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12 wedding hairstyles: bridal and bridesmaid hair ideas

Once you’ve graduated from high school—and prom has come and gone—weddings are the only occasion for which dressing up to the nines (and getting photographic proof of it) are not only allowed but also encouraged. That’s why your hair needs to be on point for the big day. Not only are bridal hairstyles so important that they require test runs, but even if you’re a member of the wedding party or even a guest, it’s still worth making sure you have perfect hair.

If you’re the bride, it’s your special day—so, obviously, you need a special hairstyle to match. Ideal wedding hairstyles have to be elegant enough to stand out against a gorgeous gown. Depending on the vibe you’re going for, you can even deck out your bridal hairstyle with flower crowns and wedding hair accessories (like delicate headbands and other bridal hair pieces). Meanwhile, bridesmaid hairstyles have to strike a balance between looking formal enough for a wedding (and wedding photos) but not so elaborate that they outshine the bride. To keep that balance—and to avoid blending in with the rest of the wedding party, even if you’re wearing matching gowns—you just need fewer bridal hair pieces, more hair texture, and simpler hairstyle ideas.

A wedding is a celebration for everyone, family and friends included—so even if you don’t end up in the official photos (upside: You get to enjoy cocktail hour) there’s a good chance you’ll post pictures to get in on the clever wedding hashtag. After all, those photos will be in frames and all over social media before you know it. So here’s all the wedding hair inspiration you could possibly need, whether you’re looking for bridesmaid hair ideas or wedding hairstyles for short hair.

Romantic Textured Ponytail

Wedding updos can range from complicated (think fancy braid hairstyles) to the simple and chic, like this one. The hair texture adds a casual vibe that balances out the pretty, romantic headband. First, apply Fructis Smooth Air Dry, which fights off frizzy hair and flyaways, through damp hair and let it air dry. Then, spray a generous amount of Fructis Texture Tease Dry Touch Finishing Spray through your hair and use your fingers to scrunch it in. Gather your hair into a ponytail and secure it. Then, use your fingers to tease and loosen the hair around your face. Put on the headband, and, if needed, spray more Texture Tease onto your ponytail and tease it with your fingers.

Low Knot Bun

Wedding hairstyles for long hair are pretty common—since the length gives you the most options for long-hairstyles-for-women—but this sleek low knot bun stands out in its simplicity. Beginning with dry, clean hair, part it down the middle. Straighten hair with a flatiron if needed. Gather your hair at the nape of your neck, using your finger to separate a slightly smaller section underneath. Secure the larger section with a hair tie, leaving the end tucked in so it creates a loop. Then, wrap the other section around the hair tie and secure it with pins. Finish it off with Fructis Frizz Guard all over to keep the texture smooth and frizz-free.

French Braid

Bridal hair ideas wouldn’t be complete without braided hairstyles. With a polished texture and romantic details, like these small, delicate wedding flower hair accessories, it’s so easy (which can be a godsend when you’re already dealing with a million wedding details). Make sure your hair stays smooth and frizz-free by prepping damp hair with Fructis Sleek & Shine Moroccan Sleek Oil Hair Treatment before you style. Then, blow dry your hair. Beginning at the front of your head, create a classic French braid, keeping it loose to give it a more voluminous hair look. As you braid, tuck in small flowers, anchoring them with bobby pins if needed.

Curly Hair Updo

Bridesmaid updos are a classic, and for a reason: They last through the endless pictures and hold up on the dance floor. Plus, this one for curly hair is so simple that you can do it in minutes. First, for naturally curly girls, prep your damp hair with Fructis Curl Sculpt Conditioning Cream Gel, using your fingers to make sure it’s evenly distributed. Then, pull your hair to one side and create a bun, keeping it loose so you don’t crush your curls.

