Get Gorgeous with 3 DIY Hairstyles

Posted by Azure on May 18th, 2012

Thank you Allure for this slideshow feature of 32 new hair ideas for 2012! The hairstyles are gorgeous, with so much bridal beauty inspiration! But we had a tough time navigating through (and tried two different browsers), which made seeing all 32 looks a tad difficult.

But we've got you covered, lovelies! Because we're about to share three of our favorites wedding-worthy hairstyles (two updos and one retro-inspired down do) from Allure's batch of 32, and the DIY steps straight from the experts! So whether you're going as a wedding guest this weekend, have your rehearsal dinner hairstyle on the mind, or just want another fabulous DIY 'do to add to your growing arsenal, check out these looks and see if you can pick a favorite!

1. Lacy Chignon  First, comb a thickening lotion through damp hair from mid-shaft to ends and blow it dry with a round brush. Gather the hair into a side ponytail, back-comb it to add volume, and use pins to secure it in a bun. Then, place a long piece of lace at the hairline and tie it around the elastic. Fold one end of the material over the bun and pin it underneath with bobby pins, cutting off any excess lace. Don't stress about making it perfect—"the less time you spend, the better," says hairstylist Ken O'Rourke.

2. Smooth Waves  For these gorgeous Marilyn waves, just prep your hair with mousse such as Paul Mitchell Flexible Style Sculpting Foam, then blow-dry it upside down for volume. Create a side part, then set the hair in pin curls. When your hair is cool, gently brush it out to create a swooping wave near the crown and soft curls at the ends.

3. Full Pony  The secret to this textured style is shine. After applying mousse (try Tresemmé 24 Hour Body Foaming Mousse) to damp hair from roots to ends, blow-dry your hair. Create a center part and fasten the hair into a ponytail at the nape. Wrap one-inch sections around a quarter-inch curling iron and tease the length of the ponytail with a paddle brush. Use a silicone-free shine spray (we loveAussie Spray Gloss) to smooth your hair from your hairline back to the elastic. Add a jeweled accessory behind the ear for drama.

Since my mane is out of control long right now and I desperately need a haircut, I'll be trying the full pony (which almost sounds dirty which makes me love it even more) this weekend!

Which of the three hairstyles will you DIY? Or will you try them all?!

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