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Tips for Choosing Bridesmaid Hairstyles

beach wave

5 Questions to Help You Decide on the Right Look

As a bridesmaid you get to be the bride’s sidekick. From making important decisions, to choosing a dress, you’re her go-to gal. But on the big day, you don’t have to compromise on looking gorgeous in order to be a doting bridesmaid.  So while you help her decide on white or ivory, take the time to also consider the following questions to help you find a fab bridesmaids hairstyle.

 sleek side pony with twist

1. How is The Bride Wearing Her Hair?

Before I start a bridal party I always ask the bride,”Do you want your hair to be totally unique? Or do you mind if the bridesmaids have a similar style?” If she wants her hair to be one-of-a-kind, then that helps to direct the kind of style the bridesmaids will wear (if the bride’s hair is all down, then I’ll style the bridal party with their hair partially up). If this isn’t important to the bride– then it’s not as much of a factor, but it’s always an important question to take into consideration.

high ballerina bun, updo

2. What Type of Wedding Is It?

You don’t want a formal french twist for a beach wedding, just like you wouldn’t want messy beach waves for a black tie evening. The type of venue, time of day, and how formal the event is, are all factors to consider when settling on your finished look. This doesn’t have to restrict your style but can help you to narrow your options down to something appropriate for the occasion.

Beach Wedding = Loose Beach Waves, Deconstructed Bun, Playful Braids

Black Tie Wedding = French Twist, Hollywood Waves, Polished Buns, Clean Pony

hollywood wave, formal style for medium length hair

Leighton Meester half up with waves

3. What is The Style of The Dress?

Does the dress have a beautiful detail on the back you want to show off? Then an updo is the way to go. Does it have a plunging neckline or is it strapless? Then it might be nice to have hair on your shoulders. Also what is the feel of the dress? A glamorous gown would be complimented with a more sophisticated style whereas a more romantic dress would go well with soft waves or a looser updo.

Jessica Alba low bun with braids

4. Should All The Bridesmaids Match?

This is another question I ask the bride before beginning the bridal party. Some brides want all the styles to be the same, whereas some just want the styles to compliment each other. I prefer when bridesmaids’ hairstyles have some continuity, but I don’t love when they’re all “matchy matchy.” Recently I did a wedding where we incorporated a braid into each of the different hairstyles. This is a great way to maintain similar styles, while still keeping it fresh.

half up with volume and braids

5. Is It Cute?

No matter how great a style looks in a picture, what’s important is that is looks great on the bridesmaid! Consider if the style will compliment your face shape and features. If you have a larger forehead, then a high volume style might accentuate it. A slicked back style or tight updo would enhance a round face shape. If you’re unsure about what works for you, ask you hairstylist for suggestions. That way, when the wedding day arrives, you’ll be confident in knowing what kind of style looks best on you.

I love when I see a bridal party where each bridesmaid looks uniquely beautiful. After all, you were each selected to stand beside the bride for your individuality and personality! By asking the right questions and communicating with the bride-to-be, you can find a bridesmaids hairstyle you both love!

For more great wedding hairstyles check out our Pintrest Wedding board.

Hairstyle Blog contributing author Lindsay Hausch
Contributing author Lindsay Hausch has provided clients with professional cutting edge color and cutting techniques at exclusive Paul Mitchell and Bumble and Bumble Signature Salons for the past seven years. She co-founded Sedona Beauty Team, which represents a team of artists that offer luxury, on-location beauty services. She enjoys writing articles that share her expertise. You can follow Lindsay on Twitter and FaceBook.


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Bridal Hairstyles to Match Your Wedding Theme

loose braid with curls and flowers

What Kind of Bride Are You? Let Your Hairstyle Speak Volumes!

It was a renaissance themed wedding from the cake and decorations right down to the the groom’s suit of armor. I thought that his magnetic boutonnière was a nice touch! However, my favorite part of the wedding was the bride’s elegant corseted wedding dress and, of course, the intricate braided updo I was able to create for her bridal hairstyle.

But, your wedding doesn’t have to be a theme from a Hollywood set in order to inspire your bridal hairstyle. It’s always a good idea for your wedding day look to be inspired by the type of event you’re having. Whether it’s a beach wedding, or a romantic vineyard, your hairstyle is an opportunity to express your style and set the mood for the evening. Fortunately, we have so many gorgeous bridal hairstyles for you to choose from, that you’re guaranteed to be inspired, and look flawless for the big day!

