It’s been a stressful year for brides (to say the least). Between making last-minute changes and sending out new save-the-dates, the last thing that should stress you out on your wedding checklist is choosing your bridesmaid’s hairstyles. It’s your special day, and it’s overwhelming to hear a dozen opinions on any given subject. We get it. Luckily, you have us, and we’ve handpicked bridesmaid hairstyles for every kind of wedding and bridesmaid. All you have to do now is choose!
The Best Bridesmaids Hairstyles To Try In 2020
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Mini Accent Braid
Accent braids are in for Fall 2020 (not to mention, they’re super easy to achieve). Have your bridesmaids craft a classic three-strand plait or a dainty fishtail braid on either side of their head to keep your bridesmaid hairstyle as simple as possible. This is one you can do without the help of a professional stylist.
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If you’re searching for a hairstyle that suits any hair length (and pairs with just about any bridesmaids dress), opt for glossy waves. Use a shine spray like Redken Shine Flash Hair Spray to give your ‘do a lightweight, high-shine finish while smoothing and taming flyaways.
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Curled ends are perfect if you want your mane to be free without overdoing it with an intricate style. This hairstyle is also ideal if you’re thinking of DIYing your bridesmaid hair since it’s so easy to achieve. Before you begin styling, be sure to use a heat protectant like Biolage Thermal Active Heat Protectant Spray.
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There are certain hairstyles that perfectly fit any occasion—and a romantic side-swept braid is a natural choice for weddings. If you have bridesmaids with long hair, bring a photo of this soft, sophisticated look to your stylist.
Sleek Chignon With Face-Framing Pieces
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Double Bun Updo
For an unexpected take on your go-to messy bun, ask your stylist for this chic double bun updo. This piece-ey, textured style looks stunning on any hair texture.
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If you’re going for a classic vibe, this textured tucked chignon is the perfect choice for your bridal party. Throw in a floral accent to add a colorful, feminine touch to the look.
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Sleek And Straight
If simplicity is the name of your wedding game, skip the curls and waves and opt for sleek, pin-straight strands. This style looks particularly stunning on mid-length haircuts such as the lob. Add a touch of shine to your sleek ‘do with a hair oil, such as Kérastase Elixir Ultime L’Huile Original Hair Oil.
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French Twist Ponytail
There are few wedding styles as timeless as the French twist. You, your bridesmaids, and your great-grandmother can all wear it. Ask your stylist for a French twist ponytail for a fresh take on the classic style.
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Boho Waterfall Braid
If you’re looking for a style that embraces the unique hair texture each of your bridesmaids brings to the party, the boho waterfall braid is the way to go. Not to mention: it can be achieved in the comfort of your very own hotel suite.
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Waves With Deep Side Part
If you’re searching for an easy way to amp up the volume, try a deep side part. Switching up your part adds sophistication to your look and gives your roots a volume boost. Give your style even more body with a root-lifting formula like Matrix High Amplify Wonder Boost Root Lifter.
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Single Side Pin Back With Flowers
Short-haired bridesmaids can be challenging to plan around because their hair rarely lasts in even the most well-constructed updos. Instead of stressing over the inevitable, ask your ‘maids to try a style that leaves most of their hair free of pins and hair mousse.
Your stylist should give bridesmaids allover texture with loose waves, gently pinning back one section of hair over the ear and adding a sprig of a festive flower (we love baby’s breath and waxflower).
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Fishtail Crown Braid
A fishtail crown braid keeps stray hairs out of the face while ensuring long-lasting volume. For a garden or beach wedding, a braid is ideal.
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Glamorous Pin Curl Waves
Classic, glamorous, Old Hollywood: If this is how you want attendees to describe your ceremony and reception, then have your bridesmaids wear pin curls. Because this style involves pre-planning and special skill to get right, check in advance to make sure your chosen stylist has experience with the look.
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We’ll be the first to admit it: The bouffant is a style that traditionally screams “wedding.” Still, we love the added volume and retro vibe of the look, especially when it’s used to create a low, sleek ponytail.
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Don’t assume pigtails are only for children. When styled for maximum shine, these curly tails offer a seriously glamorous effect.
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If you were young in the early 2000s, these clip-in pearls may bring back fond memories. Have your bridesmaids decorate their natural 'do with this playful accessory
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Pearl-Embellished Low Ponytail
We love the way these pearl embellishments add a touch of glam to a low ponytail. Use a hairspray like Redken Forceful 23 Anti-Frizz Super Strength Hairspray to give your look lasting lift, shape memory, and frizz-free shine.
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Double Ponytail Updo
We’re totally enamored with this textured, over-the-top dramatic ponytail. Although this seems like a standard, curled ponytail, it’s actually two: The second tail is hidden under the first to create the illusion of extra volume and length. If your wedding is all about glamour or have bridesmaids with extra-long hair, give this look a shot.
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Don’t fight texture, embrace it! This understated look adds a touch of sophistication to natural curls. Ask the stylist to use embellished hair pins for added flair. Be sure to use a styling product like Mizani True Textures Curl Enhancing Lotion to keep your ringlets looking their best all day long.
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A pineapple updo can keep your bridesmaids cool while simultaneously showing off their jewelry. Style the pineapple so that the curls fall gently around the face for an extra photogenic finish.
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Bedazzled Half Ponytail
Yes, embellishments! Pair metal rings with a classic half ponytail if the bohemian vibe appeals to you.
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Windblown Braided Chignon
A braid is only as good as the texturizing spray that goes into it, and Pureology Style + Protect Texture Finishing Spray helps create lived-in texture that photographs well. Because braids are so customizable, any stylist can help you tweak this look to fit your wedding’s aesthetic.
Wraparound Braid With Flowers
Add a whimsical vibe to your wraparound braid by intertwining baby's breath flowers throughout the look.
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We’re embracing big hair energy in 2020, so it’s no surprise that bombshell curls made the list. If you’re going for a soft, romantic style, bombshell curls may be your best bet. To help you achieve maximum volume, complete your look with a few spritzes of volumizing hairspray like Matrix Total Results High Amplify Proforma Hairspray.
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Half-Up Fishtail Braid
If you’ve been a victim of too-tight updos in past weddings, grant your bridesmaids a bit more slack with a loose fishtail braid style. They can remember all the details of your special day (and not a hairpin-induced headache).
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Ponytails are one of our top picks for showcasing natural ringlets. Use a hair gel like Matrix Total Results Curl Please Super Defrizzer Gel to smooth the strands around your hairline while leaving the hair in the ponytail free and natural.
Oversized Crown Braid
If festival vibes are just as welcome in your nuptials as they are at outdoor concerts everywhere, a beautiful crown braid is just the thing for your bridesmaids. Plus, you won’t need to worry about hair falling in your face as you dance the night away!
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Pinned To The Side
Try a style that’s pinned to the side to give every bridesmaid the best of up and down hair.
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Vintage Victory Rolls
Inside every one of us, there’s a vintage-loving gal just waiting to get out. If your dream wedding comes complete with a swing band, full skirts, and old fashioned cocktails, deck your bridal party out with this 1940s-inspired ‘do.
Ask your stylist to give your bridesmaids face-framing victory rolls, while leaving the bottom half of the hair free and curled. The hairspray-set style will last all night long, providing long-wearing volume and style.
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