8 Wedding Guest Hairstyle Ideas to Try — Plus, the Products You’ll Need

May 19, 2023
Stephanie Nguyen
By: Stephanie Nguyen | Makeup.com by L'Oréal
Photo of the back of a person’s head with dark hair in an updo collaged on a green background

Between the dress code, the travel arrangements and the gift, there’s a lot to consider when attending a wedding — and you’re not even the bride! So it’s understandable that the last thing you want to be worrying about is your hairstyle. The good news is there’s plenty of hairspo and trending hairstyles floating around social media to give you some ideas. The better news is that we’ve rounded up the best ones for you here that will work for different skill levels, hair types, hair lengths and even dress codes. And if all else fails, never underestimate the power of a claw clip hairstyle!

The Elevated Low Pony

For the ultimate low-maintenance, high-impact look, you can’t go wrong with a tousled ponytail at the nape of your neck. Since the style is so simple, ensuring your hair has texture will take it to the next level. We recommend adding some waves to your hair first — with extra focus on your face-framing layers if you have them — before using the Matrix Fixer Hair Spray to add volume, boost shine and lock the style in place.

The On-Trend Blowout

The center-part, hair-tucked-behind-ears, volume-at-the-crown style has been a staple among the bridal crowd this year, and we can see why. It’s timeless and sophisticated, not to mention relatively simple to achieve, and it works with both straight hair or soft waves.  Finishing with an inward flip at the ends of your hair and an embellished headband will bring an on-trend twist to the look, while the Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine 10-in-1 Leave-In Spray will help deliver lasting smoothness and shine.

The ’90s Updo

If you’re looking to create a trendy hair moment, a spiky, slicked-back updo is the way to go. Whether your bun is one simple loop or layered full of twists, the key here is to leave your straightened ends unsecured and sticking out. The end result is a little bit ’90s-inspired, a little bit avant-garde, a whole lot playful.

The Boho Braids

If you’re planning to rock a protective style, go for goddess braids and sweep back the top half of your hair. The style will give your look an effortless vibe — perfect for beachy weddings.

The Low, Textured Bun

Play up your curly or wavy hair with a low twisted knot that shows off your texture. This look essentially combines two easy styles into one, making it appear more complex than it actually is. We recommend starting with the L'Oréal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths Curls Refresh & Reshape Leave-In Spray to help give your curls moisture and definition without weighing them down.

The Half-Up Half-Down

A half-up half-down style is ideal for those who have short hair but who want to wear their hair up. Pulling the gathered section through a second loop is a genius way to hide the hair tie and to give the illusion of fullness. Similar to the low pony, texture is key here!

The Inverted Flip

Leaving your hair down? Consider a straightened style with the ends subtly flipped inwards. This ’90s-inspired style will frame your face and work no matter your hair length, but we especially love the look with a bob.

The Embellished Bun

Nothing takes a simple style to the next level like a hair accessory. Adding a barrette, hair pin, hair comb or embellished hair tie is such an easy way to dress up a plain ponytail, bun or braid and will help draw the eye. Plus, a gilded or bejeweled option means you can skip the jewelry! Pro tip: If you have curly hair, prep your hair for an updo by washing and hydrating it with the Redken All Soft Mega Curls Shampoo.
Photo: @miasantiagohair,  Design: Juliana Campisi

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