The Most Elegant Mother of the Bride Hairstyles You’ll Ever See

Although the bride should be the show stopper on her wedding day, there are plenty of other key players who will want to look equally as amazing, including, of course, the mother of the bride! A perfectly put together MOB should have a manicured style without being too over the top. Here are a few beautiful mother of the bride hairstyles to inspire you!

Beautiful Versatility

Q&A with style creator, Karlee Barwick
Apprentice Hairdresser @ Lovely Locks Hairdressing in Port Macquarie, NSW

How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I love this look as it is a very soft and elegant style. It is a style to instantly be in awe of because of its versatility. It’s the perfect look for occasions such as a wedding, reunion, casual dinner party, or even a school formal. This style complements any fashion statement.

What tips or products do you recommend to recreate this look?

Do not polish this style too much as it is more of a soft, textured look. Allow for your hairdressing authenticity to flow when working with your client.

I love Redken Powder Grip sprinkled on the roots to help create and hold the volume and texture, along with Redken Triple Take 32 hairspray to finish off.

Ensure you leave small sections around the face to allow for shape and a softened, natural finish. Cloud 9 applied curls can be a great way to complete this style.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this look for all clients, that is the beauty of its versatility. It is for ladies who embody various face shapes. It is a flexible, simple and quick upstyle for those clients who may be pressed for time prior to an event. Clients of all ages would be well suited for this upstyle.

Sassy Curls

Q&A with style creator, Robyn Scheer
Hairstylist / Makeup Artist @ Blush Artistry in Edmonton, AB


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This look is for the woman with hair on the shorter side (above the shoulders) who doesn’t want your typical “mother of the bride” style. It allows the woman to be her sassy self!

This look is perfect when you want volume and texture, but nothing too curly or “perfect”. Variations of this could be less or more curly, less or more volume, or adding a hair piece to one side. You could even tuck one side!

What tips or products do you recommend to recreate this look?

You could use a flat iron or medium barrel curling iron/wand to create this look. The less perfect, the better! Curl the hair in opposite directions and create elevation at the base of the hair. We want volume!

The products I used and recommend are a good heat protectant (Chi and Oasis make great ones) and Puff Me by Design Me to add all day texture and lift to the root area. It’s also a great re-styler when you feel the hair has dropped a bit.

Hard Head by Bedhead is my ride or die hairspray and it’ll lock your style in all day long.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This style is good for everyone as there are so many variations of how it can be worn. It is great for the short haired client who doesn’t want anything ordinary and wants to show off their sassy and fun side.

This look is versatile in that it will flatter all face shapes by adding height to the hair and masking imperfections. This style will help give thin-haired gals the appearance of thicker and fuller hair.

It can be worn on a younger client as well. Incorporating a headband would give it some detail and add an element of youth.

Curled Layered Bob

Q&A with style creator, Lindsey Willis
Redken Certified Colorist / Master Specialist / Hair Cutter @ After FX Spa and Salon in Broken Arrow, OK


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This look is best described as a layered bob that is curled with a 1-inch curling iron. My favorite thing about it is the ease and elegance of it.

What tips or products do you recommend to recreate this look?

To recreate this look, spray the hair with Reken Iron Shape and curl with a 1-inch curling iron. Loosely pin one side back with a couple of bobby pins and finish off with Redken Triple Take hairspray.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This client’s daughter is soon to be married, so every appointment we play with the color or the cut. This day we were trying out wedding day styles!

She has thin hair with a touch of wave, so this style really boosted the volume of her hair. This style would really work for everyone.

Casually Coiffed

If you want to rock a casual, relax MOB style, this is the look for you!

 

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How To Style:

  1. If you have naturally curly or wavy hair, apply curling cream to your hair when wet, then use a diffuser to dry it.
  2. If you don’t have natural curls, let your hair dry naturally, or use a round brush to smooth it dry.
  3. Use your 1¼-inch curling iron to curl each section of hair. Wrap your hair around the iron to avoid the curls being too “perfect”. Be sure each curl is going a different direction. For example, if you curl one section towards your face, curl the next section away from your face.
  4. Use your hands to separate the curls and apply a texture cream so the curls don’t look overly manicured.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This style is absolutely divine for those mothers who have natural waves and want to show them off. Medium to thick textured hair will work best, and any face shape will be complemented by this look.

Recommended Products:

If you have natural waves and want to give them a little extra boost, I love using Paul Mitchell’s Sculpting Foam combined with Moroccan Oil. Mix these two products together, apply to your hair, and then use a diffuser to dry and accentuate your natural curl. If you don’t have natural curls, not to worry! Add some Body Builder Mousse by Kevin Murphy to your roots pre-blowdry to give some extra oomph at your scalp.

Short and Classy

For those MOB’s with a shorter, more cropped cut, take a look at this style. It’s extra easy and completely classy!

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How To Style:

  1. Use a small to medium-sized round brush to blow dry your hair. Be sure you are directing your hair back and away from your face when drying.
  2. If desired, use a small to medium-sized curling iron to add just a small wave to a few pieces.
  3. Spray everything with a light hold finishing spray.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is obviously the perfect choice for those with short, fine hair. It will add body around your face and make your hair appear fuller. This style is perfect for anyone with a compact face who wants to elongate it.

