Just like wedding dress trends, wedding hairstyle trends come and go. And while choosing a wedding hairstyle that you're comfortable with is always more important than being "on trend," it doesn't hurt to take a look at the latest ideas while you're gathering inspiration. At New York Bridal Fashion Week, we noticed all sorts of wedding hair trends 2020 brides should know, and we're recapping them for you right here. These are the hairstyles, accessories, and cuts we expect to see a lot more of in the coming months—consider this your sneak peek!
Get a first look at the wedding hair trends 2020 brides won't want to miss.
Sleek center part
We have a feeling that straight hair will be the name of the game for 2020 brides. While romantic loose waves and glamorous curly styles will always have a place in bridal hair, sleek and straight tresses parted down the center (see: Rachel Green, season six) are making a huge comeback. This 'do is a great option for brides who don't like curling their hair (or who struggle to achieve curls that keep their shape), and it creates a modern, fashion-forward look. If your hair is super textured, consider a straightening treatment before the big day and work with your wedding hairstylist for their personal recommendations on how to recreate this chic style. One trick we spotted on the runway: tuck the front pieces of your hair behind your ears and secure them in a ponytail at the nape of your neck, then leave the rest of your hair down to cover the ponytail.
Dress by Berta
This wedding hair trend for 2020 is an updated take on the sparkly bridal tiara. Padded headbands are already trending all over Instagram and Pinterest, but brides are now starting to rock these throwback accessories for their wedding day hairstyles—and we love it! From classic velvet bands to angelic bedazzled styles, headbands were practically inescapable at this season's New York Bridal Fashion Week. It's one of the more versatile trends of the moment, since you can wear a headband with your hair up or down, and even add a veil if you want to!
Bows & scarves
Do you prefer a sweet, dainty bow, a sassy statement-maker, or a bohemian scarf? Whatever your style, these feminine accessories are on our radar to be some of the most popular wedding hair trends in 2020. Bridal ponytails, which are also on their way to becoming a trend, are a perfect match for bows and scarves. We love the look of a low, tousled ponytail finished with a bow or scarf—your wedding hairstylist can even add clip-in extensions on the day of your wedding to give the ponytail a boost. And if a ponytail isn't your thing, you can still rock a pretty bow, as Watters proved during their Spring 2020 runway show when a model wore an oversized clip-in style with her loose tresses.
Dress by Marchesa
Love switching up your everyday look by dyeing your hair bright colors? No problem! For 2020, having colorful hair on your wedding day isn't only allowed—it's encouraged. As we saw at NYBFW, pale pink seems to be the color of the moment. Marchesa, Pnina Tornai, and Ines Di Santo all used a model with pink hair to debut their newest collections, and we adore the fun vibe. If you're on the fence about going full-on pink for your wedding day, you can still add a pop of color with light pink ombré or a temporary tint instead.
Short & textured
Long hair has been the bridal norm for a long time, but we're seeing more and more brides opting for lobs and shoulder-length hair on their wedding days. Our hunch that short styles will be one of the biggest wedding hair trends of 2020 was confirmed at NYBFW, when we saw countless models with above-the-shoulder tresses. And an increase in short hairstyles wasn't the only thing we noticed—we also realized that instead of giving their models a uniform 'do, many designers opted to enhance each model's natural hair texture, from I-woke-up-like-this waves to bouncy ringlets and super-tight coils. Long story short (yeah, we had to): you don't need to stress about growing your hair out or wearing extensions for the wedding day unless you want to, and long, symmetrical curls aren't the only way to rock a gorgeous look.
Dress by Julie Vino
Consider this one of the more unexpected wedding hair trends for 2020. Turbans are the latest bridal hair accessory to catch our attention, and while this look might not be for everyone, it's a fun idea for the free-spirited or vintage-loving bride. This sheer tulle turban, which is a little bit reminiscent of 1920s cloche hats, feels wedding-appropriate thanks to the sparkly embellishments and white appliqués.
We know that braided wedding hairstyles aren't exactly a new thing, but the trend is still going strong for 2020. You can expect to see braided hairstyles of all shapes and sizes, from beachy half-up styles and romantic milkmaid-esque crown braids, to braided ponytails (our new fave) and low, undone braids—with seashells, no less. Whether you're going for a couture, high-fashion look or you need a stylish way to keep your hair out of your face on your wedding day, this season's runways proved that braids are here to stay.