Our 12 Favorite Wedding Hairstyles for Short Hair

Get ready to celebrate your big day with these sweet wedding hairstyles for short hair! Wedding hairstyles for short hair are best kept simple with a gentle wave or an accent on texture. Play up your volume, but keep your look neat. Accent your wedding style with hair jewelry, an embellished headband or a sparkly barrette. Be sure to pin these short bridal hairstyles to your wedding mood board today. Try a few out and discover your dream wedding hairstyle. Cheers!

Elegant Dutch Braid

Elegant Dutch Braid hairstyle Instagram @tatjanareynolds

Q&A with style creator, Tatjana Reynolds
Stylist / Owner @ Tatjana Salon in Branford, CT

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

This styling is one of my favorites on short hair. It keeps the hair off the face without being tight or slicked back. Keeping the hair looser means there is an appearance of movement, which short hair always needs help with.

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

The movement is created with a Dutch braid down one side of the head. In this particular instance her hair is shaved on the other side, so the idea of a deep side part was a given, but isn’t necessary to accomplish the look.

If your client has fine hair, I definitely recommend giving it lots of texture with the use of Davines This is a Sea Salt Spray and This is a Dry Texturizer. I used a 3/4-inch Marcel iron to set the hair and combed it out with my fingers. Some pieces needed to be strategically placed so that they didn’t flip in funny directions and the silhouette could remain consistent.

Decide where you would like the part, braid until just past the ear, and secure with a clear elastic and bobby pins underneath the longer layers behind the ear.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This type of style is so accessible to any face shape or hair type. By changing where the part lies for the braids, we can accommodate any face.

The type of product you use will depend on the texture of the hair. This specific head of hair needed some more oomph, so I used volume building products. These can easily be replaced with something like a Brazilian Blowout Dry Oil for thicker-haired clients.

If we decide to keep the braids tighter, then this style can be used for your workouts and running around town. Simply fluff out your braids at the end of the day to transition to girls’ night out.

Modern Day Messy

Q&A with style creator, Tori Maranda
Cosmetologist @ in Inland Empire, CA


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

I would describe this look as a modern day messy (but elegant) wedding updo.

I love how much texture and volume is in this hairstyle. The waves on top give it the perfect amount of volume with minimal backcombing, which I love. The pieces framing the face are perfect for that innocent yet flirty vibe, and the low bun is so classic and timeless for a wedding updo.

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

I always say the best outcome for that perfect updo (or any style) comes from the foundation that you start with. Once I had a base that I loved, the rest just fell into place and I could really manipulate which pieces I wanted to go where.

I recommend using a dry shampoo (whether it’s on freshly washed hair or two-day unwashed hair) because it gives you the right amount of texture and body needed for this look. I also used a root lifter to amp it up a bit more. Be sure to use a strong hold hairspray so you won’t have to worry about any pieces falling throughout the night.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I believe this is one of those updos that anyone could wear on their wedding day. It’s so timeless and classic.

This client had a natural middle part and it looked stunning. I’ve also done this style with a side part along with no part, and each way it has looked stunning!

BLONDE PIZZAZZ

This short, wavy hairstyle is a lovely option for your big day. Soft curls are accented with a tiny hint of baby blue at the tips.

Blonde Pizzazz Wedding Hairstyles For Short Hair

How To Style:

1. Prep dry hair with a light texturizing hairspray.

2. Curl hair as needed with a medium barrel curling iron from mid-lengths to ends in the crown area.

3. Deconstruct lightly with your fingertips.

4. Set this style with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try Oribe APRES BEACH for touchable waves with beautiful shine.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for most face shapes. This style works best on fine to medium hair.

Tip:

For extra volume, backcomb the base and interior of hair, leaving the surface smooth.

CROPPED DELIGHT

A short crop with crown layer curls are feminine and chic. Pair your look with bold makeup for your big day.

Cropped Delight Blonde Pixie Cropped Delight Blonde Pixie Side View

How To Style:

1.Prep damp hair with a leave-in treatment.

2. Blow dry with a Denman brush or a paddle brush for a low volume hairstyle.

3. Curl the crown layers using a medium barrel curling iron.

4. Deconstruct light with a side-swept fringe.

5. Set this style with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try Kevin Murphy STAYING ALIVE Leave-In Conditioner for added protection and flexibility.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for most face shapes. This style works best on fine to medium hair.

Tip:

Accent with a sparkly barrette.

DUAL TONED ‘DO

A longish pixie with short, textured crown layers really heightens the drama. A bold blonde fringe offers extra contrast.

Dual Tone Hairdo With Long Side Pieces Dual Tone Hairdo With Long Side Pieces View 2

How To Style:

1.Prep damp hair with a light thermal protectant or leave-in creme.

2. Blow dry hair with a Denman or paddle brush for a low volume look.

3. Create a deep side part and sweep fringe off to one side.

4. Create piecey texture in the crown layers.

5. Set this style with a hard hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try Kevin Murphy YOUNG.AGAIN treatment oil for smooth, shiny hair.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for round, oval or square shaped faces. This style works best on fine to medium hair.

