Bridesmaid Hairstyles, Half Up, Half Down, UpDo, and All Down

Bridesmaid Hair —Updo Bun Styles

Intricate Curly Weave into Low Up-Do with Hairpiece
Intricate Curly Weave into Low Up-Do with Hairpiece | Source
Smooth low bun
Smooth low bun | Source
Wispy Low Bun
Wispy Low Bun

Wedding Hairstyles for Bridesmaids

As your wedding planning progresses, you may be considering many different hairstyles for your bridesmaids. The hairstyle you decide upon should flatter each bridesmaid's face shape and hair quality, as well as complement the dresses and overall theme of the wedding. The all-hair-down hairstyle might go best with a casual or informal wedding, whereas a regal ceremony with every formal element in place would be best for bridesmaids' hair to be a complex up-do or half-up half-down hairstyle. And don't forget the ponytail, whether a sweet side ponytail or a high and tight elegant one!

Each bride should talk with both her hairdresser and her bridesmaids to determine which hairstyle will be best for everyone involved. Though this is the bride's wedding, she mustn't be stubborn and dictatorial in her decision for her bridesmaids' hairstyles. They are ultimately going to be the ones wearing and displaying this hairstyle, and it must complement them first, and please the bride second.

A very old, and (I believe) thoughtful, trend is coming back into wedding style, which is the bride letting each bridesmaid choose the style of dress that will suit them best. Along with this, many brides decide to humor their friends by letting them each decide what hairstyle they prefer. Any chance for the bride to practice unselfish deference to the dear friends who have stuck by her over the many years is worthy thing indeed.

Bridesmaid Up-Do Hairstyles

The up-do has long been considered the most elegant and formal hairstyle. In ancient literature, hair that was piled on top of the head was likened to a gleaming crown, the "cherry on top," of the woman's head. A wedding is a very appropriate occasion for this most-elegant of hairstyles, whether for the bride or the bridesmaids.

One thing to be cautious of is each bridesmaid's individuality. Not all face shapes, head shapes, or hair lines can be complemented by an up-do. With this in mind, you may allow your bridesmaids to choose their own style of up-do, bun or twist, because they know best what will suit them. Another thing to keep in mind is the weight, curliness, straightness, or fineness of each bridesmaid's hair. Straight and heavy hair may take twice as long to put up and use twice as much hairspray and hairpins as hair that is curly or has natural body. Be sure to factor plenty of time on your wedding day for each bridesmaid's hairstyle.

Many stylists prefer to work with hair that has not been washed within 24 hours because it has fewer variables. Hair goes through many changes as it dries, such as straight to frizzy, curly to straight, heavy to light, etc., which could make it very difficult to work with.

Bridesmaid up-do hairstyles are lovely with wedding hairpieces or flower hair pins tucked into the side of the twist or bun.

More Bridal Updo Hairstyles

Side Bun
Side Bun | Source
Curly Bun
Curly Bun
Braid-into Bun
Braid-into Bun | Source

Half-Up Half-Down Bridesmaid and Bride Hairstyles

Smooth Pull-Back Half up, Half Down Hairstyle
Smooth Pull-Back Half up, Half Down Hairstyle | Source
Side Part, Intricate Half-Up, Curly Half-Down
Side Part, Intricate Half-Up, Curly Half-Down | Source
Loose Curl, Gentle Cascading Half-Up Half-Down
Loose Curl, Gentle Cascading Half-Up Half-Down | Source
"Mound of Curls" Half-Up Cascading to Half-Down
"Mound of Curls" Half-Up Cascading to Half-Down
Smooth and Straight, with Complex Parting on Half-Up
Smooth and Straight, with Complex Parting on Half-Up | Source

Half-Up Bridesmaid Hairstyles

The half-up hairdo is the most versatile hairstyle because it looks great on just about every woman. It also has the most variations possible, as both the pinned-up hair and the loose hair can be styled differently and in different combinations. The hair that is pinned up can be parted, braided, twisted into a bun, curled, wavy, or pinned in cascading ringlet curls. The hair that is left down can be straight, curled at the ends, in ringlet curls, or in loose waves.

Also popular is to tease the hair on the crown of the head before pulling it into the half-up portion. This gives a high-ness and body that looks great on most girls.

