The bride is not the only woman who needs to look good on the wedding day. All the guests get to choose their own hairstyles, but bridesmaids have a responsibility to not only feel good, but look good – for their sake, and the bride’s.
Of course, the most important thing is that you know what hairstyle the bride is going for. If it’s simple, you go for something simpler. If it’s complicated, then you can’t out-shine her. Simple is always the best option. Natural hair colours work best at weddings, so don’t surprise the bride with a bright colour, especially if she’s not expecting it. If you plan on dying your hair before the wedding, make sure you do it 4-5 days beforehand, as you don’t want any stains or weeping on your dress. Of course, for the most vibrant colours, you need to only wash it a few times a week, certainly not every day. Surprisingly, this works particularly well for weddings, as most styles work best if your hair hasn’t been washed within 24-hours, and will also require far less hair-product.
The obvious choice for pixie-cuts is to mess it up with product, and lots of it. If this is how you usually wear your hair, then the bride should be fine with it. Always check if you’re unsure. Remember, not too much product and not too much messiness. It’s a wedding, not Halloween. We recommend a good mousse and a comb to slightly back-comb your hair and give it texture.
Fascinators do not often work well with pixie-cuts, due to the lack of hair to fasten it to. However, this doesn’t mean you can’t accessorise. You can always accessorise. You can stay dainty with some simple hair-clips or hairbands, or you can rock it like a hippie-princess and wear a flower-crown. We recommend a metallic or seasonal colour to suit your dress, regardless of what you go for. You can find suitable accessories in most good clothing stores, but places like Etsy can add that special, personalised touch.
For many, short hair can be a curse – it’s just about long enough to get in your way, but is always too short to do anything interesting with. Well, that’s where you’re wrong – short hair is a blessing, and always shall be. If you can’t figure out anything to do with your short hair, you’re not thinking hard enough.
We personally wouldn’t recommend tying you hair up, as it usually won’t hold your hair. This is a wedding, not gym-class. No beanies, either. Not even a sparkly beanie.
No, instead we recommend soft curls. You can’t go wrong with soft-curls. Whether you choose to do so with a curling wand, iron or rags, you’re sure to look wonderful. If you feel that simple curls aren’t for you, there’s always the fringe-plait, such as this.
Of course, there’s also the option of accessories. Again, fascinators don’t work too well with this length hair, as is covers most of it. However, thin or chunky hairbands work especially well. Try and aim for neutral colours, or those that suit your dress. White is the bride’s colour, but if it’s barely noticeable, we’re sure she wouldn’t mind.
Long hair. Bane of your life or gift? Gift, definitely gift. You can do almost anything with it! Plait, bun, curls, straight or even something more elaborate. And on top of that, it’ll keep you warm during winter weddings! Hoorah!
Hair-crowns are all the rage for ladies with long-hair at the moment. Of course, it’s the bride’s special day, so that’s why you accessorise less. A simple hair-crown isn’t so simple to make, so it’s best to visit a stylist that knows what they’re doing, so that pieces of hair don’t stick out randomly. Therefore, this isn’t a great style for people with lots of layers, unless you’re willing to use lots of hairpins. Not only does it look good from the front, but from the back, too! This works especially well for those with short foreheads (you can’t have a fringe to hide it) and long faces. Unfortunately, pairing this with round-faces makes them look even more round, a bit like the rings of Saturn.
Fear not, if you do have a round-face, and prefer fringes, it’s best to have a style that frames it. Avoid straight-styles. Straight styles can often make the head look an odd shape, which is not what you need on a day you’ll be having lots of photos taken during. Curls and bangs work best – side-fringes also work well, if you’re not quite brave enough to face the full-fringe quite yet. The random bouncy-ness of curls make the face look slimmer, especially for the larger ladies. This also applies to shorter styles.
If you’d like to look younger, then layered, long hairstyles often forgive the face’s flaws. If you don’t have the patience to deal with long-hair 24/7, then you can always consider extensions, which some hairdressers offering to hire-out!
Of course, another option for ladies with slightly longer-hair is a bun. Buns are often use by the bride to look refined and youthful. However, this shouldn’t mean you have to avoid them. For weddings, the most popular bun is a side-bun. If you want to avoid tightness, then avoid top-buns. Another disadvantage of top-buns is that they make you look like a super-strict maths teacher, which certainly isn’t the best look. Accessorise with flowers to match your dress, or small diamantes within the bun for a more subtle look.
Ribbons tied around buns are also very cute, but often hard to secure.
Of course, if you have layers, then buns aren’t obviously the best idea. HOWEVER… there are solutions to this. Donut-rings can add volume and the correct shape to even the saddest-looking buns. They’re available in many colours and are relatively easy to put up, even on your own. However, they still gave the tendency to fall out, so make sure to secure them with some pins. Accessorise further by turning your fringe into a mini-plait. CUTE!