Let’s run down the list! Perfect wedding guest outfit? Check! A gorgeous makeup look? Check! A chic hairstyle to match? Not so much. When it comes to finding a chic wedding guest hair look, it can be quite the challenge. While there are quite a few wedding guest hairstyles to choose from, it’s hard to lock down a perfect style that isn’t better suited for a bride. That’s why we’ve compiled some of the best wedding guest ‘dos for you to choose from. With gorgeous half-up hairstyles, bob looks, bun slays, and everything in between, you’ll easily find a match. Keep reading for 30 wedding guest hairstyles that serve up the wow factor without showing up the bride.
1. HALF-UP BOUFFANT
In the mood for a hairstyle that’s equal parts sophisticated and chic? The half-up bouffant checks all the boxes. Follow the steps below to create this look for yourself.
STEP #1: PART YOUR HAIR
Divide your hair into two even sections as you normally would, making sure that the top half is a bit smaller than the bottom section. Clip the bottom half out of the way.
STEP #2: CREAT YOUR BOUFFANT
Using a rattail comb, tease the underside of your top section of hair. Smooth your hair back and use bobby pins to keep your strands in place.
STEP #3: SEAL THE DEAL
Now, it’s time to lock your look in place. Spritz a strong-hold hairspray like the L’Oréal Paris Elnett Precious Oil Satin Hairspray evenly over your strands. Voila!
2. HALF-UP BUN WITH BOW
There is no better way to add some pizazz to your strands than with a trending half-up look. And when you add a bun and accessories into the mix, things just get better and better. Great for those looking for a super easy look to style, you won’t be able to get enough of this chic ‘do. Simply part your hair into two even sections and clip the bottom half out of the way. Gather your hair and create a ponytail. Wrap the length of your ponytail around its base to create a bun. Secure stray hairs with bobby pins. Tie a ribbon around your bun, twist it into a bow, and release the bottom section to finish up your style.
3. HALF-UP PONYTAIL WITH CURLS
Can’t resist a curly mane? Give your strands a little extra oomph with a half-up ponytail and curls. The perfect way to achieve a great style without spending hours in a salon, this look will become your favorite in no time. Simply add an egg-sized amount of curl mousse, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle CURVE IT Elastic Curl Mousse, to your damp strands and let air dry. Once your strands are dry, divide your mane into two even sections. Gather the top section into a ponytail and fluff its length. Mist a touch of hairspray over your hair, and you’re all set.
4. CURLY SIDE PONYTAIL
Let’s stick with curls for a moment! Curls work so well for a wedding guest hair look because they’re playful and effortlessly romantic. Perfect for medium and long lengths, the result is definitely worth it. Not to mention, it’s super simple to style. Start by using a curling wand or iron to create soft and bouncy curls. Run your fingers through your hair to loosen your curls, then brush your hair over to one side and pull your strands into a pony. So pretty!
5. TOUSLED BRAIDED HEADBAND
A single undone braid not really cutting it for you? In the year of braids, we really can’t say we’re surprised. To amp up your plaited hairstyle, weave a braided headband.
STEP #1: SPRITZ YOUR HAIR WITH TEXTURE SPRAY
After you hop out of the shower, towel dry your hair, part it off to one side, and spritz damp locks with a wave-enhancing spray to enhance your hair’s texture.
STEP #2: WEAVE YOUR BRAID
Once your hair has air dried, grab three small sections of hair along your hairline on the deeper side of your part. You can either weave a traditional French braid or a more voluminous Dutch braid.
STEP #3: SECURE YOUR LOOK
After you’ve woven your chosen braid back behind your ear, pick up your top layer of hair and pin your braid in place so that you’ll be able to conceal the bobby pins. Since your hair is already full of texture from the wave spray, hair spray won’t be necessary.
6. SLEEK PONYTAIL
In the mood for a classic look? A sleek ponytail may be just what you need. Versatile and seriously chic, this hairstyle will come right in handy to complement your wedding ensemble. We also dig that it takes only a few minutes to pull together. Head on over to our article, How to Create a Sleek Ponytail, to bring this fabulous look to life.
7. LOW PONYTAIL WITH CURLS
Speaking of classic hairstyles, a low ponytail with curls is worth a try. This hairstyle keeps things nice and simple while adding a bit of femininity, thanks to the soft curls. It’s also a top choice for those who prefer minimal styling. To get the look, simply apply a curl mousse to damp strands. Once your hair is fully dry, brush it toward the back of your head. Gather your hair in a ponytail, and fluff your strands before finishing with a touch of hairspray.
