50 Simple and Easy Hairstyles for Bridal Hair

Congratulations on your upcoming big day – with so much to think about, we’re here to help you decide on your perfect bridal hairstyle. Sometimes, it’s best to keep things simple, but don’t worry – a simple bridal hairstyle can have just as much wow factor as the most elaborate styles. 

Most brides will be seeking a balance: something beautiful yet effortless, elegant yet achievable without a team of stylists. Whether you’ve got a stylist on hand, opt to do your hair yourself, or enlist the help of a bridesmaid or family member, simplicity and manageability are key.

The best thing about simple styles is they are a match for every theme, so if you haven’t yet decided between boho-chic or Hollywood glamour, retro-cool or traditional, one of these simple styles could be the one. From romantic updos to whimsical braids, each hairstyle in our guide is designed to minimise stress and maximise your enjoyment of your wedding day, and last from dawn 'til dusk – and beyond!


  • Bridal hairstyles for long straight hair = middle parting, ponytail, side ponytail, low bun, half-up half down
  • Bridal hairstyles for long wavy hair = middle parting, side parting, side comb, pinned half-up do, half-up half-down twist, side sweep, flower crown, side ponytail, relaxed up-do, low ponytail
  • Bridal hairstyles for long curly hair = half-up half-down, top knot, high ponytail, fishtail braid, loose chignon
  • Bridal hairstyles for mid-length straight hair = twisted half-up do, ponytail, low bun, half-up do, low ponytail, au naturale
  • Bridal hairstyles for mid-length wavy hair = low ponytail, half-up half-down, au naturale
  • Bridal hairstyles for mid-length curly hair = top knot, side parting, au-naturale
  • Bridal hairstyles for very short hair = pixie, textured pixie, pixie with high fringe, very short pixie, curly long pixie
  • Bridal hairstyles for chin-length hair = half-up with a clip, side parting, side-parted bob, inverted bob, wavy bob
  • Bridal hairstyles for thin or fine hair = fringed bob, low twist, classic bun, ribboned bun, loose braid
  • Bridal hairstyles for thick or coarse hair = invisible layers, half-up bun, half-up braid



You may have been growing your gorgeous long hair for months or years, and you’re on the lookout for a hairstyle to maximise the beauty of your long hair while being quick to achieve. We bring you a range of beautiful long hairstyles – whether your hair is straight, wavy or curly.

Bridal Hairstyles for Long Straight Hair

Long straight locks are perfect for the ultimate sophisticated bridal look. Whether you have naturally straight hair or need to blow dry and straighten before styling, these long straight styles work like a charm and will go perfectly with any dress or theme.

Before styling your hair, we recommend blow-drying your hair straight – the CLOUD NINE Airshot Pro is perfect for the job. Before applying heat to your hair, spritz with our Magical Potion and use a barrel brush like our Luxury Round Brush for guaranteed volume and shine. If your hair is on the wavy side, and you want a sleek look, run a straightening iron like the CLOUD NINE Wide Iron Pro through your hair.

1. Long hair with a middle parting

Perhaps the easiest style for long straight hair, the simple middle parting gives off elegant, sophisticated vibes. If you have beautiful earrings to show off, simply tuck one side behind your ear. To expose your shoulders or showcase intricate detailing on your gown, you could drape your hair behind your shoulders.

2. Long ponytail

For the perfect low-maintenance look, go for a sleek, straight ponytail. Styled wherever you like at the back of your head or nestled near the top of your neck, a statement ponytail should stay in place throughout your big day. For added elegance, wrap a section of hair around the hair bobble to hide it.

3. Long side ponytail

For something a little different, try the side ponytail. Swept over your shoulder, it’s the perfect way to elongate your neck so the photographer can capture a different look from each side. For an extra flourish, bring a few strands down at the front to frame your face.

4. Low bun

With all that gorgeous hair, you could style it in a simple bun at the base of your neck. Simply tie your hair with a strong hair bobble, twist and secure it with bobby pins. Leave a few tendrils loose at the front for an effortlessly feminine vibe.

5. Half-up half-down

Super easy to achieve, the half-up half-down look is a timeless, elegant bridal hairstyle. Lightly backcomb the front and side sections of your hair to add volume, then bring each section backwards to meet in the centre of your head. Secure with hair grips and a spritz hair spray. If you get too warm later on in the day, you can simply sweep your hair up into a ponytail.

