21 Gorgeous Wedding Hairstyles for Long Hair

Beachy waves, braided updos, and chic chignons that are decidedly special-but far from "bridal."

Celebrity stylists on the hottest wedding hair trends of the season.

The Whimsical Braid

"This style is great in unpredictable weather because the hair is contained but not hard-looking, like a helmet,” says Hana Chong, Creative Stylist at Frédéric Fekkai Fifth Avenue Salon.


The Modern French Twist

This sculptural updo is an elegant update on a classic. “Since the hair is away from the face, it’s also great for hot weather,” says Chong.

The Woven Waves

“I love this style for anyone with curly hair,” says Chong. “You don’t have to worry about frizz or flyaways because that’s exactly what this style calls for.”

The Braid-Bun Hybrid

“I love this for a risk-taking bride who wants to show off her fun side,” says Chong. “It’s a gorgeous look that's also playful and interesting.”

The Voluminous Ponytail

Dancing queens take note: “The bride can dance the night away without worrying at all about her hair,” says Chong. “This style has a very carefree flirty look.”

The Deconstructed Bun

Perfect for the no-fuss bride, this low bun with a little height at the crown of the head means “you don’t need to worry about the style falling apart and looking a mess as the night goes on,” according to Chong.

The Barely-There Braid

“This is ideal for the bride who wants her hair down but also something a little bit different,” says Chong. “The braid creates that controlled texture.”

The One-Shoulder Waves

“This is definitely a super glam style, but also has something soft about it at the same time,” says Chong. Your hair doesn’t have to be Rapunzel-length, either—anything below the shoulders will stay put with a few strategically placed bobby pins and hairspray.

The Vintage Wave

This style is amazing for your classic 'Plaza Hotel' wedding," says Vanessa Alcala of Marie Robinson Salon in New York. "It's sophisticated, polished, and will hold up all night."

The Accessorized Chignon

Adding a "hair accessory" doesn't have to mean walking down the aisle in a tiara. When placed just behind the ear, the piece dresses up an otherwise ordinary look.

The Braided Updo

This style adds some dimension to a classic long-hair wedding updo," says Kérastase consulting hairstylist Matt Fugate, who created the look for Karlie Kloss (seen here). "It would work well for a risk-taking bride."

The Slicked Down Bun

Bella Hadid's sleek bun, pulled tightly at the nape of her neck, is perfect for those who prefer an understated, no-fuss aesthetic.

The Long Romantic Wave

Amal Clooney nailed the long romantic wave during the Cannes Film Festival in 2016.

The Deep Part Wave

This style would be great for the minimalist bride," says Robinson. "It’s very versatile and generally looks good on everyone. It also pairs nicely with more dramatic make–up, like a smokey eye or bright lip."

The Beachy Wave

"I always tell brides to avoid hairspray. You can often see it and feel it in the hair, and no bride wants that on their big day," says Fugate.

The Half Updo

"Half-up can be very regal and elegant," says Alcala. "It feels polished but still sexy. I generally like to only pull 1/3 of the hair up and leave the other 2/3 down so that the hair that is left down doesn't look too thin."

The Loose Low Bun

By leaving wisps of hair in front of the face, this low bun offers a less severe alternative to a slicked-back style.

The Fishtail Braid

"A sleek or messy fishtail braid is fantastic for outdoor weddings where hair risks getting wind-blown," says Alcala. "Incorporating a braid can also add an element of youthfulness and playfulness."

The Side Swept Braid

"The look could work for a boho wedding if the bride were to pair it with a flower crown," says Fugate.

The Elevated Updo

Pageant updos for weddings are a thing of the past. The modern version, seen here on Hailee Steinfeld, has volume on the top and dimension in the back.

The Oversize Top Knot

A contemporary revamp of the ballerina bun, this messy yet sophisticated top knot is ideal for the big day.

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