Bridal hairstyles with a veil

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Bridal hairstyles with a veil
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The veil has long been a bridal symbol. The tradition of brides wearing veils dates back to ancient Rome, when brides wore veils to ward off evil spirits. In the Far East, brides wore veils to maintain their modesty and purity until after they were married. Today, brides continue to wear veils on their wedding days as a tradition and as an accessory to complement their attire. There are many hairstyles that brides can wear to feature their veils.

Loose and Flowing Curls

For a simple and romantic look, wear your hair in loose, flowing curls. To achieve this look, start with dry hair. Use large, hot rollers or a large barrelled curling iron to create loose curls throughout your hair. Before rolling, separate your hair into large sections. Wrap the sections of hair around the curlers or curling iron. Once you've curled your hair, use your fingers to separate the curls, giving them a flowing look. Apply hairspray to hold the curls. To finish of the look, affix your bridal veil to the crown of your head, letting it flow loosely over your curls.


The chignon originated in France and means "nape of the neck," as it is a low bun worn at the nape of the neck. This style is a sleek and sophisticated way to wear your hair for your wedding. To achieve this style, part your hair to the side. Smooth your hair back into a ponytail at the nape of your neck, and secure with a hair tie. Back comb the ponytail, and smooth it down with a brush to create volume. Wrap the ponytail around the hair tie, creating a bun. Place hair clips around the bun to hold it in place. Once you have created your chignon, you can place your veil in two different locations. Place it just above the chignon to show off your veil, or place it under the chignon to show off your hairstyle.

Classic Updo

If you want to achieve a princess look for your wedding, style your hair in a classic updo. After washing your hair, apply mousse, and blow-dry it to create volume and hold. Pull your hair up into a high ponytail, smoothing out the sides, top and bottom. Secure with a hair tie. Curl sections of the ponytail using a small barrelled curling iron until the entire ponytail is curled. Take the individual curls and loosely wrap them around themselves. Using hair clips to secure them, place the loosely wrapped curls around the top, bottom and side of the ponytail. Place your veil above the updo for a traditional princess look, or place it below the updo for a modern look.

Partial Updo

A partial, or half-up, half-down, style is sweet and romantic. To create this style, start with dry hair. Part your hair in the middle or on the side. Separate the top section of your hair on either side of the part. Loosely pull these sections back, and secure either in the middle or base of your head with a hair tie or clip with rhinestones. Pull a few tendrils of your hair out of the clip to frame your face. Attach your veil at the crown or in the middle of your head.

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