Hair Guide

Popular Wedding Hairstyles for Every Bride in 2021

By November 5, 2021 No Comments

With so many options, choosing a bridal hairstyle can be tricky.

Do you try waves or braids? Will an updo suit your face shape? Do you coordinate the hair accessories with your dress? Are you wearing a veil? Do you want to look chic or romantic? The questions are endless!

If you don’t know where to start looking, we’ve got you covered! Look through our gallery of the most popular bridal hairstyles for 2021: 

Stylish Hairstyles for every Bride

From soft waves to fishtail braids, bouncy curls and sleek buns there is a bridal look to suit every bride. The key is in doing your research and trialling a range of looks before your big day.

Half-Up Half-Down

A popular bridal style that suits all face shapes is the half-up half-down style. This wedding hairstyle is similar to the classic romantic updo, but with an effortless, boho twist, perfect for brides with medium to long hair. 

Nailing the half-up, half-down look involves carefully pinning or braiding hair to the back of the bride’s head and letting the rest of the hair fall elegantly, usually with loose waves or curls for a feminine touch. Many brides style with braids and decorative clips or accessories to elevate the look or add a touch of glam!

If you’re opting for a veil, this look is a go-to as all veils will be able to sit on top of the hair without any discomfort — the last thing you want on your wedding day!

Old Hollywood Glamour

Curls are always popular for wedding hairstyles, but a Hollywood touch takes them to the next level. 

If you have thick hair or want to give the illusion of thicker hair, big, voluptuous Hollywood curls are a great way to create more texture and volume. 

Brides can play around with this look and choose to style this hairstyle by wearing it to the side or out and loose. Some brides choose to add ornate hair clips to pin strands of hair away from their face, while others choose to let their big curls run wild on their big day.

Classic Updo

For brides that want to feel like a true princess on their wedding day, an updo is a classic style. 

We all know the updo from the Disney princesses we grew up with, so why not embrace your fairytale day with a Cinderella style bun and tiara! The updo style can range from a ballerina bun or a messy bun to a more ornate braided bun. 

One of the benefits of an updo is that you can truly showcase veils, statement earrings, and accessories without having to adjust them as much as you would with loose hair. Updos work particularly well with longer veils, so if you’re going for a statement veil, try this hairstyle! 

This classic bridal hairstyle also keeps hair out of your face – perfect for your first dance and Brides planning to let loose on the dance floor!

Soft Waves

If you’re going for a laid-back, effortless look, soft waves might be the best hairstyle for you. This bridal hairstyle is extremely versatile and works for a range of bridal looks. A popular styling choice for tousled waves is boho, as you can add understated details like velvet ribbon into the hair without it drawing focus away from your dress.

Braids

Braids are a go-to for many brides. Often reinterpreting medieval or historical hairstyles, a braid can add a romantic or even fantasy element to your look.

Whether dainty and understated or bold and dramatic, many think you need long hair to showcase a braid, but stylists can easily add extensions if you have short hair! This is a chic way to style your hair and keep it out of your face for your wedding day.

Natural Curls

If you are lucky enough to have naturally curly hair, you might want to embrace it on your wedding day!

There are so many elegant styles for natural hair that will keep your hair voluminous and in place for a long period of time. With the help of the right products like mousse or curl creme your locks will be ready to go. Flower crowns and tiaras are popular choices to finish off this look, adding some romantic detail for the occasion.

Classic Low Chignon

One of the most popular wedding styles is the low chignon hairstyle. This is essentially a low bun that keeps hair in place and out of the way. The low chignon is a timeless wedding look and works well with comb veils. Simply clip the veil in above the bun and let it drape down your back for the perfect look.

Should I Go To A Stylist?

Though most brides have a hair and makeup team on the morning of their wedding, some still wonder if they really need the help of a stylist. 

Often experts suggest trying out potential hairstyles with your dress weeks before so you know what you will look like on the big day and to never leave makeup or hair until the morning of, always to a practice test beforehand. This is important as you may decide you don’t like a certain style and a test run will give you time to re-plan.

We recommend working with a hair stylist at least once so you can see a professional’s take on your wedding hair. You may decide you can do it better, but at least you’ve tried all the options!

Best Hair Styling Tools

If you’re trying to build up a bridal hair styling kit, we have a list of essentials you should invest in and add to your kit. These are helpful tools that every hair stylist should own, whether you’re creating the perfect updo or creating romantic curls, these tools and products are always handy.

  • A Curling Wand
  • A Flat Iron
  • Curlers/Rollers
  • Hairstyle Practice Head
  • Hair Spray
  • Sea Salt Spray
  • Brusher, Combs, & Clips
  • Hair Dryer
  • Curling Creams
  • Hair Oils

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