For wedding guests, deciding on a hairstyle for somebody else's big day can be a challenge. You want your hair to look good, but in an understated, elegant kind of a way, so as not to seem like you're trying to overshadow the bride. Luckily, there are lots of updos, loose styles and half-up looks that fill the bill perfectly... which is really good news for anyone with multiple weddings to attend this summer!
For all the inspiration you need, check out the gorgeous wedding guest hairstyles below. Which one will you choose?
1. Doutzen Kroes' textured bun
L'Oréal Paris spokesperson Doutzen Kroes always has amazing hair (she's also a Victoria's Secret angel, so it makes sense) and we just love this soft, textured bun. As updos go, it's accessible and very pretty. Plus, if you're wearing something with a high neckline, it'll keep your hair out of the way, ditto for when you want to throw some shapes on the dancefloor.
To get that light, airy feel, you need to create some extra height on top. To do that, spray your roots with Advanced Hairstyle BOOST IT High Lift Creation Spray, lift the hair, and gently backcomb it. Then, sweep it back, taking care not to crush the extra volume.
2. Low braided ponytail
For those of you who normally lean towards simple, easy hairstyles, there's no need to try something wildly different for the next wedding you attend. This low braided ponytail with a sleek, frizz-free finish is cute and elegant enough for the occasion. The low placement makes it appear effortlessly chic, and the braid will keep your hair in check.
Minimize frizz and tame any flyaways before braiding by applying Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Strand Smoother Serum Spray all over.
3. Half-up with a ribbon
If you really want to tie your whole look together, try a half-up hairstyle with a coordinating ribbon. You can tie your chosen ribbon into a bow like Natasha Poly in the photo above, or you can weave it into a braid or use it as a headband.
When straightening your hair, make sure you apply a heat protectant from roots to ends to prevent heat damage. Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Iron Straight Heatspray will enhance the smooth finish while making sure your strands don't get frazzled.
4. Tousled hair with a floral headband
Bohemian beauty looks are perfect for summer weddings as tousled hair and floral accessories are sweet and romantic when combined, and they look great on everyone! We love this cute, almost cloud-like look, especially when teamed with a beautiful floral headband. If you prefer, this kind of hairstyle would also look great with baby braids or a more minimalist headband.
For a light and slightly fluffy finish, try creating this hairstyle with day two hair and a little dry shampoo. Apply Advanced Hairstyle BLOW DRY IT Longwear Spray to the roots, brush it out, then backcomb it here and there to add volume.
5. Side bun
For a cute yet grownup hairstyle that'll look great no matter what you're wearing, try a chic side bun. It's a really pretty updo option, and you can dress it up with a sparkly barrette or a headband if you want. You could also wear it with a more textured, tousled finish for a beachy feel.
To give your bobby pins extra grip, spray them with dry shampoo before putting your hair up. This will help them stick to your hair better, especially if you have quite fine or naturally slippery strands.
6. Half-up wavy hair
Tousled waves are a staple summer hairstyle, but for a wedding, you want something a little more dressed up than a loose, surfer girl side sweep. To tame your mane without compromising the texture, twist and pin a couple of pieces back to create a half-up hairstyle, then accessorize as desired. You'll keep lots of movement through the lengths, and the hair at the front will be kept off your face, leaving you with plenty of room to showcase a soft, pastel beauty look.
Create natural looking, undone waves with Advanced Hairstyle TXT IT Tousle Waves Spray. Apply it to damp hair, then blow-dry in twisted sections, holding each piece by the ends and drying it all the way.
7. Long side braid
If you have really long hair, a simple side braid is the perfect way to wear it for a wedding. You can accessorize this hairstyle with a headband, and it looks great with all kinds of textures. You can go sleek, tousled or try the look with a messy bedhead, all of which are quick and easy to style.
To add texture along the length of the braid, mist it with hairspray, then roll it between your palms. For a soft, mohair effect, use an old toothbrush to gently tease the braid.
8. Blake Lively's romantic braided updo
If you have the time and the patience for a braided updo, they make for really pretty wedding guest hairstyles. This romantic look from Blake Lively is ideal because it'll keep your tresses up and off your neck, but isn't too tight or severe looking. The loose tendrils around the front and sides soften the look, creating a cute, hippie-inspired updo.
