There are plenty of short bridal hairstyles that will look absolutely stunning as you walk down the aisle, so for those of your brides-to-be out there fretting about not having enough time to grow your hair for that ‘dream style’, worry no more! You would be amazed at how much is achievable with very little length.
With over 25 years Wedding Makeup & Bridal Hair experience. . .
I’ve worked with all lengths and types of hair and some of the short bridal hairstyles that I have created are actually some of my favourite.
From vintage styles or beachy boho to making the most of a gorgeous pixie cut, you have more choice than you think…
Short & Chic
Keep it smooth and simple with some elegant movement for a chic look on a classic bride. A little lift in a pulled back fringe section can be styled as whimsical or punky for a contemporary edge.
Audrey Hepburn & Vintage Looks
Many people think that up-dos are only for brides with long hair, but that’s not true! There are plenty of gorgeous hair up styles and one of my favourite has got to be the classic ‘Audrey’ – a folded in pleat at the back of the hair, resulting in a neat style for a classic bride.
Finger waves and pin curls are also really fun vintage styling techniques to utilise. Having a decadent wedding? How about going for a 1920s ‘Great Gatsby’ flapper girl do? This works best on jaw length cuts.
Undone & Wavy
Often, less is more with short bridal hairstyles – I love the undone look when combined with a little twist or braid added in for some intricacy without the overall look being over-styled.
If the hair has enough length to it, I would always set it in rollers first for a little root lift and volume with a gentle wave. This works particularly well on hair with highlights so that you can see all the texture in those all-important wedding photos.
Sometimes a fantastic pixie cut only needs a very small amount of work and product to get it looking great. If you’ve got a pixie cut or a short bob that you love as is, I would recommend going for a blow-dry, rather than a ‘style’ to make the most of it, simply.
What About Extensions?
If you’ve really got your heart set on a longer style but your natural length is on the shorter side, we can always get creative with extensions! The key thing here is to only ever go for this choice if you’re hiring a hairstylist who really knows their stuff – you can’t wing it and succeed with extensions, they absolutely must be fixed in and styled right to look great. It’s very easy to get this wrong and end up with a hairstyle that is obviously made with fake hair!
Fortunately, I do know how to handle them, so when my clients tell me that they want a look that I feel extensions will work for, I’m happy to offer it.
Extensions don’t just mean going from short to long, they can also be used for adding volume, layers and braids to bring a look together. If you’re getting married and you’ve found a style you’d love to make work, don’t hesitate to get in touch for a chat – I’m always happy to help!