Honestly, there's no better role to play in a wedding than 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, commiting 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 short, effortless hairstyles on bridesmaids. Ahead, 25 ways to style your hair on your BFF's big day (as for your bridesmaid dress, we wish you luck).
Nina Dobrev's Glitzy Lob
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
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 á la Janelle Monáe.
Kelly Osbourne's Hair Stickers
It's no secret that hair accessories are seriously trending right now, and most take on the bigger-is-better approach. However, Osbourne's barely-there, star-shaped hair stickers make a case for the less-is-more.
Lucy Hale's Half-Up Bob
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 Fauxhawk
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 Beautiful Buzz Cut
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
Space buns aren't just a go-to hairstyle for outdoor music festivals. 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 them wedding appropriate with a couple of satin bows.
Ruth Negga's Old-Hollywood Waves
Don't let anyone tell you your hair is too short to rock classic old-Hollywood waves. Negga's pixie cut looks glamorous with a deep side part and face-framing curls.
Bella Hadid's Curly Bun
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 Hadid. If you have straight hair, no biggie. Just bust out the curling iron.
Zendaya’s Vintage Finger Wave
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
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
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!
Emma Watson's Twisted Updo
This isn't your grandmother's updo. Watson's short hair is twisted one section at a time and pinned in place until all her hair is off the nape of her neck and out of her face. The final result feels lived-in but in the best way, with a hint of edge to it.
Ruby Rose's Double Braid
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
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 just add to the romance of the look.
Emma Stone's Textured Bob
Let's not forget that your short cut is stunning enough—don't hide it with complicated hairstyles. Instead, add a subtle wave to your bob and play up your texture for a sexy, tousled look.
Millie Bobby Brown's Unexpected Ballerina Bun
A ballerina bun is the epitome of sleek and sophisticated, but Millie Bobby Brown takes the classic look to edgy new heights. From the front, the style looks totally inconspicuous, but when she turns her head, she boasts three statement braids crawling up from the nape of her neck to the base of her bun.
Hailey Baldwin's Flower Crown
If you ask us, we can't think of a better time to bust out fresh flowers either. We especially love the contrast between Baldwin's petal-pink dye job and the bright white blooms.
Taylor Swift's Short Bouncy Curls
Taylor Swift channels her inner Hollywood siren with her 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
We bet you'll spend extra time on your makeup today—you're going to want to show off your pretty face. A super snatched ponytail or bun á la Shay Mitchell is exactly what you need to shine.
Kelly Osbourne's Voluminous Mohawk
We have a feeling there's a misconception out there that mohawks can't be feminine. Allow Kelly Osbourne to prove you wrong. Her voluminous curls up top, paired with shaved sides feel edgy and cool but totally feminine and bridesmaid-approved.
Zoe Kravitz's Textured Pixie
Break out the pomade and shake out your pixie cut, because 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
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 feminine velvet bow to hide your hair tie.
Constance Wu's Asymmetrical 'Do
This hairstyle is more than just an opportunity for a cute barrette placement; it’s the ultimate hair hack. When your hair is lacking a certain something, swipe one side back and position a pretty hair clip. Et voila.