Updos are very popular hairstyles for weddings; many brides choose to have their hair styled in an updo on their wedding day, and a bride may ask her bridesmaids to wear their hair up as well. Bridesmaid updos work best on medium to long hair, although a woman with short hair can have hair extensions added if she desires. The bridal party may all wear the same style, or each woman can wear an updo of her choice for the wedding ceremony. Updos commonly worn by bridesmaids include buns, French twists, or curls pinned on the back of or on top of the head.
A bun is a versatile style, with the hair either being pulled back and knotted at the nape of the neck or gathered and twisted on top of the head. With these kinds of bridesmaid updos, the hair can be pulled back tightly for a sleek look, or the hair can be gathered loosely for a less structured, more romantic appearance. To make the hair look thicker, a bun roller styling tool can be used, or hair extensions can be added. Fresh flowers are often added to buns that are worn for a wedding to enhance the hairstyle.
A French twist is a classic and elegant hairstyle which makes it a good option for bridesmaid updos. This hairstyle involves pulling the hair back, twisting the hair, and securing the roll of hair to the back of the head. The ends of the hair are usually tucked under the roll and then secured with hair pins. This style can also be pulled back tightly and sleekly, or the hair at the crown of the head can be teased with a comb to give the front section more volume. A jeweled hair comb or fancy hair pins are a good addition to a French twist hairstyle.
A number of different bridesmaid updos can be styled from medium to long hair that is curled. A popular curled updo is achieved by pinning all of the curls on top of the head. The look of this hairstyle will vary depending on whether the curls are tight or loose. Hair can also be pinned to the side of the head or on the back of the head with hair pins. Bridesmaid updos that are loosely pinned tend to look more romantic, while more structured updos tend to look more formal and sophisticated.