Tip:

Accent this look with a delicate silk scarf.

A-LINE BOUFFANT

Channel your inner ingenue with this bouffant styled a-line bob. A mix of soft and golden blonde tones balance nicely for your special day.

Wedding Hairstyles for Short Hair A Line Bouffant With Waves Side View

How To Style:

1.Prep dry hair with a light pomade.

2. Create a side parting and brush hair smooth.

3. Begin curling one to two-inch strands of hair using a large barrel curling iron from mid-lengths to ends.

4. Backcomb base of the crown layers for extra volume.

5. Set this style with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try DermOrganic Windswept DEFINING WHIP for separation and definition with bounce and movement.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for round, oval or square shaped faces. This style works best on medium to thick hair.

Tip:

Accent with beautiful hair jewels.

FIRE PIXIE

A tightly cropped, spitfire red pixie keeps things all about YOU on your wedding day. Play with texture and enhance your color dimension by opting for this bridal style..

Fire Pixie Cropped Wedding Look Fire Pixie Cropped Wedding Look Back View

How To Style:

1. Prep dry hair with a light hold pomade

2. Create a slight side part and sweep the fringe softly off to the right.

3. Deconstruct texture lightly using your fingertips.

4. Set this style with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try Kevin Murphy UNDRESSED to create a loose, undone, natural look.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for round, square and oval shaped faces. This style works best on medium to thick hair.

Tip:

Use some spray wax for more defined separation and volume.

COPPER BOB

Enjoy your full, thick hair with this copper toned bob hairstyle. A simple side braid adds wedding elegance.

Copper Bob Short Look with Side Braid Copper Bob Short Look with Side Braid View 2

How To Style:

1. Prep dry hair with a lightweight volumizing and texturizing lotion.

2. Create a side parting and brush hair smooth. Keep the fringe swept over to one side.

3. Take ends and curl using a large barrel curling iron.

4. Move to the left side and create an accent braid.

5. Set this style with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try Kevin Murphy ANTI-GRAVITY volumizer and texturizer for control with oil-free shine.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for oval, square or round shaped faces. This style works best on thick hair.

Tip:

Accent with a pretty tiara.

ROSE GOLD RAGE

Amp up the volume with this rose gold hue. Big, voluminous curls make this style party-perfect.

Rose Gold Rage Wedding Hairstyles For Short Hair Rose Gold Rage Wedding Back View

How To Style:

1. Prep dry hair with a light hold flexible hairspray.

2. Brush hair smooth and lightly curl ends using a medium barrel curling iron.

3. Allow curls to cool, then brush out using a comb or grooming brush for fullness.

4. Add dramatic contrast with a full straight fringe.

5. Set this style with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try DermOrganic Fast Drying Shaping Spray for great hold with touchable texture.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for oval, round or square shaped faces. This style works best on fine to medium hair.

Tip:

Adorn your wedding style with jeweled head band.

AMPED UP PIXIE

Take your wedding hairstyle to the next level. This light, golden blonde crop can be styled high for extra drama.

Amped Up Pixie Blonde Look

How To Style:

1. Prep damp hair with a lightweight thickening lotion.

2. Blow dry hair with a Denman brush or a paddle brush for a low volume look.

3. Smooth hair using a straightening iron.

4. Backcomb the base of the crown layers for extra volume.

5. Set this style with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try Kevin Murphy FULL.AGAIN thickening lotion for fullness and body with natural movement.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for round, oval or square shaped faces. This style works best on fine to medium hair.

Tip:

Add some sparkle with Kevin Murphy’s SHIMMER BUG!

RASPBERRY CURLS

Tightly curled tresses are twisted and pinned for control. You’ll have all eyes on you on your big day!

Raspberry Curls Pretty Blonde Look Raspberry Curls Pretty Blonde Look Back View

How To Style:

1. Prep damp hair with a light hold volumizing foam.

2. Work product evenly through hair.

3. Allow hair to air dry, or use a diffuser or a hooded dryer on low heat.

4. Gather ends and twist and coil into shape. Pin up for a deconstructed finish.

5. Set this style with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try Ouidad PLAYCURL Volumizing Foam to build body and boost the volume of fine, thin curls.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for square, oval or round shaped faces. This style works best on thick hair.

Tip:

Accent with a butterfly hair pin.

SWEPT UP HAWK

This swept away wedding hairstyle is kept simple. A few braids adorn the sides with ‘faux-hawk’ flair.

Swept Up Short Wedding Hawk Swept Up Short Wedding Hawk Side View

How To Style:

1. Prep dry hair with a lightweight texturizer.

2. Backcomb the fringe and crown layers and sweep them back smoothly away from face.

3. Gather three to four small sections along each side, create small twists, then pin them into place.

4. Leave the ends out with piecey definition.

5. Set this style with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try Kevin Murphy TEXTURE.MASTER Leave-In for instant texture with great hold.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for square, oval or heart shaped faces. This style works best on fine to medium hair.

Tip:

Accent this look with a fascinator and lace netting.

These wedding hairstyles for short hair are just what you need to mark your most memorable occasion. Enjoy!