DIY Wedding Guest Hairstyles that are Cool and Easy

three female wedding guests and a bride with a bouquet holding onto each other's waists and standing in front of a garden

by Sarah Joan Ross

Make sure you’re the best dressed and tressed with our guide to easy wedding guest hairstyles to do yourself.

When it comes to choosing the right hairstyle for a wedding, Luke Hersheson, UK Creative Director at John Frieda, advises to, “take everything into consideration: the neckline of your dress; the style of the wedding (is it a relaxed affair or more polished?) and the weather.” With this is mind, we’ve collated the best in wedding guest hair that's trending for 2018. 

Easy Wedding Guest Hairstyles Whatever Your Length

a female wedding guest having her makeup done and having her hair styled in a curly updo look with a jewelled accessory

Short hairstyles for wedding guests

“Creating any kind of ‘knot’ is clearly not an option if you have short hair," says Luke. "Instead, think about adding some texture in – use a good texturiser or even dry shampoo to give the hair some grit. Create some drama to the look by adding in a deep side parting, and if you have the tools to do it, tease out some soft, romantic curls and then clip them in place, keeping the hair away from your face.”

Wedding guest hairstyles for medium length hair

“Always take into consideration the neckline of your dress, for both mid and long length hair. Generally, high necklines should be ‘shown off’ by wearing the hair up, low necklines offset by loose, free-flowing hair. Low ponytails are both simple and sophisticated and usually work with anything. I personally prefer something that looks less polished and more minimal. Again start with adding texture in, use a curling tong to create tousled and very loose waves. Then gather the hair at the nape of the neck using your hands/fingers only – avoid a brush for this – and secure gently into a low ponytail. You can accessorise with a velvet bow or a magpie-style jewelled clip to finish the look.”

Long hairstyles for wedding guests

“Again, think about how to work your hair look with the dress you’re wearing. As a failsafe, a sophisticated bun usually works across all styles. You can add in intricate details or keep things simple. Again my preference is to downplay the look, to keep it interesting – nothing too polished. Try a low bun, but instead of keeping all the hair tendrils tucked in, let some of them loose. Fly-aways to frame the face also add an ethereal, romantic edge to the look.”

Bohemian Wedding Party 

Demoiselle d'honneur

The Low-Down

This is the kind of wedding where you can really let your hair down. Think relaxed styles, waves, and a certain undone-ness to keep with the spirit of things.

The Inspo

Boho wedding guest hairstyles for short hair

It’s all about texture, so try adding some oomph with Beach Blonde Sea Salt Spray

And if your pixie is too short for accessories, try adding flakes of gold, metallic paint or even some super-sized glitter.

Boho wedding guest hairstyles for mid-length hair

For long fringes and side layers, you can work a romantic twist. It’s a great alternative to a plait, and it keeps hair out of your face if the weather is warm or the wind is blowing. Plus it works on kinky, wavy hair, and is great inspo for curly hairstyles for wedding guests.  

Boho wedding guest hairstyles for long hair

Try fishtail plaits, side braids, and half up/half down styles with a wave or some movement. Think relaxed and informal, slightly textured and un-done. If your hair texture is fine-to medium, you can add touchable volume with this Luxurious Volume Fine to Full Blow Out Spray. Thicker hair that needs a little taming down with benefit from Frizz Ease Forever Smooth Blow Dry Styling Spray. 

Essential Head Gear

Go for floral garlands, pretty barrettes or a jewelled headband.

Black Tie Wedding

Happy bride posing in her wedding day

The Low-Down

This is usually an evening affair (post 6pm) so you will need to think about hair that will complement a cocktail dress or full-on gown.

The Inspo

Black tie wedding guest hairstyles to try for short hair

Try a slicked down, severe side part, with a super high-shine wet finish. Frizz Ease 100% Shine Glossing Mist will offer a super-reflective shine. 

Black tie wedding guest hairstyles to try for mid-length hair

A sleek bob can work well with all outfits. Keep flyaways to a minimum by spritzing a toothbrush with hairspray, like Frizz Ease Moisture Barrier Intense Hold Hairspray.

Time to tame any frizz. Think swingy, shiny hair, either super straight or a Hollywood wave. Or try slicking hair back in a high or low ballerina bun for an uncomplicated, effortless ‘do. Try Frizz Ease Extra Strength 6 Effects+ Serum to ensure a frizz-free day. 

Essential Head Gear

Bring out the pearls, sparkly slides and clips for an easy wedding guest hairstyle.

Country Wedding Nuptials 

Wedding Bride back

The Low-Down

Country weddings can be grand (stately house) or relatively relaxed (barn) affairs. Whatever the destination, one thing’s for sure: the unpredictable British weather. Choose a ‘do that will withstand all weather conditions - from sun to wind and rain - and remain stylish at the same time.  

The Inspo

Country wedding guest hairstyles to try for short hair

A finger wave on pixie cuts can look super elegant. Think vintage style or the universal appeal of the Downton Abbey clan. Boost shine with Frizz Ease Perfect Finish Polishing Serum

Country wedding guest hairstyles to try for mid-length hair

A side-parted roll, low chignon, and messy bun can look super chic. Keep hair in place with plenty of pins and Frizz Ease Moisture Barrier Flexible Hold Hairspray. 

Country wedding guest hairstyles for long hair

Half-up styles range from elegant mini chignons, to swept away in a retro 60s or 70s style. Try a cute bouffant ponytail, finished with a pretty ribbon - all very now. 

Essential Head Gear

A nod to the countryside with real (or artificial) flowers makes for a pretty ‘do.  

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