Layered Sleek Ponytail

This bridesmaid hairstyle upgrades the ponytail, but isn’t enough to steal the spotlight from the bride. Its elegant look comes from its smooth, sleek hair texture. Start with clean, dry hair. Then, spray on a generous amount of Fructis Flat Iron Perfector, which protects hair from heat damage, and straighten your hair using a flat iron. Then, divide your hair into three sections, with one in the middle and two on either side. Pull the middle section into a ponytail and secure it with a hair tie. Then, pull a side section over and wrap it around the base of the center ponytail, tucking the end into the hair tie. Repeat on the other side.

Tousled Hair Blowout

Wearing bridesmaid hair down doesn’t mean your hair has to look boring or un-styled. Gently brushed-out, tousled waves are simple and low-maintenance, but still pretty and polished enough for photos. Begin by working Fructis Smooth Blow Dry through your hair, which fights frizz and minimizes heat damage. Blow dry your hair using a round brush. Then, use your fingers to unravel any curls.

Half Up Half Down Short Hair

When you have short hair, hair accessories are an easy way to switch up your bridesmaid hairstyle and make it look elegant. Try to time your hair washing routine so that you’re working with second-day hair the morning of the wedding. (Second day hair tends to have more grip and texture to it, which in turn helps your pin or barrette stay in place.) If you have naturally curly or wavy hair, spray on Fructis Curl Renew Reactivating Hair Milk Spray to start, using your hands to work it in. Then, take a small section of hair just above your ear and pull it back, securing it with a pin. Repeat on the other side, and use the two to anchor a pretty barrette in place.

Side Braid

If it’s not your wedding, you don’t have to devote an hour or more to get a photo-worthy hairstyle. Instead, keep it classic with a simple side braid. The best part of this style is that it works with every hair texture and length, so depending on your hair type, it could be a curly side braid or a hottest medium length hairstyles. Simply let your hair air dry, pull it to one side, and braid it in either a classic plait or as a fishtail braid.

High Ponytail

You can’t go wrong with pretty updos for a wedding hairstyle. This sleek, simple ponytail works as well for a formal venue as it does for a beach wedding—thanks to hair volume and a smart hair accessory. First, wash and prep your damp hair with Fructis Sky-Hi Volume Mousse. Then, blow dry your hair until it’s totally dry. Gather your hair in a high ponytail at the very crown of your head, secure it with a hair tie and add a pretty hair piece. Spray it all over with Fructis Sleek & Shine Anti-Humidity Hairspray, which prevents frizzy hair and flyaways from making it look too casual.

Tousled, Loose Curls

Loose, tousled curls are romantic and pretty, a.k.a. the perfect vibe for a more casual wedding. Wearing wedding hair down can be just as magical as updos for wedding hairstyles, especially when the hair texture is shiny, frizz-free and defined like this one. First, work Fructis Curl Sculpt Conditioning Cream Gel through damp hair and scrunch it in with your fingers. Either let your hair air dry or use a hair diffuser, scrunching it with your hands. It’ll give you defined, pretty curls that stay that way all evening.

Updo for Short Hair

Wedding hairstyles for short hair can be hard to come by, since you have fewer options. But most short wedding hairstyles just need a little creativity—especially with the help of wedding hair accessories. Starting with dry or second-day hair, rake Fructis Pixie Play Crafting Styling Cream through your hair as you pull it back. Anchor it in place with bobby pins. Then, insert a wedding hair accessory vertically to hold the look in place. It’s supposed to look undone and effortless, so don’t worry if hair strands fall loose.

Voluminous, Loose Waves

With the addition of a pretty flower crown or other wedding hair accessories, you can wear your wedding hair down without sacrificing a formal hairstyle look. A perfect option for beach wedding hair, these waves are effortless and flattering. Prep damp hair with Fructis Sky-Hi Volume Mousse using your hands to scrunch it into the lengths of hair. This step will boost your hair’s volume and body. Then, let your hair air dry or use a hair diffuser to dry it more quickly. Add the bridal hair piece of your choice, secure it with pins and you’re set.