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Bridesmaid Hairstyles for 2024: Your Ultimate Guide

Updated: Jan 22

Looking for 'maid hair inspo? Here's everything you need to know about bridesmaid hairstyles for 2024.

If you're currently deciding on bridesmaid hairstyles in 2024, you're probably understanding just how tricky it is to find the right one/s. From bridesmaid up-dos and boho braids, to half up half down hair and mismatched bridesmaid hairstyles. There are so many styles, and sometimes it can be really challenging to match up these styles to the right bridesmaid.

Have no fear, we are here to share everything you need to know about bridesmaid hairstyles in 2024, and how to choose the best ones for your bride squad…

bridesmaid hairstyles 2024

Just like picking the best bridesmaid dresses for your girls, if you’ve saved loads of bridesmaid hair ideas to your Pinterest board and are still no closer to choosing your 2024 bridesmaid looks. We are here to advise and inspire you and your girls!

Bridesmaid Hairstyles for 2024: Your Ultimate Guide

Pick your bridal hairstyle first

Decide on your bridal hairstyle first, and then select the hairstyle for your bridesmaids. A good hairstylist in 2024 will be able to come up with bridesmaid hairstyles that suits all of your girls, and keep them relevant to your bridal theme.

Choose a bridesmaid hairstyle that won’t clash with your own

Even though you want your bridesmaids to look pretty, ensure that they enhance your look, rather than overpower it. Remember, it’s your wedding, and you are the main focus of the day.

Keep to your wedding theme

Make sure your bridesmaids’ chosen hairstyles tie-in with your wedding theme. It’s important that the hairstyles compliment their bridesmaid dresses and the overall look and feel of your wedding. If your bridesmaids have matching dresses, why not opt for mismatched hairstyles?

Wedding hair accessories are key

It is nice to have a uniformed look for the bridesmaids (perhaps a prettier adapted look for the younger flower girls, and a slightly different look for the Maid of Honour). This can be as simple as changing the hair accessory or adding an extra braid.

If you’ve opted for mismatched hairstyles for your bridesmaids, why not bring them together with some coordinated wedding hair accessories?

Think about your bridesmaids hair

Every bridesmaid will have different hair – some of your bridesmaids may have fringes, some may have side partings, middle partings, or be accustomed to wearing their hair away from their face. Some bridesmaids may need hair extensions to create your chosen style.

The bridesmaids’ hair will almost definitely vary in style, length and texture, and so all of these factors must be considered when choosing your bridesmaid hairstyles in 2024. But your hairstylist should be able to tweak each hairstyle to suit each bridesmaid.

Does the bride select the bridesmaids’ hairstyles?

As the bride often selects the bridesmaid dresses, the bridesmaids tend to choose their own hairstyles for the wedding. But remember it’s your wedding, so just as the bridesmaids’ dresses should complement your wedding dress, their hair needs to complement yours.

Allowing your bridesmaids to pick their hairstyles allows them to feel more involved in the wedding and to express their individuality – especially if you’ve had full control over their bridesmaid dresses.

And if all of your bridesmaids are wearing the same dress, contrasting bridesmaid hairstyles can look fabulous – and help to highlight your unique bridal look.

Should bridesmaids have the same hairstyle?

If some of your bridesmaids have long hair, and others have short hair, they won’t be able to have perfectly matching hairstyles. While your bridesmaids’ hairstyles don’t need to be identical, they should all follow a general theme.

If you want your bridesmaids to have the same hairstyle, keep the style simple so that it can be adapted. For example, if you were to choose a half-up half-down style, you would then look at each bridesmaid and consider how it can be adjusted slightly to make it suit their face shape and hair type.

If your bridesmaids are choosing their own differing hairstyles for your big day, but you’re really keen to coordinate all of your girls and still have an element of control, why not go with matching hair accessories?

Who pays for the bridesmaids' hair?

It completely depends on the bride and the wedding budget when it comes to whether the bride should pay for her bridesmaids’ hair and makeup. If paying for your bridesmaids’ hair is something that fits into your wedding budget, then go for it!

Some brides opt to cover the cost of the bridesmaids’ dresses to thank their friends for their support, and make it more affordable for them to be a part of the wedding. If this is you, then maybe leave the hairstyle choice and payment of hair and makeup to them.

But if you’re insisting on choosing your bridesmaids’ hairstyles, make sure you put aside a bridesmaid budget to pay for them to have it done professionally. Thus alleviating the stress of them doing it themselves and it not looking right.

Bridesmaid Hairstyles for 2024: The Trends

Bold Wedding Hair Accessories

Big is back! We are seeing super-sized vines, tiaras, and even over-sized bobby pins. Whatever you and your bridesmaids choose to wear in your hair, make sure that you take it with you to your hair trial and ask your stylist to take photographs from every angle.


Braided Up-Dos

Braids are best worn loose or wrapped around the back, the mark of a good bridal hair specialist is how well they can plait!


Bridesmaid Braids & Fishtail Plaits 

Is it even a wedding hair round-up without a boho braid in the mix? Even if your bridesmaids’ hair is quite short, hairpieces can be fitted which means that they, too, can rock this trend. Summer brides should think about using real or fabric flowers to give their girls’ hairstyles a fun and feminine finishing touch.


Bridesmaid Curls

We rarely see bridesmaids with poker-straight hair, so curls are one of our most popular bridesmaid hair ideas. They are a great way of giving hair added bounce.  Invest in some good hairspray to keep the volume pumped up all day.


Bridesmaid Low Ponytail

If you’re looking for a simple yet, striking look for your wedding day, why not opt for an on-trend low ponytail? This is the perfect hairstyle for a bride or bridesmaid seeking minimal fuss.


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