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Scrolling through bridal inspiration boards, it can be easy to become discouraged after seeing photo after photo showcasing long hairstyles. While long hair certainly comes in handy for special occasions, there’s nothing wrong with rocking short hair on your wedding day. And, believe it or not, short updos can be super-chic. Ready to learn a few simple short hairstyles to consider for your big day? Here’s to hoping you find the perfect wedding hairstyle for your mane event below.
Looking for a voluminous hairstyle that doesn’t require a whole lot of length to create? Girl, we got you.
What you’ll need:
Round boar bristle brush
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Rat tail comb
L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray Strong Hold
Get the look by following these simple steps:
Step 1: Blow-dry your hair for initial volume creation. After you’ve hopped out of the shower, towel dry your hair and spritz it with hair spray before turning heat on it. When blow-drying, use a round boar’s bristle brush to help really shape your strands.
Step 2: Divide your hair. Brush your hair straight back and use the tail end of your rat tail comb to divide a small section of hair straight across your head along your hairline. Pull this section of hair forward and clip it out of the way using a lobster clip.
Step 3: Add volume to your crown. Use the tail end of your rat tail comb to pull the topmost layer of hair out of the way. This section of hair will serve as the layer that conceals teased volume. With the rest of your hair, use the regular side of your comb to brush your hair down to the roots for added volume. Be sure to work in small sections to create optimal volume. To help your volume last, spray each section with hair spray as you go.
Step 4: Smooth out your bouffant. After you’ve teased all of the hair over your crown. Smooth the section you put aside (not the front-most section that is clipped out of the way) back over your teased hair. If you’re having trouble smoothing, feel free to gently swipe your boar bristle brush over your strands—it will work like a charm.
Step 5: Pull your hair back into a mid-height pony. Tie it off with your clear elastic. From there, twist your ends and pin them in place around the base of your ponytail to conceal the elastic.
Step 6: Style your front section. Unclip your hair and decide where you want your part: down the middle or off to one side. Once you decide, part your hair and smooth through each section using your boar bristle brush. Smooth each section back around your head and pin them in place around your pinned updo.
Step 7: Finish with hair spray. A spritz here and there and you’ll be ready to dance the night away while looking like you have a head full of voluminous locks pinned out of the way in the prettiest way.
Chignons are one of the most classic wedding hairstyles out there. While many long-haired ladies swoon over the look, short-haired gals can rock it just as well. Ready to learn what it takes to achieve this elegant short updo? It’s likely a lot easier than you might think.
Fine tooth comb
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Step 1: Back-comb your hair. Using your fine tooth comb, back-comb your hair to give it a bit more texture. A more textured base will help create a softer, more ethereal look to pair with your dream-come-true day.
Step 2: Pull your hair back into a low ponytail. You have the choice of parting your hair before doing so, or you can pull it straight back, it’s up to you.
Step 3: Pull your hair through your ponytail. Poke your finger through the hair just above your ponytail and loop your ponytail through the space without pulling it all the way through.
Step 4: Pin your chignon in place. Work with your hair to create your tucked chignon a bit more voluminous before pinning it in place. Make sure that all bobby pins and your elastic are concealed.
Step 5: Finish with face-framing tendril and hair spray. To give your soft, short updo a bit more personality, gently tug a few face-framing strands out around your hairline near your ears and finish with an allover spritz of hair spray.
One of our favorite romantic wedding hairstyles for short hair involves loads and loads of curls. The best part? It doesn’t matter if your curls only stretch down to your shoulders. As long as they’re there, they can be pinned to perfection for your big day.
L’Oréal Paris EverCurl HydraCharge Shampoo
L’Oréal Paris EverCurl HydraCharge Conditioner
L’Oréal Paris EverCurl Sculpt & Hold Cream-Gel
L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Weather Control Hairspray
Step 1: Start in the shower. Start your wedding hairstyle in the shower with your hair care products. Instead of using any old shampoo and conditioner, use a system formulated for curly hair.
Step 2: Define your curls. After you’ve towel-dried your curls, apply a dollop of hair gel. This will help your curls stay shapely all throughout your wedding festivities.
Step 3: Pin your curls. After applying hair gel, allow your curls to air dry and don’t even think about running a brush through them. Instead use your hands to smooth your curls straight back into a mid-height ponytail, securing it in place with a clear elastic. From there, pin your curls wherever you see fit around your pony to create a gorgeous updo that looks a whole lot more difficult than it really is.
Step 4: Finish with hair spray. Since curly hair is known to frizz up at the sight of unpredictable weather, lock your look for whatever weather could potentially pop up by using hair spray.
Now that you have a better idea of how you’re going to style your hair for your big day, check out our article, 7 Spring Skin Care Tips for Brides-to-Be.