We're willing to bet that your social calendar this summer includes at least one wedding. While it's lovely being a guest at such a romantic event, choosing a look can sometimes be tricky, even when it comes to the beauty department. We consulted stylist Halli Bivona at the John Barrett Salon at Bergdorf Goodman — whose Braid Bar business is booming during wedding season — about easy hairstyles that are perfect for summer, whether you're a guest or the bride. Read on for a step-by-step guide that might leave you wanting to take a walk down the isle.
Add texture to hair by using a one-inch curling iron all around the head. To create beachy waves, pull on the curl while it's still hot, and then rake the curls with your fingers for a more undone look.
Part hair down the middle. On one side, start by doing a standard 3-strand braid on a very small section near the crown. You're then going to start a waterfall braid, which means instead of a normal French braid, you're only going to pick up hair from the top, letting the bottom strands fall free.
Continue the waterfall braid until you're about half-way down. For a simpler twist on this style, you can use normal braids.
A closer look at the waterfall braid.
Tie off the braid with a small elastic.
Repeat the same process on the other side.
Tie off the second braid once you've reached halfway.
Next, pin the top section of your hair up and tuck the two pieces that you've tied off underneath the rest of your hair.
Cross the two tied pieces over one another and pin them into place, then let the rest of your hair down to cover the ends.
The finished look from the side.
The finished look from the back.
This style is a classic French braid with a twist. Start with a deep side part and begin a standard French braid.
Make sure you don't pull the braid too tight — this look is more about volume.
Continue French braiding all the way down the side of your head.
Here's how your braid should look at the halfway point.
Once you've reached the nape, pull in the rest of your hair and start a regular braid. Tie it off with a small elastic at the end.
Next, tuck the braid under and start pinning it into place.
It doesn't need to be perfect — keep turning the hair and adding pins until you've created a chignon.
For a summery touch, add a flower like Halli did here!
The last look is a halo braid. Starting from the back of your head near the nape, begin a pop-out French braid. This means, instead of braiding the new strands of hair over each time, braid them under.
Continue braiding all of the way around your head.
For a more romantic look, leave a few strands out in the front.
Continue with a regular braid once you come around the other side.
Tie the braid off with a small elastic once you've reached the end.
Pin the end of the braid into place, making sure to tuck it underneath the front of the braid crown so it looks seamless.
The finished look.