Honestly, when it comes to being a bridesmaid, there’s not a lot you have control over. Chances are you won’t have a say in your dress, your shoes, or anything related to the wedding. Don’t totally freak out, though, ’cause even though that purple A-line dress might be forced on you, your bridesmaid hairstyle doesn’t have to be—especially when you show the bride one of these stunning looks. Ahead, I rounded up so many modern, fun, and cute options that won’t compete with the main attraction (the bride, obvi). Including updos for long, crimped hair and everything in between, here are 39 bridesmaids hairstyles that everyone is sure to love.
Bridesmaid Hairstyle: Side-Swept Bangs
You probs won’t get bangs for a wedding, but you can fake it—just create a deep side part, swoop it over, then secure it with a bobby pin. Bump the ends with a curling iron and you’ll have a super cute and retro wedding look.
Bridesmaid Hairstyle: Tight Curls
Think of these curls as an updated and cooler version of those ringlets you wore to your middle school dance. Keep flyaways at bay by spritzing your curls with a long-lasting flexible hairspray.
Bridesmaid Hairstyle: Half-Up, Half-Down
Instead of throwing your hair into a basic pony, add some curls and tie up the top half to recreate this stunning look.
Bridesmaid Hairstyle: Sleek and Straight
No need to be super extra with your hairstyle—a middle part and a sleek, straight look is all you need to keep it cute without going overboard.
Bridesmaid Hairstyle: Waterfall Braid
You’ve seen this look all over Pinterest for a reason—it really looks that damn good. Don’t forget to add some waves to your waterfall braid to give it some much needed body.
Bridesmaid Hairstyle: Olivia Culpo’s Layered Hair
TBH, you can’t go wrong with layers. They instantly add body, texture, and volume. Oh, and if you bump the ends, they look really freakin’ pretty.
Bridesmaid Hairstyle: Pearl Clips
Deep waves on the side of your hair + a few pearl clips = a dreaaaaamy look that the bride won’t be able to fight you on.
Bridesmaid Hairstyle: Crimped Hair
Crimped hair is back and it’s prettier than ever. If you need to add some length to your hair, consider clip-in extensions. They’re not too pricey and you can pop them out after your bridesmaid duties are over.
Bridesmaid Hairstyle: Face-Framing Tendrils
How cool is this chic updo? Seriously, the bride will love this. Tug a few pieces loose around your temples to help frame your face.
Bridesmaid Hairstyle: Textured High Ponytail with Tendrils
Wanna be a ~cool~ bridesmaid? Give your ponytail some edge by choosing this textured look. It’s fun and a nice change from all those sleek ponys you see everywhere.
Bridesmaid Hairstyle: Polished and Clipped
Keep a sleek look secure with a practical yet fashionable barrette. You’ll be happy you have your hair pinned in place when you dive for the bouquet.
Bridesmaid Hairstyle: Pinned Half Back
If you don’t feel like completely changing your hair texture, style your natural curls as you normally would, but add a touch of sparkle for the occasion with a beaded accessory like this one.
Bridesmaid Hairstyle: Smooth Waves and Stones
A few subtle gemstone pins to highlight your good side will make your photos even more memorable—and Instagram-worthy.
Bridesmaid Hairstyle: Pinned With Petals
A half-up style with tiny flowers tucked into the hair perfectly suits the carefree vibes of an outdoor wedding.
Bridesmaid Hairstyle: Soft Waves
Although this hairstyle existed way before the Kardashian-West nuptials, Kim reminded us just how good the ’70s soft wave is with a front middle part and teased crown.
Bridesmaid Hairstyle: Half-Up Knot
This effortless half-up style with tousled waves has “beach wedding” all over it.
Bridesmaid Hairstyle: Glam Waves
Ironically enough, Old Hollywood glamour never gets old. For uniform waves like these, curl the hair in small sections in the same direction, then brush out the ringlets to soften them into a shiny wave.
Bridesmaid Hairstyle: A Floral Crown
For an ethereal look like this one, tuck the stems of the flowers into the hair around the crown of your head or string them together into an actual headpiece first (if, you know, you don’t already have too much on your plate).
