8 Hairstyles for Wedding Guests to Try

September 23, 2022
Stephanie Nguyen
By: Stephanie Nguyen | Makeup.com by L'Oréal
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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! The last thing you want to be worrying about is your hairstyle, too. The good news is that there’s plenty of hairspo and trending fall styles floating around the web 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 or even dress codes. And listen, if all else fails, don’t 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 is what will take it to the next level. We recommend adding some waves to your hair first — with extra focus on your face-framing layers — before using the Redken Triple Dry 15 Dry Texture Finishing Spray to add volume and that effortless, undone texture.

The On-Trend Blowout

The center-part, hair-tucked-behind-ears, volume-at-the-crown style has been insanely popular 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. As a wedding guest, we love the idea of going sleek and straight (rather than the more expected wavy look). The Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Anti-Frizz Serum will help deliver lasting smoothness and shine, and finishing with an inward flip at the ends of your hair and an embellished headband will bring an on-trend twist to the look.

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 going for long box braids, leaving your ends knotless and sweeping back the top half of your hair will give you 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 Non-Stop Dreamy Curls Leave-In Cream 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 shorter 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 nicely frames your face and works 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 barette, 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!

Photo: @miasantiagohair, Design: Juliana Campisi

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