Braided updos tend to work best on unwashed hair because it has more grip. So, instead of washing and blow-drying your hair, simply spritz the roots with Advanced Hairstyle BLOW DRY IT Longwear Spray, then brush it out to absorb any excess oil and refresh your mane before styling.
9. French braided crown
Another seriously gorgeous look for the braid savvy among you, this French braided crown is perfect for a summer wedding. While it may take some practice to get the technique down pat, the results are definitely worth it! This hairstyle looks great with lace, mesh, fringe, or anything feminine and textured, and with all of the hair up and out of the way, it'll show of your makeup perfectly, too.
Mist your hair with Advanced Hairstyle BOOST IT High Lift Creation Spray to add volume and grip before styling. After spraying the roots, massage your scalp on top and at the crown of your head to lift the hair.
10. Fishtail braided crown
While similar to a French braided crown, this fishtail braided alternative has a slightly edgier finish. It's really just two pigtail braids wrapped around the head to create the crown, which you may find considerably easier to do than a French braided look where you have to weave new pieces of hair into the braid as you go. That said, if you can French braid with a fishtail technique, by all means go ahead!
Apply Advanced Hairstyle TXT IT Tousle Waves Spray to damp hair and rough dry it all the way, using your hands instead of a brush to guide the hair. This will create a naturally undone finish that's easy to work with when styling something fiddly like fishtail braids.
11. Wavy headband updo
If you can't or don't want to braid your hair, that's totally ok because you can always rock a wavy headband updo instead! This hairstyle is another great way to wear messy, tousled waves in a wedding friendly way. The headband offers a certain level of control, while the flowers, combined with the tousled texture, keep the look soft and bohemian.
For easy, effortless looking waves, apply Advanced Hairstyle TXT IT Tousle Waves Spray to dry hair and use a 1" curling iron on the lengths and ends. When you're done, don't brush the hair, simply shake your fingers through it to break it all up a bit before you create your updo.
12. Half-up fishtail braids
When you have naturally quite straight hair and tend to wear it down most of the time, figuring out what to do with it for a special occasion isn't always easy. However, this cute half-up fishtail hairstyle is a great way to add some extra detail in a really understated way, without the need for curling or backcombing.
Make sure your completed hairstyle isn't ruined by unwanted frizz and/or flyaways by misting it generously with Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Bold Control Hairspray. It will seal your strands against any humidity in the air and will keep any wispy strands tacked down.
13. Karlie Kloss' ballerina bun
Whether you have long or medium length hair, a ballerina bun is always a great go-to updo for special occasions, mainly because it's the kind of hairstyle that looks totally pulled together with only a few minutes of styling time required. And hey, if Karlie Kloss can rock it with some seriously glam results on the red carpet, you can totally get away with it at a wedding. For some added sparkle, try pairing your bun with a glitzy barrette or hair clip.
To speed up drying time, apply Advanced Hairstyle BLOW DRY IT Quick Dry Primer Spray to damp hair, and rough dry it most of the way. Then, use a round brush to smooth your hair in sections as you complete the blowout.
14. French braided updo
For another great all-up style that'll look really pretty in any wedding photos you find yourself a part of, try a French braided updo. All you need to do is French braid from the crown of your head to just above the nape of your neck, then braid the lengths all the way down. After that, fold the braid back up to form a kind of bun, then secure with bobby pins. The resulting updo looks way more complicated than it is, and you can tease a few pieces loose in front to soften the look.
Keep the braid fairly tight while you're working on it in order to make the braiding process as easy as possible. Then, after securing the braid, but before forming the bun, loosen it as desired by pulling it out at the sides.
15. Fishtail braid
A fishtail side braid hairstyle looks good for every occasion, especially for something as romantic as a wedding! Try it with a tousled finish for a soft, textured look that's right on trend this summer.
Before you braid the hair, secure it into a low side pony with a hair elastic, then start the plait. This will hold the hair in place, making it easier to keep track of all the pieces while you're braiding. When you reach the ends, secure with another hair tie, then gently remove the one at the top.