Looking for the perfect short hairstyle for your wedding day? Consider your search over! While it may appear that most wedding hairstyles are geared toward ladies with long locks, we’re here to tell you that there are plenty of pretty wedding hairstyles for short hair. It doesn’t matter if you have a pixie or a bob, or are looking for a gorgeous updo, there’s a style out there that can add the perfect finishing touch to your big day look. Below, we share our favorite short wedding hair ideas, including a number of wedding updos that work for short strands. So, grab a brush, some bobby pins, and your favorite hairstyle products and experiment until you’re ready to excitedly say yes to the ‘do.
SHORT WEDDING HAIRSTYLE #1: BOHO PIXIE
Nothing says laidback wedding quite like a boho bride. But long mermaid waves and big braided hairstyles don’t corner the market on boho hairstyles. For brides with short hair, consider the boho pixie. This carefree, tousled look works best with pixie cuts that feature a little extra length on top to shine a spotlight on the bride’s natural hair texture.
To get the look on your big day, you just need a pump or two of the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle CURVE IT Elastic Curl Mousse. Apply to damp hair and scrunch your strands to maximize your hair’s natural curl patterns or to give straight hair a little extra wave. Then simply air-dry your hair for a totally stress-free style. The final look is slightly messy but effortlessly beautiful and undeniably chic.
SHORT WEDDING HAIRSTYLE #2: LOW TEXTURED BUN
If you’re a minimalist that never lacks style, consider wearing a low textured bun—one of our favorite wedding updos for short hair—on your big day. This no-fuss hairstyle shows off your hair texture and can be pulled together in a matter of minutes. To get the look, start with a quarter-sized amount of hair gel on damp hair. Brush your hair toward the back of your head and secure it with a hair tie. Gather your hair as if creating a ponytail and start to twist, rolling your hair around the base of the pony. Add pins to hold the bun you just created in place, and that’s it.
SHORT WEDDING HAIRSTYLE #3: SLEEK PIXIE
Prefer a pixie that screams sophistication? Style your short hair into a sleek pixie. This slicked-back look is the ultimate high fashion ‘do and is perfect for a black-tie affair. Best of all, the chic style is outrageously simple to do yourself! After washing and towel-drying your hair, apply a quarter-sized dollop of L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Extreme Style Gel and brush your hair back from the hairline to the nape of your neck.
You can also opt to style your sleek pixie with a deep side part. If that’s your preference, after distributing the hair gel through your damp locks, use a rat tail comb to create a sharp part just over your ear, and then comb the rest of your hair into place. For a look that lasts from your vows till the send-off, spray a strong-hold hairspray over your look to lock it in place.
SHORT WEDDING HAIRSTYLE #4: WAVY BOB
Stylish and chic, bobs are a classic style that work for almost every occasion, including your wedding day. This wavy look serves up the right amount of definition with the perfect touch of elegance. Style your hair with the help of the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle CURVE IT Curl Taming Cream. Apply a generous amount to your damp hair and distribute evenly from root to tip. Scrunch your hair gently to create a wavy curl. Air dry (or use a diffuser to speed up the process), then complete your look with a bejeweled hair comb worn on the side of your head. So pretty!
SHORT WEDDING HAIRSTYLE #5: ASYMMETRICAL PIXIE
For edgy brides, an asymmetrical pixie will be your perfect wedding hair idea. This short hairstyle is slightly longer on one side and looks fantastic when flipped to the side. All you have to do is distribute a dollop of hair mousse through your hair while it’s still damp and allow it to air dry. After it’s dry and you’re rocking your natural texture, use your hand to move the length to one side, don your leather jacket over your white gown, and embrace your inner rock star.
SHORT WEDDING HAIRSTYLE #6: SMOOTH BOB WITH BLUNT BANGS
We’re big believers of looking like yourself—but better—on your wedding day. If you typically rock a beautiful bob with bold eye-skimming bangs, consider getting a blowout for the big day. Use a smoothing cream like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle BLOW DRY IT Thermal Smoother Cream on damp hair before blow-drying with a round brush for a bouncy, sleek blowout.
