Whether you’re the bride-to-be or the indispensable maid of honour in charge of all things beauty for the big day, we’re guessing bridesmaid hairstyles will be one of the most important articles on your agenda. But with 101 other (equally important) things on your to-do list – including flowers, bridesmaid dresses and getting the page boy’s outfit sorted – we wouldn’t be surprised if it’s a detail you’ve yet to tackle.
Not only do they have to complement the dresses and fit in with the overall theme of the wedding, but practicality and comfort rating should also be factored in, seeing as these hairstyles have to last all day (and probably all night) long. Fear not, blushing brides, we’re here to help. From classic chignons to bohemian braided ‘dos, and everything in between, we’ve picked out 10 stunning bridesmaid hairstyles, guaranteed to make your best girls beautiful on the special day.
10 Utterly gorgeous bridesmaid hairstyles
1. Low messy bun with side braid
Classically feminine and brilliant for ladies with longer hair, this low messy bun with a side braid actually looks great neat or messy. So no need to worry too much about flyaways and small tresses of hair escaping from the front and back. Just be sure to seal the look with a pliable hairspray like the TRESemmé Perfectly un(Done) Ultra Brushable Hairspray (£5.50*), so it doesn’t look stiff, and have plenty of bobby pins on hand for more drastic fall-outs.
2. One-sided flat twisted braid
For non-traditional brides who want something pretty and practical, but with a little bit of an edge for their bridesmaids, this flat twist/French braid hybrid – spotted on Herve Leger’s autumn/winter 2016 runway – is ideal. Boasting a more directional take on femininity, this unique bridesmaid hairstyle also works on both long and short hair (bonus!).
3. Half-up, half-down twist
A flexible style to suit all hair types, this classic half-up, half-down hairdo with a twist (literally) works a treat with gentle waves and very curly locks. Fairly easy to achieve, it’s the perfect choice for those looking for a simple, classic hairstyle that can be created even without the help of a stylist.
4. Tousled waves
Another universally flattering option that’s suitable for most hair types – from fine and straight, to thick and wavy – this effortless and breezy hairstyle is perfect for low-key beach weddings, where the salty air can help enhance those gently tousled curls. If your hair is naturally straight, use Toni&Guy Casual Sea Salt Texturising Spray (£7.49*) in conjunction with a pliable hairspray to help boost and hold those man-made waves for all-day wear.
5. Traditional waterfall braid
Uber-pretty and wonderfully ethereal, it’s no wonder the traditional waterfall braid has become a firm crowd fave when it comes to bridesmaid hairstyles. The technique also lends itself to most hair lengths, which is great if you find yourself faced with a group of ladies that have a mixture of short and long locks. Credit: @laurenthompsonnyc
6. Sleek low chignon
Ideal for bridesmaids with straight or thick hair, the super sleek low chignon is a formal classic that perfectly epitomises understated glamour. Best paired with modern, more minimalist style dresses and makeup (think a bold crimson lip or an abstract flick of eyeliner), the key to achieving this perfectly smooth and glossy updo is all in precision styling and a good frizz-defying spray. Try the VO5 Smoothly Does It Tame & Shine Spray (£3.99*), which will aid in taming flyaways whilst giving dull hair a much needed shine boost!
7. Twisted bun
This sophisticated low twisted bun requires quite a bit of length, so it’s perfect for bridesmaids who want to keep their long, flowing locks tucked neatly and securely away. The biggest advantage of this style is that it does leave room for you to get creative with accessories. Just tuck in a branch of bright orchids or decorate with a single statement-making bud to elevate this traditional ‘do to exotic new heights. Credit: @hairupsbysophia
8. Piled-up curls
This pretty, playful and really rather simple updo is great for those with very curly, kinky or coily hair, whether it is short or long. It’s all about achieving height via clever pinning and simply letting those beautiful curls do all the talking. Accessorise with a delicate headband, or pepper in a couple of big blooms at the back to add a touch of romance to the look.
9. Side-swept waves
Having a black tie wedding? Then this ultra glamorous hairstyle is worth considering. Simple yet striking, it’s no wonder big, bouncy side-swept waves have long been a Hollywood A-list favourite for the red carpet and beyond.
10. Asymmetric chignon
It’s all about those perfectly imperfect hairdos this year, so this elegant yet charmingly dishevelled, lopsided chignon is bound to be a hit. Sophisticated and subtly modern, it makes for the perfect bridesmaid hairstyle for a low-key country wedding or a classy but casual affair in the city. Worried about loose strands and random tresses coming undone? Don’t be! It’s all part of this cool, effortless ‘do.
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