Say 'I Do' to a Modern Wedding Updo

Updated 09/23/16
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It's Bridal Beauty Week at Byrdie HQ! This week, we'll cover all the beauty tips you need to know before your big day—from how to wear your hair to beauty advice from real brides. Enjoy!

Gone are the days of stiff chignons and tight buns—no, the modern take on the bridal updo is the opposite of dated. Whether you prefer your buns and topknots loose and undone, sleek and refined, or beautifully braided, we’ve gathered the only hair inspo you need to see you through the big day.

Click through the slideshow above for 10 wedding updos you’ll actually want to wear!

Woman wearing a loose French braid updo
Hair and Makeup by Steph

Spray your hair with a texturizing spray, like Oribe’s Dry Texturizing Spray ($46), create a loose French braid, then tuck the ends into a bun. Follow the steps in the video tutorial.

Woman with a braided French twist updo
Once Wed

This half French braid, half rope twist is chic, elegant, and easier to pull off than it looks. Follow the step-by-step.

Woman with a triple braided bun
Refinery29

This gorgeous triple braided bun is way easier than it looks. Don’t believe us? Here’s the tutorial.

Woman with a smooth, tucked in chignon
Once Wed

A smooth, tucked-in chignon will never go out of style.

Woman with a sleek, low bun
Byrdie / Justin Coit

This cool-girl low bun is surprisingly easy to pull off. Click here for the instructions (and make sure you have a shine serum, like Ouai's Hair Oil, $28, on hand).

Woman with a curly hair updo
@ashleymoore

A loose, artfully tousled topknot is the easiest (and chicest) way to style curly strands.

Woman wearing her hair in an updo with wispy strands
@xiaowenju

Twist sections of your hair up in different directions and pin them in place (hair-spray your bobby pins beforehand for better grip). Then, lightly pull a few wispy strands forward to fall around your face.

Woman with her hair in a rolled chignon
E. Haugel / Elle France

A rolled chignon works for curly or straight strands—just give your hair a spritz of texture spray, like Oribe’s Texturizing Spray, if your strands are extra-fine. Here's how to re-create this tucked-in chignon.

Woman wearing her hair in a messy French twist
Once Wed

We’re obsessed with this stunning, low-key take on the classic French twist. Here's exactly how to re-create the look.

Woman with short curly hair twisted up in sections
Trop Rouge

An updo doesn't mean every strand needs to be tucked in. For those with short and curly strands, try twisting small sections at the nape of your neck, pinning as you go.

Wedding on the mind? Click here to see our ultimate wedding beauty timeline for brides-to-be.

This story was originally published on May 19, 2014.

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