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The Classic Bun
A sprinkling of ceramic roses softens the look of this chic style; the bases of the hairpins are secured under the bun. Best part of all? You'll always look pulled together and timeless in all of your wedding pictures.
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The classic chignon used to be arranged to resemble a figure eight, but today's loose styles are arranged either high on the head or at the nape. Here, pearl and diamante hairpins add sparkle.
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A beautiful bun is a simple yet classic look for hair that is shoulder-length or longer. It's achieved by pulling hair back into a low ponytail with a second elastic at its end. The ponytail is wrapped and pinned around top elastic. Dainty hairpins (by Lynn Litwin) make this style more formal. Letting some strands fall free softens it.
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The elegant French pleat, or French twist, has a streamlined silhouette and lends itself to just about any headpiece. It has numerous variations -- softly rolled with pieces framing the face, high and tight like a ballerina's, or uneven with a few wisps sticking out like feathers. Here, a formal, high upsweep is created by backcombing the crown and sculpting big barrel curls above the tightly rolled pleat.
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A Soft Romantic Look
This loose updo, fashioned by New York City stylist Nathaniel Hawkins, is modern and sophisticated. He applied mousse to wet hair, blew it dry, and tied knots along 1-inch sections. Strands were pulled back into a ponytail, which was wrapped around base, pinned, and sprayed.
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To create this romantic style, New York City stylist John Ruidant side-parted hair, and then divided off two sections near the face and French-braided them, securing each with an elastic band. He pulled the rest into a loose bun and wrapped the braids around it, fastening them discreetly with bobby pins. Set it with a long-lasting hair spray.
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A classic pony is the quickest way to give longer hair a pulled-together look. Add a neat tuck and a sleek twist, and this schoolgirl staple takes on real sophistication.
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Short Hair Glamour
All-over coils give volume and texture to a short, ear-length cut. The stylist took a small section of hair, made multiple knots, and pinned it down; he repeated this technique around the head. The result has a woven effect. A Swarovski-crystal band is worn close to the hairline to frame the face.
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This elegant updo for long hair starts with a ponytail. The hairstylist divided the hair into three sections; he formed the two outer sections into loops, pinned them in place, then wrapped the middle section over the center.
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Fresh Flowers for Your Hair
A single bold flower or a cluster of delicate blooms adds a romantic flourish to your wedding-day hairstyle. In general, use larger blossoms with simple styles, smaller ones for more intricate looks. Opt for flowers that are in season and are resilient. Some flowers shouldn't be used near your skin, for safety reasons; your florist will be able to guide you to sensible choices.
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This half-up style secured with a beautiful silk flower barrette off to one side is romantic style perfect for brides with longer hair. The loose curls create a beautiful effect.
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Short and Sweet
Reminiscent of a 1940s movie star, these pin curls frame the face in a very glamorous half-up, half-down style.
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Ideal for curly or wavy textures, this option has the casualness of hair that's worn down but the grace of an updo. The stylist made seven loose braids -- three of them on each side of the head and another one down the middle -- which he brought together and secured with pins. The rest of the hair was left to flow naturally