31 Gorgeous Bridesmaid Hairstyles for The Brides Big Day

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Cindy Marcus
Cindy Marcus Hairstylist, Editor-in-Chief

Bridesmaid hairstyles are elegant trends to wear if you’re in someone’s bridal party. Whether you have long or short tresses, there’s always one perfect look you can pull off!

A high bun updo, or loose waves down-do? Textured or sleek? You won’t go wrong with any of these!

Chicago-based licensed hairstylist Kim Maychszak says to wear a look you’re most comfortable with. You can even go for a half-do if you like. She guarantees that it’s the kind of style that’s perfect if you are between wanting an updo and a full-down look.

Consider the event’s theme as you start planning which hairstyle you should wear. Will the motif be glam, retro, whimsical, or boho? Will your look complement the dresses of the other bridesmaids?

Maychszak also emphasizes that proper prepping is a big factor to get your desired look. She notes, “I prefer clean hair within 24 hours of having your hair styled and 100% dry.” Creating hairstyles for bridesmaids is just the first step to celebrating a memorable day.

Before the big day, check out these pictures of the trendiest and most stunning bridesmaid hairstyles.

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#1: Sexy Long Textured Curls

Long textured curls are a gorgeous bridesmaid hairstyle that will fit with any dress you will be wearing. Paired with a flowered tiara, people will be turning heads as you are walking down the aisle!

Cranberry Red Bohemian Half Up Style for a Bridesmaid
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#2: Cranberry Red Bohemian Half Up Style

Have a wedding event to go to this year? This cranberry red bohemian half-up style will give you tons of dimension to show off your red hair. Ask for tighter curls during your consultation for the best results. Make sure that your style lasts all day and finish with a firm-hold hairspray.

Elegant Twisted Braid Down ‘Do for a Bridesmaid
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#3: Elegant Twisted Braid Down ‘Do

When wanting a feminine down ‘do, ask for airy and softness, nothing stiff or structured. Always follow your stylist’s request on how to prep your hair before your appointment. This can make a huge difference to the outcome. Be sure to try hair accessories before the big day. They can really change the feel of a look.

#4: Vintage-Inspired Hairstyle

Are you headed to a classy event this season? If so, check out this vintage-inspired hairstyle. The best way to ask for this style is to bring a collection of inspirational photos that you are looking to get. Work with your stylist to create a custom placement suitable for you.

#5: Easy and Messy Down Do

When you start piecing your inspiration for your big day, the number one thing to consider is the dress. An easy and messy down ‘do is the best way to lift hair off the neck and shoulders, ideal for dresses that are open. It’s also great for outdoor weddings where elements may play a role in the overall look.

Stunning High Ponytail with Extra Long Bangs for Bridesmaids
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#6: Stunning High Ponytail with Extra Long Bangs

A stunning high ponytail with extra long bangs is a nod to the early 2000s. We’re seeing these styles and shapes more and more as a resurgence of the new millennium pops up. If you’re looking for lots of volume with this style, add a claw clip to the back to add extra height. You’ll need to add a deep part and use a shine spray to give it that sleek finish.

Light Brown Updo with an Accessory for Bridesmaids
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#7: Light Brown Updo with an Accessory

Whether you’re the bridesmaid or the bride, all you need to enhance this light brown updo is a dazzling accessory. Wear your hair with an elegant barrette, right where you want the most attention, to draw everyone’s eyes to your special wedding look.

#8: Romantic Style for Long Hair

Long hair styled into a beautiful boho look is great for a bride going for a romantic, traditional style. To get this look consider hair extensions if you don’t have natural long hair, because it’s necessary to have long hair to create a braided, twisted masterpiece.

#9: Stunning Blonde Tendrils

Modern stunning blonde tendrils are a prefect way to add softness to your updo. Leaving hair out around your face is one of the most beautiful ways to soften your bridesmaids updo. Wear your hair in an updo if you are wearing a high neck line or a detailed dressed.

#10: Gorgeous Copper Boho Hair

Get ready for your big day with gorgeous copper hair and boho, flower child braids. Bohemian looks never go out of style, so lean into messy twists and braids that are guaranteed to add dimension to your copper locks. Don’t forget to use a working hairspray. It’s helpful if you want to keep your style looking fresh all day long.

Waterfall Braid with Curls and Waves
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#11: Waterfall Braid with Curls and Waves

Opt for a waterfall braid with curls and waves for those bridesmaids which have shorter hair. The half-up waterfall braid works so well on shorter lengths which can sometimes be trickier to up style. The braid falls perfectly into the waves in the hair and looks instantly wedding-ready.

#12: Amazing Tousled Side Braid

The tousled side braid is a great look for those with thick long hair for easy styling. Thick long hair can be a little more difficult to up style, so wearing braided hairstyles in a tousled fashion really show off their luscious locks and allow for the look to stay all day. Top tip is to not braid too tightly and then when fastened start loosening the braid by gently pulling at the edges.

#13: Florals in a Fishtail Braid

Florals in a fishtail braid can add an element of uniqueness and give a boho feel to any braid. The floral bridesmaid hairstyle can be added to twists and braids using the flowers from your arrangements to keep a running theme. They are also a perfect addition to softer, looser looks, pull out a few hairs around the ears and hairline to get the perfect finish.