Bridal Hairstyles for Long Wavy Hair

If you dream of the perfect mermaid waves for your wedding day, there are different ways of achieving them. Heatless curling methods are straightforward if your hair is straight and will hold a wave – ahead of the big day, it’s a good idea to experiment with a few options. Try braiding damp hair before bed and waking up to waves or use rollers or other heatless curl methods. 

Our Waving Wand is perfect for creating gorgeous tousled waves. However, you can also achieve wavy hair by using the ultra-versatile CLOUD NINE 2-in-1 Contouring Iron Pro, designed with curved plates ideal for creating gorgeous natural-looking waves. Check out our styling guides for tips and inspiration. We would always recommend using a heat protection spray like our Magical Potion to protect your hair when using any heated styling tool.

6. Long wavy hair with a middle parting

Bridal hairstyles don’t get simpler than this. Simply tuck your hair behind your ears and wear your waves loose, or drape one side behind your shoulders to show off your beautiful earrings, cheekbones and jawline. 

7. Long wavy hair with a side parting

The easiest way to show off your waves is with a simple side parting. By bringing a curtain of hair across your face, you can curate a more relaxed look – perfect to hide behind if you’re feeling shy on your big day!

8. Long wavy hair with a side comb

Add a touch of sparkle with a comb or clip on one side. This is the perfect way of keeping your waves off your face and works especially well if you choose not to have a veil.

9. Long wavy pinned half-updo

Bobby pins or hair grips are a simple, easy way to pin a small handful of hair. If you want to add a touch of glamour to match your wedding theme, you could attach some foliage or ribbon to cover the pins.

10. Half-up half-down twist

Show off your long waves by twisting your hair into a half-up half-down style. This super relaxed look can be refreshed during the day with a simple twist and clip.

11. Side-swept long wavy hair

This elegant, sophisticated look is really easy to achieve. Simply sweep your hair to one side and add bobby pins to secure it. For an extra glamorous accent, add a hair slide or clip that matches your wedding theme.

12. Flower crown on long wavy hair

For a really laid-back bridal look, place a crown of flowers or leaves (real or fake) on your wavy hair. If you need your hair off your face, you could create a half-up half-down look first, then finish off with a wreath.

13. Long, wavy side ponytail

Show off your beautiful waves with a wavy side ponytail. Draped over your shoulder, it gives two different looks for your photographer to capture.

14. Relaxed up-do

For this look, simply bring your hair back off your face and secure it at the base of your neck with a hair bobble, then wrap your long hair around the base of the ponytail, pinning sections into place as you go. The secret of this look is to keep it relaxed and textured – it doesn’t have to be perfectly styled.

15. Long wavy low ponytail

Display your cascading waves in a low ponytail – a great simple up-do that will keep your long wavy hair safe and stylish all day.

Bridal Hairstyles for Long Curly Hair

Curls come in all shapes and sizes, which is why we’ve come up with a range of gorgeous styles for you to choose from. Whether you’re blessed with naturally curly hair, or style your hair curly, these simple DIY styles will help your hair shine on your big day. 

If you want to define your natural curls or create curls, try a curling wand like our Texture Wand for tight curls. For a looser, bigger curl, check out the CLOUD NINE Curling Wand. Always use a heat protection spray like our Magical Potion before using a heated styling tool.

16. Half-up half-down curly hair

If your hair is long and curly, you likely have a lot of it! The half-up half-down look is perfect for keeping your curls under wraps while showcasing its gorgeous long length. Add some sparkle with a jewelled clip or floral hair accessory. 

17. Curly top knot

Pile those beautiful curls up high for a glamorous, low-maintenance look – once they’re up high, you can forget about them and enjoy your day. Perfect for a hot-weather wedding.

18. Curly high ponytail

For a DIY style that’s full of life, go for the bouncy high ponytail. Wrap a section of hair around the bobble to hide it and pull some curls loose for a relaxed, romantic look.

19. Fishtail braid

Styled over the shoulder, this fishtail braid is easier to achieve than it looks. Bring your curls around the side of your head and create a loose plait. Tease out some tendrils around the front of your face for a softer look.

20. Loose chignon

Let your gorgeous long curls fall loose from a low chignon at the nape of your neck. Gather your hair into a hair bobble and secure it with bobby pins. Gently tug some curls free so they drape down your back – perfect for an extra dimension to a plain or strapless gown.


Possibly the most versatile hair length, shoulder-skimming hair is a beautiful bridal look. Whether styled into romantic curls, sleek waves, or chic updos, mid-length hair exudes timeless charm and sophistication. Its manageable length ensures practicality while offering plenty of room for creativity in wedding styling, from veils to hair pins clips and floral arrangements.

