25 Pretty Hairstyles for Short-Haired Bridesmaids

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Honestly, there's no better role to play in a wedding than a bridesmaid. You have the perfect excuse to get all dressed up, snap selfies all night, and get in on the photo booth action without any of the pressure of, ya know, committing the rest of your life to someone. To have the most fun possible and help the bride with anything that might come up, we love effortless hairstyles on bridesmaids, and you have plenty of options no matter your hair length. Ahead, see 25 ways to style short hair on your BFF's big day (as for your bridesmaid dress, we wish you luck).

Nina Dobrev's Glitzy Lob

Nina Dobrev wears a wavy long bob hairstyle with bejeweled clips

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Dobrev's voluminous waves set throughout her cropped style look gorgeous on their own, but the addition of a glitzy hair accessory takes it up a notch. Not to mention the star-shaped clips, placed at the temple, are just what you need to keep your hair out of your face on the dance floor.

Janelle Monáe's Embellished Pixie

Janelle Monae wears a tousled pixie cut with a gold embellished headband

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If your cute pixie cut has you feeling a bit uninspired, you might be overthinking it. Dressing it up is as simple as sliding on an embellished hairband, as Janelle Monáe did here.

Kelly Osbourne's Hair Stickers

Kelly Osbourne wears a lavender bob hairstyle with gems

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It's no secret that hair accessories are seriously trending right now, and most take on the bigger-is-better approach. However, Kelly Osbourne's barely there, star-shaped hair stickers make a case for the less-is-more.

Lucy Hale's Half-Up Bob

Back view of Lucy Hale with a straight blonde bob hairstyle worn half-up with embellishments


Never underestimate the power of a half-up style. Hale's pin-straight bob is chic on its own, but pulling the top section into a bun and dressing it up with a handful of shiny hair pins makes it wedding day ready.

Selena Gomez's Wet Look

If there's one thing that can make a collarbone-grazing cut look even more sultry, it's styling it in a shiny, wet look. A deep side part with a flip at the end feels completely polished and is sure to go with any bridesmaid dress.

Kiernan Shipka's Braided Faux Hawk

Back view of Kiernan Shipka with a braided faux hawk hairstyle

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If you're in search of an edgy approach to your short cut, look no further than this gorgeous braided fauxhawk. It's as easy to recreate as a simple French braid, but the added volume and texture will make wedding guests wonder who is part of your glam squad.

Danai Gurira's Short Afro

Danai Gurira wears a short Afro hairstyle and radiant makeup look

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The Walking Dead actress Danai Gurira proves even the shortest haircut of all can feel soft, feminine, and so gorgeous. It's a low-maintenance style, but her hair looks sophisticated and polished.

Millie Bobby Brown's Dressy Space Buns

Millie Bobby Brown wears space buns with black ribbons and pink lipstick

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Space buns aren't just a go-to hairstyle for outdoor music festivals. Millie Bobby Brown proves the trendy style can actually be surprisingly sophisticated. Pull your hair up tightly into two buns, without a flyaway in sight, and make the style wedding-appropriate with a couple of satin bows.

Ruth Negga's Old-Hollywood Waves

Ruth Negga wears a short old Hollywood waves hairstyle and a classic makeup look

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Don't let anyone tell you your hair is too short to rock classic old Hollywood waves. Ruth Negga's pixie cut looks glamorous with a deep side part and face-framing curls.

Bella Hadid's Curly Bun

Bella Hadid wears a curly bun hairstyle with dark roots and light ends

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If you're lucky enough to have naturally curly hair, half the work is already done for you. Pull your hair into a high ponytail and let your natural curls spill over to create a textured bun like Bella Hadid. If you have straight hair, no biggie: Just bust out the curling iron.

Zendaya’s Vintage Finger Wave

Zendaya wears a short hairstyle with vintage finger waves

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Sometimes all you need is an entire tube of hair gel to take your hairstyle into another decade. Vintage finger waves like Zendaya’s will dress up even the most elegant of bridesmaid dresses.

