30 Stunning Yet Simple Wedding Hairstyles for All Textures

Try these simple wedding hairstyles for short, medium, or long hair.

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Oh, weddings. You've probably been dreaming about this day for the longest time, and it's finally coming to fruition. Now, it's time for decisions to create the fairytale day you deserve. Truth be told, how you're going to wear your hair isn't something you have to overthink. Simple wedding hairstyles exude elegance and timeless glamour in the most beautiful way. In fact, celebrity hairstylist Scott King predicts simple styles as one of the biggest bridal hair trends. “My personal favorite hairstyle is easy breezy waves—undone and not trying too hard,” says King. “Maybe pull a few pieces back so it looks like a half-up style, and dress the look up with hair accessories.”

Repeat: “Not trying too hard.” More often than not, simplicity reigns supreme, especially on such a momentous occasion like your wedding. You can spend hours perusing Pinterest, staring at intricately styled wedding hair, but that doesn't mean that's for you. This one goes out to all the chill, low-key brides who want to embody the effortless. Ahead are 30 simple wedding hairstyle ideas donned by our favorite celebrities to get you inspired. 

Fishtail Braid

Gabrielle Union fishtail braid

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This gorgeous style is the epitome of glamour and looks great on those with thick, textured hair. Slick your curls back into a low ponytail. Braid your ponytail halfway in a fishtail style (taking small pieces of hair from the outside of one section and adding it to the inside of the other section). Secure the braid with an elastic and smooth flyaways with a moisture cream.

Crown Braid

Crown Braid

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Britt Sully howcased how gorgeous a braided crown or wreath looks on those with long and straight hair. This style is perfect for a laid-back bride or a beach wedding. Loosely pull your hair back into two pigtails, braiding each before wrapping one over the head and securing in place with pins. Secure the other braid on top of the head and pull out loose tendrils of hair to frame the face.

French Twist

French twist

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The French twist style nods to Old Hollywood glamour and works on those with wavy or straight hair (it even adds volume to those with thinner hair). To create the look, pull the hair into a low ponytail then twist it up and tuck to create a pleat at the back of the head. You can conceal the ends of the ponytail by tucking into the seam.

Bone-Straight Sleek Lob

Jourdan Dunn wears a straight ombre long bob hairstyle

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Sleek lobs will never get old, and Jourdan Dunn is absolutely serving in this blunt cut. On your big day, be sure to rely on a one-pass flat iron, like this T3 SinglePass Compact 1'' Styling Iron ($89) that every celebrity hairstylist loves, to achieve bone-straight strands.

French Braid

Sienna Miller with double French braids

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This look is proof that French braids aren't just for those with long hair. Here, Sienna Miller weaves her ear-length tresses into identical French braids on either side of her head. You can secure the ends of the braids with pins or elastics, then wrap the accessories with a small piece of hair to blend.

Intricate Twisted Updo

Ryan Michelle Bathe wears a twisted updo hairstyle and dress with floral shoulder detail

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Ryan Michelle Bathe's twisted updo is everything and more. Created by natural hairstylist extraordinaire Felicia Leatherwood, this is a stunning style for textured hair. 

Messy Bun

Lily Aldridge wears a messy bun hairstyle

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As proven by Lily Aldridge and celebrity stylist Michael Silva, a messy bun is fit for every occasion, and works on those with straight, medium-length hair. Even though it's your wedding, every single strand doesn't need to be in place. Sometimes the most undone styles portray impeccable glamour.  

Half-Up, Half-Down Defined Waves

Blake Lively wears a half-up, half-down wavy hairstyle

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Can we borrow Blake Lively's hair? That may not be possible, but you can recreate this look to match. For the long-haired bride with natural waves, section your hair and use a small curling wand to create more defined waves. Brush it out and pin the front of your hair back for a half-up, half-down style.

Slicked Down, Adorned Lob

Vanessa Hudgens wears a sleek bob hairstyle with abstract gold accessory by ear

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For brides with short hair, this look worn by Vanessa Hudgens is legitimately breathtaking. Part your hair and use a smoothing product to slick it down for added shine. The beauty is in the hair accessory that so perfectly frames her ear. Note that this style works best on straight hair.

High Pony With Romantic Loose Curls

Madelaine Petsch wears a high ponytail with loose curls

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This gallery would not be complete without a high pony. Madelaine Petsch's rich red hair looks amazing swept into this classic pony, complete with loose curls. To really romanticize this look, leave some pieces out to frame the face. This style is best for those with long hair that is straight or slightly wavy in texture.

Bob With Easy Waves

Isabela Merced wears a wavy bob hairstyle

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Brides with bobs, you don't need an intricately styled 'do for your day. This straightforward style on Isabela Moner is proof that a few easy waves will look absolutely stunning. The coif works best on those with medium-volume hair as the side part helps create more volume.

Shaped, Defined Natural Curls

Lupita Nyong'o

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Lupita Nyong'o has been showing us how to let it free for years. Those with short, natural texture will appreciate this look. Use a hydrating mist like the Kérastase Curl Manifesto Curl Refreshing & Restyling Spray ($42) to help shape and define your curls. Add a headband for added glamour, if you wish.

Loose Low Ponytail

Mandy Moore wears a loose low ponytail hairstyle with tucked front pieces

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It can't get easier than a loose, low ponytail, and those with medium-length, straight hair will appreciate the ease of this style. Take a cue from Mandy Moore and don't fret about any shorter pieces escaping. Either tuck them behind the ears or let them hang prettily around the face. You might also try a statement hair elastic to elevate this simple style.

