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Wedding season is officially upon us, and if you’re a bride-to-be, congratulations! While you probably already have your dress picked out, you may still be undecided about the perfect wedding hairstyle for your long hair. Choosing the right hairstyle can already be a challenge, and with long hair wedding styles being plentiful, it can all be too much. That’s where we come in—we’re here to help you narrow down your options. Below, find 36 seriously pretty wedding hairstyles for long hair, including updos and braided hairstyles, that you’re sure to fall in love with—just like you did with your soon-to-be spouse.
If you’re thinking of keeping your long hair down when you get married, why not go for soft bohemian waves topped off with a pretty headband that will jazz things up?
What you’ll need:
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Large barrel curling iron
Get the look by following these simple steps:
Apply mousse to damp hair before rough drying your hair with a blow-dryer. This will help add a little texture to your strands.
For this hairstyle, part your hair slightly off-center.
Split the top half of your hair into two sections and clip them, leaving the rest of your hair down.
Wrap sections of hair of different sizes around a large barrel curling iron to create your waves.
You should also alternate the direction in which you wrap your hair—with some sections going away from your face and some toward your face. This will help keep the waves looking natural.
Unclip the top two sections of hair and move on to curling them. To finish, curl two face-framing sections of hair away from your face.
It’s time to let loose! Relax your waves by running your fingers through your hair.
Place your beaded headband on top of your head. How chic!
Say hello to this gorgeous and playful ‘do! Side-swept bangs are great for showing off your features, while wavy strands add a romantic vibe that’s perfect for your big day. Best of all, this is one wedding hairstyle for long hair that’s super easy to master. Get the look using a dime-sized amount of curl mousse and work it evenly through your damp strands. Air dry your mane and brush your side-swept bangs as you usually would. Secure with bobby pins, and you’re ready to walk down the aisle.
Side bangs are already chic, and adding a side ponytail into the mix instantly elevates your wedding day look. For brides who love an understated and soft look, this hairstyle may be just what you need. Simply create a part and brush your hair over to one side to create the swooped shape. Next, gather the rest of your hair at the nape of your neck and secure with a hair elastic. Voila!
Since it’s your big day, it’s the perfect time to take your look up a few notches—and a unicorn ponytail will help you do just that! Offering the best of both worlds, this style features a high ponytail and a vertical braid for a bit of edge. To bring this look to life, start by creating two vertical parts going from your hairline to the middle of your head. Clip the rest of your hair out of the way. Divide that section into three equal strands and create a small Dutch braid, making sure to braid down to the ends.
Gather the rest of your hair into a high ponytail and secure it with a hair elastic. Next, take the length of the braid and wrap it around the base of your ponytail. Secure the braid with a few bobby pins. Finish the look with a misting of hairspray, like the L’Oréal Paris Elnett Precious Oil Hairspray, and you’re all set.
When it comes to long hair wedding styles, a voluminous ponytail is one look that always reigns supreme. It’s incredibly chic and super easy to pull off. Not to mention, it puts your stunning features on full display. To get the look, simply gather your strands into a low ponytail. Spray your mane with a volumizing hairspray, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle BOOST IT High Lift Creation Spray. Using a rattail comb, tease the length of your ponytail to give your strands a beautiful lift.
Ready to add a bit of sparkle to your ‘do? Try creating a sectioned ponytail adorned with sparkly clips. We totally dig that this look screams glamour and takes just seconds to create. Start by gathering your hair into a ponytail and secure it with a hair elastic. Using your sparkly clips, place them going down the length of your ponytail. You want to secure each clip about an inch away from each other for a balanced look. Once complete, seal the deal with a mist of hairspray.
You can never go wrong with slaying a high ponytail for your big day. It’s timeless, stylish, and can easily stay in shape all day with minimal touch-ups. Simply add a small amount of hair gel, like the L’Oréal Paris Studio Line Clean Gel to your roots, then brush your strands toward the top of your head and secure with a hair elastic.
Plan on dancing the night away? Then you better make sure your hair is secured atop your head. That way, it won’t get in your way when you’re doing your thing on the dance floor. This oh-so-sweet braided updo is perfect for all the dancing queens out there—and it looks fantastic on long hair.
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This popular wedding hairstyle works best when hair has a bit of texture. If you’ve recently washed your hair, you’ll want to use a texturizing spray to help give it some grip.
