14 Wedding Day Hairstyles For Bridesmaids
28 August 2017
When it comes to bridesmaids, everybody has an opinion. Your best friend from high school would like a cocktail gown, while your sisters-in-law think it’s best if the whole bridal party squeezes into mini dresses—and don’t even get them started on bridesmaid hair.
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 you a bridesmaid hair style for every kind of wedding and bridesmaid. All you have to do now is pick.
Vintage Victory Rolls
Inside every one of us there’s a vintage-loving vixen just waiting to get out. If your wedding comes complete with a swing band, full skirts, and old fashioned cocktails, deck your bridal party out in true 1940s style.
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 the way through photos and the Charleston, providing long wearing volume and style.
Truly, this messy chignon is how we wish our hair looked every day of the week. It’s sexy, effortless-seeming, and suits any face shape. If you’re the kind of bride who prioritizes her maids’ comfort, the messy chignon is truly for you.
To achieve the casual coolness of this style, ask your hair pro to leave a section of hair out while building the chignon. When he or she is totally done, they should wrap the strand around the base of the bun and pull a few pieces out to create a less-formal look.
Twist Braid with Fresh Flowers
Twist braids are a love letter from hair stylists to the kind of bride who’s never once thought about styling her own hair. Your bridesmaids can be just as low maintenance as you are with a style that takes less than five minutes.
All you’ll need are bobby pins and a few sprays of flowers that didn’t quite fit into your bouquet. Simply twist two strands from behind each ear and pin them in the middle, placing flowers within the spiral.
Boho Waterfall Braid
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, and can even be achieved in the comfort of your very own hotel suite. It’s just like a French braid, but with an added trick. You’ll drop a strand of hair every time you add more to the braid.
For a rustic wedding or a civil ceremony, this comfortable, romantic look is the way to go.
Teased Low Ponytail
The voluminous low ponytail is sexy and understated, highlighting the neck and collarbones without going overboard. We love this style for an upscale city wedding, one where your bridesmaids might be wearing column gowns.
When choosing this style, be sure your stylist back combs at the roots of each bridesmaid’s hair before beginning the ponytail. Adding a little texturizing spray wouldn’t hurt, either. The more undone this style looks, the better it is.
We’ll be the first to admit it: The bouffant is a style that traditionally screams “wedding.” Still, we love the added volume and the retro vibe of the technique, especially when it’s used to create a low, sleek bun at the nape of the neck.
Additionally, brides who choose this style won’t have to worry about their stylists goofing on the day of the ceremony. We’re pretty sure the ability to tease hair runs in their blood.
Modern French Twist
Has there ever been a style as timeless as the French twist? You, your bridesmaids, and your great-grandmother can all wear it and somehow manage to seem age appropriate. Needless to say, we’re big fans.
To keep the twist feeling fresh and young, add a modern-feeling pin or clip to the twist. Your bridesmaids with thank you.
Double Ponytail Updo
Confession: We’re totally enamored with this opulent, over-the-top dramatic ponytail. It’s the ultimate in girly guilty pleasures. 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 you’re struggling to find a bridesmaid hairstyle for extra-long hair, give this look a shot.
Reverse Headband Braid
Aiming for a style that’s so chic it might be featured by a style blogger or fashion magazine? Look no further than the simple reverse headband braid. From the front, your bridesmaids will seem as if they’re wearing a standard half ponytail updo. In reality, they’ll be wearing beautifully “pancaked” (loosened and flattened) braids across the backs of their heads.
This hairstyle is an optimal choice for bridesmaids who have extremely straight or fine hair since you won’t have to worry about it holding a curl.
Nothing is quite as elegant as a simple bun, perched high on the head and complemented by face framing pieces or bangs. If your bridesmaid dresses are a bold color or cut, consider this classic style as a quick, easy way to ensure those gowns stay the focal point.
Interestingly, this particular style isn’t much different than a messy bun. If you’re hoping to save money by skipping the salon, ballerina buns are absolutely doable at home.
Single Side Pin-Back with Flowers
Short-haired bridesmaids can be challenging to plan around because their hair rarely lasts in even the most solid updos. Instead of stressing over the inevitable, ask your maids to try a style that leaves most of their hair free of pins and 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 wax flower).
Cropped Crown Braid
Here’s another quick fix for the lobbed and bobbed ladies you love. A crown braid keeps stray hairs out of the face while ensuring photographer-friendly volume and a sense of whimsy. For a garden or beach wedding, a braid is ideal.
Notably, this style also works cohesively for the members of your bridal party who wear their hair long. Instead of tucking all their hair into the crown braid, your stylists should braid across the hairline but let their lengths hang free.
Glamorous Pin Curl Waves
Classic, glamorous, Old Hollywood: If these are the words you want attendees using to describe your ceremony and reception, then have your bridesmaids wear pin curls to your wedding. 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 style.
Your bridesmaids will not only look like movie stars, but also feel like them while sitting around in silk robes and curl clips. This is one style that makes for incredible photos, both before and after it’s let down.
Backcombed and Sleek
If you’re planning a modern ceremony, don’t feel as if you need to jump at the first curled updo you see. We recommend bridesmaid hairstyles that mesh with your larger concept for the celebration.
For those ladies leaning toward clean and contemporary design, this backcombed half updo is a perfect fit. Because the style tucks under a section from the crown, there’s no need for bedazzled hair clips or fresh flowers. Follow your gut and keep it simple.
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