Choosing the Perfect Bridesmaid Hairstyles

curly wedding hairstyleBeing asked by the bride-to-be to stand along side her at the wedding is quite a special honor. Choosing the bridesmaid hairstyles is at least as important as finding the right dresses and shoes, the coordinating accessories, jewelry, and makeup.


elegant bridesmaid updo

elegant bridesmaid updo

Bridesmaid Hairstyles for Short Hair

As you would imagine, the shorter the hair, the easier and quicker it is to style. Even though hair is short, many different styles are still possible, such as curling, straightening, changing the part, or how the bangs are parted, or even put in updos for hair that’s at least three inches or so. Also, add small, matching accessories, but be sure not to have too many so that they take away from the actual hairstyle itself.

Bridesmaid Hairstyles for Medium Length Hair

two bridesmaids

two bridesmaids

Much like longer hair, medium length hair can be styled in a variety of ways. Using a large barreled curling iron or medium to large hot rollers, curl the hair to get big, tumbling curls that look soft and natural. The hair can also be pulled up toward the back of the head, while loose ringlets that are also curled can be used to daintily frame the face.

Bridesmaid Hairstyles for Long Hair

Curly hair never goes out of style, and with longer hair, the options for creating interesting hairdos are endless. Curly hair can also be left to cascade down over the shoulders, pulled into an updo, or gathered at the nape of the neck.

bridesmaid updo hairstyle

bridesmaid updo hairstyle

For long, straight hair, consider a chignon or French knot complemented by sparkling hair clips, barrettes, flowers, or matching headpieces for all the bridesmaids. Using a flat iron or straightening iron on hair that’s already straight will just make it look extra shiny and smooth, and also help to keep any unruly strands under control.

natural curly hair updo

natural curly hair updo

All types of bridesmaid hairstyles should be finished with a hairspray that provides plenty of control, but one that isn’t heavy or tacky, weighing down the hair, and ultimately, ruining the style.

bridesmaid with long hair

bridesmaid with long hair

5 Helpful Hints to Remember

  1. If you’re the bride, although you should give direction and offer suggestions as to what you would like in regards to your bridesmaid’s hairstyles, just remember that after all, it is their hair and your maids should at least have a say about how they would like to have it styled.
  2. If you’re a bridesmaid, do try to be objective about the styles the bride has suggested. Remember, it is her big day, and after that, you’re free to style your hair any way you wish! Of course, you should still make your opinion known, but be willing to compromise if need be.
  3. If every bridesmaid has a different length or type of hair, the styles don’t necessarily have to be exactly the same, as long as they’re all tied in together with coordinating accessories. Even something as simple as the same colored ribbon or flower, or solitary barrette is enough to cause an air of continuity.
  4. Less is always more. See that the headpieces or hair accessories do not overshadow the actual hairstyles. Besides, the more barrettes, bobby pins, and hair clips that are used, the better the chances are that at least a few of the women are going to have trouble keeping everything in place.
  5. Because there are so many spectacular types of hairdos to choose from, you’ll want to make sure none of them outshine the bride on her special day. Bridesmaid hairstyles should indeed be elegant, but always complementary to the bride’s.
curly wedding hairstyle

curly wedding hairstyle

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22 thoughts on “Choosing the Perfect Bridesmaid Hairstyles

  1. Zoobie Joy

    It is really important to become the most beautiful woman on your wedding having a great hairstyle on this special is a must..^^..anyways I love your article..hope you can post some pictures next time..^^

  2. Heather

    I agree, just words is not enough, however interesting the topic. So I added some great pictures of bridesmaid hairstyles and hopefully I will find some more soon :-)

  3. Heather

    I am buying pictures every now and then to add to the site.

    But I prefer not steal them from other sites either :-)

  4. lucy whittingham

    i wish there were more pics to see all the hairstyles that u can do and u no about.!!!and can u make some little girl ones coz i am ten and i neeed to see little girl ones not adult ones!!!!!(L)(L)

    thanks luv ya from LUCY…XXXXXXXXXxxxxxXXXXXxxxxxxxxxXXXXX

  5. Danielle

    My step mum is getting married in 11 weeks on saturday and i am going to be a beautiful bridesmaid. And i would like to see new bridesmaid hairstyles.xoxo:-)

  6. Heather

    I am sorry you did not find what you were looking for. I will collect some pictures about curly hairstyles soon :-)

  7. keeley

    I really like the photos you have on your site. I am going to use 1 of the styles as my hair do for my wedding. So thank you very much.

  8. Mikaela

    I love the hairstyles but maybe some styles that aren’t so extravagant would be nice. You do want to look pretty but you don’t want to take attention away from the bride. I am going to be a bridesmaid soon and just looking for a simple hairstyle that is quick and easy. Thank you for this website though, it does help me narrow my possibilities! :D

  9. jayde

    hi im looking for a hairstyle for short hair well shoulder length hair anyway and im very picky and I dont want my hair up i want it down do you have any ideas

  10. neomi

    Ok, so yes everyone talks about being the most beautiful woman on your wedding day. I think it’s getting ridiculous. you ARE the woman on the pedestal. You’re the freaking bride. No BODY can compete with you, cuz no one else walks down that aisle the way you do and no way gets kissed at the altar like you do.
    So let the bridesmaids do their hair however they want. You’ll still be the ony bride there. Sheesh!

  11. Sammi

    thanks this helped lots. Maybe some more photos? My aunts wedding is coming up and my hair goes down to my waist and your site is the only one that has helped me find something to do with it.


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  13. sarah

    hi i am trying to find a style with my hair to the side i dont know what to do and the wedding is on the 28th of august

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