8. BRAIDED PONYTAIL
If you’re ready to introduce your mane to the best of both worlds, a braided ponytail will certainly rise to the occasion. A great way to keep your strands off of your face while adding chic woven detail to your look, you can’t go wrong giving this wedding guest hair look a try. Follow our steps below to craft the perfect braided ponytail.
STEP #1: CREATE YOUR PONYTAIL
Set the stage by adding a touch of hair gel, like the L’Oréal Paris Studio Line Clean Gel, to your roots. Brush your strands toward the center of your head and secure in a ponytail.
STEP #2: CRAFT YOUR BRAID
Separate the length of your ponytail into three equally-sized strands. Next, you’ll want to create a traditional three-strand plait. Once you reach the ends, secure with a hair elastic.
STEP #3: LOCK YOUR LOOK IN PLACE
Spritz a strong-hold spray like the L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray Extra Strong Hold over your mane for a long-lasting look.
9. PRETZEL BUN
Looking for a way to add a bit of edge to a bun style? It’s only right that we put the pretzel bun on your radar. A departure from traditional bun hairstyles, this style twists your hair in different directions for a trendy look. And while it sounds a bit intricate, it’s actually easy to style. Start by gathering your strands into a high ponytail. Twist the length of your ponytail until its fully twisted. Next, you want to wrap the twisted length around the base of the ponytail to form a bun. Secure with bobby pins. Spritz some hairspray over your mane, and you’re ready to attend a wedding.
10. BALLERINA BUN
Now that you have bun styles on the brain, why not keep things elegant and simple with a ballerina bun? A style that gives you a polished and perfectly put together look, ballerina buns are a top pick for a good reason. And you have free reign to add sparkly clips and accessories to your style for an extra touch of glam. Check out our article, How to Create a Super Slick Ballerina Bun, for a winning look.
11. BRAIDED LOW BUN
An excellent way to jazz up your updo, this braided look will complement your wedding day look. Kick things off by parting your hair straight across the middle of your head, then clip the bottom layer of hair out of the way. Split the top layer into three more equally-sized sections and weave a braid to your ends, then secure with a hair elastic. Release the bottom section of hair and gather it into a low ponytail. Wrap the length of your ponytail around its base to form a bun and secure with a hair elastic. Follow up by wrapping the length of the braid around your bun, holding it in place with as many bobby pins as you need.
12. TEXTURED BUN
Natural haired girls, this one is just for you! If you want to rock your natural texture in a stunning updo, a textured bun may tickle your fancy. This look helps to highlight your texture while securing your strands in a classic updo. Best of all, this look comes in handy when you’re pressed for time. Start by working a curl mousse evenly through your strands, making sure to scrunch each section to build your curls, then let your hair air dry. Once fully dry, gather your strands into a ponytail. Next, wrap the length of the ponytail around its base to form a bun and secure with bobby pins. Finish the look with a mist of hairspray, and that’s it.
13. TWISTED BACK BOB
Keep your hair out of your face while letting the back hang loose with this twisted back bob. By twisting the face-framing sections on each side of your head toward your crown, you’ll be able to pin them in place for a retro vibe that brings a lot of attention to your very best features.
STEP #1: START IN THE SHOWER
Use a volumizing shampoo and conditioner to help create the appearance of added fullness.
STEP #2: CONTINUE TO BOOST VOLUME
Before blow-drying your hair, spritz damp strands with a volume-boosting styling spray.
STEP #3: PART YOUR HAIR
After you finish blow-drying your hair, part your hair off to one side, making sure to smooth out any tangles.
STEP #4: TWIST AND PIN
Grab a section of hair along your hairline on the deeper side of your part and twist it back toward your ear, incorporating more hair as you go. Before pinning your twist back, gently push it up to create a retro, almost pompadour-like look. Repeat on the other side.
14. MESSY BUN
If you’re not too skilled in the hairstyling department but want to flaunt a gorgeous style, the messy bun awaits! A trendy messy bun is an excellent option for those who want a carefree look that doesn’t skimp on style. Plus, this style looks equally beautiful on short, medium, and long lengths. Head on over to our article, How to Create a Messy Bun, for a step-by-step tutorial to help you pull this look together.
Sophisticated wedding guest hairstyles more your style? You may be smitten with the classic chignon look. A variation of the classic bun, this look offers an elegant, clean-cut option that’s perfect for a swanky occasion. Head on over to our article, How to Master A Chignon Hairstyle in 5 Easy Steps, to get this super stylish look!
