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Mid-Length Wedding Hairstyles

I recently received a lovely email from a long-time Hair On The Brain reader (she read my tumblr!) wondering if I had any DIY tips for shorter hair girls who need to dress it up for a wedding. She is going to be a bridesmaid in July and is looking for cute styles for her thick, naturally wavy that falls between her chin and shoulders. Here are my ideas. And thanks for sticking with HOTB for so long!


Pop of Shine – Add a dose of sparkle to dress up any length of hair with a barrette or headband, like Elizabeth Banks did with her platinum and diamond headband by Fred Leighton. This is actually a great way to accessorize super short hair. Or toss in a glam clip on longer hair, like Amanda Seyfried did (imagine her hair is like 6 inches shorter for a minute!) To do this style, deeply part the hair to one side, curl with a large barrel curling iron, and pin back one side with pretty clip.


Go Sleek – A look I love with the mid-length bob, is to go super sleek, like Thandie Newton did. Style it like a traditional blunt-cut bob. Make a deep side part, blow-dry with a paddle brush, flat iron, and add gloss serum for extra shine. A polished blowout looks great (and appropriately dressy) on shorter styles with bangs too, as shown here on Katie Holmes. Remember stylish Katie?


Rock Your Texture  – Since it’s probably going to be hot (and depending on where you live, humid) in July, you might just want to go with your naturally wavy texture. To make this look a bit more fancy for a wedding just pump up the curls. Charlize Theron has a slightly more undone, beachy version of this look, achieved with curl enhancing mouse, air dry or diffuser, and a few twists of a curling iron. Break the curls apart and use hairspray for extra hold. Camilla Belle has a similar look, but it’s parted to the side and the curls are more “done” and classic. For this style, blow it out smooth first and then deliberately curl each section, leaving them in place. Again, spray with hairspray for hold.

More mid-length wedding hairstyle options after the break!


Retro Wave – A slightly more complicated, but super cool look for a dressy event is a retro hairstyle, like on Scarlett Johansson, who also pinned her hair up on one side and paired the look with red lipstick and dangling earrings.


Kate Bosworth also took her look in a super glam direction, with beautiful finger waves and a dramatic side part. Check out this video on how to get much easier sexy, retro waves from Berlin Hair Baby. But be sure to practice before the big event!


Accessorize – If you aren’t a big fan of doing your hair and trying finger waves seems totally overwhelming, you can always stick to something super simple and super chic! Just blow your hair out very straight, use a little gloss serum, and pull it back into a low ponytail with a nice ponytail tie or accessory. You can make it very tight and sleek or sort of loose, like on Camilla Belle here. Then throw on a gorgeous pair of earrings, like Camilla’s Cartier white gold, diamond and onyx earrings! Quick, easy, and absolutely gorgeous.

Good luck and have fun at the wedding!  🙂