As your wedding day approaches, you may still be thinking of the perfect hairstyle for walking down the aisle. From twists and braids to classic buns, there are plenty of beautiful ways to rock your locks. Figuring out which bridal hairstyle works best, however, requires extra thought. A style that may work for someone with curly, shoulder-length hair may not necessarily work for another with straight, back-length hair.
If you’d like to try a new, trending hairstyle and need inspiration for beauty ideas, you’re in the right place. With DIY wedding hair tips and insight from expert hairstylists, we’ve put together over 70 fabulous wedding hairstyles for all hair types. Find diversity in your hair inspiration with our selections from different ethnicities, backgrounds, hair textures, and lengths.
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The first step to choosing the best wedding hairstyle is to consider the wedding theme, including the venue, attire, and wedding colors. You’ll want the hairstyle to complement your gown and personal style, not distract from it. For example, if you have an outdoor, beach-theme wedding, the look you’re going for may be completely different than one for an indoor city hall wedding.
Next, create a vision board with diverse sources of inspiration. While Pinterest and magazines are helpful, images of hair models most likely have professional touch-ups. A good rule of thumb is to scroll through photos of real weddings to see couples’ hairstyles during their actual wedding day. These photos can provide realistic expectations of how an ideal hairstyle will last, especially for an outdoor wedding susceptible to wind and humidity. You can also follow hair salons and stylists on social media so you can save your favorite photos of their clients’ styles.
Pro Tip: “Anything with an outdoor environment greatly affects how the hair should be styled for longevity. Next, consider any type of accessories and dress details that need to be shown. From there, you can decide the best hairstyles.” — Heather King-Labeur, Senior Stylist at Radio London
Lastly, and most importantly, the key to determining the perfect wedding hairstyle is to understand your hair. According to Nick Stenson, celebrity stylist for L’ORÉAL, several characteristics about your hair, including its density and elasticity, make it unique and dictate what it needs to achieve the best results.
There are different ways to identify your hair, such as by texture and hair type. “The four most commonly referenced hair types come from the Andre Walker Hair Typing System,” explains Kristina Maccaro, a New Jersey-based stylist and owner of Love Lane Salon. “Type 1 is straight, Type 2 is wavy, Type 3 is curly, and Type 4 is kinky. From there, each type is broken down further into different subsections.”
Based on this hair typing system, we’ve pulled together dozens of our favorite photos to help guide you through the best options for your big day. From edgy cuts to twisted tresses, there’s a wedding hairstyle for you.
Straight hair, or ‘type 1,” has fine strands with no curl definition. Sylvia Silverstone, an NYC-based beautician and contributor to Womenio.com, explains that people with this type of hair should use volumizing products that do not add extra oil to the scalp. Since straight hair has no shape, it requires manipulation to hold a style. Below are few choices for individuals with straight hair textures to consider for their wedding day.
If you prefer some bounce in your hair, try curls! Using a thin curling iron or curling wand, you can create soft, natural-looking curls or beach waves on your big day.
For a smooth and elegant look, a fishtail braid is the way to go. The intricate weaving together of this French style is versatile, where you can pull it to the side for a tropical boho look or pin it up for a classic touch.
Simple yet sassy, a sleek ponytail holds your hair taut and away from your face. This style is the perfect for outdoors and a great way to display earrings and a necklace.
Another sleek style, an elegant twist will add a vintage touch to your wedding style. You can secure your hair in place with bobby pins or a decorative comb.
Flaunt this fun 80’s hairstyle to add texture and shape to your strands. You can use a crimp iron, or simply braid your hair the night before and unravel them the next day.
Romantic and refined, this updo hairstyle creates a soft and relaxed look for any occasion. Consider adding sparkling accessories or a tiara for a graceful touch.
Is your wedding during springtime? Add lovely, blooming flowers to your bun for the perfect pop of color.
Spice up any ponytail by adding a few curls!
Who says straight is boring? Rock a daring, bone-straight bob on your wedding day! This style is great for oval and heart-shaped faces.
A side-pinned bun is the perfect balance of elegance and edginess. You can adorn this asymmetric style with light florals and greenery in an intimate, garden wedding.
Wavy hair, or ‘type 2,’ is somewhat between straight and curly and is the most common hair type among women. From boho to beach, wavy wedding hairstyles are a popular choice for many wedding themes. Sylvia Silverstone suggests incorporating a lightweight mousse or gel to define your waves. Here are several fun wavy looks to try.