Classic Side-Swept Curls for Bridesmaids
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#14: Classic Side-Swept Curls

Try side-swept curls hairstyles for a bridesmaid to give an updo extra life by swinging your hair over the shoulder. Hairstyles for a bridesmaid don’t all have to be identical, and those with longer lengths can sweep their loose tendrils to avoid bulky updo styles.

French Braids for Bridesmaids
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#15: French Braids for Bridesmaids

Go for french braids for bridesmaids for a classic elegant feel to your hair which suits the majority of lengths below the shoulder. French braids keep a soft feel to the bridesmaid’s hair and are an easy look to recreate on the big day. Play around with the look of the braid whether worn on the side or at the back of the head in keeping with the dress for your perfect bridesmaid style.

#16: Casual Loose Curls for Black Hair

Try loose curls to add definition and volume to your shiny jet-black locks. This loosely waved, full-volume hairstyle enhances the shape of your dark base, which gives an overall luxe finish.

Easy Shoulder-Length Side-Swept Bridesmaid Hair
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#17: Easy Shoulder-Length Side-Swept Hair

The shoulder-length side-swept hair is stunning and lifts volume around the face. The deep part swept over creates extra height and entices a lifting and slimming effect on the face. Whether your tresses are wavy, or straight, this would look great on all hair types.

Boho Crown Braid with Accessory
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#18: Boho Crown Braid with Accessory

A crown braid with an accessory can be your go-to wedding hairstyle when achieving full-on boho vibes. The loosely braided hair works best on longer hair lengths, which aren’t heavily layered to get a seamless result. Add some cute fresh flowers or add some glitz with a diamante clip to finish off the boho style.

#19: Stylish Loose Curls For Thin Hair

Opt for loose curls for thin hair to get a volumizing effect on your tresses. Curling creates more volume and bounce, making the thinnest of hair look fuller than ever.

#20: The Gatsby Look for Bridesmaids

Bring a modern twist to the gatsby look. Pair it with loose waves on medium-length hair. The perfect way to curl the bridesmaid’s hair is by waving it all in the same direction and brushing your hair, so it sits in the signature glamour Hollywood waves.

Easy and Low-Maintenance Side Ponytail Hairstyle
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#21: Easy and Low-Maintenance Side Ponytail Hairstyle

An easy side ponytail with a messy texture gives extra detail to long-length tresses. The style is low-maintenance, too. It starts by twisting two separate sections together and then allowing the long hair to stay in place all day. Easy-breezy!

👉 See more wedding hairstyles for long hair.

#22: Chic Top Knot for Black Woman

A top knot for black woman is a fierce look. The slick silhouette puts all the focus on the face and gives a long-lasting hold. Be playful with how you finish the top knot by adding twists, braids, or wrapping colored string around the bun to create a volumized shape.

Cute crown braids
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#23: Cute Crown Braids

Cute crown braids are so beautiful at any length. The bridesmaids hair flows through the back and looks best in a loose wave, letting you show off your dress with gorgeous detailing.

#24: African-American Romantic Updo

Try an African-American romantic updo for full-on glamour for the big day. Stunning height and perfected waves contour the face in all the right places, completing a sleek and shiny look.

#25: Playful Side Bun Wedding Hairstyle

Be playful with a low and loose style like this gorgeous side bun. It’s perfectly fitting for side partings. The side bun transitions from the side parting to allow a softening feel to the face. It’s also perfect for women who like the security of their hair around their faces.

Sleek hairstyle for bridesmaid with straight hair
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#26: Sleek and Straight

Why not try sleek and straight hairstyles for bridesmaids to show off a mirror shine on your locks? Using ceramic straighteners will keep your hair slick and sharp. Try applying Aveda’s brilliant emollient finishing gloss to keep flyaways at bay and attract more shine.

#27: Gorgeous Mid-Length Soft Waves

Mid-length soft waves are stunning for bridesmaid hairstyles. This style is suitable for any hair type. The mid-length sits grazing the chest with beautifully loose waves that work with any bridesmaid dress.

#28: Short and Textured Waves

Short and textured waves create a classic yet modern style for any formal event, such as a wedding. This bob was created using precision cutting and point cutting for the perimeter and vertical layering. The deep point cutting technique was used for the layers, too. For styling, choose Davines Volume Building Mousse or Volu Spray to add volume to your hair.

👉 See more wedding hairstyles for short hair.

Curly updo with headpiece for the bridesmaid
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#29: Curly Updo with Headpiece

A curly updo with a headpiece is for women with a naturally curly texture. It would look effortless and stunning on tousled curls.  I diffused the hair for optimal volume. Using a bun creates an excellent base for pinning the hair and preventing it from falling out during the day. I pinned in the hair accessory to finish the updo off with a more festive touch.

#30: Elegant Twisted Updo

A twisted updo makes a more relaxed and romantic hairstyle. It’s great for ladies with any hair type and length. To achieve the look, start by creating the volume and height. I finished the look by sectioning the hair into two. I wrapped it by twisting and pinning and pulling it out to create this elegant low bun.

#31: Long and Simple Half-Up, Half-Down Hairstyle

The long and simple half-up, half-down hairstyle gives a fun, contemporary twist to your look. It’s very suitable for bridesmaids and wedding guests. I used a 26mm curling iron to put a loose, stretched-out curl through the lengths of the hair. I combed through the hair to break up the curls, which gave them an undone, tousled look. The twisted baby bun was also added for the finishing touch.


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