When Meghan Markle walked down the aisle of St. George’s Chapel with her hair loosely done up in her signature messy bun, the world—and brides—took notice. According to Pinterest’s Wedding Report, search for messy updos was up a whopping 1,274 percent that year, proving that the best updos are carefree, sexy, and just a little bit messy. Not to mention here to stay.
Sure, sleek and classic chignons will never truly go out of style, but we’re smitten with these relaxed updos and clearly we’re not the only ones. “I like to describe it as ‘disheveled elegance,'” says New York hairstylist Nunzio Saviano. “A more polished look would be reminiscent of your mom’s wedding hair.”
So how do you achieve this easy-going, effortlessly elegant look? We consulted with hair pro Kelly De Serio for some expert tips on how to pull off the perfectly imperfect. While you may have a pro doing your wedding day hair, we think you’ll want to be able to recreate a version of the style yourself because this look is fitting for just about any occasion from festivals to date nights.
Meet the Expert
- Kelly De Serio is a style specialist and bridal beauty entrepreneur. She is the founder and lead designer of the ReelStyle Bridal brand.
Below, we have all the messy updo inspiration you need along with a few tricks to nailing the ‘do yourself. Scroll down to see 33 perfectly imperfect wedding hairstyles.