We’ve rounded up some simple, easy styles you can achieve yourself (or with the help of your glam squad) with minimum stress. 

Bridal Hairstyles for Mid-Length Straight Hair

Discover chic and sophisticated bridal hairstyles for mid-length straight hair. From sleek low buns to half-up half-down styles, these versatile looks effortlessly combine elegance with flair, ensuring you shine on your big day.

For the ultimate straight hair tool, try out the CLOUD NINE Original Iron Pro. Simply move slowly through sections of hair to achieve a straight, sleek bridal look. Always treat your hair to a spritz of a heat protection spray like our Magical Potion before heat styling.

21. Mid-length twisted half-updo

This is a great look for showing off highlights or the different colours in your hair. Simply take a section from each side of your hairline, bring it back towards the centre of your head and twist one side over the other. Secure with bobby pins and decorate with gems or pearls for extra detail.

22. Mid-length ponytail

Sometimes simple is best. For the perfect care-free style, style your hair into a low ponytail and leave a few loose tendrils at the front to frame your hair. Finish off with a dainty headband and drop earrings for a sleek, sophisticated wedding look.

23. Low bun

A variation on the ponytail, gather your hair into a hair bobble at the base of your neck, then twist it into a bun and secure it with bobby pins. A quick spritz with hair spray and you’re done! Adorn with a jewelled clip or foliage for an extra flourish.

24. Mid-length half-updo

Gather your tousled waves into a half-up style and decorate with flowers for the ultimate whimsical, boho bridal look.

25. Mid-length low ponytail

Sweep your hair into a low ponytail and style it with an embellished hair accessory for a simple yet elegant bridal look.

26. Au naturale

Leave your straight hair down for the big day, letting it do its own thing. Style with a hair band or simply tuck one side behind your ear to show more of your face.

Bridal Hairstyles for Mid-Length Wavy Hair

Your mid-length wedding hairstyle could be up or down, depending on your gown. Show off your neckline by leaving your waves down or half-up, especially if your dress is strapless. For a dress with a higher neckline, opt for an up-do. If you’re getting married in the winter, leave your hair down to keep you warm. For a cool summer bridal look, wear your wavy hair in one of our simple up-dos.

For perfect waves, try using the CLOUD NINE Waving Wand, which has a larger-than-average barrel – perfect for achieving a loose, textured style. We’d also recommend using a heat protection spray like our Magical Potion before applying heat to your hair.

27. Wavy low ponytail

Style your waves into a simple low ponytail for a loose, simple style. Tease out some tendrils at the front of your hairline for a beautiful face-framing bridal look.

28. Half-up half-down wavy hair

Celebrate your waves by styling them half-up half-down. Start by plaiting a section of hair on one side, then bring it to the back of your head and secure it. Cover the hair bobble with some of your wedding flowers or an embellished hair accessory for an extra special wedding look.

29. Au naturale

Let your natural waves take centre stage on your big day with a look that embraces your hair by allowing it to do its thing. The best part is that there’s no prep needed. Simply brush through your hair, and maybe spritz with a texturising spray to make the most of your casual beachy waves.

Bridal Hairstyles for Mid-Length Curly Hair

With cascading curls falling around your shoulders, or pinned up with curls framing your face, a mid-length curly hairstyle exudes romance and sophistication. Whether adorned with delicate floral accessories, twinkling hairpins, or a classic veil, curls are the perfect romantic choice for your big day.

If you want to touch up your naturally curly hair or want to add bouncy curls to your naturally straight or wavy hair, go for a curling wand like the CLOUD NINE Texture Wand. With a smaller-than-average barrel, the Texture Wand creates the perfect springy coils for your wedding day. Make sure you protect your hair before heat styling by using a heat protection spray like our Magical Potion.

30. Top knot

Ideal for keeping your curls away from your neck during a hot-weather wedding, the curly top knot is the perfect face-framing look. Style with a hair bobble in a high ponytail, then tease out and pin your curls to complete the look.

31. Mid-length curly hair with side parting

Wear your bouncy curls down with a side parting to bring some of your hair across your face. Add a jewelled clip or accessory that matches your theme for an added wow factor.

32. Au naturale

Embrace your curls by letting them loose on your wedding day. Tuck behind your ear to show off your gorgeous wedding earrings or pin to one side for an extra dimension.