Enhance your natural waves using a curling iron or by twisting your hair on itself to form a bun overnight. Once gently brushed out, your waves will be much more fluffy and bouncy.
Sexy and sleek, this blowout is a balance between smooth and voluminous.
Surround a soft braid with loose hair tendrils for a fun and whimsical look.
Create a beautiful boho look by adding a floral headpiece to your tousled waves.
A classic half-up, half-down ‘do is a genius way to keep your face cool while allowing the remaining tresses to frame your features.
This trendy style offers a cool twist to simple ponytails and braids. By gently fluffing up sections of your plaits, you have a fresh new look in a matter of seconds.
A deep middle part adds a dose of volume to soft waves.
Enhance your waves with a curling wand for extra bounce!
Show off a gorgeous back sequin gown with a high, sleek ponytail.
The natural waves in your loose, loose bun add extra edge to a simple style.
Curly hair, or ‘type 3,’ grows in spirals and can range from loose curls to a corkscrew shape. With natural volume and bounce, you can confidently rock your crown of curls down the aisle as is, or work them into a cute ‘do! “For curly hair, braids, twists, buns, or updos are great choices,” says Kristina Savina of WeddingForward.com, “The magnificent accessories make your hairstyles more stylish and luxurious.” Take a look at these curly creations as bridal hairstyle options for your wedding day.
Fishtails aren’t just for straight hair! Add this stylish braid in your curls for an elegant, bohemian look.
Go au naturale on your wedding day with lush, flowing curls.
Pull up the top half of your curls into a simple bun, allowing the remaining tresses to caress your face.
Messy and fun, create the pin curl look with your natural curls, leaving out a few strands.
Twist your curls up into a smooth bun for a polished, sleek look.
The side-pinned curls style is a great option to reduce frizz at an outdoor wedding. Adorn your curls with a glamorous hairpin.
Pull your curls into a low scooped braid for a soft and relaxed look.
Chignons have many variations that work for any length. Simple twist your hair taut from the nape of your neck and pin it with your favorite clip.
Dress up this cute halo look with wedding hair accessories - think a tiara or bright hair piece.
Messy and fun, a curly bun flaunts your texture without manipulation.
Kinky hair, or ‘type 4,’ has the tightest curl pattern of the categories. This type of hair resembles tight coils or zig-zag coils that require manipulation, such as a blowout or rod set, to stretch them out. Ghanima Abdullah, stylist and hair expert contributor for The Right Hairstyles, says that dreadlocks and even afros are trending at outdoor weddings, where people are embracing their natural textures.
Whether you decide to stretch or fully embrace your coily shrinkage, the following beloved wedding hairstyles for type 4 textures are sure to inspire you.
A quick front braid hairstyle and sparkling hair accessory can elevate your bun from simple to chic.
Throw the curling iron out! Simply pin your afro into an updo for a quick and refined look.
Create a relaxed look with simple, individual twists. This style will gently stretch your coils to show a more defined texture.
Whether stretched or shrunken, embrace your texture! Say “I do” with free-fall coils and cute headpiece as a glamorous addition.
No need to fight your natural texture, just control it. Fight frizz with a sleek top knot and added wedding hair accessories for a polished look.
Another take on the classy bun, gently braid your coils up into a knot. Accessorize with sparkling jewels and hairpins.
Dreadlocks are versatile! Wrap your locs into curl rods or bantu knots overnight. Unravel them the day of your wedding to create luxurious, bouncy curls.
Pull two flat twists back into a delicate bun for a classy, sophisticated look.
Loud and proud, make a bold statement on your wedding day with a beautiful blowout.
Protect your coils from heat and humidity with this classy, pinup ‘do.
If you’re afraid there aren’t many options for short hair, think again! With short hair, you can take advantage of headpieces and other hair accessories to create a finished look. From fresh cuts to beautiful bobs, wedding hair styles for short hair can still be fun and creative. Check out our favorite picks below.
Originally a 1920s favorite, this vintage hairstyle has reemerged as an elegant and sophisticated vibe. Using mousse and a fine-tooth comb, your or your stylist can guide your hair into mesmerizing S-shape waves.
Who says mohawks aren’t romantic? Add a few curls to the top layer for a soft, chic look!
