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Traditional Indian Wedding Hairstyles

Every woman seeks to look the best on her big day, and Indian brides are no different. The Indian bride places a lot of emphasis on her selection of jewelry, make-up, wedding outfit, and, most importantly, her hairstyle. You’ll need to understand, however, that since the Indian bridal outfit is quite different from the traditional poofy white wedding dress, so are the hairstyles they choose. Indian brides usually wear a red, pink, or orange wedding dress, called a ‘sari’ or ‘lehenga’ with heavy sequined or embroidery done all over. Furthermore, each bride needs to select several Indian wedding hairstyles as the wedding ceremony usually involves 4-5 separate wedding events building up to and post the main wedding vows.

Common Indian Wedding Hairstyles

Indian wedding hairstyles tend to be simple and elegant.

  1. Braids and Plaits
  2. Most Punjabi and Indian Muslim brides will wear a braided hair styles with one or two plaits hanging over the shoulder front. These plaits are usually adorned in flowers. Jeweled barrettes may be used to secure the plait at the nape of the neck and bottom.

  3. Buns
  4. Often, the bun is chosen for brides that have a large height difference with their grooms to add height to her stature. The bun is also adorned with flowers which are either attached with pins to stick to the bun or to hang loosely on the sides.

Long or Short Hair?

If the bride wants to sport an updo but doesn’t have long hair, she will usually start growing it a few months in advance of the wedding. If the wedding is very close, false hair may be used to add volume or hair extensions are used. Often, the groom’s height is taken into consideration when choosing the bridal hairstyle.

Floral Adornments

No Indian wedding hairstyle is complete with large and beautiful floral headpieces, particularly at the pre-wedding event where yellow powder paste is applied to the groom and bride. Usually, the flower strings consist of jasmines, lilies, and roses. They are also functional in keeping the bridal veil in place. The strings of flowers either run around the bun in a single swipe or multiple floral strings are used.

Some might call Indian wedding hairstyles a bit ‘loud’. But, then, again, if loud is beautiful, what problem can you have with loud? The dozens of ornaments used to make the Indian bride look her best on her wedding day certainly do work.

Maang Tika & Hair Jewelry

This is one of the traditional bridal hair accessories worn by every Indian bride. It has two parts. The first one is the maang that rests on the center of the hair parting. A small hook on it attaches it to the hair. The other part, tikka, is a pendant that rests on the forehead. There are several variations of this traditional ornament. Bridesmaids often wear a smaller version of this at weddings too. Another hair ornament popular amongst Indians is a thicker and wider maang tika that’s placed on either the right or left side of the head. This is more common amongst Muslim Indian brides. Tiaras, jeweled hair combs, and hair pins are also commonly used in hair designs.