Perfect Updo for Your French Wedding: A Step by Step Guide

Versatile and Elegant Updo for All Occasions

Although French Wedding Style is a bridal blog, this is such a great and versatile look that it would also work fabulously for prom and completely delicious as a wedding guest of a sunny wedding in France.

Simple and Easy to Do: Carey’s Perfect Updo

Carey says ‘I wanted to create a simple but easy to do up do that looks wonderful with all styles of dresses and works on lots of different hair lengths.  If your hair is very short this look could be achieved with clip in hair extensions.’

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Prepping Your Hair for the Perfect Updo

Using the Right Products for Healthy Hair

Firstly ensure your hair is in the best condition possible by using a good shampoo and conditioner for your hair type in the run up to the wedding.  Carey likes Kérastase shampoos and conditioners.

Prepping with Heat Protection and Curling

I prepped the hair using a heat protection spray and then I sectioned off the top part of the hair and began to curl through with hair straighteners.  If you find it easier, use a large barrel tong.  Either way creates a soft wave.

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Adding Texture to the Hair

Continue this all over the head.  We are trying to add texture to the hair so do not worry about getting the curls too neat!


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Creating the Perfect Updo: Step by Step

Spraying for Flexible Hold

Next tip the head upside down and spray all over with a flexible hold hairspray.  Carey loves Elnett Flexible Hold.

Forming the Low Ponytail

Now gather hair into a low ponytail to one side of the head, near the back of the ear.  You can smooth the hair into the ponytail or backcomb for a messier effect.  She kept the ponytail fairly loose so the style remained soft.  Secure with hair elastic.  Carey prefers the clear plastic ones as they are gentler on the hair and have good grip.

Looping and Securing the Hair

Take sections of the ponytail, make a loop and secure to the head with a grip that matches the shade of your hair.


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Creating the Loose Bun Shape

Carey looped the hair 5 times into a loose bun shape and only used five grips. These should feel secure but should not give you a headache!

Adding Decorative Pins and Accessories

Carey added in some decorative pins (simple and pretty) and a simple alice band decorated with pearls.   Good value hair accessories can be bought from Claire’s Accessories or Monsoon.

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Finishing Touches for a Tousled and Soft Look

Pull out small sections so that the style is tousled and soft.  These pieces can be re-curled too.  Finally a good spray with a firm hold hairspray and finish with a blast of shine spray.  Carey loves Photo Fabulous High Shine Finishing Spray by James Brown.  Et voilà – the perfect style for a Bride or Bridesmaid.


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Wrapping Up and Final Thoughts

I am sure to try this when I find some time and even more wonderful product recommendations to add to my beauty toolkit!

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