Our favourite bridesmaid updos that all of Team Bride are going to love!
Looking for wedding hairstyles is a tricky business. The bridesmaid hair up look must be gorgeous, but not so gorgeous to upstage the bride. (As if!) And you can be sure each girl will have their own ideas!
Whether you’re choosing styles for your gals or helping out (good work, bridesmaid), we’ve put together our favourite bridesmaid updos that all of Team Bride are going to love!
1. Halo crown braid
This pretty style is suitable for almost all hair lengths and textures! No wonder it’s so popular! Start a French braid at the back of your head, then work along the hairline around the crown. Once the end meets the start, pin in place. Then keep those flyaways at bay with Frizz Ease Perfect Finish Polishing Serum.
2. Dutch braid
So on trend your wedding blog will practically write itself! To achieve the Dutch braid updo, take a section of hair at the front and split into three pieces. Instead of plaiting the outside pieces inwards, pull the middle section out and over. Work your way to the back of your head and finish with a regular plait. Then keep those bad boys in place with a liberal spray of Frizz Ease Moisture Barrier Intense Hold Hairspray.
3. Fishtail braid
Sure to be the coolest bridesmaid updo of the year, the fishtail braid has a messy texture, so we'd recommend spritzing Luxurious Volume Fine to Full Blow-Out Spray through towel-dried hair and then giving it a rough blow-dry. As you plait, leave a bit out along the front and sides, then pull apart the braid for that slightly dishevelled look.
Check out our 10 braided hairstyles for more inspiration.
4. Ballet bun
Sleek, elegant, and - as the name "ballet bun" suggests - perfect for dancing! Apply Frizz Ease Forever Smooth Blow Dry Styling Spray to damp hair and blow-dry super straight. Put the hair in a ponytail and either twist into a bun or wrap hair around a hair doughnut. Pin into place and secure any loose hairs. For an immaculate finish spray with Frizz Ease 100% Shine Glossing Mist.
5. Braided bun
Admit it. You’ve already screenshotted this from Instagram. And luckily it’s much more simple than it looks! Just French braid along the hairline and wrap it into a tight braided bun. Keep flyaways at bay with Frizz Ease Original Serum... #cute
6. Messy bun
Effortlessly beautiful, this is one of our favourite bridesmaid updos. Leave a few face-framing strands at the front and fix with Frizz Ease Moisture Barrier Flexible Hold Hairspray for loose curls that’ll stay put all day.
7. Low ponytail
Though often overlooked, never underestimate the power of a low ponytail. The trick is to split the hair. Clip the top half out the way and tie the bottom half into a tight ponytail. Then taking the upper section, lightly tease and smooth over, then sweep it back to join the lower ponytail, creating one voluminous masterpiece.
8. Victory roll
If your day has a vintage or rock theme, the victory roll works perfectly. You’ll need large-barrel curling tongs, clips, bobby pins, a smoothing comb and lots of Frizz Ease Moisture Barrier Intense Hold Hairspray. And don’t forget a slick of pillarbox red lipstick.
9. Beehive hair
More vintage glamour. The secret to a perfect 60s style beehive is to backcomb, backcomb, backcomb, then backcomb some more! The higher you go, the more drama you’ll create.
If you have fine hair and need a helping hand when it comes to injecting some volume into your tresses, have a look at our five steps for how to add volume to fine hair.
10. Messy updo
This one’s a modern classic. Run Luxurious Volume Perfectly Full Mousse through damp hair and blow-dry. Curl the whole head, then pin away - but be sure to keep it loose and low. And the beauty is if a hair falls out of the place, no worries, it’s meant to be messy!
11. Side bun
How demure! Add volume with Touchably Full Shampoo and Conditioner, then take your hair over to your chosen side and tie it into a ponytail. Thread the ponytail through a hair doughnut, then wrap the hair over the edges and pin into place. Tres chic, darling.
12. Updo short hair
Need a short bridesmaid hair style for your bob-loving friend/cousin/sister? This is so simple, she can even do it herself. Add body at the crown with Luxurious Volume Root Booster Blow Dry Lotion then roughly twist strands and pin into place. The messier the better!
13. Half up half down
If one or two bridesmaids prefer their hair down, why not meet them halfway? A pretty top-knot? A halo braid? In fact, all of the above ideas can be half up half down hairstyles if you want them to be!
If the girls can’t agree on one style, why not give them the same bridesmaid hair accessory to work with instead? A glitter bow, floral headband or bejewelled comb can ensure they match your theme, while letting them feel like themselves.
We hope we've given you plenty of bridesmaid updo ideas and inspiration. If you want to base your hairstyle on the dress code of the event, take a look at our hairstyle guide for good wedding guest etiquette to get you ready for the big day.