27 pretty bridesmaid hairstyles you’ll actually like

Leona | 01 May 2019
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Chic updos, glamorous curls and vintage styles; treat your bridesmaids to one of these glorious hairstyles for your big day!

 

You’ve picked your wedding theme, your venue, your dress and have chosen which bridal hairstyle you’ll be wearing as you walk down the aisle. Now, though, it’s time to turn your attention to your support team, AKA your bridesmaid hairstyles.

We know weddings are all about the bride, but that’s not to say your bridesmaids shouldn’t look picture perfect on your big day, too. And although picking hairstyles for your bridesmaids can be a tricky task, we’ve got you fully covered with our list of 27 dazzling hairstyles to please everyone.

1. Croissant chignon

blonde hair styles in croissant-chignon
A croissant, but not as you may know it! Credit: Verity Jane Smith

No list of bridesmaid hairstyles would be complete without a classic chignon. This is perfect for both bride and bridesmaid, and although it appears complex, this hairstyle is super easy to achieve. Just see our step-by-step guide for creating a croissant chignon, to learn how to master the look.

2. Twisted bun

Brown hair in low bun with loose tendrils
This twisted low bun hairstyle looks beautiful and can re-worked for shorter manes. Credit: Instagram.com/emmachenartistry

Undone and carefree: the ideal look for a whimsical Springtime wedding! Keep your updo soft, but leave loose strands to fall around the face for a delicate finish, and add extra height around the crown to bring volume to your twisted bun hairstyleCredit: @emmachenartistry

VO5 Flexible Hold Hairspray

Editor’s tip: Textured bridesmaid hairstyles, like this one, can easily be set with a flexible hold hairspray. We suggest you try the VO5 Flexible Hold Hairsprayas it’ll keep your look natural and undone and also make sure it stays in place, all without leaving it sticky or stiff.

3. Pinned back braids

Braided half,up-half,down wavy hairstyle with hair accessory
Add hair accessories for ultimate wedding day vibes. Credit: Instagram.com/kristin_ess

Keep your hair away from your face by creating a braid on either side of your head and securing them together at the back. Gently tug at the braids for an undone look and decorate them with some dazzling hair jewellery. Easy-peasy! Credit: @kristin_ess

4. Half-up fishtail braids

Long dark brown hair with half,up fishtail braid
Fishtail braids are a great alternative to traditional braided bridesmaid hairstyles. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

Fishtail braids are a great alternative to traditional 3-strand braided hairstyles and will earn you tonnes of extra styling points on the big day. Choose from a full fishtail braid hairstyle, or for a slight twist, give this half-up, half-down hairstyle a go.

5. Side chignon

Bridemaids hair ideas include this side bun chignon finished with jewelled hair slide
This side chignon hairstyle will be a stunning option for bridesmaids.

Want to give your bridesmaid hair a unique touch? Then opt for a modern take on chignon hairstyles by simply wearing your updo to the side, like the image above. This red-carpet favourite will look stunning on bridesmaids and is super easy to achieve.

6. Messy updo

Blonde hair in loose updo finished with floral headband
Why not team your bridesmaid updo with a floral headband for a spring feel?

Have your bridesmaids all got different types of hair? Then say hello to this messy updo, which works a treat for all hair types and lengths.

Simply secure the bulk of the hair with pins and allow any loose strands to fall free. Then just add a floral headband to take this look from every day to wedding day perfect. Et voila!

7. Wrapped ponytail

Long blonde wavy hair in low ponytail with ribbon
Opt for an easy but effective romantic hairstyle like this low ponytail wrapped in ribbon. Credit: Instgram.com/kristen-ess

If it’s good enough for bridal Marchesa then who are we to complain! This hairstyle may seem too simple for your bridesmaids but paired with their stunning dresses, this carefree ponytail hairstyle will look gorgeous. Credit: @kristen_ess

8. Tucked chignon bun

Tucked hairstyle on medium toned brown hair
Keep it simple with this classy tucked bun hairstyle. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

This tucked chignon bun hairstyle looks really sophisticated and is sure to be a hit with the bridesmaids. No matter if you have fine, straight hair or a thick and curly mane, you can still make this hairstyle work by following these simple chignon steps, here.

