Russian Wedding Hairstyles

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Russian Wedding Hairstyles
Braided hair tied around the head is a very common Russian bridal style (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Russian weddings are a unique celebration due to their length; most weddings last two days but some can even carry on for a whole week. Another aspect of a Russian wedding that makes it quite individual is the hairstyles, as the bride's hair is commonly worn in braids or tails tied to the side. Those with short hair, however, can opt for popular Russian dos like the pixie and the short crop cut.

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According to the My Wedding Dream website, braids are one of the trendiest looks for Russian brides. The braids don't have to be in a particular style or shape because braids are so versatile. For example, you might ask your stylist to shape a long fringe into two long braids that can wrap around your head like a headband and tie any excess hair at the back into a chignon or bun. The hair on the top of the head will be framed by the two braids and should remain tightly tied.

Tails and Half-sides

Women with naturally wavy hair might find it a little difficult to braid a convincing and tight braid style. Instead, Russian brides with wavy hair should try braiding the entire length of the hair into a long continuous braid at a half-side, or to the five or seven o'clock position. The braided hair should be very loose to give the wavy hair a chance to breathe. This style also gives some texture to the hair, as it tends to appear a little uneven and random. This particular Russian hairstyle is best suited to a country or bohemian wedding

Other Hairstyles

A few other Russian styles would suit the bride. For those with longer hair, wearing it down but parted to one side is quite a common style in Russia. The body of the hair can be wavy or straight but the focus is on the parting seam, which should sit on the left or right line of the top of your head.

Short-haired brides might opt for a pixie cut or short crop style. For those who want a little more definition in their shorthair look, go for finger waves. These particular waves are slick and stuck to the head, giving the overall look very little volume or size but a lot of texture and definition.


Most brides add accessories and pieces to their hair to make it appear more elegant and decorative. Especially if it is a family heirloom or engagement gift, these can easily be attached to updos, chignons, braids or finger waves, all common among Russian brides. For a bridal veil, attach it to one side to not draw too much focus from the style. The natural line of a braid band or the base of an updo should provide enough structure to attach a wedding veil.

Russian Wedding Hairstyles
Veils and hair accessories can attach securely to updos or braid bands. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

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