Wedding planning is possibly one of the most stressful things you will do in your relationship, and deciding on how to style bridesmaid hair is part of it.
Deciding the date and the venue, and who sits where (because we want to avoid awkward confrontations as much as possible). And the dresses. Deciding a style your bridesmaid hair is right up there on the list of stressors.
However, finding the right style can be easier than you think. As long as you keep the style complementary to the theme of the wedding and to most people’s face shape and add a few accessories you are sure to find easily something that will work for your girls and your big day.
Something Complimentary as a Bridesmaid Hairstyle
When choosing your bridesmaid hairstyles, you should first have the dresses, theme, and location of the wedding decided so the hairstyle can complement the whole vision and not look disjointed.
If the hairstyles don’t match the vibe of the setting, it might look off in your wedding photos and feel off in person.
A big trend is coordinating bridesmaids. But not matching them but keeping them similar. Since what may work for one bridesmaid’s hair type may not work for another.
With this trend, you can take each bridesmaid’s personal style, hair type, hair length, and level of comfort into consideration. Then give them a hairstyle that works for them.
The formality of your bridesmaid dresses can also dictate the direction you go with the hair. For a chic, modern look like a simply cut dress, a slicked-back hairstyle, or a sleek blowout works best.
For the country, wedding looks like peasant dresses and free-flowing gowns, loose curls, half-down styles, or tied back styles complement this well. And for ball gown style dresses or more formal and classic styles, dramatic updos look great.
The location of the wedding should also play a part in how the bridesmaid’s hair is worn. A classical and elegant updo would pair well with cathedrals and churches while half up or loose waves would pair well with rustic outdoor weddings.
Think about the bride
As the bride, you should already have your hairstyle picked out so the bridesmaid’s hair can compliment you but not match or overshadow you.
Compared to the bride, the bridesmaid’s hair should be in contrast to the brides but also be of the same idea, so the bridesmaids don’t look like they’re at the wrong wedding.
For example, if the bride is wearing her hair in an oversized fishtail braid worn to one side, then the bridesmaid hair could be worn loose and down, with just one small plait braided into one side.
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If you’re going to have your bridesmaids have different hairstyles but still want something in the hair that will pull it together then matching hair accessories are the perfect addition. Hair accessories can solidify your theme and bring a level of cohesiveness to your bridal party.
The hairstyle determines the wedding hair accessories you choose for your big day. Big-updo and voluminous hairstyles should be paired with heavier wedding hair accessories to make it more noticeable.
Daintier and simple wedding hair accessories are more suitable for shorter and minimalist hairstyles. When choosing hair accessories for your bridesmaids there a few things you should take into consideration.
Where’s the Wedding?
The location of your wedding will help decide what type of hair accessories to use. If you’re having a summer beach wedding, then a large golden brooch in the hair will look out of place. Instead, go for accessories that are light and flowing like flowers.
What’s Your Theme?
Whether it is a boho-chic wedding with hair flowers or a ball gown wedding complete with shimmery wedding tiaras, your choice should enhance and not distract your overall style.
The color of your bridal hair accessories should correspond to your style and theme. Stay true to the style and pick a color that will light up their looks.
The general rule of thumb is to choose warmer colored wedding hair accessories such as gold, rose gold, and pearls for lighter and warmer colored dresses and cooler colored bridal hair accessories with diamond or crystal embellishments for silver-toned or darker gowns.
Popular Bridesmaid Hairstyle Ideas
With those few tips and rules to help you decide what to choose for your bridesmaid hair, here some popular hairstyles that may inspire your decision.
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Waves are fantastic for bridesmaids at a classic, traditional themed wedding. This hairstyle evokes timeless elegance and can with a few twists, can work for a bridesmaid of any age. Big, loose curls that frame the face will work for every face shape and lends itself to delicate chain accessories.
To create this look, apply a holding mousse to damp hair, and use a large round brush to blow-dry your hair in sections, creating big volume.
Then, using a 1.5 to 2-inch barrel curling wand, wrap large sections of hair around the curling wand, let each curl cool in your hand, and clip it to your head. Next, unclip each curl, tug gently to loosen.
