21 Hairstyles Any Maid of Honor Would Love
As maid of honor, you've done all you can to give your bride unwavering support throughout her journey to the altar—which means you deserve to stand out when the wedding (a day you've played an integral part in planning!) finally arrives. It may not be your moment, but you should feel beautiful—and be able to showcase your VIP wedding party status with an eye-catching look, too. The best way to do so? Work with your bride to choose a hairstyle you love—one that's different from the rest of the 'maids. Whether you select a look that coordinates with the bride's or pick out a style that speaks to your personality, your hairstyle should ultimately set you apart from the pack.
When deciding on the perfect maid-of-honor hairstyle, consider a look that complements your hair length, texture, and color. If you have curly hair with lots of volume, a slicked-back pony could transform your appearance in an unexpected way. Do you have highlights? Bombshell curls with accenting French braids will display your two-toned locks beautifully.
Don't forget to factor in your dress, makeup, and accessories into this decision, too. This beauty, for example, favored an updo that showed off her dramatic makeup look. So, she asked Natalia Issi to create a classic chignon, which pulled the hair away from her face—the style was perfect for her bride's black-tie wedding. Your bouquet might also inspire your 'do: Consider incorporating a bloom from your bouquet's selection into a headpiece to create a cohesive look with a fun pop of color.
So, call up your bride—and then your stylist—and get to planning. For more maid-of-honor hairstyle inspiration, check out the wide variety of looks ahead. You'll find a look that both you and the bride can agree on, guaranteed.
Upgrade a top knot with an inverted braid that goes from the back of your neck to the crown of your head. This unexpected touch ensures that you'll photograph beautifully from all angles.
Tight curls slicked back into a ponytail—this look was courtesy of GLAM salon—can add fun texture to a simple maid-of-honor hairstyle.
Tuck a flower from your bouquet behind your ear to tie your clutch into your hairstyle. This maid of honor's pink garden rose accessory complemented her springy arrangement—which nodded to this wedding's season.
Make Up Artistry by A & C matched this maid of honor's look to the bride's by giving them similar—but not identical—hairstyles. Tap your bride to see if she'd be interested in coordinating hairstyles; if she's game, recreate these romantic chignons by pulling strands out of the bride's updo, while keeping yours clean (or, depending on her preference, vice versa!).
This maid of honor added tiny buds to her tight curls for a subtle pop of color. Model your look after hers with blooms that match your ensemble's hue for a cohesive look.
Accent your low bun with a thick side twist to add volume to a simple, but classic, updo.
Don't let a short haircut deter you from wearing a braid. The strands around your face may not stay in place, but the purposely-messy style will fit right in at a casual event.
Take notes from this duo and match your flower crown to the bride's (these were created by Friend Flower Co.) for cohesive bohemian looks. Note how the natural blooms complemented their casual dresses and wind-blown hair.
A single French braid on one side of your part will modernize your classic ribbon curls. Plus, it'll pull the hair away from your face and show off your makeup.
For something casual but still elevated, opt for a wavy half-up, half-down style. This maid of honor tied her pony with a twist of hair to hide any bands or pins.
To complement this maid of honor's collared ensemble, Trace Henningsen Bridal created a business-inspired low bun, which they softened with slightly curled bangs. Model your look after this attendant's if you can't decide between a formal or casual hairstyle.
If your maid-of-honor dress features an off-the-shoulder neckline, style your hair with long curls on one side of your part and pin the other side behind your ear. This way, you'll be able to show off the garment without feeling too exposed.
Although a fishtail braid looks intricate, it's actually a fuss-free option for any maid of honor. After weaving your strands together and pinning them in place, lightly pull on each section for an undone touch perfect for a relaxed affair.
Spin on Classic
To recreate this texturized spin on a classic bun, ask your stylist to braid two small sections of your hair, wrap them around the base, and pin them in place.