For the perfect romantic updo, look no further than Monique Lhuillier's Fall 2014 bridal collection. The gowns coming down the runway were inspired by femininity and romance but with an heirloom quality, which translated to the braided updos the models wore. "We wanted the girls to look like themselves, wearing updos with a romantic, soft, and whimsical mood," Moroccanoil artistic director Antonio Corral Calero said. "The attention was on the matte texture of the hair and the intricate details of each braided bun, parted [to the] side or center, with minimal volume on top." Get a similar look for your big day or another formal affair with these step-by-step tips!
- For protection and shine, Calero first applied Moroccanoil Treatment ($17-$43) to damp strands and then sprayed Root Boost ($29) before blow-drying the hair with a flat, boar-bristle brush.
- Once the hair was completely dry, he applied Molding Cream ($28) to give the hair added texture to bring a more romantic quality to the braids.
- He started by combing the hair back and separating it into three sections: right, left, and back. "Each of the three parts became a braid," he explained. "The right and left sides were inward french braids, and the back braid between them was a standard braid, which would serve as the base for the chignon."
- Once all three sections were braided (as pictured above), he then pulled the side braids and wrapped them around the back braid several times. "I pinned the bottom part of the braid inward, toward the nape, and created the chignon," he said. "To give the chignon a more romantic and uneven look, I gently pulled and opened elements of each braid slightly within the chignon."