For classic wedding day elegance and glamour, nothing beats the classic updo. The updo is a mainstay of formal, traditional ceremonies, and contrary to popular belief, almost anyone can create their own DIY version of this style. The key to mastering the updo lies in plenty of pre-wedding practice, combined with a bit of experimenting to find a style that highlights your best features.
Start by pulling hair into a high, loose ponytail on the top of the head (women with short hair should create two or three smaller ponytails rather than a single large one to achieve this look). Next, pull small sections of hair up and pin them in place along the back of the head. Try twisting or curling some sections to add variety, or include some small braids for a change in texture. Use sparkly pins or barrettes to accessorize and draw attention to your handiwork. A wedding day updo can be as simple or complex as you want to make it, and part of the fun comes with wearing your hair in a style that's uniquely yours.
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