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Updo It Yourself

With a little practice (and some expert guidance), DIY wedding hair is in your hands.

Illustrations by Emily Wong  

The Pro: Jerome Lordet, Style Director at Pierre Michel
A master of classic, feminine, uptown-elegant dos.

The Serena, a.k.a. Blake Lively Curls (left)
Blow out hair, layered and longer than shoulder length. Part, then separate a section at the top around the crown; pin out of the way. Working in one-inch pieces from the bottom, use a medium-size curling iron to smooth from root to end, then curl back under and up horizontally. Release when outer strands are warm; pin and continue. When you’ve completed the bottom, turn the iron vertically and perform the same routine on the top. When curls have cooled, use fingertips dabbed with a bit of pomade to gently pull them down into tousled waves. Finish with soft hair spray

The Braided Chignon (right)
Blow out hair, shoulder length or longer, and back comb the top roots (tease with a comb, then run a brush over the top to smooth). Starting in front at your part, make a tiny braid. Gather the rest of the hair in a low ponytail and secure with a hooked elastic band (like a mini bungee cord). Make a second tiny braid with hair from the ponytail. Twist everything except the two braids into a bun, securing with hairpins. Wrap the second braid around the bun and secure. Pull the first braid over the crown to meet it, and tuck into the bun. The result should look like one braid encircling the chignon. Finish with hair spray.


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