Popular bridesmaid hairstyles

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Popular bridesmaid hairstyles
Pick the best bridesmaid hairstyle for you. (Creatas Images/Creatas/Getty Images)

A bride may allow her bridesmaids to pick a popular hairstyle to sport on the wedding day, or she may select specific looks for each bridesmaid. Some brides prefer to get the same hairstyle as the bridesmaids, while others wish to stand out. If allowed to pick between any of the popular hairstyles available, a bridesmaid should take into consideration her dress style, face shape and the wedding theme. The perfect wedding hairstyle complements all of these.


Allow the hair to hang down without any pinning or excessive styling. Hair can be straight or curled with a curling iron or hot rollers. Naturally curly hair or permed hair can be gelled or treated with a product that prevents frizz. Long hair looks best for this hairstyle, but bridesmaids with short hair can easily achieve this look, since an updo is not an option. This choice for bridesmaids is inexpensive to style, as it can be done by the bridesmaid instead of a professional. The bride may prefer that each bridesmaid keep her hair down, so that the bride can get a fancy updo to further stand out.


A bun is a popular look among bridesmaid hairstyles. The bun should be placed low on the back of the head. The hair can be styled loose or tightly pinned. Either option creates a simple, timeless look. The simplicity of this style helps keep the attention on the bride who may have a more elaborate hairstyle. A bun works well with any face shape or bridesmaid dress style. If the wedding is during a warm season or takes place outside, this hairdo is preferred, as it keeps the hair off of the neck and out of the face.


The classic ponytail remains popular for styling a bridesmaid's hair for a wedding. It does not have to look like the bridesmaid just woke up and threw in a ponytail. The ponytail can be styled with curls or straightened. For a soft, yet sleek look, creams can be used. For a more shapely look, hair clips can be added to the ponytail. The hair at the base of the scalp can be parted, slicked back or teased prior to putting the ponytail into place. Tie the ponytail with a plain or decorative hair tie. If you use a plain hair tie, try to match it to the hair colour. Decorative hair ties can be embellished with beads, crystals, pearls, flowers, lace or feathers.


An updo is very popular among bridesmaids and brides when it comes to selecting a wedding hairstyle. For this style, all of half of the hair can be pinned up. Either way, it is pulled away from the face, keeping bridesmaids cool and free of having to fix the hair. This style cannot be achieved by those with very short hair, but a medium or long-length of hair is ideal. There are many options when it comes to updos. Additions to an updo include a French twist, curls, braids, twists and even knots. It is best to have a specific updo style in mind and bring a photo of it to the stylist.

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