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17 Beautiful bridesmaid hairstyles for a summer wedding

/ 07.06.2015

After deciding on a bridal hairstyle for your wedding day, there's the not-so-small task of choosing your bridesmaids' hairstyles, or deciding what kind of thing you'll let them choose. You want them to coordinate with you, but you don't want them to be too matchy-matchy, nor do you want them to upstage you!

To help make the decision a little easier, we've selected no less than 17 gorgeous bridesmaid hairstyles below! Which ones will you get inspired by?

1. Faux-hawk pomp

Faux-haw pomp updo
Faux-haw pomp updo

If your girls are bold, beautiful and not afraid to have fun with their hair, a statement pomp is a really interesting option. The silhouette is just downright cool, and it'll contrast perfectly with bridal down 'do. TBH, you'll look like the best girl band around!

Styling tip

To get volume that lasts, fix the pomp with a hairspray designed to promote a full-bodied finish. A strong hold product like Advanced Hairstyle BOOST IT High Lift Creation Spray will maintain the added height all day long, meaning no one's hair will fall flat before, during or after the photos!

2. Zoe Saldana's chic chignon

Zoe Saldana's chic chignon
Zoe Saldana's chic chignon

If you want your bridesmaids to look classic and sophisticated, try a low chignon like Zoe Saldana's. It's a timeless updo that looks elegant on everyone, and it leaves plenty of room for accessories and jewelry.

Styling tip

Zoe's updo looks so pretty because it's frizz-free and totally under control. To prevent humidity-induced frizz and unwanted flyaways, make sure you're generous with the hairspray. It creates a protective barrier between the hair and the elements, stopping humidity from getting so much as a look-in!

3. Floral updo

Floral updo
Floral updo

Teaming an airy updo with some beautiful blossoms is a great way to coordinate your bridesmaids' hair with your outfit as you can use the same flowers as the ones in your bouquet! Keep it chic by taking a less is more approach- a few blooms scattered here and there is enough to tie all of your looks together without overwhelming the dresses or makeup.

Styling tip

If you're using fresh flowers, make sure the stylist applies hairspray before attaching them. Hairspray is great for maintaining a stunning updo, not so much for keeping flowers on top form...

4. Blake Lively's braided ponytail

Blake Lively's textured, braided ponytail
Blake Lively's textured, braided ponytail

This textured, braided ponytail from Blake Lively is both sultry and playful. It's perfect for bridesmaids with long hair, and it keeps the hair back off the face, so any makeup and jewelry will be in full view!

Styling tip

Add texture to the completed braid with an old toothbrush. Spritz it with hairspray first, then use it to gently tease the areas you want to add texture to.

5. Freida Pinto's half-up 'do

Freida Pinto's sleek half-up hair
Freida Pinto's sleek half-up hair

Sleek, chic and effortlessly pretty, this half-up hairstyle from Freida Pinto seems tailor made for bridesmaids! It's totally fuss free, and the subtly curled ends add movement to the look without any dreaded crunchy tendrils.

Styling tip

Get a glossy sheen with a high-shine finishing spray like Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Strand Smoother Serum Spray. Hold the can at least six inches away, and mist the hair in one long movement.

6. Braided headband

Braided headband
Braided headband

With loose waves cascading down the back, this cute braided headband has a princess-like quality. It's very pretty and it works perfectly with every hair length from a bob to long, Rapunzel-esque manes. You can make it more intricate by French braiding the hair across the top of the head, or going for a fishtail technique instead.

Styling tip

Spritz the hair with dry shampoo before braiding. Products like Advanced Hairstyle BLOW DRY IT Longwear Spray don't just absorb excess oil at the root, they also add a ton of grip which makes the whole braiding process much easier.

7. Messy knot

Messy knot
Messy knot

If your wedding has a distinctly boho aesthetic, a textured, messy knot is the perfect updo for your bridesmaids. It's a laid back hairstyle that's easy to wear, and with the bangs or a few pieces of hair left loose at the front, it frames the face beautifully.

Styling tip

Spritz a texturizing product like Advanced Hairstyle TXT IT Tousle Waves Spray from roots to ends, then use a 1" curling iron to add movement throughout before putting the hair up.

