Wedding season is upon us, and if you’re gearing up to be a bridesmaid you’ve probably already perused a couple (of hundred) Pinterest boards to get some hair inspiration.
For those with hair in that in-between stage, or who’ve recently gone for the chop, the task can be a little trickier as lots of bridesmaid styles seem to be aimed at those with long flowing hair.
Here are some top tips for your bridesmaid barnet if you’ve got shorter hair.
Which are your favourites?
Waterfall braids are super elegant and there’s lots of scope to experiment with them.
Part hair into a deep side parting, and go for a plait that goes all the way round to the back of your head.
Or go for one on each side for a crown effect.
If you’ve got straight hair, be sure to curl it first to add volume and make it easier to braid.
For a more undone look, tease the plait out once you’ve secured it by pulling on and loosening the strands.
Add some flowers through the braid if you want to make it look extra special — we think this is a fab idea for weddings especially.
While you might not have enough length to get a full fishtail, you can still get a mini version, and they look just as good.
This style works best on hair that hasn’t just been washed.
If that isn’t an option, spray hair with dry shampoo before you begin, to add grip and ensure the plait doesn’t slip out.
Experiment with the different positions it could go: one going over the top of your head to frame your face could look extra special, or keep hair out of the way with a plait going back.
Another great bridesmaid option is keeping your hair au natural.
It can be disheartening to be put in a dress that you didn’t choose and told how to have your hair, especially if you don’t feel like ‘you’ in either of them.
If brides want their bridesmaids to feel relaxed, leaving hair up to them is nice idea.
Half Up Half Down
Half-up-half-down styles are timeless and super easy to do.
Curl hair first, spray with hairspray, and secure at the back.
We love the bow hair ornament below, and think bridesmaids with matching ones would look super cute.
If you’re feeling bold, instead of a fancy ‘do you could just experiment with your colour.
We love this warm purple and it’s right on trend too.
If you really don’t think your hair will do what it’s told, whoever’s wedding it is, a soft tousled look won’t let you down.
If you have naturally wavy hair, leave to dry as you normally would, or dry with a diffuser.
Define curls with a tong, add a smidge of serum to control frizz and finish with some shine spray.
For those with poker straight hair, add volumizing mousse after washing and towel dry.
Blow dry with a round brush, separating hair into small sections
. Curl with a tong (or with your straighteners), brush out and add plenty of hair spray.
Add a some flowers as a finishing touch.
Don’t forget your shades for the big day, or to hide you hangover the morning after:
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