Have a friend or family member’s wedding coming up this year? On the lookout for hair ideas? In our experience, the best wedding guest hairstyles are those that make an impact without stealing the bride’s thunder (it is her big day, after all).
So to help you avoid any bridezilla scenarios, we’ve put together an edit of gorgeous wedding guest hair ideas that we think will be just right for you. Ranging from formal, elegant updos to dreamy boho half-up styles, whether it’s a big white wedding or an outdoor beach venue, these looks will work for everything.
1. Beachy waves
Want to nail every wedding you attend this season? Whether you’ve got short or long hair, all you need to do is learn how to master beachy waves, and focus your efforts on finding the perfect outfit.
2. Tousled updo
One of your favourite wedding guest hairstyles? This romantic tousled updo. It’ll help you look the part for spring/summer weddings, and also work for winter months (just imagine how amazing this will look when teamed with a turtleneck dress!).
Editor’s tip: Want your tousled look to stay in place longer, without worrying about hairspray leaving your hair stiff and crunchy? Try the new VO5 Flexible Hold Hairspray!
This innovative hairspray do a great job of holding your tousled look and leave you with a finish so natural you can run your fingers through it.
3. Crown updo
4. Twisted crown
Can’t braid? Don’t fret: this elegant, twisted crown is super easy to DIY and just as impressive as its braided counterpart.
5. Low bun
When it comes to formal hairstyles for wedding guests, you can’t go wrong with anything sleek. And, this simple and sophisticated low bun won’t let you down!
6. Fishtail braid
If there’s one wedding guest hair look that always gets people talking, it’s the fishtail braid. If you want to spruce up your long hair for the big day, we suggest you try weaving this pretty side fishtail plait.
Editor’s tip: Your braided wedding guest hairstyles will always look selfie-ready if you use the TONI&GUY Flexible Hold Braid Balm to create them.
Suitable to use on both wet and dry strands, this balm gives flexible hold and provides your plait with added structure.
7. Messy updo with gold detailing
Grecian wedding theme? You can easily give your go-to messy bun a Grecian feel with a golden laurel wreath hair accessory. Did we forget to mention this is the perfect hairstyle to pair with an open back dress?
8. Floral wedding guest hair
9. Headband hairstyle
Not a fan of flowers? Grab a headband and gently smooth your hair backwards, making sure to keep volume at the crown intact.
10. Tousled quiff
11. Wavy ponytail
12. Beachy curls
13. Waterfall braid
When you can’t quite decide between leaving your hair down and having it braided, this chic waterfall hairstyle delivers the best of both worlds.
14. Glossy waves
Versatile enough for both the wedding day and night, this glossy take on beachy waves is one try when you want to feel extra sophisticated.
Editor’s tip: The secret to glossy locks? Serum, of course! And, the TRESemmé Colour Shineplex Serum is our latest obsession. It helps locks in moisture and amps up your mane’s natural shine with camellia oil, plus it’s also great for coloured tresses.
15. Sleek bob
For a short wedding guest hair look worthy of the runway, look no further than this sultry, polished bob.
16. Milkmaid braids
Milkmaid braids are one of the easiest hairstyles for wedding guests, even though they may look hard to do. They’re actually just two simple pigtails secured together on top of the head to create an updo. Clever, huh?
Remember to leave a few tendrils of hair loose around the face (you can even curl them if you like), as this will give the look a softer, more effortless finish.
17. Messy bun
It might not be the first hairstyle that comes to mind for a party but you should never underestimate the versatility of a good messy bun.
Styled right, they can look elegant and stylish while still retaining a healthy dose of laid-back charm. Plus, there’s nothing better for showing off any back detailing in your outfit!
18. Folded half updo
If you like to wear your hair straight, a folded half-updo like this will help make your mane look that bit more special. It’s still simple and understated, but the origami-style fold adds an extra detail and intricacy to the look.
19. Braided half updo
If ever there’s an occasion to make an effort and try out braids, it’s a wedding. This braided half-up, half-down style is absolutely stunning and as you’ll be leaving half your hair down, you’ve got the freedom to choose whether to go straight or curly – whatever makes you most comfortable on the day!
Editor’s tip: Braids tend to work best on second-day hair but if you’d prefer to wash yours first, you can use sea salt spray (the TONI&GUY Sea Salt Texturising Spray is one of our go-tos), to give your locks more grit and texture.
20. Twisted bun
We’ve already covered the messy bun but buns are a wedding favourite, so you can never have too many! For more formal nuptials, this twisted bun is a sophisticated way to make a regular bun more standout.
If you’re a bride-to-be yourself, this would actually be a really pretty bridesmaid look to consider, too.
21. Side-swept curls
With its deep side parting and big cascading waves, this Hollywood-inspired look would make the ideal hair for a wedding guest. Fit for both the red carpet and the church pews, you’ll be radiating old-school glamour vibes.
22. Reverse French braid
Ladies with medium-length or long hair who want a style that’ll hold all night can rest assured that this will keep their hair in check. Plus even if it does start to fall loose, it will only add to the romantic feel.
23. Twisted half-updo
Easy enough to DIY yet still ultra-stylish, this twisted half-up style has a relaxed yet put-together feel about it, making it a great one for outdoor garden or beach weddings.
And what’s more, it will also allow you to keep a relaxed look if you don’t want all of your hair swept off your face. It ticks all the boxes.
24. Finger waves
25. Pearly ponytail
The hair accessory Instagram and the runway can’t seem to get enough of? Pearls! Luckily, they can work well for weddings, too. Place a pearly headband atop loose waves or sleek ponytail, and you’ll have everyone at the reception asking you for style advice.