How to Do Perfect Curls for a Wedding

by Pamela Simmons
A perfect wedding hairstyle isn't so tough to pull off yourself.

A perfect wedding hairstyle isn't so tough to pull off yourself.

Whether you're the blushing bride, a bridesmaid, or even a wedding guest, you'll want your hair to look its best. Creating the perfect curl for a wedding doesn't necessarily mean you need to schlep to a salon and pay a stylist lots of money to do the heavy lifting for you. With just a few tools, some practice and some time, you can curl your hair into a perfect, romantic style.

Shampoo, condition and towel-dry your hair.

Apply a styling product to your hair based on your texture. Women with thick hair may prefer a frizz-control serum while women with thin hair can get extra volume by working a mousse through their strands.

If your hair is thin, flip your head upside down – women with thick hair can skip this step. Blow dry your hair straight, using a paddle brush to aid the process.

Decide where to part your hair. Side parts look best on narrow faces while slightly off-center parts work well on fuller faces.

Separate a two-inch section of hair at the nape of the neck. Clip the rest of your hair up. Wrap this section around a medium-barrel curling iron – don’t clamp your iron. Instead, keep it closed, and hold the tips of your hair with your fingers to keep it in place.

Wait a few seconds before releasing your hair.

Grab another section of hair and wind it around your iron in the opposite direction of your first curl.

Repeat all over the head, switching directions until all of your hair is curled.

Add a mist of hairspray to your curls. If you prefer a softer look, swap out your hairspray for a shine serum.

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Items you will need

  • Frizz-control serum or mousse
  • Blow dryer
  • Paddle brush
  • Hair clip
  • Curling iron
  • Hair spray or hair shine serum


  • Prep your hair early – the healthier the hair, the better your look the day of, so have your ends trimmed and get a deep conditioning treatment a few weeks before the big day.


  • Take care not to burn yourself with the curling iron.

About the Author

Pamela Simmons has been writing professionally since 2009. Her articles on fashion, beauty and other topics have appeared on Denim Therapy and other websites. Simmons serves as an editor and public relations manager for CHIC.TV. She holds a Bachelor of Science in international affairs from Georgia Tech and a Master of Business Administration from Mercer University.

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