A deep side part can naturally add volume to any short cut. It also creates the perfect placement for a flower or other accessory.
No hair, no problem! Flaunt your fabulous buzz cut as is, or add a headpiece for a little pizazz.
Unlike straight bangs, messy bangs are uneven and draw attention to your eyes. These bangs are perfect for round face shapes and create a fun, chic style.
Overnight pin curls can unravel into this cute, relaxed style. If you have straight hair, subtle waves add a little definition.
Pull off a beachy boho-chic style by adding tousled bangs to your bob cut.
This style is similar to the mohawk without shaved sides. Rock a fauxhawk to add a funky flare.
A balance between classy and glam, rock an asymmetrical bob down the aisle. Easily create the look with a simple side sweep and tuck.
Halle Berry and Michelle Williams proved that pixie cuts are here to stay! Style your pixie with gentle curls or a bold flip.
With medium-length hair, which falls anywhere between your collarbones and shoulder blades, choosing the right hairstyle helps accentuate your facial features. Scroll through a few of our top choices for some gorgeous wedding hair inspo.
The side-swept hairstyle is timeless and formal. Create a part in your hair with a nice hairpin.
If your hair lacks shape or volume, flip out the ends to create a nice curly bounce!
Adorn some soft beach waves with a bright floral headband.
Whether high or low, this messy bun is great for a romantic and relaxed style.
If your hair is cut into layers, pull the longer portion up into a fun miniature bun.
Twin French braids are a cute and versatile hairstyle. Pin them up for an elegant touch or merge them into one braid.
Ask your stylist to shape your face with soft, airy layers. The tousled bob is both simplistic and chic!
Tease your shoulders with soft, sensual curls. Even if the curls drop as the day progresses, they’ll fall into cute waves for the reception!
Calling all “long hair don’t care” ladies! The best thing about styling lengthy locks is the versatility. From pinned updos to flowing tresses, it all comes down to comfort. For an outdoor wedding ceremony, celebrity stylist Nick Stenson suggests to limit the hair you have covering your neck. Below are a few wedding hairstyle ideas for long hair to consider.
You can’t go wrong with an easy, low bun. Whether messy or sleek, this hairstyle looks great with a glittery tiara or headpiece.
Sweep all of your hair to one side and dress it up with a sparkly hair clip. Take it a step further by adding voluminous curls for an ultra-glam look.
Pin your hair back into a cute braid and secure it with a hair piece or floral accessory.
Add soft spiral curls to your lush locs for a wedding look that’s sweet and sensual.
Toss up all of your hair to the crown of your head for a super quick and chic look. Topknots are versatile for all hair types and are easy to accentuate.
Brush out your curls to create luxurious, lush waves.
Using a straightener and hair sheen, you can walk down the aisle with this smooth, shiny style.
Last but not least, protective wedding hairstyles are a great way to prevent breakage from snags and heat damage and work for every hair type. Protective styles consist of low manipulation, where the ends of your hair strands are tucked away, such as in braids and buns, or pinned up using hair accessories. Here are a few unique protective hairstyles to try.
A beloved 1940s hairstyle, a swirl pinup is the perfect look for a vintage wedding theme.
High or low, the ballerina bun is a graceful look that keeps your hair up and in place.
French braids never go out of style and can add a simple bohemian touch!
This easy updo looks perfect with a modern tiara.
Simply pull all of your hair to the side and pin it up with an accessorized hair clip for a beautiful, classic style.
A classic chignon with floral accessories is a simple way up the romantic style.
Keep nice and cool with this beautiful French braid that wraps gently around the crown of your head. Accentuate the braid with clips and floral pins to create a finished look.
Whether positioned high or low, this fashionable French look is the cutest way to tie your hair.
Protect your tresses in this chic, elegant hairstyle. Use hairpins or dazzling accessories to pin your hair in curled positions.
Last, but not least, use hair extensions for the final wedding look. Extensions allow you to flaunt any style while your actual hair ends remain safely tucked underneath!
Now that you have an abundance of ideas to add to your vision board, the next step is to research hair stylists in your area to book for your special day. To find a local wedding hair stylist, you can use our vendor directory of prescreened beauty professionals and sort by price, availability, and signature style. You can also check out our guide to wedding hair and makeup costs to determine a wedding budget for your stylist.
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