21 Wedding Hairstyles for Long Hair
by Morgan DeBoest
We vow to love wedding hairstyles for long hair all the days of our lives! To show our commitment, we scoured thousands of beautiful pictures on Pinterest for our favorite wedding hairstyles for long hair. Check out this collection of chignons, side braids, and classic half-up-half-down styles. Nobody will look prettier on her wedding day than you!
Milkmaid braids have long been a sweet, innocent style, perfect for your wedding day. Kaitlin from Wedding Party loves milkmaid braids for bohemian and summer weddings. Separate the hair into two sections. Braid each side of the head, wrap across the head and pin. Tuck in any loose ends, and make the style softer by loosening pieces around the face and use the braids as a sort of headband.
Everyone loves a great braid, and everyone loves Jennifer Lawrence. Jamie from The Knot invites you to draw some inspiration from JLaw’s iconic Katniss without looking juvenile by braiding along one side of the head and pinning curls into a low bun. Tuck a flower into the bun for a light botanical touch.
Blogger and photographer Kimberly Chau sported this gorgeous asymmetrical ‘do when she eloped in Texas (featured on Ryan Ray). Spin curls on one side into a few twists, and bring them back into a bun. Use bobby pins to secure into place. For a more tousled look, let random pieces fall and loosen the hair framing the face.
Take the waterfall braid to a new level with this side bun created by Christina of Hair Romance. French-braid from the front of the head toward the back, and twist into a bun. Pull pieces around the face to frame.
Soft Waves with Floral Pin
Big, tousled waves unleash the bombshell in all of us and perfectly suit a backless dress. We love this sweet look from Nicole at Mod Wedding. Go with your natural part, and run through your curls with a comb or fingers to soften them. Tuck in a flower or other hair accessory to keep hair out of your face with style!
Waterfall braids took over Pinterest this year, and for good reason. A braid adds so much to any hairstyle, and this one from Praise Wedding incorporates a half-up feeling as well. Curls can be as tight or loose as you want them to be. Make sure the hair falling from the braid is curled with the rest of your hair.
This half-up went viral on Pinterest this summer. The easy curls by Organic Hair by Misty and featured on Wedding Chicks are perfect for an outdoor or rustic ceremony, and a small arrangement of flowers adds interest. Match the flowers to your colors, and keep them small, but vary the sizes. Secure them into a braid or twist.
That fishtail you just mastered is everything for weddings this year. We love the volume on this braid featured on OneWed (photo by Jessica Janae Photography). Fluff it up by tugging at the braided portions, and release pieces around the face to soften, and pin bangs (or your very front section of hair on the opposite side of your part) over to where the braid starts.
Voluminous Fishtail Braid
This gorgeous long braid with tons of sexy volume was styled by Blew and featured on Wedding Chicks. Amp up the fishtail braid even more by teasing at the crown of the head and roughing up the braid itself. Tease and pin the top half of your hair until you get to the level you want, and then braid the rest of your hair off to one side. Secure with elastic.
This knot is nothing short of symbolic—you’ll be wearing it on the day you tie the knot, and infinity goes on, well, forever. The gals over at Bridal Musings have a tutorial video to create this sleek knot. Twist a ponytail into an infinity sign, and tuck in with bobby pins. Add a flower for a summery touch.
Long Braid with Flowers
The thing we love most about this low, long braid with a half-up twist across the back of the head (created by Jennyface and featured on Green Wedding Shoes) is that as the celebration goes on, the braid can be let down to soft, natural-looking waves.
Bridal Ballerina Bun
The ever-chic ballerina bun is perfect for any and all occasions, especially on your big day. This fuss-free style by Jessica May and featured on Style Me Pretty will keep your hands free and stress level low. No need to worry about curls falling out, either!
If you’re not feeling the high bun, take it low and you’re good to go. This gorgeous chignon by Daniel Palmer was featured on Ruffled Blog. Tease the hair at the crown of the head for more volume, or smooth it down for a sleeker take on the classic chignon.
The tousled chignon from Southern Weddings is whimsical and sweet. With height in the front and twists into the low bun in the back, hairdressers of any skill set can perfect this look—and it’s doable with any hair texture.
Tousled Side Braid
A hassle-free ‘do is ideal for your big day, and this adorable side braid featured on Wedding Party brings a ton to the table. Pull sections of the braid to add volume and definition, and feel free to add some height at the top. We love the bangs left out and would start with curled hair.
Half-Up with Long Curls
For this gorgeous, effortless style from Wedding Party, braid a small section of hair from each side, crisscross, and pin into a half-up hair style. The rest of your hair cascades in long, easy curls. Add height at the top, and let hair around the face fall and frame.
Soft Waves with Braid
To get soft waves like these from our friends at The Knot, style hair down. (We like natural-looking waves created with a big-barrel curling iron.) Braid a medium-size section of hair on one side. Small blooms add a lot here.
If you really wanna work it on your wedding day, let your hair down with these waves featured on Dust Jacket! Curl hair all over with a big-barrel iron (1 1/2 or 2 inches) and loosen curls up a bit with a comb or your fingers. Use your natural part, or go a little deeper to the side for more drama.
Half-Up Side ‘Do
Half-up can be styled hundreds of different ways. Right now we’re loving this ‘do from Ruffled—with hair pulled all to one side. It’s gorgeous with long curls and works seamlessly with a one-shoulder or strapless gown.
Soft Curls with Twist
If you’re looking for a faux half-up look and aren’t feeling a braid, take inspiration from this ‘do by Symmetry Beauty featured on Brides and simply twist two sections of hair from the front of the head to the back, and pin into place. Soft curls can be gathered to one side or left alone.
As you can see from our previous options, half-up is definitely one of our favorite wedding hairstyles for long hair (or any length hair). It’s not fussy but still has the glamour of having the hair down. Gather hair into a half-up style like this one from Wedding Party, and pin into place. Really loose, relaxed waves are key here for a boho vibe.