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The Hair Hustle is Real - D.I.Y Dos That Will Save You Money

Your Wedding Day Savings | Hair Tips

You style your hair every day. (Some days you even do it more than once!) That’s why you - yes, you - are highly qualified to DIY a bridal ’do’. “It’s not something to be scared of,” says NYC hairstylist Nunzio Saviano. “If you practice, you’ll get technical skills - and believe it, you can really master the look.” Of course, it helps when you aim for a casual yet romantic vibe, like the braid down shown here. 

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To re-create it, Saviano suggests putting styling cream through your strands right out of the shower. Let hair completely air-dry, then mist on a light-hold hairspray before you start braiding. “It gives just the right amount of hold without being sticky,” he says. Starting at your ears (or at your temples if you want more tendrils around your face), pull hair back and create a French braid that morphs into a fishtail braid. Secure it with a hair elastic and velvet ribbon.
Related: More Fishtail DIY dos

Trim a few hundred bucks off your budget by doing your own hair

Try a braid, a bun or bouncy waves

Long, loose curls can look just right for your big day. To get this polished look, NYC hairstylist Tommy Bucket says to “prep damp hair with a volumizing mousse and a styling cream for shine.” Fully blow-dry your hair, then fire up the curling iron. If your hair holds curl easily, use a large barrel, he says. If it doesn’t go with a smaller barrel “to compensate for curl drops.” Working from roots to ends spiral sections around the barrel and leave there for 10 seconds. “For extra hold, clip in place until hair cools,” he says, and finish with hairspray
Related: DIY Curls

A chic, understated bun

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Is about the bride being confident to wear all her hair back,” Saviano says. To get the look, he says to start with washed-yesterday hair (“you want it a little lived in”). Sweep it into a secure ponytail and mist with hairspray. Then twist, wrap, or braid the hair into a bun, and anchor it with bobby pins. 

If you want to use a bun sponge, be sure it’s not too cartoonishly big and that your hair is long enough to fully cover it, he says. Finish with another thorough blast of hairspray. “You don’t want any of the hair to come out, “Saviano says. “You really can’t redo this.”
Related: DIY Buns


  1. I may try that braid! Visiting from the hello monday link up. laurensparks.net

  2. I am advocate for styling your own hair! I remember when I got married in 1998 I had very short hair and the hair stylist kept insisting that I style it in a way that makes it look like I have long hair in an updo. I thought that was the dumbest idea ever and told her that I had plenty of time to grow my hair long if I had wanted long hair. She disagreed, telling me that all brides should have long hair, and I ended up firing her and styling my own hair! Thanks for sharing at my link party!


    1. Sorry to hear that. Stylist should always go with what makes a person feels comfortable with and not what they like. Thanks for sharing and visiting. www.shelbeeontheedge.com

  3. so many ways that we can do our hair differently and save some hard earned $$

    1. Most definitely. Thanks for sharing.

  4. I'm trying to learn more how to style my own hair. I love the braiding, it is not so easy to do, but it is worth to learn it. Thank you for sharing this post with My Red Carpet.


    1. You are welcome. Keep practicing and you will get it one day.

  5. More often than not, most brides will have a hairdo for their wedding day that changes the whole look of their face by pulling it up it a swept up style, or lots of curls...just looks fake. I say keep it simple. When my daughter came down the aisle her groom didn't even recognize her due to the terrible way they did her hair. Thanks so much for linking up with me at my #UnlimitedMonthlyLinkParty 11, open April 1 to 26. All entries shared on social media if share buttons installed. I’d like to invite you to check out my other current link parties too!

  6. These are all so pretty! I wish I could style my hair like that!


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