The Romantic Bride

Sand between your toes and a glowing sunset to frame the scene, you’re the kind of bride that wants your guests to experience a relaxed and blissful evening that focuses on your love for one another. You want to feel like your most beautiful self, with soft natural hair, glowing makeup, and a dress that fits like your second skin.

soft updo with loose curls

loose curls with side ponytail

loose waves and flower

The Glamorous Bride

You’ve had your venue reserved for a year and a half because of the breathtaking chandelier in the entrance and its swank style. As a bride, you want to make a statement with a jaw dropping look that will be remembered. You’re all about big sexy hair, Kim Kardashian smokey eyes, and a dress with more bling than your diamond.

half up with volume and headband

side ponytail with volume

dramatic bun

The Classic Bride

You’re having the church wedding you always imagined followed by a reception at a lush golf course with water fountains and canopies. As a bride, you want your look to be sweet and timeless. You want a classic updo and flawless makeup to match your elegant gown.

elegant bun with flowers

sleek hollywood wave

Tyra Banks retro updo with bun

The Natural Bride

You’re thrilled for the wedding, but hate the idea of getting all dressed up. The only time you’ve worn makeup or fussed with your hair was at the insistence of your college roommate. You want to be a bride, but does that mean loads of makeup, teased hair, and a poofy dress from JJs House? For you, beauty is about feeling comfortable in your own skin and being yourself.

loose waves with veil

loose braid

Lauren Conrad loose updo

Hairstyle Blog contributing author Lindsay Hausch
Contributing author Lindsay Hausch has provided clients with professional cutting edge color and cutting techniques at exclusive Paul Mitchell and Bumble and Bumble Signature Salons for the past seven years. She co-founded Sedona Beauty Team, which represents a team of artists that offer luxury, on-location beauty services. She enjoys writing articles that share her expertise. You can follow Lindsay on Twitter and FaceBook.


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Talking Dirty, Second Day Hair

Dishwater Blonnde with Second Day Hair

3 Reasons Why Dirty Hair is the Best Hair

You probably feel the best you can possibly feel with freshly washed hair, clean sheets and a full cup of tea. However, you probably don’t look the best you could possibly look, because freshly washed hair is the most annoying type of hair to work with. Dirty hair is really the best hair – it’s the hair that will do what you want, it’s the hair that stays in place and it’s not as gross as it sounds. Embrace your dirty hair a little bit more and understand that freshly washed hair has an attitude that you really don’t have time for.

Dirty Hair Will Do What You Say

Dirty hair really doesn’t have the energy of freshly washed hair – it’s a little more broken down, it’s a little heavier and it’s willing to stay where you want it to go. After washing your hair, the best thing you can do it dirty it up again. Pop some Moroccan Oil on your ends, massage in some Kerastase Volumactive Mousse or pat in some Schwarzkopf Osis instant volume powder. Your clean hair just wants to fluff and drop, so you need to show it that you’re in control. Go to town on your styling – curl, straighten, spray and spritz away! It’s all for the greater good of creating the best possible hair-day tomorrow.

Dirty Hair Doesn’t Need to Look Dirty

Some turn their nose up at dirty hair and hate the feeling of oily or dry hair. If you can look past your feelings, you reap big dividends in manageability. This is the reason why dry shampoo exists! As well as being an absolute lifesaving product when you’re completely run off your feet, dry shampoo adds wonderful, beautiful volume to your hair, which you’ll become completely addicted to. It’s a very easy product to use – hold the can around 30cm (12″) away from your scalp and spray away. It will be loud, it will leave a white residue (blondes, you’ll love this, yet the brunettes and redheads may have to brush it in a little more) and it will instantly soak up that pesky oil that’s creeping in and threatening to ruin your look. My personal favourite is Klorane dry shampoo and it will probably become yours too.

Dirty Hair Saves You Time and Money

Let’s face it – washing your hair is quite the tedious task. The excuse of not being able to go out because you’re washing your hair is a legitimate excuse, especially for those of you with long luscious locks. Frequently blow-drying it, styling it and stripping it of all its natural oils isn’t really helping you in the long run – it’s actually drying out your hair more (which is why you have to wash it so much), you may be fading your hair colour if you’re not using the correct shampoo/conditioner combo and you’ll be wasting a whole heap of product when you really don’t need to be. Embrace your dirty hair and enjoy sleeping-in, product lasting longer, colour taking a long time to fade and ultimately, healthier hair!

Nicola Wood
Guest Author Nicola Wood is a freelance writer, traffic reporter for the Australian Traffic Network and has her own blog called First World Beauty Problems. She spends her mornings flying over Sydney in a chopper reporting on the delays, spends the middle of her days testing, trailing and writing about beauty problems for girls then spends the afternoons on radio. Connect with Nicola on FaceBook and Twitter.


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