Split your hair into two pigtails, braiding them all the way down before securing them at the ends with clear elastics.
Take one of the braids and pull it across the top of your head. Pin it at its base, in the middle, and at the end.
Repeat this process with the other braid. Just make sure to tuck the ends of the braids under each other before pinning them.
Help lock your look in by spritzing with hairspray. Now your braids won’t budge all night!
Bouffants are often a top pick for swanky occasions, and weddings are no exception! This hairdo speaks to your love of sophisticated styles while remaining effortlessly on-trend. To get the look, create a horizontal part at the center of your head, making sure that the top half is significantly smaller than the bottom half. Clip the bottom section out of the way. Tease the small top section, smooth the hair back, and secure with bobby pins. Release the bottom half of your hair and gather your strands into a ponytail. Wrap a bow around your ponytail, spritz some hairspray, and you’re ready to start with all the wedding day selfies!
If you would much rather keep your strands out of your face on your wedding day, slicked-back strands with lustrous curls are a fabulous choice. This look exudes edge and sophistication, and it’s seriously stylish. Start by applying a small amount of curl mousse to your damp strands, then scrunch your hair and wait for it to air dry. Once your mane is dry, apply a bit of strong-hold gel, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Clean Style Gel, to your roots and brush your strands toward the back of your head. Fluff your curls, and you’re good to go.
In the mood for a sleek style? The ultimate A-list look, sleek hair is perfect for those who want to add a chic touch to their wedding day beauty look. First, coat your damp strands with a smoothing serum, like the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Smooth Intense Frizz Taming Serum. Next, you want to protect your hair with a heat protectant, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Iron Straight Heatspray. Spray over damp hair, and you’re ready to flat iron your strands into sleek perfection before finishing up with a few spritzes of hairspray.
Minimal styling on the brain? It’s time we put pinned-back strands on your radar. This look is a minimalist dream that takes seconds to create and doesn’t skimp on stylishness. To get the look, brush your strands back, then place a few bobby pins at the back of your head to keep your strands out of your face. Mist with hairspray, and you’re all done. Now that’s what we call simple styling!
If Hollywood glam is your inspiration for your wedding day look, a wavy pin-up style will get the job done. This wedding updo for long hair is all about highlighting your texture and framing your face for a stunning result. Kick things off by working a small amount of wave-boosting mousse through your strands from root to tip. Scrunch your hair and let it air dry.
Once you have a mane full of waves, you’ll want to create sections that are about an inch in size. Take the end of one of the sections, tuck the hair around one of your fingers and roll up until you’re an inch away from your roots. Secure with a bobby pin. Continue this process until most of your hair is pinned up, leaving a few sections at the front of your hairline loose for beautiful tendrils. Mist with hairspray and you’re all set!
If you want your long hair to look super-fancy on your wedding day—without actually having to put in all that much effort—a waterfall braid could be exactly the style for you.
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Shampoo and condition your hair to smooth and prep your locks for this style.
When your hair is about halfway dry, finish drying with a blow dryer and a paddle brush.
Pick three thin sections of hair (about half an inch wide) near your hairline—similarly to how you’d start a French braid.
Take the section that’s closest to the top of your head and cross it over the middle section.
Then, cross the bottom section over the new middle section.
Follow up by crossing the new top section over the middle section and then the bottom over the middle.
Drop the middle section of your braid down—this will help it blend in with the rest of your hair.
Grab a new section of hair (of the same size) near your part. You’ll use this as the new top section of your braid.
Cross this new section over the middle section.
Bring the bottom section over the new top section.
Repeat steps four through 10 all the way around your head.
Once you reach the back of your opposite ear, create a normal three-strand braid.
Use a bobby pin to secure the waterfall braid behind your ear.
Calling all natural hair brides! This one is just for you. One of the best ways to flaunt your texture is to rock your strands in a fluffy afro. And of course, for your wedding, you want to level up in a glamorous way. This is where pearl embellishments come in. All you need to do is place pearl hair clips all over your ‘do for a whimsical look. Super pretty!
Speaking of natural hair, why not switch things up with a silk press? This high-shine style is the perfect way to add a glow-y touch to your look while being able to show off your gorgeous length! And once you pair this style with a veil, all eyes will be on you.
