20 Stunning (And Simple) Wedding Hairstyles for All Textures

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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 effortless. Ahead are 20 simple wedding hairstyle ideas donned by our favorite celebrities to get you inspired. 

1. Braided Ponytail Elevated With Gold Wire

This gorgeous style done by the one and only Larry Sims on Gabrielle Union-Wade is the epitome of glamour. Slick your curls back into a ponytail, letting flyaway curls roam free; it doesn't have to be perfect. Braid your ponytail halfway and leave the rest undone to show off your natural curls. A touch of gold wire or adornment of your choice on your braid will instantly elevate this chic style. 

2. Low Bun With Floral Adornments

Whitney Port showcased how gorgeous a floral adornment looks on a simple low bun. This style is perfect for a laid-back bride or a beach wedding. Loosely pull your hair back into a low bun and tuck in a floral accessory to create this picture-perfect look.

3. Big Barrel Curls With a Side Part

Chloë Grace Moretz is a vision in this style that nods to Old Hollywood glamour. Big barrel curls are gorgeous on any bride. To add dimension, add a deep side part and pull one side back with a subtle hair accessory like this. 

4. Bone-Straight Sleek Lob

Sleek lobs will never get old. Jourdan Dunn is serving in this blunt cut. On your big day, be sure to rely on a one-pass flat iron, like this T3 SinglePass Luxe 1'' Straightening and Styling Iron ($180) that every celebrity hairstylist loves to achieve bone-straight strands.

5. Minimal Sleek Ponytail

If you want all the attention on your dress or makeup, a simple, sleek ponytail is an option. I mean, can you even take your eyes off of Priyanka Chopra Jonas's killer smoky eye in this photo?

6. Intricate Twisted Updo

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

7. Messy Bun

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

8. Defined Waves in a Half-Up, Half-Down Style

Can we borrow Blake Lively's hair? OK, maybe not, but you can re-create this look. For the long-haired bride, section your hair and use a small wand to create defined waves. Brush it out and pin the front of your hair back for a half-up, half-down style.

9. Slicked Down Lob With Adornments

For brides with short hair, try this look worn by Vanessa Hudgens that's 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. 

10. High Pony With Romantic Loose Curls

This gallery would not be complete without a high pony. Kate Walsh's rich red hair looks amazing swept into this classic pony, complete with loose curls. To really romanticize this look, add a slight bouffant in the front like celebrity stylist Chad Wood did for Walsh.

11. Bobbed Hair With Easy Waves

Brides with bobs, you don't need an intricately styled 'do for your day. This straightforward style worn by Isabela Moner is proof that a few easy waves will look absolutely stunning.

12. Shaped and Defined Natural Curls

Lupita Nyong'o has been showing us how to let it free for years. Use a hydrating mist like the Vernon François Curl Command Moisture Spray ($32) to help shape and define your curls.

13. Loose Low Ponytail

It can't get more uncomplicated than a loose, low ponytail. Like Mandy Moore, let the hair tucked behind your ears hang. You might try a pretty hairband to elevate this simple style.

14. 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.

15. Bone Straight Style With a Center Part

Talk about bone straight hair. Gisele Bundchen'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.

16. 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. If your hair isn't long enough for the style, try a clip-in ponytail extension for the evening.

17. Voluminous Curls

If the question is, "Can wedding hair be this disco-glam?" then the answer is most definitely "yes." Grab your favorite diffuser and keep the heat on warm instead of hot to keep frizz at bay.

18. Slicked-Back Ponytail With a Blunt Cut

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. 

19. Classic Topknot

A timeless, classic topknot will always be a beautiful bridal option. Karlie Kloss is killing it in this slicked-back style, proving that you can't go wrong with a bun. 

20. Curly Afro

Naturalistas, embrace your fro on your wedding day. Tracee Ellis Ross calls this her "happy hair." Use a hair pick like this Goody Comb & Lift Hair Pick ($6) to fluff up your curls, and use a tiny curling iron to define a few spirals to create the shape you want. 

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