Lupita Nyong’o’s Coif

Lupita Nyong'o wears a short tapered haircut

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Lupita Nyong'o is one of our favorite stars who wears her natural texture on the red carpet. Here, she shows off her texture via a tapered haircut and a dramatic side coif. The style looks polished and sophisticated.

Lucy Hale's Braided-Back Ponytail

Lucy Hale wears a short low ponytail with a small central braid detail

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From the front, Hale's center-parted ponytail looks neat, pretty, and so sleek. But when she turns around, a braid down the middle serves as a pleasant surprise. The entire look feels edgy, cool, and chic—but in an understated way. You don't want to upstage the bride, but that doesn't mean you can't have a little fun.

Jennifer Hudson's Choppy Pixie

Jennifer Hudson wears a short, choppy pixie cut hairstyle

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We're fully on board with Jennifer Hudson's choppy, undone pixie cut. The casual styling makes this perfect for a beach or backyard wedding.

Ruby Rose's Double Braid

Ruby Rose wears a side-braided pixie cut hairstyle

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What's better than one braid? Two braids. Ruby Rose is known for her edgy pixie cut, and here she wears it in two French braids down the sides of her head, proving even beauties with super short hair can wear braids.

Kristin Cavallari's Bun Duo

Back view of Kristin Cavallari with a stacked double bun hairstyle


This gorgeous sculptural updo on Kristin Cavallari is actually much easier to recreate than it looks: It's really just two donut buns stacked on top of one another. And don't worry about keeping it too neat, either—the flyaways and loose strands add to the romance of the look.

Emma Stone's Textured Bob

Emma Stone wears a textured bob hairstyle with parted bangs

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Let's not forget that your short cut is stunning enough—there's no need to hide it with complicated hairstyles if you don't want to. Instead, add a subtle wave to your bob and play up your texture for a sexy, tousled look.

Rihanna's Mohawk of Curls

Rihanna with a curly short hairstyle and stars back tattoo

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Rihanna's curly, soft mohawk is so gorgeous and unexpected. This is a great option for taking a rock-n-roll hairstyle and making it romantic.

Hailey Baldwin's Flower Crown

Hailey Bieber wears a pink long bob hairstyle with a flower crown

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If you ask us, we can't think of a better time than a wedding to bust out fresh flowers. We especially love the contrast between Hailey Baldwin's petal-pink dye job and the bright white blooms.

Taylor Swift's Short, Bouncy Curls

Taylor Swift wears a curly bob hairstyle and red lipstick

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Taylor Swift channels her inner Hollywood siren with these short, bouncy, face-framing curls. We have to say the red lip and cat eye only add to the final vintage-inspired look.

Shay Mitchell's Snatched Bun

Shay Mitchell wears a sleek low bun hairstyle

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We bet you'll spend extra time on your makeup today—you're going to want to show off your pretty face. A sleek, snatched ponytail or bun á la Shay Mitchell is exactly what you need to shine.

Jurnee Smollett's Pretty Pompadour

Jurnee Smollett-Bell wears a short pompadour hairstyle

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The volume of Jurnee Smollett's short cut is the perfect mix of dressed-up and edgy. It's a great bridesmaid option, but that white suit is giving us ideas for the bride, too.

Zoe Kravitz's Textured Pixie

Zoe Kravitz wears a short pixie cut with micro fringe

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Break out the pomade and shake out your pixie cut because the texture is the name of the game here. We have a feeling you'll be ready before the rest of the bridal party.

Ashley Tisdale's Bardot Bump

Back view of Ashley Tisdale with a pink half-up bump hairstyle with ribbon


Take your half-up hairstyle up a few notches when you tease in tons of volume at the crown for a Bardot-esque bump. Finish off the look with a velvet bow to hide your hair tie.

Constance Wu's Asymmetrical 'Do

Constance Wu wears mid-length wavy hair with a side part and barrette

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This hairstyle is more than just an opportunity for a cute barrette placement; it’s the ultimate hair hack. When your hair lacks a certain something, swipe one side back and position a pretty hair clip. Et voilà.

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