form a bun. Place pins all the way around the bun.
Help keep your look in place by spritzing your style with hairspray.
Regardless of which hairstyle you decide to wear on your wedding day, one thing’s for certain: Your long hair will look beautiful as you walk down the aisle, pose for pics, and dance the night away with your friends and family. Need a little help with your wedding day makeup next? Check out our article, Our Best Foundations to Wear on Your Wedding Day.