SHORT WEDDING HAIRSTYLE #7: LOOSE UNDONE BRAID
By now, you know that we’re slightly obsessed with all things boho. And when you’re working with a bob or a lob, one of the prettiest wedding hairstyle options is beachy waves. Add texture to your tresses by applying a salt spray, hair pomade or paste to your hair. Then, loosely weave a traditional braid toward the back of your head and pin it in place underneath another piece of hair. Spray it with the L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray Strong Hold, and you’re ready to walk down the aisle!
SHORT WEDDING HAIRSTYLE #8: BRAIDED HEADBAND
A single undone braid not really cutting it for you? For an amped up plaited hairstyle, why not weave a braided headband in place of wearing a traditional wedding hair accessory? With just a few bobby pins and a Dutch braiding technique, you’ll be able to keep your hair out of your face.
SHORT WEDDING HAIRSTYLE #9: WATERFALL BRAID
For a whimsical wedding look, let your lob hang loose and rock a gorgeous waterfall braid. To create this hairstyle, start weaving your hair as if you’re planning to wear a French braid. After each link of the braid, drop the left-hand strand, and grab a new piece of hair to replace it. (Need a little more instruction? Here’s How to Create a Waterfall Braid.)
SHORT WEDDING HAIRSTYLE #10: HIDDEN BRAIDS
If in-your-face braids aren’t really your thing, but you love the way plaits can add intricacy to any style, try adding a few hidden braids—tiny braids that peek out from behind the rest of your hair—into the mix. Whether you opt for traditionally woven or fishtail braids, you’ll be able to add just enough boho chicness to your big day.
SHORT WEDDING HAIRSTYLE #11: SHORT DEFINED AFRO WITH CURLS
For brides with curly, wavy, or tightly coiled hair, you can’t go wrong with a short, curly afro. To highlight your gorgeous texture, apply a hair pomade or putty, like the L’Oréal Paris Studio Line Overworked Hair Putty. Start with a dime-sized amount of putty and rub it between your palms. Shape and work through your hair, starting at the roots and lifting up and out for a voluminous finish.
SHORT WEDDING HAIRSTYLE #12: NATURAL CURLS
The last thing you want to stress about on your big day is your hair, and this natural curly look will take all the stress away. Your short hair will make this look feel effortless—and it basically is. Simply apply a curl-enhancing hair mousse to your damp hair, then scrunch, and air dry for soft, bouncy curls.
SHORT WEDDING HAIRSTYLE #13: LOW PIECE-Y BUN
If your hair is long enough to pull into a low bun, you’ll want to try this piece-y updo style. To create this look, split your hair down the center, going from your hairline to the middle of your head. Clip the two sections created by your part out of the way and apply hair gel to the rest of your hair before brushing it toward the back of your head. Style into a bun, but don’t forget about those front pieces. Remove the clips, apply a dime-sized amount of hair mousse to each section, scrunch gently, and go.
SHORT WEDDING HAIRSTYLE #14: SIDE SWEPT CURLY BOB
On the hunt for a vintage-inspired ‘do? Style your short locks in a stunning side-swept curly bob. This super smooth style looks amazing from all angles, and it’s easy to manage. Start by adding curls to your hair with the help of a small curling wand. Create a side part for your bangs, comb to the side, and secure with a bobby pin.
SHORT WEDDING HAIRSTYLE#15: HALF-UP HALF-DOWN WAVES
Want something a little different from classic wavy hair? Switch up your look with a half-up, half-down style. Start by taking your texture to the next level with the help of a hair mousse. Work evenly through your hair and scrunch for a wavy finish. Part your hair from ear to ear, secure the top section with a hair tie, and fluff the bottom half.
SHORT WEDDING HAIRSTYLE #16: LOW TEXTURED PONYTAIL
Highlight your texture with a gorgeous low ponytail. This hairstyle will speak to the stylish minimalist who wants to keep her hair off of her face. To achieve this look, work a hair putty through your locks and shape your hair. Secure all of your strands at the base of your neck with a hair tie, then use a little mousse to scrunch your hair and further define your texture.