Recommended Products:

To give your locks some body and boost, spray wet hair with Thickening Spray by Bumble and Bumble. Blow dry using a round brush and then spray everything with a light hold finishing spray like Moroccan Oil Medium Hairspray. If you want more of a “piecey” or texturized look, use Bumble and Bumble’s Styling Wax on the ends.

Sassy with Side Bangs

A soft side bang can complement any style! Add some curls and you are sure to impress as the mother of the bride.

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How To Style:

  1. Part hair on desired side and style bangs.
  2. Use a 1¼-inch curling iron and curl each section.
  3. Brush through the curls with a soft boar bristle brush or with your fingers to relax the curls a bit.
  4. Apply a shine serum or spray to curls and finish with a medium hold hairspray.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is perfect for long or short hair. Fine, medium or thick textured hair will work well and any length can be fitting! This style is incredibly versatile. Any harsh features would be softened by this style.

Recommended Products:

If you have fine hair and want to ensure that your curls will stay all night, spray each section with a working spray before you curl. I like Bumble and Bumble’s Classic Hairspray.

Understated Curls

Looser, more natural-looking curls are the perfect way to be a beautiful yet understated mother of the bride.

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How To Style:

  1. Style bangs as desired, then blow dry hair using a round brush, or let it air dry naturally.
  2. Use a 1¼-inch curling iron to curl each section.
  3. Use a soft boar bristle brush to brush through the curls.
  4. Apply a shine serum or spray to everything.
  5. Finish with a medium hold hairspray.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is perfect if you have long, short or medium length hair. If you have naturally coarse or curly hair, this look will take a little extra time to complete. The soft bangs shown above will minimize a longer forehead and soften harsh features.

Recommended Products:

A good curling iron is crucial to making a style like this work. I love any heated tools by Hot Tools. They are affordable and will last!

Tip:

If your hair is curly or coarse and you don’t want the roots of your hair to show it. Use a flat iron to smooth out the first one to two inches of hair from your root in each section. Be sure your flat iron is at a safe temperature!

A Radiant Round Brush

Sometimes, there’s nothing more perfect than a stunning round brush…for any occasion!

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How To Style:

  1. After hair is washed and shampooed, apply root boost or mousse to your roots, then use a flat paddle brush to dry hair until it is approximately 80% dry.
  2. Take small sections and use a boar bristle round brush to smooth out and dry each section.
  3. After hair is completely dry, use a smoothing or shine serum on the ends of your hair for added sheen.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This style is perfect for any length hair, and it will flatter nearly any face shape. If you have fine hair, you may want to consider using three Velcro rollers on your part to give extra volume. If you have thick, coarse or curly hair, apply a heavy smoothing cream before you blow dry.

Recommended Products:

If you want to give your ends extra shine post round brush, use a bit of Shimmer Shine by Kevin Murphy. Spray a tiny bit in your hands and then apply to all the hair from your ears down.

Tips:

Velcro rollers are perfect for giving an extra boost at the roots. To apply, simply take a section over your part, round brush it, and while the section is still hot (but dry), wrap it around a Velcro roller and secure it with a small, flat clip. Let the roller sit in your hair until the rest of your hair is dry.

An Adorable Adornment

A fun way to feel like you are really part of the wedding is to add a piece of “flair” to your locks. Grab a little flower or feather headpiece that fits in with the color scheme of the wedding and you will feel instantly more glam!

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How To Style:

  1. Style your hair as desired. If you like the picture shown here, use a small to medium curling iron to curl your hair.
  2. Secure the hair adornment in using a bobby pin that matches the color of your hair.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

I am not lying when I say that this look is incredibly versatile! Literally any hair type and texture will work well with putting a little something in your locks. However, if you don’t have thick, coarse hair, and your hair is on the finer side, use a back combing brush to back comb at the roots where you want to place the bobby pin. This will give your hair a good base for the bobby pin to stay securely in.

Recommended Products:

A little bit of Super Skinny Serum by Paul Mitchell will make the ends of your hair extra shiny. If you are wanting a fancy hair piece to stay in your silky soft, naturally fine hair, spray a bit of Paul Mitchell’s Super Clean Hairspray at your roots after you have back combed them. This will make your hair a little tacky and create a better base for something to stay in.

Easy and Elegant

If you want your hair up and out of your face on your son or daughter’s big day, then consider this look. It’s incredibly simple and once it’s done, you won’t have to think about it for the rest of the day!

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How To Style:

  1. Secure hair back into a high ponytail in the crown section of your head. If needed, spray it with a light hold hairspray and use a soft boar bristle brush to smooth.
  2. Gather the ponytail in your hands and twist it around itself. Then wrap the hair around the ponytail holder, pinning with bobby pins as you go.
  3. Spray everything with a strong hold hairspray.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is great for those moms with longer hair. This style will be absolutely stunning if you have a round face and are looking to elongate it.