While many brides choose to grow their hair for their wedding day, what about the brides who choose to rock a short look? We’ve got you covered with a range of beautiful short hairstyles perfect for your wedding day.

Bridal Hairstyles for Very Short Hair 

There’s short hair and there’s very short hair. If you’re after a hairstyle that’s zero maintenance, go for something super short and super chic. For styles with a longer top section, you could add curls or waves using a mini straightening iron such as CLOUD NINE’s Mini Iron or a curling wand such as CLOUD NINE’s Texture Wand, which has a smaller-than-average barrel for creating tight curls. As always, give your hair a spritz with a heat protection spray like our Magical Potion before you apply any heat to your hair.

33. Short pixie cut

For added texture, opt for a pixie cut with a longer fringe. Style with an embellished headband or crown to elevate the look. Team with a veil draped over one shoulder for an elegant bridal look.

34. Textured pixie cut

This beautiful look is perfect for short wavy hair. Keep the sides short and the top long, then sweep it to the side and off your face. Spritz with hair spray to set your style before sliding a floral comb behind your fringe. Simply gorgeous.

35. Pixie cut with high fringe

For ultimate bare-faced chic, go for a very short crop with a short, high fringe. Finish with a clip or comb embellishment on one side.

36. Very short pixie cut

Forget low-maintenance hair, go for NO maintenance hair with a very short pixie cut. Top off with a jewelled hair band or lace band for retro-cool sophistication.

37. Curly long pixie cut

If you have curly hair, style it longer on top and across your face for a demure wedding look. Embellish with a jewelled hair band or simply wear your most gorgeous pair of earrings to elongate your neck even more.

Bridal Hairstyles for Chin-Length Hair

Chin-length hair provides an elegant bridal look and is the ultimate low-maintenance hair length. It’s the ideal cut for thin or fine hair too, automatically bringing the appearance of thicker, fuller hair. The perfect cut for a warm wedding, a chin-length hairdo will keep your neck and shoulders cool.

38. Half-updo with a clip

Sweep the front section to the back of your head and secure with a clip for an easy bridal style – no one would ever know you did it yourself! Embellish with a floral arrangement or jewelled hair slide.

39. Side parted chin length hair

Part your hair to the side to bring your waves across your face a little, then adorn it with a tiara or wreath for a relaxed wedding look.

40. Side parted bob

For the ultimate in sleek chic, part your bobbed hairstyle to the side with a sweeping fringe across your face. Adorn with a jewelled clip on the opposite side for an added sparkle.

41. Inverted bob

Go for an inverted bob for a textured bridal look. Styled straight or wavy, this is a surprisingly versatile look as it can be worn half-up half-down or simply decorated with a floral wreath or hair slide. Perfect for showcasing the back of an embroidered gown or the bare skin of your back and shoulders.

42. Wavy bob

Soft, face-framing waves are perfect for showing off your face and neck. Style with a jewelled hair band or clip one side up to add a little extra something.

Bridal Hairstyles for Thin or Fine Hair

If you have thin or fine hair, it can be challenging to add texture while keeping flyaways to a minimum. Choppy styles with layers can give the illusion of texture, and elaborate updos can give the illusion of volume. But if you want to keep your bridal look simple, we’ve got a range of beautiful styles designed to create the appearance of fuller hair, while also remaining low-maintenance for your big day.

Style your fine hair straight and sleek or in tousled waves using our 2-in-1 Contouring Iron Pro. Make sure you check the temperature before styling as sometimes less is more when it comes to applying heat to thin hair strands. Check out our Temperature Calculator to select the optimum heat for your hair. The good news is that all CLOUD NINE’s heated styling tools come with Variable Temperature Control, putting you in charge of the heat you apply to your hair. 

43. Fringed bob on fine hair

Add texture to your fine hair by having your stylist create a beautiful bob. Add a fringe for the ultimate face-framing style. Pop a dainty floral wreath on the crown of your head for the ultimate bridal style.

44. Low twist

An up-do is a great way to give the appearance of thicker hair with more volume. This up-do is easier than it looks. Simply create a low ponytail at the base of your neck, then split your hair above the hair bobble to create a hole and push the ponytail through it. Gather up the loose ends of the ponytail and pin with bobby pins. 

45. Classic bun

The trick to adding volume to this hairstyle is to lightly backcomb the hair before styling it into a high ponytail. Then wrap the hair around the bobble, securing it with bobby pins. Gently tease the hair from the bun and set it with hairspray. Soft, classy and elegant.

