Today we're going to share something super simple, and super gorgeous with you guys.
Perhaps the easiest DIY wedding day upstyle ever.
It was the end of the day on our recent Bridal Musings photoshoot at ICA London (have you seen the pics, they're pretty, well, pretty?) we had bagged our head shots, captured our table setting, and photographed our tutorials.
We were pulling down, packing up, and loading the car, when our ever-inspired hairstylist, Sev, of Hepburn Collection had a wave of creativity, and within five minutes (honestly, it might have even been less) he'd shown our own Claire how to create the most simple tousled braided updo.
Pretty gorgeous, right?
Luckily the camera hadn't been put away just yet, and the fabulous Marianne Taylor Photography captured it all, while the wonderful Louise Beukes Styling was on hand to give Claire the perfect finishing touch, our fresh flower hairslide (find out how to make it here!)
What You Need:
– Small elastic hair tie
– Lots of hair pins
– A decorative slide
How to Create Our Easy Braided Upstyle
1. Braid It
Pull all you hair to one side and braid it loosely, but be sure to leave out a few longer strands for neatening the look later on.
This style works really well with loose waves, so try going to bed the night before with a loose braid in your hair for just the right amount of tousled texture.
Once you've braided your hair, tie it at the bottom with some elastic, and then pull the plait apart slightly all the way down, so it looks quite flat and a little undone.
2. Fold It
Once you've got your braid, pull it to the back of your head, and fold it over so it covers the nape of your neck. Tucking the ends under the widest part.
3. Secure With Pins
Attach with hair pins until it feels firmly secure – though don't worry about catching every flyaway, it's supposed to look a little undone.
4. Sweep The Sides
Next, take the pieces you left down and loosely clip them up so they frame your face. You can use the longer ones to wrap around the braid at the back to neaten the edges of the updo.
5. Finishing Touches
Next, add some embellishments (although it looks pretty damn gorgeous as it is!).
This can be some fresh or faux flowers or a gorgeous vintage slide – whatever matches your bridal style. Make sure it's in firmly, secure it with pins, and tame any OTT fly aways with a little hair spray.
Pin The Handy Graphic to Have To Hand on Your Wedding Day
So simple, and really effective – don't you think?
This would be a lovely look for every day on its own, but add some gorgeous earrings or fresh flowers and you have such a beautiful upstyle in minutes. Perfect for bridesmaids who won't have a hairdresser on the day, or for destination, or eloping brides.
And to think, we nearly missed it!
Thanks so much to our crack team for helping us with this nifty upstyle tutorial, Marianne Taylor Photography, Sev, of Hepburn Collection, Mariam Jensen on make-up, and of course, our creative stylist on the day, Louise Beukes Styling.
For more DIY tresses, check out this fabulous hair how-tos.