If you’re anything like us, when you want to bliss out on wedding hairstyles, you scroll through Pinterest in search of a dreamy braid. You know, ones that whisk a polished hairstyle away to a really, really romantic place without looking too manicured. Calling all brides-to-be, braid-fanatics and girls who need to pull a polished look together in five minutes flat: This is the hairstyle for you. Two braids. Two bobby pins. One dreamy DIY half-up hairdo. We’re not kidding! Scroll below for the step-by-step instructions on how to easily recreate this hairstyle for your big day.
STEP 1: ADD WAVES + SHINE
Use a few droplets of a shine serum, or an oil treatment like Not Your Mother’s Lock Luster Oil Treatment ($10) that not only protects your hair from heat, but also allows you to build non-frizzy curl. Add waves to your hair using a 1 1/2-inch barrel curling iron, then run another small droplet of the oil treatment throughout your strands to smooth and lock in your style. Pro Tip: Use a light hand and spread the serum equally throughout your strands after you’ve warmed up the liquid with your fingertips. Remember, less is more here!
STEP 2: CREATE YOUR FIRST BRAID
Part the front section of your hair to one side. Then, from the un-parted side, take about two inches of hair and create a French braid. Remember to keep your part defined and your braiding crisp and clean — the two key styling aspects of this look.
Once your braid is complete, hold it in place with a horizontally placed hairpin as shown above.
STEP 3: REPEAT + SMOOTH
Create another braid on the opposite side, then hold your braid in place with a pin when finished. Next, add smoothness and a modern touch to Old Hollywood waves by brushing your hair from scalp to tips with a soft boar bristle brush like GranNaturals Boar Bristle Paddle Hair Brush ($13). This styling technique will add sheen and luster to your hair as you brush away the frizz, distributing your hair’s natural oils and activating the shine serum you put in earlier.
STEP 4: CONNECT BRAIDS
Now, connect both braids at the back of your head using your two bobby pins. Camouflage the hairpins by placing them vertically, wavy side down. Weave the braids together so the look mimics one seamless infinity braid.
STEP 5: SPRAY, SMOOTH + SET
Lastly, set your hair with a smoothing finishing spray like Biosilk Silk Therapy Shine-On ($8) to lock in all that shine and glamour!
This style looks stunning on its own, or with a vintage netted veil to delicately frame the face.
We love the simplicity and whimsical nature of this delicate bridal veil. Styling Tip: Select a dainty hair accessory that doesn’t detract from or hide your glamorous hair.
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