If you've decided to dress your hair yourself don't forget to use decorative accessories. Ornate clips and grips and headbands and barettes can all help support and accent a style.
Investigate professional styling accessories such as 'donuts', padded rings you can use to create shape and height within a style. You can find them at Boots and Superdrug or at professional hair supplier, Sally.
Grip them against the scalp or even use one on top of the other, and build hair around them. Alternatively thread a pony tail through the middle and then arrange hair over the donut, gripping the ends into place on the underside of the ring to create a simple but statement-making bun.