SHORT WEDDING HAIRSTYLE #17: SIDE BUN
Looking for an elegant and timeless style? Give this side bun hairstyle a try. You definitely don’t need a salon appointment to achieve a wedding updo for short hair, and this style is proof, as you can pull it together all on your own! Part your hair with a deep side part, pulling all of your hair to your better side—that’s where the cameras will likely be shooting all day long. Secure your length in a small bun, and that’s pretty much all there is to it. If some of your short strands aren’t quite long enough to make it into the bun, place bobby pins along the nape of your neck to keep everything together.
SHORT WEDDING HAIRSTYLE #18: CAGED VEIL
Whether you have a pixie cut or a wavy lob, a caged veil is a quick and easy way to give your short hair a classy upgrade for your wedding day. Falling just over your eye, a caged veil is our pick for brides with a vintage aesthetic. You can wear one with your hair down or atop a loose chignon.
SHORT WEDDING HAIRSTYLE #19: THE UP TUCK
Ready to take your low bun hairstyle to the next level? The up tuck may be the perfect pick for you, as it adds a unique touch of glamour for an unforgettable look. All you need to create this look is hairspray, a brush, and a few pins—so don’t be afraid to give it a try. Brush your locks toward the nape of your neck, roll under, and secure with pins. Finish off with hair spray, or you can also use hair gel to smooth the front and back of your style.
SHORT WEDDING HAIRSTYLE #20: BRAIDED POMPADOUR UPDO
A sophisticated take on the classic pompadour hairstyle, this look will keep your hair in place from morning to night. To get the look, start with a French braid at the nape of your neck. Once you reach the top, loosen your grip with each link of the braid to create volume. Roll your hair underneath and pin in place. You can even add diamond-tipped pins for a touch of sparkle.
SHORT WEDDING HAIRSTYLE #21: A DOOBIE WRAP WITH PEARLS
For brides looking for an unexpected yet glamorous style, a doobie wrap with pearl pins is a great option. While a doobie wrap is a protective hairstyle typically worn at home, certain celebrities have turned it into a special occasion style that can even be worn for a wedding, especially when adorned with the right pins. The best part? When you take out this sleek hairstyle, your tresses will look even better, just in time for your honeymoon—or the after-party.
To get the look, grab a hair cream, apply to damp hair, and blow-dry with a round brush. Part your hair on the side, brush your hair around your head, and secure with a bobby pin. Continue with the rest of your hair until your locks are perfectly laid around your head. Place the pearl hair pins around your head for a sophisticated finish that will also help hold everything in place.
SHORT WEDDING HAIRSTYLE #22: RETRO FLIPPED ENDS
If you’re looking to add some spice to your straight hair on your wedding day, you can’t go wrong with a retro, 60s-inspired hairstyle featuring flipped ends. Stylish, sleek, and low maintenance, this look is easy to create on your own, but stylish enough to look like you spent hours in the salon. After washing your hair, apply a quarter-sized amount of hair cream and blow-dry with a round brush. Once you reach the ends of your hair, brush your hair in a flipped motion and hold for five seconds to secure the shape. Mist your hair with hair spray to seal the deal.
SHORT WEDDING HAIRSTYLE #23: CURLY FAUX HAWK
Trying to think of an edgy curly hairstyle you can pull off? A curly faux hawk may be the perfect finishing touch for your wedding day look. Low maintenance when it comes to styling, this ‘do is great for brides that would like to define their natural texture. If you’re ready to bring this look to life, start with a strong hold gel, like the L’Oréal Paris Studio Line Melting Gel. Smooth the sides of your hair toward the top of your head and pin in place. Use a hair putty to define your curls and build volume.
SHORT WEDDING HAIRSTYLE #24: SPIKY PIXIE
While some ladies prefer a sophisticated wedding day look, others like to step outside of the box with an edgy hairstyle. If you can’t resist an edgy look, the spiky pixie is a great choice. Just use a hair gel and spike up your hair as you please. No heavy styling necessary, just rub the gel in your hands, work through your hair and shape.
