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The Do's and Don't of Do It Yourself Wedding Hair

There are some definite dos and don'ts for do it yourself wedding hair. If you have the skill to do your own wedding hair you will save a bundle of money! Follow these tips and avoid common wedding hairstyle mistakes.


  • Practice your do it yourself wedding hair style at least once before the wedding day. Do your hair just as you would on your wedding day and then leave it that way. See how long it your curls go flat? Do you need more hairspray? Does your wedding updo start to fall apart? These are all things you need to troubleshoot before your wedding.

  • Spray hairspray in small amounts from a distance and then gradually add more. It is much better to add layers of spray then spray too much in one spraying. Don't end up with helmet head or crunchy hair!

  • On your wedding day, be sure to wear a robe, a button down or zip up shirt while you do your hair. The last thing you want is to have to wrangle out of a shirt that messes up your wedding hair style.

  • Experiment with silk flowers, rhinestone hair clips, natural flowers, leaves and ribbon as part of your do it yourself wedding hair. Be creative!

  • Look at pictures of do it yourself wedding hair to get ideas. Even if you can't pull off some of the more complicated ones, there are many styles that are easy to do.

  • Make sure to keep your veil in mind when planning your do it yourself wedding hair style. Or, plan your hairstyle first and then choose a veil type. The way your veil attaches (headband, clip, comb) can impact how your do it yourself wedding hair style will work with it.

  • Keep in mind earrings too, if you plan on wearing chandelier style earrings you may want to consider a wedding updo so that people can see them.


  • Don't use hairspray after your veil is already on your head! All hairsprays will yellow your veil. Spray your hair and then put on your veil as the last thing. However, if you don't plan on keeping your veil and don't mind that it will eventually yellow, then go ahead and spray away.

  • Don't do your hair any more than a few hours before your wedding starts. If you do it too early you risk having it start to droop, get messy or fall flat.

  • Don't use a shampoo, conditioner, hairspray or gel that you haven't used before on your wedding day. You could have a disaster if you were allergic to the hairspray or if your new shampoo gives you dandruff. You just never know, so it is best to use your standby products.

  • Do NOT cut your hair or get any different hairstyle within a few months of your wedding. This is not the time to take risks with your hair.

  • Likewise, if you are planning on coloring your hair, don't make any drastic changes within a few months of your wedding. If you are making drastic changes, make sure you leave yourself adequate time to change it if need be.

Follow these simple guidelines and avoid having a bad hair day on your wedding day! Remember, practice makes perfect and this is especially true with do it yourself wedding hair.

It's your wedding, do it the way you want!

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