There are many components to pulling off a wedding: finding the right tux, scoring shoes that fit effortlessly, and deciding if you're going to wear a pocket square or not. But, it's important to remember not to get lost in those details and focus on another essential planning detail: your wedding day hairstyle.
Celebrity hairstylist and photographer Michael Dueñas recommends that grooms stick with classic and timeless hairstyles. “Usually clean tapered sides, with a little length on top and well-groomed. Think men’s styles in the 1940s. Just less product,” he says. To achieve the best hairstyle on the big day, Dueñas recommends using a molding paste for “natural finish.”
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Michael Dueñas is a celebrity hairstylist and photographer who includes Lady Gaga, Connie Britton, and Molly Sims as clients.
When choosing a men’s hairstyle, it’s important to remember that less is best. Stick with what you know works best for your features and personality—but still, have fun with it since there are no rules when it comes to hairstyles for your wedding day. Dueñas does say keep this tip in mind, however: Do not fade the sides to the skin. “Leave a little hair as it looks softer and timeless. Skin fades are a fad and will look harsh in wedding pictures years down the line,” he adds.
For a hairstyle that stands out on the big day, scroll ahead to see 15 of the best wedding hairstyles for men.
For grooms with longer hair, pull your hair back into a bun. You can leave some of your hair loose in the front to frame your face. This low-key men's hairstyle is modern, sleek, and creates a cohesive look with a classic tux.
If a clean-shaven hairstyle is your go-to, don't feel like you need to switch it up for your ceremony. Stick with what suits you best and makes you feel comfortable. A shaved style is classic and timeless.
If you have longer hair, a man bun and ponytail aren't the only options. Instead, let your hair down and use a styling gel to keep it in place.
Short Sides With a Longer Top
Mix up your hairstyle by asking your barber to cut your hair shorter on the sides and leave the top of your hair longer. With the longer length on top, you can choose what you want to do with it. Either spike it or add some texture to the top to tie the look together.
Shorter Sides With a Mid-Length Top
If you're not a fan of long hair, then try a mid-length cut. The sides can remain shorter but leave a good amount of hair on top. Since the hair isn't as long on top, it won't be in your face. You can then push your hair over to the side to create sleek and clean lines all around that style.
If you have natural hair, then let it grow out into an afro. Your curls or coils will be the star of the show on your big day.
Add more elements to a mixed-length hairstyle. Have the top and front of your hair waved to create volume. Then, ask your stylist to use a molding paste to shape the hair how you want—this will also keep the hair in place throughout the entire day.
There's no easier men's hairstyle than spiking your hair up. It might seem unsuitable for a wedding, but this hairstyle stays on the list as one of the best men's hairstyles.
Long All Over
Another way to wear your hair on your wedding day is to leave it long all over. Have your barber or hairstylist blow it out to create volume and softness.
Clean and Sleek
Don't opt for a skin fade on your wedding day. Instead, choose to shave your head and then have your barber add oils and other moisturizing products to give it shine.
Instead of disconnecting the sides of your hair from your facial hair, leave it all connected to create one smooth line. The natural lines that your hair makes are classic.
Calling all grooms with dreads! Even if you are having a formal wedding, your dreads can look elegant and fit right into your wedding setting. Dreadlocks are easy to care for and don't require constant attention and styling. Just give your dreads a refresh before the big day.
Twists Into a Ponytail
Braids into a ponytail are a very versatile men’s style. Have your hair braided and then leave some room at the ends of the braids to pull your hair into a ponytail. You don’t have to worry about touching up your hair throughout your day so that you can dance all night.
A classic hairstyle, completed with products to give it texture, is truly underrated. A simple hairstyle sometimes is best, plus it photographs well.
A classic fade is always an excellent option for a men’s wedding hairstyle. It’s another timeless style that will place all of the attention on your suit and details. It’s also not a loud hairstyle so that it won’t distract from any other details of the day.