The best wedding hairstyles for short hair

All Things Hair | 25 May 2016

Who says you need long, flowing hair to rock a beautiful wedding ‘do?

Short hair can be chic, cool and elegant – but how do you style it when it comes to your big day? Good news: you don’t need to spend months growing it out or resort to extensions to get a fabulous nuptials-appropriate look. Discover 7 of our favourite, gorgeous wedding hairstyles for short hair to complement your unique style below.

7  Pretty wedding hairstyles for short hair


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Short slicked-back waves. Credit:

Slicked-back waves

Short hair can still look uber chic with slicked-back waves – but don’t just take our word for it: have a look at the Oleg Cassini’s spring/summer 2016 show for some serious inspiration. Pair your sleek, glamorous waves with a pair of bedazzling drop earrings, and you’ll be the belle of the ball!

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Accessorise your short crop with a delicate floral crown. Credit:

Flower crowns

A wild, bohemian-style flower crown can help transform your cool short cut into an uber feminine style in an instant, whatever your length – from close-cropped pixies, to chic, short bobs. Delicately intertwined flowers of varying sizes can add a whimsical, fey, woodland vibe to the look, ideal for summer weddings in the country.

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Vintage waves. Credit:

Vintage-style wavy bob

Vintage hairstyles can make for the perfect formal occasion look. We love how a Gatsby-inspired ’20s bob immediately evokes the feel of hedonistic glamour and high society frivolity, not to mention it’s a fantastic option when it comes to wedding hairstyles for short hair. If you’re already rocking a short, structured bob, just keep it smooth and sleek, then add a smattering of expensive-looking jewels, or a cloche-style knotted veil, perfectly in keeping with the decadent 1920s vibe.

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Elevate your sleek bun with a bejewelled headpiece. Credit:

Sleek bun with a headpiece

Headpieces can help to create a beautifully feminine look – and they’re not just for long hair. Placing your bun into a high sleek bun is a great way of creating a delicate-looking updo that’s perfect for pretty much any summer wedding. Use a good moisturising shine spray, like the Toni&Guy Glamour Moisturising Shine Spray (£7.49*) to help make your updo look sleek and polished. Once you’ve secured your bun, apply an embellished headpiece to tie the whole look together.

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Classic centre parting. Credit:

Classic centre part

Who would have thought such a small tweak could make such an impressive difference to your hairstyle? Swap your regular side parting for an elegant middle part, and lightly curl your hair. You could even tuck one side of hair behind your ear for a perfect and utterly foolproof wedding hairstyle for short hair – and a great way to show off a delicate pair of earrings too.

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A decorative headband perfectly complements loose, effortless waves. Credit:

Loose waves with a headband

If you’re a dab hand with the curling tong, then try this softly-tousled look for your wedding updo. Curl your hair away from your face in small sections to create an effortlessly chic style. Apply a heavily embellished headband to your head (try opting for one with colour to really make your hair pop). To keep the look perfectly imperfect, loosen out a few strands and finish with the TRESemme Perfectly (un) Done Ultra Brushable Hairspray (£5.50*) to lock the style in place with a touchable hold.

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Modern slicked-back bridal hair. Credit:

Fierce and slick

Before you start rolling your eyes, wedding hairstyles for short hair don’t all have to be bohemian and whimsical. If you’re more of a ruthlessly fierce, edgy bride, try a bold and sexy slicked-back look instead. Use a mousse in conjunction with VO5 Classic Styling Mega Hold Gel Spray (£2.99*) to give it that glossy effect, without being sticky or heavy. Plus, it’ll also keep your hair out of your face all night long, so you don’t have to worry about your style coming undone while busting your best moves on the dance floor!

*RRPs are Unilever suggested retail prices only, it is at the discretion of the individual retailers to set the actual price.

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