If there is one wedding style that’s equal parts sultry and chic, tousled hair takes the top spot. This beautiful style is effortless, super flattering, and adds a playful vibe to your look. Once you give it a try, you’ll have no doubts that you made the right decision for your wedding day beauty look. Need proof? Add an egg-sized amount of mousse to your hair and scrunch to highlight your texture. Once dry, add a small amount of hair pomade, like the L’Oréal Paris Studio Line Overworked Hair Putty, to your strands and use it to shape your hair in different directions. Mist a bit of strong-hold hairspray over your mane, and your look is complete.
If you’re looking to steer away from wavy or curly strands, crimped hair may be the out-of-box style you need. This look gives your strands a zig-zagged texture that leaves you with a super voluminous look. Head on over to our article, Crimped Hair Is Back! Here’s How to Do It Right, for all the deets.
Classic styles are always a great option for wedding day hair, and a fishtail braid is where grace and sass meet. This style sports a beautiful braided pattern that will complement elegant dresses perfectly. Check out our article, How to Do a Fishtail Braid, to master the style.
There’s just something about a fishtail braid that gives off a really lovely vibe, and there’s more than one way to sport this pretty plait on your wedding day. The version below, an extra romantic side fishtail, was practically made for brides!
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Spritz on some high lift spray to add some texture to your strands and give your fishtail braid an undone effect.
Gather your hair into a ponytail at the nape of your neck and secure it with a clear elastic.
Split your ponytail into two sections. Unlike traditional braids, fishtails are made with two sections, not three.
Take a tiny section (about half an inch wide) from the outer edge of your ponytail and cross it over the other section. Continue doing this, switching back and forth between sections, until you reach the end of your hair.
Tie off your braid with a clear elastic at the end, then carefully cut the elastic that you used to put your hair into a ponytail in the first place.
Finish the look by tugging on your braid—gently, of course—to mess things up just a little bit.
If having your strands hang in your face is not on the agenda for your wedding day, you may find luck with the mixed halo braid. This style combines Dutch and fishtail braids with cascading waves for the ultimate romantic look. And, of course, that’s just what you want! Head on over to our article, Look Like an Angel: Mixed Halo Braid Tutorial, to get the look.
Can’t resist rocking your signature cornrows on your big day? We totally dig it. To look like yourself with an added element of bridal glamor, add rhinestone or pearl pins to your braids, and your look certainly that won’t go unnoticed.
Braids and gorgeous waves are always a winning combination. This style features two small cornrow braids in the middle of your head and long beautiful waves that will definitely make a statement. To get the look, start by scrunching your hair with a small amount of mousse.
Once your hair is fully dry, create two vertical parts from your hairline to the center of your head. This section should be about an inch in size. Split the section into two smaller parts, then set one aside. Divide the remaining section into three equal and use it to create a small Dutch braid from your roots to your ends. Repeat on the other side, then release the rest of your hair and fluff your strands.
When you have long hair, gathering it into a half-up, half-down style is probably one of your go-to looks for formal events. But this is your wedding day, so kick things up a notch! A pretty loop adds a touch of elegance to this otherwise basic style.
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Before moving on to any styling, cleanse and condition your hair, so it’s clean, prepped, and ready to go.
Once your hair is about halfway dry, blow-dry it the rest of the way.
Use a large-barrel curling iron to create soft waves. Make some of the waves face away from you and some face toward you so that they don’t look too overdone.
Take two small sections of hair, one from each side of your head.
Make a loop with one section, then cross the other section over the side.
Pull the hair under the looped section.
Next, pull the hair through the loop.
Thread the hair under the section on the other side.
Pull the hair through the loop again.
Pull the ends of both sections a little bit to see the loop really take form. You can secure it with a few bobby pins if needed.
Ready to talk a walk on the retro side? The half-up beehive is a great place to start! This look adds major volume to your strands and balances things out with curly strands. In other words, it’s a must-try wedding hairstyle!
Start by creating a horizontal part at the center of your head, making sure that the top half is smaller than the bottom half. Clip the bottom section out of the way. Using a rattail comb, tease underneath of the top half and smooth that section over your strands. Secure the section with bobby pins and release the bottom half. Next, take a large section of your hair and place a curling wand at the root. Slowly wrap the section around the wand and wait a few seconds to set the curl. Release the strand and repeat until you have lots of loose curls.