TRESemmé Colour Shineplex Serum

Editor’s tip: The key to this look is keeping the hair as smooth as possible. To do this, we suggest using the TRESemmé Colour Shineplex Serum to leave your locks sleek, silky and enviably polished – what more could you want?

9. Half-up bow

Long blonde wavy hair in bow half,up-half,down hairstyle
Keep hair pinned away with this super cute bow half,up-half,down hairstyle. Credit: Instagram.com/ emmachenartistry

Make your hair your best accessory! Twisting your strands into a cute bow isn’t just great for making an accessory of your mane, but it also creates a half-up hairstyle that’ll tame some of your tresses, too.

Psst: You can also take this look one step further by opting for an adorable bow braidCredit: @emmachenartistry

10. Braided high chignon

Brown hair in high chignon hairstyle wrapped with a braid
Give your classic high chignon a braided twist.

This classic look never fails to disappoint. It’s perfectly poised and elegant, has a timeless appeal and will suit those having a traditional wedding fit for a queen! Just remember to weave a neat braid and wrap it around your bun for a touch of interest.

Next read: More braided updos inspiration!

11. Half-up, half-down

Chanel Cruise hair - half,up hairstyle with gold accessory
Half,up-half, down hairstyles are perfect for bridesmaids with different hair types. Credit: Instagram.com/sammcknight1

Chanel not only dominates the fashion world but also the hair world, providing us with tonnes of stylish inspiration every season. And for their 2017 Cruise Collection, the iconic brand didn’t disappoint, delivering this gorgeous half-up, half-down hairstyle.

So, to ensure that your bridesmaids are looking runway-ready, make like Chanel and work some elegant hair accessories. Credit: @sammcknight1

12. Floral braids

Long wavy brown hair with floral braid design
Floral braids are really easy and will look amazing at a wedding. Credit: Instagram.com/yourbraids

Wondering how to jazz up a braided hairstyle suitable for a wedding? Then look no further than this floral braid hairstyle, which won’t leave a dry eye in the house.

Just work some loose waves to the ends of the look for added bounce and you’re ready to go! Credit: @yourbraids

13. Vintage hairstyle

Blonde hair in a side updo finished with silver jewelled accessories
Give your bridesmaids a vintage look for your big day.

If you love vintage hairstyles as much as we do, then you’re sure to fall head over heels for this retro ‘do.

The key is to start with a side-part and sweep the hair over for a side bangs effect, securing with a jewelled hair grip. Don’t believe us? Take a look at our simple hair tutorial, here.

14. Loose waves

loose waves on medium length brown hair
We love these loose waves hairstyle as an option for bridesmaids. Credit: Instagram.com/hairbykeltie

All the updos got your head spinning? Then why not break the mould by choosing a loose, beach waves hairstyle? Give your guests serious hair envy by creating romantic, tumbling waves for all of your bridesmaids. Credit: @hairbykeltie

15. Pancake braids

Pancaked braid ponytail on long dark brown hair
Not just any raided hairstyle. Oh no, this pancaked braid is wedding day perfection. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

Braided hairstyles have become a wedding day staple and this faux braid is one of our favourite styles yet. Although it looks like a neatly woven plait, it is, in fact, a series of pull-through ponytails! Don’t worry, your secret is safe with us.

16. Curly updo with florals

Curly haired model with floral headband
Calling all curly-haired ladies! Embrace your natural tresses. Credit: indigitalimages.com

Finding a hairstyle to suit all your bridesmaid’s hair types can be tricky, so for those with curly manes, we say it embrace it! Let down those curls and simply add a hair accessory, like this floral headband, for the easiest and most dazzling bridesmaid hair.

TONI&GUY Curl Lock Oil

Editor’s tip: Keep curly hair looking tip-top with the Toni&Guy Curl Lock Oil  perfect for taming dry and rebellious curls. The non-greasy formula will help to enhance shine, while giving definition and frizz control, too.

