As a stylist to many on their wedding days, I hear plenty of soon-to-be brides say that they've been growing out their hair for their special day. Long hair provides plenty of styling options to work with, from updos and braids to full curls and half-up half-down styles. The wedding hairstyle options are truly endless when you have some length to work with. So to help you narrow things down, keep reading to get out our list of 40 wedding hairstyles for brides with long hair.
Braid Wrapped Chignons
A low bun or "chignon" is a frequently worn hairstyle for long-haired brides. If you find yourself drawn to this style idea, find a hair stylist that wants to explore the plethora of options within this singular style. A basic low bun can become next level and head-turning when wrapped in braids and adorned with a bow. A little imagination is the key to what you're looking for in choosing a wedding hair stylist.
Twisted Top Knots
Wearing all your braids or twists into a perfectly poised top knot is a beautiful and regal style. Top knots can pair well with high-necks as well as open necks and backs, making them extremely versatile and not as dependent on the dress you choose, unlike other hairstyles. Just be sure to do a hair trial before the big day and try your top knot on for size. You'll be wearing this style all night long and you want to ensure the way it's pinned up will not only stay, but won't cause any headaches.
This unique hairstyle of criss-crossed braids serves as an awe-inspiring detail that you can only achieve with longer strands. It comes across as a half-up half-down style, but notice it doesn't bring the sides back above the ears. This detail will keep your long strands feeling free-flowing without compromising that extra back detailing interest.
A beachside wedding doesn't always have to equate to bohemian styled beach waves. Another great interpretation of the low bun is this simple, twisted back style on wet-looking, long strands. Adding pearl pins throughout gives a bridal flare to this look while still staying on point with the down-by-sea vibe.
Natural, Full Curls
If you're a low maintenance kind of bride, opt for refining your long, natural texture and wearing it all down. It will still help to get your hair done by a professional so they can assist you in getting your desired volume and shape. Accentuating what you already have is one of the best ways to feel like the most beautiful version of yourself.
Four Strand Braid
If you frequent a side braid, French braid, or even a sleek ponytail, consider doing a more elaborate style like this clean, four strand braid. It is a refined (yet simple) styling option that will keep you in your realm of comfort and have you feeling like yourself, despite being dolled up beyond the norm.
If you consider yourself an athlete and are used to wearing your hair back, going with a very sleek and tight updo will probably be in your realm of bridal hair comfort. Athlete or not, a slicked back, high ballerina bun has the power to give you a nice little face lift sans botox and works great to compliment earrings if you choose to make that the statement jewelry to your ensemble.
Leaving natural texture in the body of your style can still give space for movement and curls while those cornrows ensure no hair is falling out of place or onto your face. Cornrowing your hair into a relaxed, non-braided style of your choice will keep your updo feeling much lighter than it would with a full head of braids.
Sleek, Straight Ponytail
Sleek, straight ponytails are a gorgeous choice for your wedding day, and they're a ton of fun to (securely) whip around the dance floor. It works especially well when those clean lines pair up against more minimalistic dresses.
Clean and Classic
This clean and classic style is a perfectly coiffed chignon. Placement is very important with these types of hairstyles. By arranging it just slightly above the nape of the neck, its positioned to stay secure without loosening up as you move your head around. It also provides more attention be drawn to the other details of your bridal ensemble.
Flower crowns are an easy, laidback hair accessory that will have you feeling like a queen, and they're especially popular amongst outdoor weddings. Be sure to collaborate with both your hair stylist and your florist when discussing ideas and incorporating this detail into your look. It's minor planning beforehand that will ensure a super low-stress and minimally timed beauty routine on your big day.
Undone Box Braids
One of our favorite long braided bridal styles are these undone box braids seen on Elaine Welteroth for her wedding day. Partially unwound in all the right places, the undone braids add such interesting texture. This style really works with her hair color and helps to add so much more dimension and interest that catches the eye.
Messy French Twist
If you're a big fan of second day hair, a piece-y textured updo like this messy french twist might be the bridal style for you. A little dry texture spray or surf spray and a few hair pins are all you need to get the hair tight and secure while appearing loose and effortlessly pulled together.