Posts Tagged ‘DIY bride hair’


photos/post/graphic design: Kristin Ess

Some days you put your hair up in a ballerina bun or a sock bun and it just looks… blah. This tutorial shows us how to add volume + texture to a bun in order to make it a little more interesting. We’re basically using 2 rope braids to create the bun which still looks very simple + chic, but far from boring. Let’s get started:

  1. Put your hair in two ponytails using the thin ponytail holders, not the thick ones. The thin ones will be easier to hide. Be sure they’re as close to your hair color as possible.
  2. Make both ponytails into rope braids. (A rope braid, for those of  you who don’t know, is just 2 pieces of hair twisted around each other.) Tie them off with the small clear elastics.
  3. Loosen up the rope braids using your fingers. This will “fatten” up the braid and give the bun a lot more volume. If you find that little pieces start falling out, just twist them back in and spray your favorite strong hold hairspray.
  4. Take the rope braid from your back right (as you see in the photo), lay it “up and over” going counter-clockwise, securing it with strong-holding bobbypins as you go.
  5. Tuck the tail of that rope braid under the bottom of the next braid (as you see in the photo). This should completely conceal the tail of the first braid.
  6. Now bring the tail of the next braid counter-clockwise, coiling it into the center. You’re essentially making a “snail shape”. Be sure to pin as you go.
  7. Last, grab a hand mirror. Check the back to see if you need to loosen up any pieces to make it fuller– or maybe you’ll need to add bobbypins and tighten some pieces. Add an over all veil of hairspray to secure fly-aways.

Good luck! Tweet us a photo when you try it!


photo: angela+ithyle/  post designed by kristin ess

I’ve been getting tons of emails about hair for the do-it-yourself bride. We’ll start off with this super simple chignon and work toward more intricate looks down the line. If you have curly or wavy hair, start by straightening your hair. (Have we even done a tutorial on proper straightening yet? No, and noted!)

Often, there is a rehearsal dinner the night before a wedding. I always suggest my brides get blown out for that evening. Freshly blown out hair on your wedding day can be semi-annoying because of the ooool’ pesky fly aways. When you blow your hair out the night before, it has a chance to calm down and settle, significantly decreasing your number of hairs gone rogue. If you think your hair will get dirty over night, a simple burst of dry shampoo on your wedding day will make your hair as good as new! Here’s what you’ll need to create this look:

TOOLS:  2 clear elastics, 5-10 large bobby pins, tail comb or teasing comb, firm holding hairspray and a hand mirror.

TIP: I always advise looking in a second mirror between each step to check your balance. You don’t want to get too far and then have to start over.

I made this particular photo tutorial printable with instructions next to the photos so it can be by your side on your wedding day. If you do choose to wear this classic modern chignon, technically you’re getting something old, something new, and something blue. Borrow a vintage brooch from a friend to add a little sparkle, and you’re all set.