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15 Bridal hairstyles for the perfect summer wedding

/ 05.27.2015
Beautiful bridal hairstyle inspiration
Beautiful bridal hairstyle inspiration

If you're planning a summer wedding and can't quite decide on a bridal hairstyle, fear not because there are lots of different looks to choose from. There are all kinds of styles out there, whether you want to wear your hair up or down for your big day. To inspire you, we've handpicked fifteen beautiful summer wedding hairstyles below.

Which one will you say "I do" to?

1. French twist

French twist with a bow
French twist with a bow

As classic updos go, it doesn't get more chic than a French twist. This polished, voluminous hairstyle is ideal for the bride-to-be who doesn't want her hairstyle to look fussy, but doesn't want it to appear undone either. As you can see, it looks really pretty with understated accessories, and helps to elongate the neck.

Styling tip

Add volume to your hair with Advanced Hairstyle BOOST IT High Lift Creation Spray. Apply it to the roots and lengths of the hair before backcombing to build height. Take care not to rip through your hair, and re-spray as you go for long lasting hold.

2. Side bun updo

Side bun updo
Side bun updo

A low side bun hairstyle is a really elegant, feminine updo for any bride-to-be. When paired with a slightly tousled finish, it looks really romantic, but you can also style this bun with messy curls for a more voluminous look. As far as accessories are concerned, a side bun works with absolutely everything from headbands to flowers to glitzy headpieces, so you can create a totally original look!

Styling tip

Add texture to your hair with Advanced Hairstyle TXT IT Tousle Waves Spray. Apply it to either dry or damp hair, then blow-dry your mane in twisted sections.

3. Airy updo

Airy updo
Airy updo

This airy, elegant chignon is the perfect wedding hairstyle for the bride who wants her hair to look enchanting but not overly complicated. The added volume on top keeps the 'do soft and romantic, and it provides a gorgeous backdrop for any accessories. We think this style looks especially pretty with a few flowers pinned at the back, but it would look just as good with something sparkly, too.

Styling tip

To get a full-bodied look, apply Advanced Hairstyle BOOST IT Volume Inject Mousse to damp hair then rough dry it most of the way. When your hair is almost totally dry, flip your head upside down to complete the blowout - this will lift the hair at the root.

4. French braided crown

French braided crown
French braided crown

There is no better occasion to look and feel like a princess than your wedding day, and what princess's beauty look would be complete without a crown? This lovely French braided updo weaves the hair around the hairline, creating a lovely updo that looks great on all face shapes. To soften the look, leave your bangs or some small pieces of hair loose at the front.

Styling tip

This kind of braided hairstyle is a lot easier to recreate with some grip, so pracitce with day two hair before your wedding - if only to road test the look before making a final decision. Use a dry shampoo like Advanced Hairstyle BLOW DRY IT Longwear Spray to absorb excess oil at the root and subtly texturize your strands before braiding.

5. Loose waves with a headband

Loose waves with a headband
Loose waves with a headband

On your wedding day, you want to look like the best version of your real self, so if you're not usually comfortable with polished updos and romantic chignons, stick to what you do feel comfortable with! Loose waves are always beautiful, but you can polish them up with a high-shine finish and a pretty headband before walking down the aisle.

Styling tip

Get a glossy finish and eliminate frizz with Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Strand Smoother Serum Spray. Apply it to your completed style, and keep it on hand to re-spray as needed throughout the day.

6. Headband updo

Headband updo
 Headband updo

Like the wavy style above, this headband updo is the perfect option for anyone who wants their hair to be as pretty as possible for their wedding day without compromising on a "less is more" approach to styling. The trick is to team loose waves with a stunning headband that will do nearly all of the work for you!

Styling tip

Create a romantic, wavy hair texture before putting your hair up with Advanced Hairstyle TXT IT Tousle Waves Spray. Apply it to totally dry hair and use a 1" curling iron add movement through the lengths and ends. When you're done, you can add volume by gently teasing the lower layers with a fine-tooth comb.

7. Jeweled braid

Long jeweled braid
Long jeweled braid

For any brides with really long hair, a jeweled braid is the perfect way to show off the length without overwhelming your dress. With glittering gems attached all the way along the braid, this hairstyle will catch the light every time you move, making for some seriously good photo ops! You can wear it with a French braid, a fishtail, a dutch braid, a rope twist, a four strand braid... it's totally up to you.

Styling tip

Get a smooth, flyaway-free finish to best show off your jewels with Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Frizz Vanisher Cream. Apply it to damp hair from roots to ends before blow-drying your hair straight.

