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50 Gorgeous Bridesmaid Hairstyles for 2022

Published date: 16th November 2021 | Author: Gracie Pritchard

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What would a bride be without her bridesmaids? That’s a question that we don’t want to know the answer to. And just like the bride, making sure the bridal party looks and feels the part on your wedding day is very important!

Of course, working out the bridesmaid dresses and accessories needed (whether matching or not) is usually the first priority. But what we know from experience is that every bridesmaid is sure to have their own style preferences – especially when it comes to their hair. So, deciding on the different hairstyles can be slightly tricky. But worry not!

Whether it’s a DIY job or something you feel only a professional can achieve, we’ve put together a list of our 50 favourite bridesmaid hairstyles for 2021, for a bit of ‘hairspiration’!

Classic Bridesmaid Hairstyle

If you feel like keeping it classic, these stunning hairstyles may just be for you. From beautiful braids to wonderful waves – this is a fantastic way to stick to tradition, with a stylish, modern twist!

1. Loose Low Bun

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The signature look for bridesmaids here, there and everywhere – you can’t go wrong with this stunning hairstyle!

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2. Braided Front Piece

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We absolutely love this gorgeous hairstyle, so easy to put together but packs such a punch!

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3. Pinned Barrel Curls

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The bigger the barrel the better, and you can even pin the curls with cute, little accessories!

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4. Hollywood Waves

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Now when we say sleek and sophisticated, this is what we mean, you can’t get more glamorous than this!

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5. Side Pony

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Whether straight or curled, side ponytails look fantastic as a bridesmaid hairstyle, we’re huge fans.

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6. Messy French Braid

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A more complicated version of the messy ponytail, this stunning French braid is perfect for any bridesmaid.

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7. Straight and Pinned

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Jazz up a straight haired style with stunning accessories and pins for a more dramatic look!

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8. Side Swept

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Such a flattering style, we don’t know many people that couldn’t pull off this stunning look.

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9. Curly Updo

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If you’re a fan of curly hair styles, this up do could be the one for you, and it can be done in so many different ways. Talk about versatile!

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10. Twisted Bun

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Add a more unique touch to the classic low bun with this stunning, twisted style, how beautiful does this look!

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Unique Hairstyles

For the brides and bridal parties wanting to think and look more unique, look no further. We promise these stylish do’s will make you stand out from the crowd. Did somebody say space buns?

11. Faux-hawk Bride

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If you’re looking to stand out, look no further, this amazing look is sure to turn some heads!

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12. Slick Back

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If 2021 was a hairstyle it would be this slicked back look, and we’re so obsessed.

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13. Braided Bun

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The longer your hair, the bigger the braid – need we say more!

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14. Space Buns

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Not every bride/bridesmaids first choice, we will admit, but we think you could really rock them if you styled them just right!

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15. Beehive Updo

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Channel your inner Amy Winehouse with this beehive style hairdo, teased to perfection!

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16. Dutch Braid

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A unique twist on a classic hairstyle, and it looks gorgeous too!

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17. Flower Power

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Oh to be a bridesmaid with flowers in her hair, is there anything more magical than that?

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18. Twisted Pony

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An unusual look that we wish more bridal parties would embrace, how gorgeous does this look!

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19. Flower Crown

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Not a hairstyle so per say, but a great addition that is well and truly the cherry on top, who doesn’t love a flower crown!

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20. Crimped

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Not a common choice, but stunning nonetheless, and the crimped look is bang on trend for a 2021 wedding.

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Long Hairstyles

Long hair can be hard to maintain (trust us, we know) and is often even harder to tame and keep in place. But we’re sure these amazing hairstyles, perfect for long locks, won’t disappoint on your special day.

21. Mermaid Curls

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we’ve all dreamt of being mermaids at some point, and although we can’t swim like they can, we can take some inspiration from their hair. Just wow!

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22. Silky and Straight

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Silky and straight, so simple but so effective!

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23. Layered Braid

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The longer your hair, the more braids you can layer, keep that in mind.

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24. Sleek Waves

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Brushed out curls make the most beautiful, silky waves.

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25. Twisted Bangs

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So easy but so effective, we love this!

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26. Big and Bouncy

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This big and beautiful salon blow look is absolutely everything.

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27. Retro Side Sweep

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Keep it vintage with this sleek, retro side sweep. And that accessory too, just wow!

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28. Braided Bun

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A modern twist on a classic low bun, we love this idea.

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29. Messy Ponytail

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Effortless, but oh so beautiful – we’re huge fans of a messy pony, the messier the better!

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30. Sleek 'Down Do'

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Keep it modern with this stunning ‘down do’, right on trend for 2021 too!

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Short Hairstyles

Blunt bobs and pixie cuts have become increasingly popular in 2021, but shorter styles do make for less hair to work with. Embrace your luscious locks and keep these styles in mind for the special day!

31. Pixie Sleek

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So stunning and sophisticated, we love this look!

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32. Slicked Back

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Talk about modern chic, this look is fab for all you lovely bridesmaids rocking a shorter do.

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33. Baby Bun

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A gorgeous alternative to a bigger, more voluminous bun, who says baby buns aren’t just as beautiful!