Half up Hairstyle With Braids
A great way to add excitement to a wedding hairstyle is to add braids. A half up half down bridesmaid hairstyle, with fishtail braids wrapped around adds a twist to wavy or curly hair and is perfect for rustic style weddings.
You can create this hairstyle for bridesmaids with a three strand French braid or a twisted rope braid as well with beautiful results. For extra spice add a jeweled hairpiece or some flowers.
Low, Sleek Ponytail
This is a graceful and romantic look that can work on many types of hair. It is a super easy, yet sophisticated hairstyle that your bridesmaids can even create themselves if a professional hairstylist isn’t in the budget.
To create the look, create a middle part, and use hairspray or pomade to slick each side down. Pull the hair back into a low ponytail. You can add hair extensions to add thickness to your ponytail, and you can also add soft curls to the ponytail, tie the hair with a feminine ribbon, or add a piece of jewelry.
Deconstructed Side Braid
Effortless, bohemian vibes are trendy right now for weddings, and this goes for bridesmaid hairstyles as well! Boho, undone side braids, which can be customized for each of your bridesmaids’ hair type.
The trick to creating this look is to leave loose pieces around the face and to tug at the braids to loosen them and create a deliberately messy look.
Sleek Side Part
Some of your bridesmaids may prefer wearing their hair down, and that’s okay. You’re looking to complement, not copy. This hairstyle is great for modern or red carpet-inspired weddings.
To create this bridesmaid hairstyle, use a rattail comb to create an extreme side part in the hair. Part your hair at least 2-3 inches down the side to get that sleek look.
Using hairspray, pomade, or hair gel (for a more wet look), slick the hair down and ensure that the part will hold. Add soft waves at the bottom for a romantic look or keep the hair straight for an edgier feel.
This hairstyle is perfect for low-key bridesmaids or a beach wedding. Think soft, flowing dresses, pastel pinks and whites, and lots of flowers. For those bridesmaids who prefer keeping their hair natural, this is the hairstyle.
No fussy pinning, no headache at the end of the night, and no worrying about updos falling out. Just pure, beautiful, natural hair.
To get this look, take a piece of hair and twist it making it into a rope. Then take that rope and wrap it around a curling wand. Hold for 10 seconds and release. Do this to all the hair and then shake out the ropes to get this soft wavy look.
If you don’t want to use heat, another way to get this look is the night before braiding the hair into several braids and sleep on it. In the morning when you take the braids out, you will have this natural, wavy look.
Slick Low Bun
For the sophisticated and elegant theme, a slick low bun is a great style. This style is also great if you intend to go with complementary hairstyles for your bridesmaids.
They will all “go” together, but won’t look like exact copycats of each other. This is a classic style, timeless updo hairstyle, and is also super simple to create.
To create this look, divide the hair into a middle part or side part, use hairspray or pomade to slick each side down, and gather the hair into a low ponytail at the nape of your neck.
Then, take a hair donut, and spread the hair evenly around the donut, creating a perfect bun, and secure the excess hair underneath with bobby pins.
This braided crown updo hairstyle is perfect for any fairytale, boho themed wedding. Pretty fishtail braids wrap around either the nape of the neck or the top of the head, creating this pretty bridesmaid hairstyle.
When creating this look, make sure to “pancake” each braid by pulling each section to fluff up and loosen the braids and give the braids volume. Looser braids are also easier to bend and style, ensuring that this updo hairstyle doesn’t look too overdone.
The sleek updo looks very sophisticated, but the messy updo gives an easy, uncomplicated and ornate look to any bridesmaid.
The key to getting this updo hairstyle for weddings is loose curls, flowing pieces of hair, and a few braids here and there to keep things interesting.
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Bridesmaid Hairstyle – Conclusion
Finding the right bridesmaid hair hairstyle doesn’t have to be a hassle. You can uncomplicated things by going the similar but not the same hairstyle route and give your bridesmaids something they will like that will also fit the theme and feel of your wedding.
The tips and suggestions we’ve mentioned here will get you on the right track for the best hair day of your bridesmaids’ lives.