Pretty Wedding Hairstyles for Your Bridesmaids
You've asked your closest girlfriends to stand with you on the big day, and now you want to make sure they look and feel beautiful from head to toe. A hairstyle can be the finishing touch that keeps your girls in sync even if they're wearing mismatching bridesmaids' dresses. Or, vice versa, hairstyles can offer individuality—mismatched 'dos are a cool option, too. Either way, you may want to have a say in how your ladies wear their tresses. Bridesmaid hairstyles run the gamut from modern, wavy blowouts to natural, flowing locks topped with flower crowns. You can even ask your 'maids to give their favorite hairstyle a wedding-worthy upgrade with chic accessories. The options are endless.
In search of hairstyle inspiration for your bridesmaids? You can't go wrong with any of these looks. From buns to bombshell waves and everything in between, we've got plenty of ideas to bring to the hairdresser's chair. Get your beauty wheels turning by clicking through our favorite wedding hairstyles for 'maids here! Hey, they might even inspire your bridal hairdo—they're seriously that stunning. Give snapshots of your favorites to the stylist you've booked so that they can practice if they've never done them before. Or, share them with your squad via text—we doubt they'll protest these pretty options!
Sleek and Straight
Many women turn to curls for big events, but why not embrace naturally-straight hair? Alternatively, wavy-haired 'maids might want to switch their typical look up by using a flatiron.
Short and Braided
This bridesmaid wore a tight braid and loose ribbon curls.
Short hair can be braided, too! Opt for a purposely-messy style to account for hairs that won't stay put.
We love how these beautiful bridesmaid hairdos contrasted with the bride's own style.
Go full-blown glam with bombshell waves, and your bridesmaids will be radiating confidence.
Twisted to the Side
This bridesmaid's simple updo was accented with a thick side twist. The style adds more volume to the look and is an easier alternative to a side braid.
These bridesmaids all wore updos, but they didn't lose their personal style. Different women wore different hairstyles for a not-quite-matching look.
For something casual but still pretty, try this half-up, half-down style. These 'maids' hairstyles were effortlessly beautiful thanks to simple, mini ponytails.
To make your girls' flower crowns extra unique, tie them in the back with ribbons.
Any Which Way
These glowing 'maids wore a range of hairstyles, which were just as beautiful as their range of pastel dresses.
Matching the Bride
Tradition had it that bridesmaids were supposed to match the bride. If you're not set on assigning them white dresses, consider having their hair mimic yours.
The ladies in this bridal party stuck with a classic half-up, half-down style.
Braids and buns go together gorgeously. For bridesmaids with short hair, keep the side braid, but eschew the updo.
Each bridesmaid in this entourage wore their hair down. Their beauty looks appeared totally effortless as a result.
This bridesmaid's hair had plenty of volume thanks to a teased updo.
Playing with parts is a fun way to let your hair make a wedding-worthy statement.
Braided Up Top
Braids above the forehead pull hair back while still allowing it to be worn down. They're also genius for taming bangs that may be growing out.
This clipped-back style works great for longer bangs, or just to keep strands out of bridesmaids' faces.
A bumped-up look is an easy way to elevate a typical half-up, half-down style. Anna Nuet created these hairstyles.
Twisted with Flowers
Instead of a flower crown, try inserting stems into an intricate and ethereal braided look.
For brides sick of the standard French braid, consider a fishtail look instead. We love it worn to the side for a relaxed, slightly-undone vibe.
Who doesn't want a little volume on the big day? Full updos look great with face-framing tendrils.
Side-Swept and Down
Each of these bridesmaids sported loose, wavy locks, which they draped over one shoulder.
Thick Braided Crowns
We have a soft spot for a classic milkmaid-inspired braid. It's a pretty hairstyle option for bridesmaids, especially at an outdoor wedding when they'd like to keep their hair in place.
Pulled Back and Twisted
This 'maid's hair had tons of texture, and her wrapped and twisted strands were especially elegant.
Matching dresses meant these 'maids could sport totally different hair.
Down and Braided
This braided look keeps hair off of the face, while also showcasing any earrings you've picked out.
Mixed and Matched
At this wedding, some bridesmaids donned braids, others wore twists, and one put a flower in her hair.
Curled and Braided
A braid around the crown paired with pretty curls is a foolproof hairstyle option.
How sweet is this half-up 'do, tied with a ribbon that matches the bridesmaids' dresses?
Here, sleek ponytails with loose strands were mixed with other pulled-back styles.
This stunning bridesmaid added pops of pink to her hair for extra flair.
Sweeping hair back into an updo creates a bridesmaid look that is elegant and formal. And with hair off of your bridesmaid's shoulders, this look becomes all about the dress you chose for the occasion.
If you're throwing a seaside soirée, choose a hairstyle for your girls that complements the beach-chic vibe. This hairdo looks great on all hair lengths, and is especially appropriate for nautical-inspired celebrations.
Chignons are a classic French look, and are a sophisticated style for your 'maids. It's also a timeless look that you'll look back on in 10 years and still love.
To Each Her Own
Perhaps your friends are all wearing the same shade, and that's enough to keep your group wedding photos on point. Let each bridesmaid show off her individual style by giving her carte blanche when it comes to hair. Some will wear their hair down, others in a fancy fishtail or classic updo.
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