46. Ribboned bun

Wrap a simple bun with a ribbon for a minimalist, cute bridal hairstyle that adds a focal point to your fine hair. Leave long ribbon lengths to add movement to your style.

47. Loose braid

To add volume to fine hair, create a braid, then tease it out to give the illusion of more abundant hair. Decorate with flowers or gems to give a fuller bridal look.

Bridal Hairstyles for Thick or Coarse Hair

If you are blessed with gorgeous thick hair, sometimes you have more hair than you can handle. We’ve handpicked the perfect bridal styles that help you embrace the volume and texture of your thick hair, with tips on how to create the perfect polished bridal look for your big day.

Style your thick hair wavy or straight with the CLOUD NINE 2-in-1 Contouring Iron Pro – it’s great for thicker hair because, like all our heated styling tools, it comes with Variable Temperature Control, meaning you can choose the heat you apply to your hair. Check out which temperature is the best for your hair by checking out our Temperature Calculator.

48. Invisible layers on thick hair

Invisible layers are ideal for thick hair as your hairdresser can remove some bulk from your hair while creating a sleek, natural look. Wear your hair down for maximum impact – perfect for pairing with a simple gown.

49. Half-up bun

Pin some of your hair into a bun and leave the rest hanging loose – perfect for lifting some of your thick hair off your shoulders. This half-updo is the best of both worlds, showing off the length of your hair while keeping it under control.

50. Half-up braid

A simple braid can be the best way to add texture to thick hair. Twist your hair into a half-up half-down braid, then wrap the ends in a velvet ribbon. Your natural texture will shine through, adding a beautiful boho feel to your bridal look.


Should a bride have hair up or down?

When deciding on your wedding day hairstyle, there's no one-size-fits-all answer. Updos offer elegance and keep hair off your face – ideal for intricate dresses. Down styles give a relaxed, romantic vibe, perfect for boho or beach weddings. Ultimately, opt for what makes you feel confident and beautiful. Think about the season and your hair length, and experiment during your hair trial to find the perfect fit for your big day.

What’s a timeless bridal hairstyle?

A timeless bridal hairstyle is the classic updo. This elegant choice goes with most wedding gowns and exudes sophistication. Whether it's a sleek bun, a chic chignon, or a romantic braided updo, you'll look back on your wedding photos with a smile for years to come. 

Can I do my own bridal hair?

Yes, you can definitely do your own bridal hair if you're comfortable and confident with hairstyling. All the styles in this blog are designed to be DIY, especially simple styles like soft curls or a half-up, half-down look. If you’re unsure, or fancy a more intricate style, consider hiring a professional hairstylist. They can ensure your hair looks flawless and stays put throughout the day, allowing you to relax and enjoy every moment without worrying about your hair.

Should the mother of the bride wear her hair up or down?

When it comes to the mother of the bride's hair, it's all about what makes her feel fabulous, as she will be in the spotlight too. An elegant updo is perfect for a touch of glam, and loose cascading waves give off a more relaxed vibe. Ultimately, confidence is key, so go with whatever makes you feel good.

Should the bridesmaid’s hairstyle match the bride?

When considering whether a bridesmaid's hairstyle should match the bride's, there's no strict rule. While it can be cool to coordinate, it's not vital for the hairstyles to be identical. Instead, aim for a complementary look that aligns with the overall wedding theme. For example, sleek up-dos for Hollywood glamour or matching floral wreaths for a more rustic look.

What’s an easy wedding guest hairstyle?

When it comes to an easy wedding guest hairstyle, simplicity is your friend. Consider a sleek low bun, a timeless ponytail, or loose waves for an effortlessly chic look. Add a touch of elegance with hair accessories like pins or an embellished headband. Keep it polished yet relaxed, allowing you to enjoy the celebration hassle-free.

What’s the best hairstyle for a one-shoulder dress?

For a one-shoulder dress, go for a hairstyle that suits the asymmetry while balancing the overall look. Choose a sleek side-swept updo to highlight your exposed shoulder. Or, go for soft curls cascading over your bare shoulder to create a flattering balance.


Big day beauty

From elegant ponytails and chic buns to romantic curls and minimalist updos, we hope we’ve inspired you to pick a style that helps you shine on your wedding day – and night.

Whether you’d love some more bridal styling tips or want to share your big day with us, we’d love to hear from you – get in touch on our socials TikTok, Instagram or Facebook. For more Unstoppable style tips, head to our styling guides