These styles are best done with hair that is already styled to a certain extent, with hairspray or curling for body, even if no noticeable curl is visible. This is especially necessary for fine or flat hair that smooths itself to the shape of the head if nothing else is done to liven it up! Hair that already has wave and body can be interwoven using a loose braid or by tying strands of hair together. Use gel or spray to keep frizzy strands from sticking out.

Silk Wedding Bouquets

On a side note, have you thought about the flowers you will be using for your bridal party? Many brides are turning to silk and "real-touch" because of their versatility and affordability.

Your love doesn't die after your wedding day is over-- why should your flowers? Lilywinkel: the Bridal Blossom Shop creates custom and ready-made silk and real-touch bouquets that last long after the ceremony is over, designed with as much care and style as a bouquet of fresh flowers.

Half-Up Half-Down Front Twist Hairstyle

Reminiscent of hairstyles from medieval days, the front-twist hairstyle is simple, sweet, and romantic. Two small pieces of hair are taken from the front, twisted back from the forehead, then gathered together with another piece of hair, which is twisted in again. This is repeated until the half-up twisted hair resembles a gentle tiara on the top of the head. (See Front Twist Half Up Hair photos, below)

Front Twist Half-Up Hair

Front Hair Twisted Up and Back, Down Hair Is Wavy
Front Hair Twisted Up and Back, Down Hair Is Wavy | Source

Ponytail Bridesmaid Hairstyles

Back-Brushed Hair on Top of Head, with Volume and Wave in High Ponytail
Back-Brushed Hair on Top of Head, with Volume and Wave in High Ponytail | Source
Low, Smooth Ponytail
Low, Smooth Ponytail | Source
High Tight Ponytail with Black Headband (great for long, straight hair)
High Tight Ponytail with Black Headband (great for long, straight hair) | Source
Curly Ponytail
Curly Ponytail | Source

Variations on a Ponytail for Bridesmaid Hairstyles

Nothing says spunk and sportiness like a ponytail, which is probably why it has been kept out of the elegant bridal hairstyles in the past. However, recently the ponytail has come into wedding fashion as a simplistic and elegant style, with many elegant variations that have lifted it above its former status quo.

The hair that is pulled back can be back-brushed to create a look of fullness and volume or to visually change the shape of the head. Ponytails are also great for showing off complex zigzag parting or weaving, whether below the pony tie or above it. The hair that swings out of the ponytail itself can be curled and bouncy, shaped into one large and soft wave, or straight and smooth. If done right, any bridesmaid can look great in this hairstyle.

Over the usual elastic rubber band that holds the ponytail together, consider a wide ribbon with long ends that reach below the shoulders, or a large flower tucked into the side, a hair-wrap around the pony to disguise it, or a beaded band that sparkles. Ribbon hairbands or tiaras can also contribute effectively to the loveliness of the ponytail bridesmaid hairstyle.

Hair Down Hairstyle Photos

Long Wavy Hair Down, Side Part
Long Wavy Hair Down, Side Part | Source
Curly Hair Down
Curly Hair Down | Source
Smooth and Straight Hair Down with Curl/Wave at End
Smooth and Straight Hair Down with Curl/Wave at End | Source

Hair Down Hairstyles for Bridesmaids and Wedding

Simplest and cheapest of all wedding hairstyles is the all hair down option, which allows the beauty and cut of each bridesmaid's hairstyle to show, but is possibly the most casual of all hairstyles. Having all the hair down does not mean it isn't styled, however, as there are many techniques stylists use to get the hair to lay, bounce, or wave just as it should. Hair can be anywhere from tight ringlet-curls to long flowing waves, to straight and smooth and shiny. Just make sure that whatever style is chosen will work for each bridesmaid and will hold itself in place throughout the ceremony and reception.

A cute flower hairband or ribbon band looks great with the all-hair-down style, and is an easy way to bring one of your secondary wedding colors into the bridal party's attire.

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Rhonda Waits 5 years ago from The Emerald Coast

Very sexy hair styles. I love to wear my hair swept up it just feels really good. There is something sexy about it. Great hub. Thank you.

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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

Lovely pictures. I really like the first look!

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mysisters 5 years ago

Great hairstyles and pictures. I love the look of updos for weddings, they just look so chic and elegant.