16. SLEEK TOP KNOT WITH BANGS
While traditional top knots are our go-to style for almost any occasion, wedding guest hair calls for something a little more special, like a sleek top knot with bangs. A great way to frame your face and show off your stunning features, you may even want to give this look a try on a regular basis. To start, clip your bangs out of the way. Apply a strong-hold gel, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Clean Style Gel, to your roots and gather your hair into a ponytail. Wrap the length around the base of your ponytail and secure with bobby pins. Release your bangs, and hit the main event.
17. SIDE BRAID WITH CURLS
Braids are always on-trend, and a side braid with curls makes everything so much sweeter. An excellent way to play with texture while showing off your gorgeous length; this look won’t steer you wrong. Follow our step-by-step tutorial to get the look.
STEP #1: PREP YOUR STRANDS
Apply an egg-sized amount of curl mousse to your strands, scrunch, and let your hair fully dry.
STEP #2: PART YOUR HAIR
Create a horizontal part in the center of your head, making sure both sections are equal in size. Clip either section out of the way. Gather three equally-sized strands at your hairline, and weave a Dutch braid. Once you reach the nape of your neck, secure the braid with a hair elastic.
STEP #3: FLUFF YOUR CURLS
Release the clipped section of hair and fluff your curls. Spritz hairspray over your strands to complete the look.
18. FISHTAIL BRAID
While your mind is probably already racing with braid ideas, it’s worth considering a fishtail braid. This classic, yet intricate style offers a boho-chic vibe that works well for almost any wedding look you have in mind. Head on over to our article, How to Do a Fishtail Braid, to craft this plait all on your own.
19. NATURAL CURLS
Who says you can’t give your natural curls some shine? Whether you’re working with tighter curls or a looser texture, natural curls make for a great style that takes little to no time to pull together. All you need to do is wash and condition your hair with a moisturizing hair care system like the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Moisture Shampoo and the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Moisture Conditioner. Once complete, add a touch of mousse to damp hair to amp up your texture. Scrunch your strands, let your hair air dry, and you can consider your look done.
20. LOOSE CURLS
Can’t stop swooning over loose curls? Good news, there’s a way to bring this hairstyle to life without using a curling iron. A roller set can help you craft the perfect curls for a fresh out of the salon look. Check out our article, How to Use Hair Rollers for The Perfect Curls, for everything you need to know.
21. TOUSLED WAVES
For those who want to up the ante with a sexy and playful ‘do, tousled waves will get the job done! Perfect for almost any occasion you can think of, there’s a reason why this hairstyle continues to be a top pick. It also is amazing for those who only have a few minutes to spare for styling their strands. To get the look, spritz damp hair with a wave spray, then scrunch and let your hair air dry. Once dry, reach for a hair pomade or paste, like the L’Oréal Paris Studio Line Overworked Putty. Take a small amount of the hair putty and work it through your mane, making sure to shape your strands in different directions. Finish up with a touch of hairspray, and you’re as good as gold!
22. DUTCH FISHTAIL CROWN
To show off your strands while looking especially royal, an intricate crown braid is the perfect hairstyle to sport at a friend’s wedding. With the help of a few bobby pins, hair spray, and patience, this will become one of your favorite looks in your hair repertoire.
STEP #1: CREATE A SIDE PART
Drastically part your hair to one side in order to have enough hair for your crown.
STEP #2: WEAVE A DUTCH FISHTAIL BRAID
When a braid is Dutch, that means it’s inverted. When weaving this braid, starting at the front of your head in the larger section of parted hair, cross sections under instead of over for a thicker, more noticeable crown.
STEP #3: CONTINUE THE BRAID
Instead of stopping the braid when you reach the base of the neck, continue to Dutch braid around to the other side of your head.
STEP #4: FINISH YOUR BRAID
Once you’ve braided around the entire circumference of your head, use the remaining hair to create a traditional fishtail braid.
STEP #5: PERK UP YOUR BRAID
To make your braid look thicker, tug at each section starting at the ends and working your way up.
STEP #6: SECURE YOUR FREE BRAID
Tuck the loose braid behind your crown braid and pin in place.
STEP #7: SPRAY IT!
After that much work, you better believe you’ll want to dance the night away without losing your crown (or its volume), so be sure to generously spray your gorgeous hairstyle with hair spray.