Recommended Products:

To help get your hair smoothed back perfectly, I love using Bumble and Bumble’s Does It All Hairspray. It’s light and won’t get too sticky. If you have extra unruly hair, try using Super Goo by Kevin Murphy. It’s a little heavier and will keep your mane tamed all night.

Beautifully Bodacious

If you like rocking big hair at any occasion, this is your look!

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How To Style:

  1. Apply root boosting product or mousse at your roots, then use a medium to large round brush to get your hair smooth and dry.
  2. If more curl is desired, use a medium-sized curling iron on the ends of your hair.
  3. If more volume is desired, use a back combing brush to back comb the roots.
  4. Spray everything with a  light hold finishing spray.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is simply perfect for anyone with short, medium or long hair that has a finer texture. If you normally have flat hair, give this look a try! This look would be ideal for anyone with a narrow face.

Recommended Products:

A good back combing brush is key to achieving a look like this. I love the Little Wonder Brush by Spornette. If you want even a little MORE oomph at the roots, give your hair a spritz of Kevin Murphy’s Fresh Dust (dry shampoo) before you back comb. You will have plenty of volume that will last you all through the night!

Smooth and Subtle

I called this look “subtle” because it is very understated, yet definitely fancy enough for a wedding. It’s a classic look that never goes out of style!

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How To Style:

  1. Use a medium-sized boar bristle round brush to dry your hair. Turn the ends of your hair in towards your face.
  2. If desired, use a medium-sized curling iron to shape the ends even more.
  3. Spray everything with a light hold finishing spray.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is perfection for anyone who has shorter, fine textured hair. It would be stunning if you have a layered haircut, and would draw attention to an angular jawline.

Recommended Products:

I like using a blow dry cream or serum to help smooth the hair while round brushing it. Super Skinny Serum by Paul Mitchell is simply divine!

Superbly Swept Back

A combo of a ponytail and an updo, this look is sure to wow!

 

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How To Style:

  1. Section off a section of hair that spans from the middle of one eyebrow to the other. Back comb this section of hair at the roots.
  2. Gather the rest of your hair into a middle to low ponytail in the back of your head. If desired, curl the hair in the ponytail using a small to medium-sized curling iron.
  3. Next, use a small piece of hair from the ponytail and wrap it around the ponytail holder to hide it. Secure the end with a bobby pin.
  4. Smooth the top of the back combed section so it looks soft and sleek, but with plenty of body. Gather the ends of the hair and marry them to the ponytail. As shown in the picture, try to twist the hair around a bit so it looks like it flows right into the ponytail. Secure it with bobby pins.
  5. Spray everything with a strong hold finishing spray.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This style is perfect if you have medium to long hair that’s a bit thick or coarse textured. If you have a small, rounder shaped face, this look will elongate it.

Recommended Products:

I love using a bit of dry shampoo at the roots before you back comb. Try Kevin Murphy’s Fresh Hair!

The Classic French Twist

Nothing says elegance like a classic, no frills, French twist. It’s a timeless style that will never get old!

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How To Style: 

  1. Style your bangs, then separate a section that is about three inches wide spanning from your hairline and going back to the crown of your head. Back comb this section.
  2. Gather the rest of the hair into a low ponytail in your hands. Twist this section very tightly, then bring the hair up and continue to twist as you go. Put bobby pins straight into the twist as you go.
  3. When you get to the top, twist the hair into a little bun or knot. Put bobby pins in the knot to secure it.
  4. Bring the top, back combed section back and smooth the pieces over the knot.
  5. Work the ends of that section into the twist so they look like they are part of it. Secure with bobby pins.
  6. Spray everything with a strong hold hairspray.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look will be easier to do at home if you have shorter to medium hair. Coarser hair that is a bit thick will be easier to work with. If you have a round face, this look will elongate it and make it appear more narrow.

Recommended Products:

Try spraying everything with a working spray before even starting to style your hair. I love Does It All Spray by Bumble and Bumble. It’s light and won’t get too sticky, but it will give your hair some grit so it’s easier to work with!

Tip:

If this seems overwhelming, don’t worry! Check out this YouTube tutorial for a little extra guidance. It’s much easier if you see someone in front of you doing it!

Short and Sweet

For those MOBs with short, cropped styles, fear not. There are plenty of options for you! This simple, smoothed out style is a classy look that’s absolute perfection for the big day.

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How To Style:

  1. Apply mousse or root boosting spray to your roots.
  2. Use a small to medium-sized round brush to smooth your hair.
  3. If desired, use a flat iron to smooth and straighten your hair even further.
  4. Use a smoothing serum on the ends only to add shine and softness.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

If you have short hair, this look is for you! Fine, medium or thick hair will work for this. Even curly hair can be manipulated and smoothed down to look fabulous. A layered cut will look spectacular smoothed and extra shiny! An oval or narrow face shape will be complemented by this style.

Recommended Products:

Try adding a bit of Moroccan Oil Treatment Oil to the ends after you have dried it. A little goes a long way, so use it sparingly!

Depending on your specific family situation, being the mother of the bride may only come along once for you. With any of these gorgeous mother of the bride hairstyles, you will exude class, style and elegance. Combined with the perfect dress and accessories, you are sure to complement your son or daughter on their big day!