The style chosen by the bridesmaid, handmaidens and matron of honor is almost as important as the hairstyle for the bride.
Whether you’re having your bridesmaid hairstyle done at the salon with the bride, or you’re putting it up at home yourself, it’s important that you create a look that will complement the bride herself.
If the bride has asked you to wear flowers in your hair or a simple headdress, a salon stylist will help you choose the right cut and style to flatter you.
There are also a whole bunch of hairstyles and updos that you can create at home, by yourself or with the help of another bridesmaid.
Choosing a Uniform Look with Various Lengths
Depending on the bride, you may be asked to wear your hair up or down. Some brides want their bridesmaids hairstyles to be opposite of their own so if they wear their hair up, they expect yours down or in a half updo. Then, those who wear their hair down might want yours up.
You also may be faced with working together with the other bridesmaids to choose a uniform look. Some brides prefer all their gals to be identical for the sake of the photos. In this case, you will need to consider the length of hair that everyone has who is involved in the party.
Most parties who are asked to create a uniform look are faced with the problem of at least one person having short hair. How are you all supposed to look similar when one girl has a pixie haircut, a few have shoulder-length hair, and one boasts extra-long locks, for example?
In this case, a bridesmaids hairstyle done with curly hair will work best. If everyone curls their hair in barrel or spiral curls and then puts it into an updo and pins loose pieces, you’re granted volume and you can’t tell that their hair lengths are different.
Now, to make sure that the one bridesmaid with the super short hair blends in with the rest, all you have to do is add a nice hair accessory that everyone will wear. This could be a barrette, flower, ribbon, or anything else you can possibly imagine. Following these simple tips will ensure uniformity, which will add a touch of class to the entire affair.
Bridal Updos for Short Hair
An updo is a traditional and elegant style that’ll look great in the wedding photos. It’s possible to create one, even with short hair, if you speak to your stylist in good time and take advice.
In order to create a bridesmaid updo with short hair, follow this advice. If your hair is about 3 inches long, a very fashionable length right now, then you should go for a soft curled and twisted look.
The look at a wedding must be very soft and romantic to fit in with the whole mood.
In order to create this, follow these instructions:
First, dry your hair using a round bristled brush and a hairdryer on a medium setting. Take the hair dryer next to the brush whilst going through the hair, to start to get it to curl. It is also a good idea to just run your hands through your hair a few times with your head upside down to get some volume in it.
Then find some flat irons or a curling tong, and go over each strand of hair, curling them, in whatever tightness you prefer. It is best to choose a larger curl as this will look softer and much prettier. Accessorize with a quite diamante clip or a flower.
It would be a good idea to try this out a few weeks in advance with the bride present, so that she can say if she likes it or not, and it is also important to try it with the dress you will be wearing to check it matches (and of course don’t forget about the accessories such as tiaras or bridal veils.
Longer Bridesmaid Hair Styles
Whilst it’s easier to style long hair, it’s important to choose a look that will match and blend with that of the bride. Right now, the big fashion tip is that curls are IN!
Fashion magazines are tipping the natural look, with tumbling, big curls as the one that is going to be popular at weddings this year.
To create these big, bouncing curls you can do it two different ways:
Firstly, you can use a large barrelled curling iron. Start by spraying your hair with a heat protection spray, then tie up two-thirds of your hair. Pick a section of hair about 3cm by 3cm and wrap the hair around the curling iron. Hold for about 10-15 seconds, and then leave. If this has not worked, wait for the irons to heat up even more, and try again. Do the whole head with this method, and then cover with light natural-looking hairspray to keep it in place.
Secondly, you can use large hot rollers. Choose sections of about 3cm by 3cm to create the perfect look. Work from the top downwards, curling the wet hair onto the rollers, and secure with a grip. Wait until the hair is dried and then remove the rollers. Finally, set with a light shine hairspray.
Less is More
It can be tempting to use a few hair accessories, especially when there are so many to choose from and no one can pick only one. However, less is more with bridesmaid hair! If you are spending a lot of time on a hairstyle or having it done by a professional, why would you want to take away from the look by adding too many accessories to your hair?
The golden rule of fashion – about removing two accessories after you are ready to go out – applies to hair as well. No one is going to notice the detail of that gorgeous updo if you have four different accessories adding to the look as well.
Don’t Outshine the Bride
It is a good idea to run the bridesmaid hairstyle and accessory of choice by the bride for her approval. Even if she says something is fine, look at her face and body language, they may be saying something different. You never want your bridesmaid hairstyle to outshine that of the bride.
Sure, you want to look spectacular but this is her day! If she is someone who is natural and is going with a simple chignon or ballerina bun, your bridesmaids hairstyle shouldn’t be so extravagant that it takes away from her. Bridesmaid hair should be elegant and complementary to the bride.