8. Low bun

Bun updo
Bun updo

A big, low bun with some flowers, a sprig of your favorite plant, or just a simple barrette is a beautiful wedding hairstyle that leaves plenty of space for a veil, a tiara, or both! You can wear it sleek and smooth like the model in the photo, or opt for more texture to create a softer silhouette. As for the size of the bun, you can go for an XXL look with the help of a bun maker insert, or keep it natural with your own hair and some light backcombing.

Styling tip

To stop any surprise flyaways from ruining your look, spray your finished bun hairstyle with lashings of Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Bold Control Hairspray.

9. Loose long hair with twists

Long hair with twists
Long hair with twists

When you're getting married, loose hairstyles are totally ok as long as they have a few pretty details and some subtle movement through the lengths to avoid looking flat or lackluster. This long, wavy 'do with the hair twisted out at the sides covers those bases and more with the help of some sparkly accessories. A little glitz goes a long way, so a couple of cute barrettes to hold the twists in place are just enough to create a balanced look.

Styling tip

To create loose waves in just a couple of minutes, spray dry hair with Advanced Hairstyle TXT IT Tousle Waves Spray and braid it in four or five sections. Flat iron each braid to set the waves, then shake your hair out.

10. Voluminous updo

Voluminous updo
Voluminous updo

If you want a traditional bridal look that can comfortably handle a veil pinned at the back, look no further than this voluminous updo. You will definitely need some help to get the look just right - even if you're only road testing it ahead of your actual wedding day - but the showstopping results are definitely worth the effort! For added sparkle, pair this hairstyle with a small tiara and some elegant earrings to match.

Styling tip

Get as much volume into your hair as possible by washing with a volume-enhancing shampoo and conditioner combo. This will give your locks a great head start, before you even step out of the shower!

11. Sleek low side bun

Sleek side bun
Sleek side bun

If you love the idea of a low side bun but would prefer a bridal hairstyle with a subtle vintage twist, try wearing it with a smooth, straight finish and a sharp side part instead. The glossy sheen and taught structure give it a polished 1960s feel that will look great with a similarly retro wedding dress.

Styling tip

After straightening your hair, smooth some hair oil through the lengths and ends to soothe your strands after heat styling. The oil will nourish your hair while simultaneously adding some extra shine throughout.

12. Wavy blowout

Wavy blowout
Wavy blowout

A blowout might not seem like the most obvious hairstyle option for your wedding day, but the polished curves and sexy, full-bodied finish just look so good! It's definitely a style worth considering if you have a fairly low cut dress or just want a chic yet understated hairstyle without the hassle of an updo- there is no teased hair to detangle or bobby pins to locate after your wedding with this style! For added detail, you can always team it with a headband or tiara.

Styling tip

For a lasting blowout that will look as good at the end of the day as it did at the beginning, apply Advanced Hairstyle BLOW DRY IT Thermal Smoother Cream to damp hair. Rough dry it most of the way, then use a round brush to curl the lengths when the hair is about 80% dry. Once dried, do any further curling with a 1" curling iron.

13. Low bun with flowers

Low bun with flowers
Low bun with flowers

As we've already mentioned above, a low bun hairstyle can be really versatile. This floral style with a string of pink blossoms wrapped around it is a really pretty way to wear the look, especially if you coordinate the flowers with your bouquet and/or bridesmaids hair accessories.

Styling tip

Calm your hair with Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Strand Smoother Serum Spray before attaching your flowers. That way, you'll eliminate any unwanted flyaways which might have detracted attention from your gorgeous floral accessories otherwise!

14. Messy curly updo

Curly updo
Curly updo

Whether you have naturally curly hair or just want to a wedding hairstyle that's full of effortless looking volume, a messy updo could be "the one" for you! The loose tendrils escaping at the neck and from the chignon at the top lend the style a natural, romantic feel, especially if your dress features a lot of lace or textured details.

Styling tip

For bouncy, defined curls, scrunch some Advanced Hairstyle CURVE IT Elastic Curl Mousse into damp hair before drying your hair with a diffuser or leaving it to air dry.

15. Retro beehive updo

Vintage beehive
Vintage beehive

Another great retro option, a beehive updo will help you to channel your inner Audrey Hepburn as you walk down the aisle! Like a French twist, it will make your neck appear longer, and the volume at the crown of the head creates a really memorable, vintage silhouette.

Styling tip

When backcombing your hair, lift it up in sections, then tease each section from behind. That way, when you sweep your hair back, the visible hair on top will still be smooth.

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