8. Floral headband updo

Floral headband updo
Floral headband updo

Another great way to coordinate your bridesmaids' hair with your own is with floral headbands. Everyone can wear one, but each hairstyle can be slightly different - up, down, half-up, high placements, low placements... you get the picture!

Styling tip

To make sure the headbands stay in place all day long, secure them with bobby pins behind the ears. For added grip, spritz the pins with dry shampoo first.

9. Ribbon ponytail

Ribbon ponytail
Ribbon ponytail

If you feel like bouquets and decorations are more than enough flowers already, try coordinating everyone's looks with ribbon instead. White, cream and pale pastel shades are all very chic options that be tied around a ponytail or woven into a braid.

Styling tip

If you decide on a ribbon ponytail, create sleek, frizz-proof sides by smoothing them down with wet hands after applying plenty of hairspray.

10. Messy chignon updo

Messy chignon updo
Messy chignon updo

Not quite a bun and not quite anything else, this messy chignon updo is ideal for creating a slightly edgy look that isn't too 'out there'. With a low-shine finish, it has a cool-girl vibe that works beautifully with a clean makeup look.

Styling tip

Start by securing the hair into a mid-height ponytail, then secure the lengths of the pony in individual pieces until it's all up in a messy, bun-like shape.

11. Understated twists

Understated twists
Understated twists

As down 'do options go, these cute twists are adorable! They're oh so pretty and, as you can see, they look gorgeous with understated accessories. Team them with barely there waves to create a multi-dimensional look.

Styling tip

Use a large curling iron - 1 or 1.5 inches wide - to create some subtle waves through the lengths of the hair before pinning the twisted sections back.

12. Braided crown updo

Braided crown updo
Braided crown updo

A braided crown updo is so pretty and summery that it would almost be a shame to choose a different bridesmaid hairstyle! After all, the braid technique isn't the easiest thing to master, and you may as well make the most of having a stylist for the day, right?

Styling tip

As with a braided headband, mist your hair with dry shampoo before braiding to add some texture and give the strands more grip.

13. Half-up fishtail braids

Half-up fishtail braids
Half-up fishtail braids

Half-up braids with any technique are always a gorgeous option for bridesmaids and wedding guests alike, especially with fishtail braids. This hairstyle can be used to keep the hair back off the face, or you can shake a few pieces loose at the front to soften the overall look.

Styling tip

If you plan to straighten the hair first, make sure you spritz it from roots to ends with a thermal protectant like Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Iron Straight Heatspray to prevent unnecessary damage.

14. Karlie Kloss' tousled waves

Karlie Kloss's tousled waves
Karlie Kloss's tousled waves

For a pulled together look that won't steal any attention away from the dresses, try Karlie Kloss' tousled waves. It's a summery look that's very easy to dress up with a smoky eye and some glitzy jewels, and it won't upstage the bride's 'do!

Styling tip

When curling the hair, be sure to alternate directions each time for the most natural looking results as you work your way around the head. When working on the pieces closest to the face, always turn the iron outwards to create a flattering frame.

15. Rolled headband updo

Headband updo
Headband updo

As well as using a headband to complete a bridesmaid hairstyle, you can also use it to create one. Looping the lengths of hair around a headband results in this gorgeous tucked-in look that's just as pretty and elegant as the most complicated updos! It also works well with textured tresses for a romantic, boho look.

Styling tip

Apply a smoothing cream to damp hair and rough dry to create a naturally undone finish. A product like Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Frizz Vanisher Cream smooths the cuticle while the hair dries, leaving you with a good amount of texture and zero frizz!

16. Sideswept waves

Sideswept waves
Sideswept waves

With glamorous, sideswept wavy hair, you can turn your bridal party into a bunch of red carpet worthy A-listers for a day! It's a classic loose hairstyle, not to mention one that's been enchanting Hollywood for decades.

Styling tip

To make sure the waves don't fall flat, clip each piece of hair up to cool as soon as it comes off the curling iron.

17. Reverse braided updo

Reverse French braided updo
Reverse French braided updo

If you're all about the details, try a reverse French braided updo. While it's certainly a tricky technique to master - French braiding backwards! - the results are totally worth it. The braid more or less speaks for itself, so this updo doesn't really require any further embellishment in the form of accessories.

Styling tip

After braiding, secure the ends into a high ponytail, backcomb it and pin it into a bun to create the messy chignon.

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