Dreamy Classic Updo

Lauren Conrad's hair has probably been pinned for wedding hair inspiration so many times—and for a good reason. Celebrity stylist Kristin Ess created this dreamy updo ideal for a bride who wants a classic style. Those with long hair in a range of textures can easily achieve this look.

Bone Straight With Center Part

Gisele Bundchen wears sleek, straight hair with center part

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Talk about bone straight hair. Gisele Bündchen's sleek style is perfect for the long-haired brides out there. Make a center part and use a flat iron to straighten out each and every single strand. This style works best on those with naturally straight hair, as it will require far less in terms of styling and product.

Ultra-Long Braid

Actress Kiki Layne looks so dreamy wearing this ultra-long braid. Lacy Redway made sure to accentuate the star's natural hair texture up top. This is best for those with long hair but, if your hair isn't long enough for the style, try a clip-in ponytail extension for the evening.

Voluminous Curls

Tessa Thompson wears voluminous natural curls

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If the question is, "Can wedding hair be this disco-glam?" then the answer is most definitely "yes." If you have long, natural curls, grab your favorite diffuser and restrain the heat setting to warm instead of hot to keep frizz at bay.

Slicked-Back Ponytail With Blunt Ends

Joan Smalls wears a sleek, straight ponytail with blunt ends

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Joan Smalls won the slicked-back ponytail award at 2018's Met Gala. What made this a winning style was her bluntly cut ponytail, perfect for a bride who wants a showstopping look. This style is best for those with already straight hair, as the look is really all about that statement edge.

Classic Topknot

Karlie Kloss wears a messy topknot with face-framing pieces

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A timeless, classic topknot will always be a beautiful bridal option and a great choice for those with straight or wavy hair (just be sure you have some length in order to place it in a bun). Karlie Kloss is killing it in this easygoing style, proving that you can't go wrong with a bun. 

Curly Afro

Tracee Ellis Ross wears her natural curls and red lipstick

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Naturalistas, embrace your fro on your wedding day. Tracee Ellis Ross calls this her "happy hair" and it's ideal for those with natural curls and shoulder-length hair. Fluff up curls with a hair pick like this Conair Lift & Tease Style Soft-Touch Comb ($3) and use a tiny curling iron to define a few spirals and create the shape you want. 

Pixie With Micro Bangs

Zoe Kravitz wearing short pixie haircut
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This look is really all about the cut, as it requires so little styling. Those with naturally straight hair can ask their stylist to cut micro-bangs, and ensure the hair above the ear is left slightly longer so you can style it like Zoe Kravitz with a dollop of mousse.

Textured Chignon

Zendaya with a textured chignon

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Chignons don't always have to be pristine. Take a cue from Zendaya and utilize your hair's natural texture, pinning the hair into a knot at the nape of the neck and using chignon pins to secure the ends before mussing the look stlightly with your fingers.

Wavy Lob

Olivia Munn wavy shoulder-length hair

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We adore Olivia Munn's soft, romantic blowout. To get a similar look, opt for a slight side part before blowing out the hair and adding waves throughout. Finish with a product like Bed Head by TIGI Masterpiece Extra Strong Hold Hairspray ($20). Just be sure to start on hair that's already pretty straight and medium-length, to get a similar style.

Wavy Center-Parted Bob

Regina King middle-parted wavy bob

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Loose waves look so much edgier when the ends are blunt. For this style, up the modern aesthetic by creating a center part and starting the waves toward the middle of the hair shaft. This style works on a range of hair types, from natural texture to slick and straight. The tools do all the work.

Finger Waves

Danielle Brooks finger waves

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Fingerwaves are a fun throwback style that can take a pixie cut into an entirely new direction. To get the look, cover the entire head with a blanket of mousse before molding hair with a comb (using the comb to make an S-shape while using one finger to keep the hair in place). Set under a hairdryer and go.

Low Ponytail With Loose Tendrils

Gemma Chan
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Those with fine hair can mimic volume by adding waves and wispy tendrils to a low ponytail. Start by curling hair with a wide-barrel curling iron before pulling hair into a ponytail at the nape of the neck. Pull tendrils out from either side and tuck one behind the ear to show off your accessories.

Sleek Pouf

Easy Curly Hairstyles Pouf Logan Browning

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If you have natural texture, you can still rock an updo. For this look, use a soft brush to sweep the hair into a high ponytail, securing the base at the crown of the head. Style the curls with your fingers and secure with a flexible-hold hairspray.

Waves With a Headband

Julia Garner

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Those with layers and chin-length curls will love this look, which requires little work but still makes a big impact. To style, air-dry curls and apply a product like Oribe Curl Mousse ($39) to damp hair. Let fully dry before securing a headband over the coif.

Bob With Mini Braids

Amandla Stenberg Hair

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Those with box braids or mini-braids still have plenty of styling options. For this fashion-forward 'do, ask your stylist to cut a shoulder-length bob with the ends longer in the front than in the back.

Slicked Side Part

Nathalie Emmanuel

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This is one of the simplest looks to style, as it's really all about the natural texture. Starting on dried hair, create a side part and apply a flexible hold gel like Ouidad Advanced Climate Control Heat & Humidity Gel ($26) to the area surrounding the part and along the hairline.

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