10 Wedding Updos That Are Actually Cool

Updated 09/23/16

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, oversprayed 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 big day.

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

Hair and Makeup by Steph

Spray your hair with a texturizing spray, like Oribe’s Dry Texturizing Spray ($42), create a loose French braid, then tuck the ends into a bun. Click here for a video tutorial

Once Wed

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


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

Once Wed

A smooth, tucked-in chignon will never go out of style. Here's how to re-create this timeless look. 

Justin Coit

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


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


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.

E. Haugel for Elle.fr

A rolled chignon works for curly or straight strands—just give your hair a spritz of texture spray, like Oribe’s Texturizing Spray ($50), if your strands are extra-fine. Here's how to re-create this tucked-in chignon.

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.

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 May 19, 2014. 

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