DIY Wedding Updos Step-by-Step

One of the most beautiful ways to look back on your wedding day with a smile is by being hands-on. And what better way to do that than by making your hair? You are not only proud of yourself but save a lot of money in the process. Now, if your dream hairstyles are wedding updos, this post is for you. We have curated gorgeous DIY wedding updo ideas for you. Whether it is a bohemian twist, chignons, knots, buns, or half-ups, you’ll find all the steps in this post.   

  1. Exotic top knot

The top knot is a classic and timeless hairstyle DIY bridal updo that is most versatile. This style creates the perfect balance between a casual or basic bun and a formal, sophisticated look. The best part is that it suits every face shape, depending on the parting, and is perfect for indoor and outdoor weddings. You can match this style with bold jewelry and makeup without looking overdone. And as it is very easy to pull off, here are the steps below.

  • Start by blow drying your hair and flat iron to give your hair a sleek look. You don’t want strays unless you are going for a tousled look.
  • Part your hair to the side, the middle, a C-cut, or some bang cut to the front. Pack the rest of your hair into a high ponytail.
  • If you have cut a bang remnant in front, pull it back to give an elevated crown. If you have another style of cutting, pull loosely to the side of your ear and pin it.
  • Now divide the high ponytail into four sections, twist each section around the base, and pin. 
  • Finish with a hair spray to keep your knot laid out. This hairstyle can withstand the elements.          

2. Bohemian twist    

So you want to look flirty and classy at the same time? The bohemian twist is just about one of the trending wedding hairstyles that do the job. This is an updo DIY that is great for outdoor weddings from the beach to woods, parks, and lakesides. This style also works well for flowy dresses, suits, and two-piece attires. Find the intricate wedding updo tutorial below.

  • Curl your hair into 2-inch sections with a curling wand to create a smooth and thick texture. Your hair length and texture determine the size of your barrel. 
  • Split in a center part and divide both sides into three sections each. 
  • Lift a handful of the top layer of your hair, twist, tease, and pin at ear level with tucked-in bobby pins.
  • When you finish twisting and tucking all sections in a crisscross style, spritz with a firm hold spray.


3. The classic side chignon

Call it formal or sophisticated casual; you won’t be wrong. The side-swept chignon lends a flirty edge to the otherwise vintage hairstyle. You can keep it sleek, throw in some whisper bangs, hot red lipstick, and some diamond or pearls. You will always be the girl of the moment. But before spicing yourself up, see how to make your side updos wedding hair.

  • Blow dry your hair with the combination of a blow dryer and round brush for a smooth and straight outcome.
  • Go in with a large barrel curling iron to work some waves into your hair, then tease gently at the crown for volume and height. Please use a fine-toothed comb.
  • Sweep hair into a low ponytail and pin it as you go along the nape of your When you twist up to your ear, roll the rest in curls and pin them back over the base twist.
  • Follow with some spritz to keep hair in place, and finish by crunching the hair ends with your fingertips for texture.

4. The sleek fine-hair tuck

If you are having a summer outdoor or semi-formal wedding, this DIY wedding hairdo is for you. Brides who have fine hair or frizzy hair will also benefit from this hairstyle regardless of the length. This hairstyle is one of the easy do-it-yourself hairdos that you can whip up in 10 minutes.

  • Start by moisturizing your hair with nutritious oil and blow dry.
  • Follow through by creating a deep side part and combing it straight. If side parts aren’t your thing, do center parts or slants.
  • Sweep your hair into a low ponytail and pull it through an elastic band halfway. This will create a loop and leave the lower half of your hair out.
  • Smoothen your hair and the lower free half with oil and roll it around the elastic band. Hold the hair in place underneath with bobby pins.
  • Smooth down your hair and tuck in stray strands, then finish with a hair spray to set.

5. Textured tousled half up

Brides that have thin, voluminous, or heavily texturized hair will love this hairstyle because it enhances the locks. It is also a perfect winter wedding style because it can withstand frizz and insulate the neckline against cold. Match this hairstyle with a slip, sheath, or mermaid dress for outdoor weddings, and you won’t be wrong. So if you love half-ups, see how to create these updos step by step.

  • Create loose curls all around your head and from your ears down using a large barrel curling iron.
  • Go in with a deep center parting and separate the thick curls using your fingers. This will give your hair some bounce and volume.
  • Pack a portion of your hair and spritz with hairspray from the root down to the crown. The best way to achieve this is by starting halfway down the part.
  • Now, tease the sprayed areas with a fine tooth comb to create height and volume beneath.
  • Smoothen the manipulated hair with a gentle bruise and pull the sides up into a half ponytail.
  • Hold down the sides of the hair with pins behind your ears and move curls into place with your fingers.
  • Finish with a shine spray or an actual glossing mist.

DIY wedding updo is becoming a huge trend among brides that want to leave a personal touch on their looks. If you are one of such brides, we have shown you how to do your own updo for weddings in this post. From knots to chignons, tuck-ins, and half-ups, there is something for you. So get creative with your wedding hair but check out these hair aspirations.

Author: Kate Motina

Kate heads the Wedding Forward content department. She’s an expert on wedding showers, honeymoon plans, destination weddings, photography, videos, and themes. Give her a wedding vision, and she will give you a perfect wedding plan from her fingertips. She also has her unique articles on the site. She is a health and fitness enthusiast, and she’s crazy about photography!

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