Beautiful Bride: Hair Inspiration from the Red Carpet

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Beautiful Bride: Hair Inspiration from the Red Carpet
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It's hard enough to choose your 'do for work every day or date night on Friday, but picking the perfect style for your wedding day takes the challenge to a whole different level. That's why digging for a little inspiration -- whether you're looking for a hairstyle with long, loose waves or a relaxed updo -- is the smartest way to start.

Celebs as Inspiration
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Celebs as Inspiration

Fortunately, brides don’t have to look far when searching for the ideal wedding-day hairstyle. Whether it’s online or in magazines, celebrities -- like actress Diane Kruger, seen here at an event in Los Angeles -- are a wealth of inspiration. You can also turn to Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram. "The new technology these days makes looking for bridal hair inspiration easy, fast and in real time,” says Franc Magri, senior stylist at Philadelphia-based Giovanni & Pileggi salon.

The Starting Point
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The Starting Point

Before the search begins for a wedding-perfect style -- like the long, loose waves seen here on actress Jessica Chastain at the 2012 Academy Awards -- Magri says it’s smart to pin down your wedding dress first. This will help you figure out what hairstyles might look best with the neckline you've chosen. “Also, let a stylist work their magic,” he suggests. “The professionals know what styles will look best with your face frame.”

Old-School Curls
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Old-School Curls

The finger waves of the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s -- like the look seen here on singer Taylor Swift at an event in London -- are back in a big way. To get the look, part hair to one side. “Then start with a curling iron right above the ear,” Magri explains. “Wrap the hair forward toward your face and make sure the curls are all going the same direction.”

Loose and Sexy
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Loose and Sexy

For a casual-yet-sexy updo, Magri suggests going for a messy, loose bun, like the one actress Emma Stone shows off here at the 2012 Golden Globes. Pull hair back into a loose ponytail, then wrap it around the elastic, pinning pieces at random for an undone look. “This is the ultimate in casual glamour,” he says, adding that you can even create the look with a sock bun. “Just tease the tight bun for some loose pieces.”

Romantic Waves
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Romantic Waves

Go glam on your wedding day with a headful of relaxed and romantic ‘S’ curls, like the ones seen here on actress Blake Lively at a movie premiere in New York City. “Start the curling iron at the base of the head,” Magri advises. “Tightly curl each small section and spray with an aerosol hair spray.” Finish by lightly brushing out curls with your fingers for a soft, tousled look.

Classic and Chic
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Classic and Chic

For a look that screams classic, delicate and feminine, Magri says a simple bun is both sleek and stylish. Get the style -- seen here on actress Rachel Bilson at an event in New York City -- by pulling hair into a tight ponytail and holding with hair spray. “Wrap the tail around the elastic,” Magri says, “and pull the remaining hair down and under into a tight bun.”

Beautiful Braids
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Beautiful Braids

Braids are one of the most versatile styles out there, with options from a simple side fishtail braid to an intricate braided updo on the menu. Magri says loose French braids -- like the one actress Elizabeth Olsen shows off here at an event in Century City, California -- have become a wedding-day favorite, and brides can get the look by pulling hair into a tight braid and loosening with fingers.

Added Length
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Added Length

If you’ve got a short ’do -- like actress Emma Watson, seen here at a movie premiere in New York City -- but want a flowing look for the big day, Magri says one option is hair extensions. “The stigma has been removed from using extensions, and brides love to add the sexy length,” he explains. Go for human-hair versions to get the most natural look.

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