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34. Full Braid

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This Dutch braid style hairdo is absolutely gorgeous, and so elegant!

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35. Blunt Bob

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Channel your inner Posh spice with this hairstyle, the shinier the better.

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36. Big and Bold

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Hairspray and a backcomb – need we say more!

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37. Hollywood Glam

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Big, silky curls – you couldn’t get any more glamourous than this.

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38. Sleek Low Bun

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A twist on the classic low bun, slick it down for more length!

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39. Faux Pony

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Extensions are your best friends if you’re looking for more length and volume, we love a faux ponytail!

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40. Side Braid

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Add a small French braid to the side of your head for a dramatic flare!

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Bridesmaid Hair Inspired By Different Eras

As much as modern hairstyles are stunning, we can’t help but to appreciate the do’s that were popular in the past. And as vintage/retro fashion is popular now, why not incorporate that into your hairstyles too!

41. 1920's 'Gatsby' Girl

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Sleek, sophisticated and a stunning nod to the 20’s, channel your inner Gatsby girl with this look!

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42. 1940's Pin Up Barrel Quiff

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Make a statement on the big day by channelling your inner pin up girl. Who doesn’t love a rolled quiff.

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43. 1960's Teased Like Twiggy

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Think big, bold and beautiful. The bigger the better, we’re thinking teased so big even Twiggy would have been envious!

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44. 1970's Bouncy Bangs

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If you’re a fan of big, bouncy hair, you’ll love this look – with a twist of course. One for the disco divas!

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45. 1990's Hair Band Hairstyles

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The 90’s, a.k.a. the decade of chunky highlights and hairbands, so why not incorporate that into the big day. You could even wear one to match your dress!

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Easy Hairstyles

Not everyone has the ability to pull off complicated hairstyles. No matter how many tutorials we watch, that tricky Dutch braid just never seems to look right! So, if styling hair isn’t your forte (don’t worry, it isn’t ours either) – these easy styles may be the solution to all of your hair related problems!

46. Basic Curl/Wave

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Easy is an understatement. Using a curling iron (or a straightener if you’re able to), section your hair and curl until the whole head is done. For lasting curls, twist and pin them to your head for as long as possible. You can even achieve curly hair without heat if you don’t have hairstyling tools to hand.

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47. Half Up, Half Down

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Simply part your hair to your desired preference and tie up the top part for an effortless half up, half down hairdo. Add accessories or leave the front pieces of your hair down depending on the vibe you’re trying to achieve.

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48. Twisted Bangs

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Part your hair down the middle and leave loose two equals sections of hair on either side. Then, simply twist them anti-clockwise towards the back of your head and pin into place. Leave as is for a more sleek look or leave small pieces of hair out for a more effortless style.

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49. Sleek and Straight

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Again, an easy hair do to achieve, simply part your hair into sections and run a hair straightener over it until the desired style is accomplished. For a lasting style, spray hairspray on a hair brush and lightly run it through your hair.

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50. Beautiful Blow Out

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Slightly more complicated but it gets easier with practice, we promise! Using rollers (use heated for a more sleek look), section your hair and pin to your head, leaving them in overnight for a beautiful salon finish the next day!

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Top Tips For Styling Your Own Hair

Now that we’ve given you an idea of some fantastic hairstyles to try out on your big day, you’re probably after a couple of top tips for styling your own (or someone else’s) hair. We’re not all hairdressers after all! Here our a few of our faves:

  1. Hairspray Is Your Best Friend – We all know how annoying it is when we put so much time and effort into doing our hair and then it all falls out after a couple of hours. Which is why hairspray is your best friend. Using a strong hold hairspray will help to keep those curls locked in!
  2. There’s A Tutorial For Everything – We live in a world where technology is top notch! So use that to your advantage and watch the many tutorials available online, we can guarantee there’s something for everything.
  3. Practice Makes Perfect – There’s a good chance you won’t get everything right on the first try, so practice as much as you can before the big day. We can’t stress enough how much this will help. And it’ll probably save you some time too!
  4. Choose Styles That Suit Your Hair Type – It’s no surprise that there are lots of different types of hair, from length to texture. The best thing to do is to pick a style that will suit your hair type. It’ll hold for longer and be easier to manage!
  5. Use Extensions/Clip Ins – For extra volume and length, lots of hairdressers and hair stylists use extensions and clips, especially for bridal hair. So take note and get buying, there’s stuff available from a wide variety of price points!

Some brides prefer to book appointments with professionals for their hair on their big day. But that isn’t within everyone’s mean (and that’s more than ok). You may even prefer to do your own hair for the occasion – and if that is the case, but you need a helping hand, keep these tips in mind. And remember … practice, practice, practice!

 

Take a look at our blog regarding Afro/Curly hairstyles for more bridesmaid hair inspiration!

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Gracie Pritchard

Gracie is our Marketing Assistant. She recently graduated from Nottingham Trent University, studying BA Broadcast Journalism and is passionate about anything and everything to do with writing! In her spare time, Gracie enjoys creating playlists, eating good food, drinking cocktails, and spending time with her favourite people; her family and friends.

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