Mother of the Bride Hairstyles

Your daughter is getting married and besides your dress, shoes, makeup and accessories, choosing from all the mother of the bride hairstyles you were looking at is not just another detail to attend to before the big day arrives. Although all eyes will be on her on this most glorious day, you will also be getting plenty of attention, so you’ll want to look your absolute best.

Although you’ll definitely want your hair to look extra special for an occasion such as a wedding, you should look for a style that won’t require a lot of maintenance or touch-ups throughout the day as you’ll have plenty of other things on your mind. You also don’t want to make any drastic changes, especially right before the wedding in case things don’t turn out as you envisioned.

If you’ll be wearing a hat or some other type of head piece, avoid any bouffant style hairdos that will look flat once the hat is removed. For short hair, a layered or bobbed cut will suit the shape of most people’s faces, and medium to long hair can always be curled and swept up and away from the face in a flattering style.


Preparing for the Big Day

Getting a quality haircut in the week or two before the wedding is always good idea whether you want to completely change your look, or simply update it to be fresh and at your best during the wedding. Then, on the actual day of the event, head back to the salon and have your hair styled in the manner of your choice. While you’re there getting your hair cut, ask a stylist for some advice, look at some books and magazines that feature hairstyles suitable for the mother of the bride, or do some searching on your own and print or bring a few pictures you think would work for your hair.

You can also spend a few weeks or months before the wedding preparing your hair to look its healthiest by using volumizing shampoo and a deep conditioner if your hair is dry, brittle, or color damaged. Good hair actually starts from the inside with a proper diet that focuses on well-balanced nutrition and drinking plenty of water. Massaging your scalp on a regular basis increases the blood flow to the scalp and encourages new hair growth. Always use a comb on your hair when it’s wet, and while towel-drying it, never rub the hair vigorously but rather squeeze gently and pat dry with an absorbent towel to avoid breaking or weakening the hair.

The Perfect Color

Now that your hair is at its healthiest and you’ve gotten a great cut to emphasize your best features, don’t forget the important aspect of coloring the hair, as the majority of women do, in order to either cover up gray, or simply add some interest and depth to your own color.

If your hair is naturally going gray or silver and you’re happy with it, by all means wear it proudly. In fact, too many mature women make the mistake of trying to recapture their youth and choose a hair color that’s both too dark and harsh, or either too light, giving their complexion a washed-out appearance. Select golden or warm colors and always use hair products that are specially formulated for color-treated hair to lock in the color and prevent fading.

As you can see planning ahead is everything. I hope you liked these ideas for mother of the bride hairstyles and I am looking forward to your comments!

12 thoughts on “Mother of the Bride Hairstyles

  1. Lorraine Hindmarsh

    This picture of mother of the bride – looks more like grandmother of the bride. I am 53 but class myself as a young looking 53 – a few more modern younger styles would be preferable.

  2. Heather

    You are right Lorraine, the picture is not chosen very well. I will try and find a younger mother and add it here soon.

    Thanks for your feedback,


  3. Nancy

    I would like to see more modern styles to choose from, I too am a younger feeling 48 year old mom. I don’t want to have an updo like the bridesmaids, but would like to look glamorous!!! Need some ideas.

  4. Beth

    I agree! I’m 52 and this model looks older than my mom. She’s lovely, but definitely not the way I want to fashion myself as the mother of the bride. Please hurry, I need ideas!

  5. ginny rivielle

    This photo looks like my grandmother! I am 63, but have long hair with soft curls and most people think I don’t look a day out of my late 40’s. I want to wear my hair with the sides pulled back and curls falling softly. How about some better pictures.

  6. Diana

    I am a 42 year old mother of the bride and cant find a hairstyle. I am in agreement with the other posters, tghe woman shown in the pic looks more like my mom. I need a style that says ” mother” not grandmother, bridesmaid or prom date. any suggestions?

  7. joanie

    YIKES….professional hair stylist here, great for a grandmother, but not for a mother of a bride…

  8. Connie

    This picture most certainly looks like my mother. Remember there are more younger looking moms out there. I consider myself one of them. Need to see more modern hairsytles for long, medium & short styles. As not to over do my hiar on my daughters upcoming wedding day I still want something that does not make a 46 year old look like she is in her 60’s. Just a helpful hint.

  9. Judy

    ditto with the other ladies … my daughter’s grandmother would look good in this, but at 55, not my cup of tea!

  10. angela

    you must be joking……….

    mothers of the bride are still young and vital – not elderly as in this photo

  11. Becky

    I am 52 and hope I don’t look as old as the lady in the picture you posted…….most of us don’t look that old so please, please give us some younger looking choices.

  12. Sheryl Smith

    I agree with the above comments. Finding anything for a more modern mother of the bride is a nightmare. There is certainly a gap in the market. We don’t want to look like mutton dressed as lamb nor do we want to look like our grandmothers. I’m sure I can speak for most of us modern mothers of the bride when i say we want something elegant, sophisticated but MODERN and that includes some ideas of hairstyles for long and short hair.

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