Being a bridesmaid is a true test of friendship. You’ve booked flights, planned parties, given thoughtful gifts and speeches, bought too many rounds of drinks, and—not pointing any fingers here—you may have bought a dress that you won’t ever wear again (but maybe don’t mention that to the bride). If that’s not love, we don’t know what is.
If you’re looking for ways to pinch pennies by the time the wedding rolls around, getting your hair done is an easy line item to cut from the budget. Yes, it’s nice to get pampered, but it’s a cost you can dodge by going the DIY route (along with nails and makeup). Even if you’re not handy with a braid or a curling iron, there are plenty of easy but done-up options you can pull together the day of.
Ahead, we rounded up the best DIY bridesmaid hairstyles that make easy ponytails and chignons look like a thousand bucks.