Pretzel buns are a nice change of pace for those looking to level up from classic bun styles. This look is all about twisting your strands to emulate the look of a pretzel, making for a seriously chic look. It’s also pretty easy to pull together. Get the look by creating a horizontal part at the center of your head, making sure both sections are even. Clip the bottom half out of the way. Apply a bit of hair gel to the roots and brush the top half toward the back of your head. Gather your strands in a ponytail and secure with a hair elastic.
Next, start twisting the length and wrap it around the base of your ponytail. Continue twisting and wrapping your hair until your bun has formed. Secure it with bobby pins and release the bottom layer of hair to complete your style.
Prefer to stick with a timeless bun style? The half up half down bun will fulfill your needs. This look offers an incredibly stylish finish that works to give your wedding style a chic boost. Start by separating your strands into top and bottom sections that are equally-sized. Clip the bottom section out of the way. Create a ponytail with the top section and secure it with a hair elastic. Wrap the length of the ponytail around its base to form the bun. Secure with bobby pins and release the bottom section. Spritz some hairspray over your mane to complete the look.
Bouffants are the gift that keeps on giving. Beyond styling all of your hair into one, you can opt for a half-up bouffant to mix things up. Simply part your hair into two sections and make sure the top section is smaller than the bottom half. Use a rattail comb to tease the top section. Smooth your hair back and use bobby pins to pin in place. Finish off by spritzing some hair spray evenly over your hair.
Nothing says wedding day hair like a set of voluminous curls. This style is super feminine, playful, and chic and basically checks all of the boxes. Head on over to our article, How to Create Voluminous Curls on Any Hair Type, to transform your strands.
Natural curls, anyone? A true crowd-pleaser, this style works wonders to enhance your natural texture for a winning look. It’s also super easy to sculpt. All you need to give this look a go are a touch of mousse and moisturized strands. Start by applying an egg-sized amount of mousse to damp strands, then scrunch and release to liven up your curls. You can even use a hair diffuser to speed up the drying process since we know you’ll be busy on the day of.
The ballerina bun is a classic for a reason. And if your style errs on the simple, understated side, then this wedding hairstyle could be the right fit for your big day.
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A ballerina bun looks best when paired with smooth strands, so blow-dry your hair with a paddle brush. Wait until your hair has dried about halfway before you start blow-drying.
Pull your hair into a ponytail at the crown of your head and secure it with an elastic.
Start twisting the ponytail into a rope, then wrap it around its own base to form a bun. Place pins all the way around the bun.
Help keep your look in place by spritzing your style with hairspray.
Looking for a style that’s romantic and carefree? You may have found your match with a messy bun. A messy bun makes hairstyling super easy, and when it comes to your wedding day, that’s just what you need. While it may be untraditional, it’s a perfect option for more casual brides. Check out our article, How to Create a Messy Bun, to get the look.
The popularity of bun hairstyles is showing no signs of slowing down, and that holds true with this look. A great way to take your bun to the next level; this side-swept look is all the rage. Start the style by creating a side part and brushing your hair to the side. Gather the rest of your hair and pull it into a ponytail. Wrap the length around the base to form a bun and secure with a hair elastic.
While we’re talking about bun and updo styles for long hair, a low pretzel bun is certainly worth trying. This look keeps things simple with a sweet twist that you won’t be able to resist. To get the look, brush your strands toward the back of your head. Gather your hair at the nape of your neck and create a ponytail. Twist the length of your ponytail, and wrap it around its base to form your bun. Once your bun is in place, secure with bobby pins.
Why not have double the fun with a double messy bun style? This is a great way to do something different and give your wedding day hair a bit more edge. Start by dividing your hair into two even sections, a top and bottom layer. Clip the bottom half out of the way. Gather your top section of hair and create a ponytail. Wrap the length of your ponytail around its base to form your first bun. Secure with bobby pins and repeat on the bottom section. Place a sparkly clip on either side, and you’re ready to rock this look.
Chignons are a go-to wedding hairstyle for good reason. A chic variation of the classic bun style, this look brings sophistication and elegance to any look you can dream up. And while it may seem a bit hard to style, you can craft this look in a matter of minutes. Promise! Head on over to our article, How to Master a Chignon Hairstyle In 5 Easy Steps, to learn what to do.
Regardless of which hairstyle you decide to wear on your wedding day, one thing’s for certain: Your long hair will look beautiful as you walk down the aisle, pose for pics, and dance the night away with your friends and family. Need a little help with your wedding day makeup next? Check out our article, Our Best Foundations for Your Wedding Day.
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