SHORT WEDDING HAIRSTYLE #25: PLATINUM BLONDE BOB
Ready to refresh your classic bob style? Take your hair to the next level with a platinum blonde hue. This hair color is a great way to switch up your look and is sure to make a statement when you’re walking down the aisle. You can define your natural texture or play with waves and curls for a chic finish—it’s really up to you. If you’re ready to embrace icy blonde strands, learn how to get the look with ease in our article, How to Create a Platinum Blonde Bob.
SHORT WEDDING HAIRSTYLE #26: WAVY LOB
Wavy lobs have been one of the trendiest hairstyles out there for a while now, but don’t assume they’re reserved for daily life. They’re equally suited to your bridal beauty look, trust us. Switch up your look with a gorgeous wavy lob. This relaxed hairstyle is easy to maintain and surprisingly easy to style. To get the look, apply a dollop of hair cream to damp hair from root to tip. Scrunch your hair, air dry, and you’re good to go!
Editor’s tip: Have naturally pin-straight hair? There are plenty of other ways to get waves that will stay. Check out our article, 8 Ways to Get Perfect Beach Waves.
SHORT WEDDING HAIRSTYLE #27: CHIGNON
If you’re interested in trying out a new bun variation, the chignon is an elegant choice. Chic and sophisticated in every way, you can master the style in five easy steps. Look to our article, How to Master a Chignon Hairstyle in 5 Easy Steps, to learn how to create a chignon for a beautiful wedding day look.
SHORT WEDDING HAIRSTYLE #28: JEWELLED CLIP
Adding a little glitz and glamour to your short hairstyle can be as simple as clipping in a bedazzled barrette. Hair clips have come a long way from their days on the schoolyard, now complete with giant rhinestones and gems that can make for a gorgeous focal point for your style. If you have a bob or a lob, twist back small sections on either side of your face and pin in place at the back of your head just under the crown. Top off your more practical pins with a beautiful jeweled clip, and you’re all set to say “I do!”
SHORT WEDDING HAIRSTYLE #29: FINGER WAVES
Nothing says glamour like a gorgeous finger wave hairstyle. Great for adding texture to your hair, this look keeps hair off your face to highlight your features. Plus, it works on almost any hair length, including if you have a pixie style! Finger waves can take a bit of effort, but it’s absolutely worth it for those perfect old school beauty vibes. To see for yourself, follow along with our tutorial, How to Get a 1920s Hairstyle.
SHORT WEDDING HAIRSTYLE #30: SHAG WITH MUSSY LAYERS
If you’re looking to stay away from bob and lob hairstyles, a shag with mussy layers is the way to go. This layer-packed cut adds volume to your hair and softens your look. To style your strands when the big day comes, add a generous amount of hair mousse to your hair to emphasize wavy texture, then apply hairspray once almost dry to lock in those waves and create a slightly sleeker look.
SHORT WEDDING HAIRSTYLE #31: BLUNT CUT BOB
If you’re a fan of a traditional bob style sans the bangs, consider taking your look to the next level with a blunt cut bob. This sharp look provides movement and skims your jaw for a sophisticated yet edgy hairstyle. Start with a hair cream on damp hair and blow-dry with a rounded brush. Mist with a lasting hairspray to soften and smooth your bob.
SHORT WEDDING HAIRSTYLE #32: TEXTURED BOB
Although a textured bob style is low maintenance, it’s stylish enough to wow your guests on your wedding day. Get the look by using a texturizing spray on damp hair. Apply a generous amount evenly from root to tip, scrunch, and air dry. Follow up with hair spray to add shine.
SHORT WEDDING HAIRSTYLE #33: FLORAL CROWN
For an ultra-feminine style that’s perfect for a girly-girl or a bride that’s at one with nature, top your short hairstyle with a gorgeous flower crown. Whether you opt for white buds to match your dress or colors that complement your bridal party, you’re sure to bloom with beauty as you walk down the aisle.
Think you may still have time to grow out your hair before the big day? In that case, here are 12 Pretty Medium-Length Wedding Hairstyles.
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