32 Hairstyles Your Bridesmaids Will Actually Want to Wear

Please do them this kind favour.

So you hate your bridesmaid dress. Tale as old as time, really. Although there may be nothing you can do to sway the bride’s belief that everyone wants to wear an empire-waist maxi dress, there is something you do have control over: your hairstyle.

Of course, your bride might have *thoughts* about that too, but show her this roundup of 32 stunning hairstyles or just pick your own and you’ll both be happy on her big day. And don’t get too down about your awful tulle gown—it won’t be visible in your hair selfie anyway.

Polished and Clipped

Keep a sleek look secure with a practical yet fashionable barrette. You’ll be happy you have your hair pinned in place when you dive for the bouquet.

Pinned Half Back

If you don’t feel like completely changing your hair texture, style your natural curls as you normally would, but add a touch of sparkle for the occasion with a beaded accessory like this one.

Smooth Waves and Stones

A few subtle gemstone pins to highlight your good side will make your photos even more memorable—and Instagram-worthy.

Pinned With Petals

A half-up style with tiny flowers tucked into the hair perfectly suits the carefree vibes of an outdoor wedding.

Bouncy Curls

Although this vlogger used a tapered curling wand to create these gorgeous curls on her lace front, you can attempt to copy them without heat using large flexi-rods.

A Braided Crown

Is it even a wedding hair roundup without a boho braid in the mix? When a braid looks this dreamy, the bride just might steal the idea from you.

Soft Waves

Although this hairstyle existed way before the Kardashian-West nuptials, Kim reminded us just how good the ’70s soft wave is with a front middle part and teased crown.

Half-Up Knot

This effortless half-up style with tousled waves has ‘beach wedding’ all over it.

Glam Waves

Ironically enough, Old Hollywood glamour never gets old. For uniform waves like these, curl the hair in small sections in the same direction, then brush out the ringlets to soften them into a shiny wave.

10 A Floral Crown

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For an ethereal look like this one, tuck the stems of the flowers into the hair around the crown of your head or string them together into an actual headpiece first (if, you know, you don’t already have too much on your plate).

11 An Accessorised Crown Braid

If you thought short hair couldn’t pull off a crown braid, welp, you thought wrong. This short crop features not one but two braided accents.

12 Side Swept

If you like to wear your hair down but want to add a little extra somethin’, pull one side of your hair back and leave the other side loose.

13 Textured Waves

Isn’t it amazing what a little baby’s breath can do for your overall look? Instant wedding vibes.

14 An Ultra-High Ponytail

Despite how extravagant and glamorous weddings may look, they’re actually, IRL, a sweaty mess. This glam high-pony caters to both style and function.

15 A Single Pearl

A subtle accessory like this single pearl pin will add just enough to your look without taking anything away from the bride’s.

16 Sleek Braided Pony

From far away, this low pony might look simple and sleek. But up close in photos, you’ll notice the fishtail braid that’s wrapped around the base.

17 A Textured Pony

A full, fluffy ponytail might be too hard for a bride to wear with her veil, but for a bridesmaid? You can amp up the volume as much as you want.

18 A Glam Wave Pony

Love the Old Hollywood look but also want to show off the back of your dress? That’s exactly why this wave pony was invented….Probably.

19 Curls and Clips

This over-accessorised look might be too much for a bridesmaid, but a maid of honour? You deserve to be a little glitzier.

20 A Half-Crown Tiara

Sure, you’re a princess in your own heart, but wearing a full-on tiara might rub the bride the wrong way. But a half-crown accessory tucked in back would add the perfect touch of sparkle for a walk down the aisle.

21 Bold Barrettes

If your bride is more of a bridechilla than bridezilla, she’d be into celebrating her bridesmaids’ individual styles—at least, you’d hope. Use cool accessories to play up your hair’s texture and set yourself apart from the others.

22 A Tousled French Twist

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If a classic French twist is too stuffy, try pulling out a few loose, messy pieces and add a unique hair pin to chill it out.

23 A Twisted Updo

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Twists and turns and braids all around 🌿

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If you have slippery hair, try prepping your strands with a texturising spray first to help your twists stay put all night long.

24 A Loose, Swept-Up Updo

This loose French twist looks simple, easy, and not at all contrived. Wish I could say as much for the rest of your outfit.

25 A Slick Updo

With all the running around and last-minute errands, you’ll be glad you went with a secure updo like this low bun.

26 A Low and Loose Bun

Your friend’s big day isn’t really about you, but you can’t exactly turn up at the wedding looking like you turned up all night at the rehearsal dinner. Twist and pin your hair into a romantic, messy bun to quickly look put together (even if, internally, you’re def not).

27 A Twisted Chignon

What could make a beautiful bridal chignon even better? A beaded barrette that matches your dress or plays off the bride’s look.

28 An Oversize Bun

Having long, thick hair for this look would be ideal, but with a few wefts of clip-in extensions, your stylist can achieve a big, loose bun like this, no prob.

29 A Classic Chignon

If you fear being too trendy, choose a timeless look like this updo. To keep it soft, leave out a few pieces around the hairline to frame your face.

30 A Loose Ballerina Bun

If a tight ballerina bun is too severe for your bride’s more relaxed, romantic vibe, opt for a similar look with a loose topknot.

31 A Twisted Updo

The dressier the wedding, the dressier the hair. This sleek, sophisticated updo is the perfect match for a black-tie ceremony.

This post originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com.

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