14 Brides Who Nailed Cool-Girl Wedding Hair

Low ponytail

Red Aspen Photography

It's hard to define cool-girl hair, but when you see it, you just know. There's a certain je ne sais quoi vibe to it: It's effortlessly chic, yet laid-back and utterly gorgeous. And if you ask us, when it comes to your wedding hair, your style of choice should be anything but fussy. Many brides are opting out of traditional, stiff updos and ornate curls in favor of easy, breezy hair that emulates a personal bridal style without taking away from the big moment. We're talking flower crowns, unique hair accessories, and lived-in looks.

These laid-back styles are all easy to recreate and will maintain their beauty past the ceremony and well into the night with minimal styling products necessary.

Whether you have naturally textured curls, a short bob, or long locks, there's a fuss-free look to model your wedding day hair after. If you're feeling an updo, take a page out of Whitney Port's wedding and opt for a wispy, textured bun. For the risk-taker, we recommend really going for it with a statement hair accessory or a braided hair crown. Either way, there's a beautiful style in this roundup to compliment your hair (and gown!) no matter when your wedding will be taking place.

Ahead, 14 real brides who totally nailed cool-girl hair on their wedding day.

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Soft Waves

Mom zipping bride into dress

Jenn Emerling; Event Planning by Ashley Smith Events; Hair & Makeup by Katie Nash Beauty

Soft, tousled waves are a cool-girl staple. From glossy strands to matte, beachy tendrils, this style works with just about any hair texture or length.

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Bouncy Curls

Bouncy Curls

Rad + In Love

Natural, bouncy curls are having a major bridal moment.

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Grecian-Inspired Accessory

Grecian-Inspired Accessory

Birds of a Feather Photo

Go back in time and add a Grecian-inspired hair accessory to spice up your waves.

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Low Ponytail

Low Ponytail

Red Aspen Photography

Who says a ponytail has to be boring? A simple ribbon goes a long way.

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Beachy Waves

Newlyweds on the beach

J Photography

For that authentic sand-in-your-hair look, add a few spritz of sea salt spray and scrunch!

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Braided Crown

Braided Crown

Hannah Costello

A milkmaid braid is the perfect style if you want to keep hair away from your face.

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Baby's Breath Accents

Bride in jazz age theme

Jillian Mitchell; Event Planning by Fallon Carter Weddings; Veil by New York Vintage

A few accents of baby's breath will add a romantic touch to any style.

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Textured Bun

Textured Bun

Hannah Costello

Too much to do on the big day? A textured bun is easy to achieve, and looks pretty rad.

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Romantic Waves

Bride smiling with peony bouquet

Mel Barlow; Event Planning by Carole Grogan of Bright Blue Events; Makeup by Megan Lombardi & Megan Mortenson; Floral Design by The Flower Lab

A half-up-half-down style is a quick way to add volume to hair.

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Statement Accessory

Statement Accessory

Birds of a Feather Photo

Let your hair accessory take center stage on your wedding day.

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Blunt Lob

Bride with blunt lob

Chi-Chi Ari; Event Planning by Tiffany Rivera of Simply Breathe Events; Hair by Hair by Fran; Veil by Blossom Veils

A blunt lob can be quickly styled, and it's perf for modern brides.

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Wispy Bun

Wispy Bun

Birds of a Feather Photo

A wispy bun is simple yet statement-worthy.

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Tiny Flower Crown

Newlyweds kissing

Volvoreta; Event Planning by Kamila at Sonhos Cerimonial; Floral Design by Maria Salazar

Forgo a veil, a delicate flower crown can serve as an unconventional (yet totally beautiful) finishing touch.

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Bride with faux hawk laughing with groom


This wouldn't be cool-girl wedding hair without adding a faux-hawk into the mix. This bride's braided 'do descends into a traditional chignon for some classic feminine contrast.

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