23. PIN CURLS
Want to add retro flair to your look? It’s time to give pin curls a go! This style allows you to play with curls while flaunting a stunning updo for a look that will turn heads. Starting on damp hair, create sections that are about an inch in size. Take the end of one of the sections, tuck your hair around one of your fingers, and roll up until you reach the roots. Secure with a sparkly bobby pin. Continue this process until all of your hair is pinned up. Cover your hair with a silk scarf or bonnet and let your pin curls air dry. Once fully dry, release a few curls around your face for a flirty finish.
24. PINNED AFRO
Now that pinned styles are on your mind, why not spice up your afro with a few sparkly pins. While afros already make a statement all on their own, a few sparkly pins can easily take your look to the next level. To master the style, simply place two sparkly pins along the side of your head to make an ‘X’ shape. Follow up with a few more pins working your way from your hairline to the nape of the neck. Mist hairspray over your strands to complete your look. Easy, peasy!
25. SLICKED BACK WITH CURLS
On the hunt for a slicked-back look? Slicked back hair with curls may be just what you’re looking for. Follow the steps below to get the look.
STEP #1: PREP YOUR STRANDS
Start by applying curl mousse to damp hair to enhance your texture. Wait till your hair is dry to move on to the next step.
STEP #2: SLICK YOUR HAIR
Apply a strong-hold gel like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Extreme Style Gel to your roots, then brush your strands toward the back of your head.
STEP #3: FLUFF YOUR CURLS
Give your curls a nice fluff and spritz them with some hairspray to keep your look in place. Congrats, your wedding guest hairstyle is complete.
26. SLEEK AND STRAIGHT
If there is one wedding guest hair look that will never go out of style, sleek and straight strands easily get the top vote. This look gives your mane a healthy, hydrated look that simply can’t be beat. Head on over to our article, How to Get Sleek Hair, to transform your strands.
27. WAVY BOB
Working with a chic bob? Consider adding waves to your mane to amp up the texture and elevate your look. Use a hair waver to give your strands more shape, then spritz with strong-hold hairspray so your waves will last through the night.
28. DUTCH BRAIDED BOB
Bobs are the gift that keeps on giving. A great way to frame your face and highlight your features, you can’t lose with this classic style. And if you’re game for adding a little weaving action to your bob, a Dutch braided bob can take your look to new heights. Simply part your hair straight across the middle of your head. Working with the top layer of hair, gather three equally-sized sections, and weave a Dutch braid. When you reach your ends, secure with a hair elastic and mist a little hairspray over your strands.
29. GIBSON TUCK
This super-classic wedding hairstyle really ties a look together. Just because it’s a classic doesn’t mean you can’t spruce it up for modern day, though! With a series of purposeful flyaways and detailed braids, this look has the potential to be the ultimate accessory for your wedding guest beauty look.
STEP #1: MAKE A CENTER PART
This hairstyle looks especially stunning when created with a center part. So, use a fine-tooth comb to create a precise line down the middle of your head.
STEP #2: TWIST YOUR HAIR
On each side of your head, twist hair in an upward direction, continuously grabbing more hair from underneath until you reach the back of your head.
STEP #3: CREATE A LOW PONYTAIL
Combine both twisted sections in a low ponytail. Secure with a hair tie.
STEP #4: TEASE THE REMAINING HAIR
With the hair that’s not in your twist, gently tease from ends to roots for added volume.
STEP #5: CREATE A BRAID OR TWO
Weave a couple of teeny tiny braids to add your own unique twist on this classic.
STEP #6: CREATE A HAIR HAMMOCK
Create a little hole in the middle of your twisted ponytail to create a small pouch to tuck all your remaining hair into.
STEP #7: TUCK YOUR HAIR
Bunch your hair up and maneuver it into the little hair hammock you just created. Gently pull up the edges of the hammock and secure with bobby pins for a flawlessly chic end look.
STEP #8: MAKE YOUR BRAIDS STAND CENTER STAGE
Before heading to the wedding, make sure that your miniature braids are on the outermost part of your Gibson tuck, so as to add a touch of texture to your otherwise smooth hairstyle. To help them stay beautifully woven, give your finished look a spritz of hair spray and go have an absolute blast!
30. BOX BRAIDS WITH PEARL CLIPS
For a classic look that will have all eyes on you, box braids with pearl clips are an easy win! The true epitome of minimal styling, this look is ideal for those who love protective styles. To get the look, simply place pearl clips throughout your braids for an elegant finish.