17. Bouncy blowout

Instagram blonde big and bouncy curls with braid headband
Create big and bouncy curls for a stunning bridal hairstyle. Credit: Instagram.com/ulyana.aster

When in doubt, get a blowout! Having long been rocked for all manner of occasions, voluminous, bouncy curls are ideal for weddings, allowing your strands to flow free and show off your hard-earned length. Credit: @ulyana.aster

18. Baby afro

Black hair styles teeny weeny afro
Go au naturale at a wedding with this baby ‘fro hairstyle. Credit: indigitalimages.com

From brides and bridesmaids to other wedding guests, we say put down that wig and go au naturel! Weddings shouldn’t be a one-size-fits-all occasion, so work with your natural tresses and pick a hairstyle which will make you most comfortable, like this baby afro hairstyle.

19. Slick back

slick pull back hairstyle for short hair
The sleek pull back is great for retro vibes. Credit: indigitalimages.com

This slicked-back, wet-look hairstyle is brilliant for all hair types and hair lengths. From pixies to lengthy manes, each bridesmaid can wear this hairstyle with ease.

20. Sleek hair with centre parting

sleek middle part wedding hair 2017 runway
Keep it elegant with this sleek middle part hairstyle for your bridesmaids. Credit: indigitalimages.com

Go for a high-fashion finish with this sleek centre part hairstyle, worthy of all your bridesmaids. And by simply adding hair cuffs along the hairline, this hairstyle goes from ordinary to extraordinary in a matter of seconds!

21. Bardot ponytail

Bridesmaid hairstyles: Woman with golden blonde long hair styled into a ponytail
Bardot hair in ponytail form. Credit: Emily Scarlett Romain

Woken up with messy second-day hair? You can tease and turn that texture into this wedding-worthy Bardot ponytail.

22. Side braids on curly hair

Bridesmaid hairstyles: Woman with loose naturally curly hair styled into half side braids with clips, wearing hoops and floral dress
Give your curls a new lease on life with this sweet look. Credit: Emily Scarlett Romain

If you’re looking for eye-catching bridesmaid hairstyles to show off your natural hair, look no further than this super easy hairstyle. All you have to do to get it is weave two simple cornrows on one side of your head and leave the rest of your coils out, to create a cool contrast.

TRESemmé Botanique Curl Conditioning Mousse

Editor’s tip: Want to make your curls pop? Try evenly applying the TRESemmé Botanique Curl Conditioning Mousse through damp hair and scrunch it in to encourage curl definition.

23.  Natural low twist

Bridesmaid hairstyles: Woman with natural low braided hairstyle with flowers in it, wearing pearl earrings and white dress in studio
Naturals will love this low twist. Credit: Emily Scarlett Romain

This dreamy, protective low twist is a lovely choice for natural locks. Don’t forget the pearl baby’s breaths and drop pearl earrings, will you?

24. Classic curls

Bridesmaid hairstyles: Woman with dark brown hair styled into retro curls smiling
Classic curls are perfect for any bridesmaid. Credit: Emily Scarlett Romain

No matter the wedding theme, you can’t go wrong cute classic curls. And, if you don’t have the luxury of time on your side, our pin curls tutorial is all you need.

25. Boho ponytail

Bridesmaid hairstyles: Woman with boho side swept chocolate ponytail with a mix of twists and braids
Give your go-to ponytail a boho upgrade. Credit: Emily Scarlett Romain

When you opt for a ponytail; it doesn’t have to be boring. For some added boho charm, try weaving in some mini braids and twists into your pony to give it a new feel.

26. Ballerina bun

Bridesmaid hairstyles: Woman with ballerina bun updo
You don’t need to be a ballerina to wear this bun. Credit:

Calling all you minimalist ladies, this the bun to rock when you want your makeup and outfit to do the talking.

27. Bridesmaid waves

Bridesmaid hairstyles: Woman with short brown hair swept to the side with loose waves, wearing bridesmaid dress and posing for picture
Short hair? Try this sweet look. Credit: Instagram.com/jennyoonyc

For some serious off-duty vibes, these side-swept, lush beachy waves will do the trick. It’s the perfect style for all hair lengths, so it’s no wonder it always makes an appearance in bridesmaid hairstyles articles. Credit: @jennyoonyc

 

If you’re in need of further hair inspiration for a big event or special occasion, head on over to our Formal Hairstyles page, where we’ve got tonnes of looks to try, from date night hair to graduation styles.

 

 

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