Bridesmaid Hairstyle: An Accessorized Crown Braid
If you thought short hair couldn’t pull off a crown braid, welp, you thought wrong. This short crop features not one but two braided accents.
Bridesmaid Hairstyle: Side Swept
If you like to wear your hair down but want to add a little extra somethin’, pull one side of your hair back and leave the other side loose.
Bridesmaid Hairstyle: Textured Waves
Isn’t it amazing what a little baby’s breath and some textured waves can do for your overall look? Instant wedding vibes.
Bridesmaid Hairstyle: An Ultra-High Ponytail
Despite how extravagant and glamorous weddings may look, they’re actually, IRL, a sweaty mess. This glam high-pony caters to both style and function.
Bridesmaid Hairstyle: A Single Pearl
A subtle accessory like this single pearl pin will add just enough to your look without taking anything away from the bride’s.
Bridesmaid Hairstyle: Sleek Braided Pony
From far away, this low pony might look simple and sleek. But up close in photos, you’ll notice the fishtail braid that’s wrapped around the base.
Bridesmaid Hairstyle: A Full Ponytail
A full, fluffy ponytail might be too hard for a bride to wear with her veil, but for a bridesmaid? You can amp up the volume as much as you want.
Bridesmaid Hairstyle: A Glam Wave Pony
Love the Old Hollywood look but also want to show off the back of your dress? That’s exactly why this wave pony was invented….probably.
Bridesmaid Hairstyle: A Half-Crown Tiara
Sure, you’re a princess in your own heart, but wearing a full-on tiara might rub the bride the wrong way. But a half-crown accessory tucked in back would add the perfect touch of sparkle for a walk down the aisle.
Bridesmaid Hairstyle: Bold Barrettes
If your bride is more of a bridechilla than bridezilla, she’d be into celebrating her bridesmaids’ individual styles—at least, you’d hope. Use cool accessories to play up your hair’s texture and set yourself apart from the others.
Bridesmaid Hairstyle: A Tousled French Twist
If a classic French twist is too stuffy, try pulling out a few loose, messy pieces and add a unique hair pin to chill it out.
Bridesmaid Hairstyle: A Twisted Updo
If you have slippery hair, try prepping your strands with a texturizing spray first to help your twisted updo stay put all night long.
Bridesmaid Hairstyle: A Loose, Swept-Up Updo
This loose French twist looks simple, easy, and not at all contrived. Wish I could say as much for the rest of your outfit.
Bridesmaid Hairstyle: A Slick Updo
With all the running around and last-minute errands, you’ll be glad you went with a secure updo like this low bun.
Bridesmaid Hairstyle: A Low and Loose Bun
Your friend’s big day isn’t really about you, but you can’t exactly turn up at the wedding looking like you turned up all night at the rehearsal dinner. Twist and pin your hair into a romantic, messy bun to quickly look put together (even if, internally, you’re def not).
Bridesmaid Hairstyle: A Twisted Chignon
What could make a beautiful bridal chignon even better? A beaded barrette that matches your dress or plays off the bride’s look.
Bridesmaid Hairstyle: An Oversize Bun
Having long, thick hair for this look would be ideal, but with a few wefts of clip-in extensions, your stylist can achieve a big, loose bun like this, no prob.
Bridesmaid Hairstyle: A Classic Chignon
If you fear being too trendy, choose a timeless look like this updo. To keep it soft, leave out a few pieces around the hairline to frame your face.
Bridesmaid Hairstyle: A Loose Ballerina Bun
If a tight ballerina bun is too severe for your bride’s more relaxed, romantic vibe, opt for a similar look with a loose topknot.
Bridesmaid Hairstyle: A Twisted Updo
The dressier the wedding, the dressier the hair. This sleek, sophisticated updo is the perfect match for a black-tie ceremony.
Bridesmaid Hairstyle: A Looped Bun
When in doubt, choose a super-sleek, tucked-under bun, which would pair just as well with a simple, clean A-line dress as it would an elaborate gown.