If you’re on bridesmaid duty for a friend or family member’s wedding, choosing an outfit for the event usually falls into the bride’s hands: The woman of the hour often identifies a certain design or color swatch for her bridesmaids’ outfits. That being said, you’ll probably have more autonomy when it comes to styling your hair for the big day—but if you have short hair, you might be wondering if your options are limited.
First things first: Whatever your hair’s length, it’s important to settle on a style that will help you look and feel your best—and like yourself. “A bridesmaid’s hairstyle is such an important part of the attire because it’s the icing on the cake,” says Claudine Fay, the beauty expert behind Hair & Makeup by Claudine. “It will either complement your whole look or possibly bother you and affect your confidence.”
If you’re searching for hairstyles for bridesmaids with short hair—whether that’s an edgy bob or hair that falls just past the shoulders—understand that finding a style that suits your length will enhance your overall look. So, instead of simply adding a few curls and calling it a day (or contemplating extensions!), shoot for hairstyles that will accentuate your cut while creating volume and texture, from side-swept curls to elegant chignons. The best part? If a professional hairstylist is not handling your look, you can easily pull off these styles yourself. Whatever option you choose, Fay advises keeping a travel-size bottle of hairspray on hand (her favorite is Kenra Volume Spray 25) to maintain your hair throughout the festivities.
Meet the Expert
Claudine Fay is a licensed cosmetologist and the owner of Hair & Makeup by Claudine, a boutique-style beauty service in Falls Church, Virginia that serves the Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia areas. She has 20 years of experience in the hair and makeup industry.
Read on for the best hairstyle ideas for bridesmaids with short hair—plus simple steps to create each one.