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yenajeon 5 years ago from California

What a fantastic resource! I love the styles, I felt like some of the low buns could be used for the bride too!

Voted up!

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Jane Grey 5 years ago from Oregon Author

Yenajeon, thanks for your vote! You're right in that many of these styles would be very appropriate and elegant for a bride as well. Most of the time, there is no noticeable difference between a hairstyle that would work for a bride and a hairstyle that would work for a bridesmaid. Usually personal preference of the bride or maids is the order of the day!

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charmstotreasure 5 years ago

Nice hairstyle specially the Curly Hair Down^^

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Jane Grey 5 years ago from Oregon Author

Thanks, charmstotreasure! Most people can easily achieve that look for their weddings, though some people may require more hairspray and hair products to get that kind of a hold.

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crystolite 5 years ago from Houston TX

So nice. I will work through it later

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Journey * 5 years ago from USA

These are great examples of bridesmaid hairstyles. Thanks for these tips.

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SUSANJK 5 years ago from Florida

Great pictures and beautiful hair styles. Updos are so sexy.

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jamiesweeney 5 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

Nice post!

Braid Hair 5 years ago

Casual up do's look pretty when placed slightly upwards, the side hair do was looking gorgeous.


fashion 5 years ago

Wonderful hub.Bridal hair are attractive.

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AllSuretyBonds 5 years ago

Pretty Hair! I Love the wispy bun and the braided bun.

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Jane Grey 5 years ago from Oregon Author

AllSuretyBonds, those two are my favorites as well. Glad you enjoyed it!

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Carlon Michelle 5 years ago from USA

This was a fun hub to read and view. I am amazed at all the updo options there are. My sister is getting married in March 2012 and I'll have to show her this article. Smile - CarlonMichelle

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Jane Grey 5 years ago from Oregon Author

Carlon, I'm glad you liked it! I hope this will be helpful to your sister. Congratulations to her! :)

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lzlpio90 5 years ago

wow, fantastic... but i like the updo hairstyles. Look more elegant and classic...

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Jane Grey 5 years ago from Oregon Author

Definitely my favorites too, Lzlpio90! I love the "big hair" type updos, with plenty of texture and intricacy.

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carriethomson 5 years ago from United Kingdom

WOW i love all these hairstyles!! great hub and voted up!!

serenazz 5 years ago

I love your hub, great hairstyle! it is awesome! thumb up!

Misty 5 years ago

I love the mound offurls half up half down- is there a page that shows you how to do it?

shaina helton 3 5 years ago

dats coot , reall coot gurl.

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Jane Grey 5 years ago from Oregon Author

Misty, I don't have a page to show how to do the "Mound of curls" yourself, but there should be some youtube videos that will give you a good idea. If I were to do this hairstyle on you, I would first get your hair straight and smooth, then wind a strip of hair around a small curling iron, so that it spiraled. I would then hairspray it while it is on the iron, hold it there for about 4 seconds. I would do this to every lock of hair, and then gently take the top half and pin it up with bobby pins or butterfly clips, with some curls pinned up higher than others, to give it a cascade effect. I hope that helps!

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MarleneB 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

This was a really fun hub to read. The hairstyles are all so beautiful. It's amazing what hair can do.

jackie 4 years ago

These hair styles are beautiful I'm getting married in july 2012 and need a look for 5 bridesmaids that they all like

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courtneynicoleu 4 years ago from West Virginia

These hairstyles really helped me as I am in the beginning stages of wedding planning.

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mesacleanpools 4 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

Great hub! You did a great job of showing different styles of each type of hair style. And I believe that this is a great resource for brides and high schoolers looking for ways to wear their hair for prom!

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jenniferg78 4 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

Great pictures! I like how you included so many styles.

My cousin is getting married this summer so I am on the lookout for great styles. I am leaning towards somethings half up half down but I am going to bring some of these pictures when I go for hair appointments.

Thanks so much!

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louromano 4 years ago

Fantastic hair style ! These are great examples of bridesmaid hairstyles. Thanks for these tips.

eveln 3 years ago

wow lots of pretty hair styles i love them my sister is getting hiched

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SEEMA AQUA 2 years ago


i like it 2 and 13 pic thanx

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