11 Bollywood hair looks you don’t want to miss

Because you don't have to be a Bollywood star to rock Bollywood hair!

Hollywood isn’t the only place you should be looking to for hair inspiration! Recently, we’ve been fawning over some chic Bollywood hair looks (from our favourite stars), which we reckon you’ll appreciate, too.

From Priyanka Chopra’s polished topknot to Aishwara Rai Bachchan’s glossy waves, the next time you need to style your hair, make a major impact with one of these Bollywood hairstyles.

 

Bollywood hair: Aishwarya Rai with dark brown hair with burgundy tones, styled into Hollywood waves, wearing red dress on the red carpet
Bollywood waves will never go out of style. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

1. Aishwara Rai’s Bachcan’s Bollywood waves

You can’t talk about Bollywood hair without mentioning former Miss World Aishwara Rai Bachcan’s famous mane. Throughout her successful acting career, the star has proved to us just how gorgeous Bollywood waves are.

If you look closely, you’ll see the star has taken her waves up a notch with a subtle violet wash. Just look at how it shines!

Bollywood hair: Sunny Leone with dark brown hair styled into a vintage half-up, half-down beehive with loose curls at end, wearing white dress on the red carpet
Give your hair some vintage flair. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

2. Sunny Leone’s retro hair

Bollywood is famous for showing its love to glamorous hairstyles from by-gone days, especially ones from the ’60s. And, judging from Sunny Leone’s half-up beehive, it’s easy to see why.

Recommended: 10 easy vintage hairstyles anyone can do.

Bollywood hair: Bhumika Arora with dark brown medium hair styled into modern waves wearing a single blue flower in her hair
Flowers always have a starring role in Bollywood. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

3. Bhumika Arora’s blow out

If anyone is going to convince us to learn how to get the perfect blow out, it’s supermodel Bhumika Arora. To give her modern look a true Bollywood hair feel, she’s teamed it with an accent flower clip.

Editor’s tip: You may have noticed that all these Bollywood hair looks are super glossy! If you want to make your tresses gleam, you’ll need to get your hands on a shine spray like the VO5 Tame & Shine Spray.

The best thing about this spray is that it also comes with heat defence, which will help protect your strands against the damage caused by heat-styling tools.

Bollywood hair: Deepika Padukone with long curly brown to caramel brown hair, wearing a black dress on the red carpet
Talk about #hairgoals. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

4. Deepika Padukone’s loose curls

Looking for more textured hairstyles that aren’t just beachy waves? Let actress Deepika Padukone’s long curly mane inspire you to add some playfulness to your day-to-night hairstyle.

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Bollywood hair: Sonam Kapoor with her dark brown hair styled into a half-up, half-down twist, wearing blue and white co-ord top and trousers
If anyone knows how to make a statement, it’s this beauty. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

5. Sonam Kapoor’s half-up style

You can’t go wrong with a half-up, half-down hairstyle! Sonam Kapoor’s romantic ‘do is great for those days when you can’t decide whether to wear your hair up or down.

Worried that’ll you get bored of this look? You can always team your half-up hairstyles with braids, buns or even twists, like Sonam has done with her mane.

Bollywood hair: Freida Pinto with her medium-length dark brown hair styled into a cornrow braided low bun, wearing light blue lace top on the red carpet
Take your hair game to the next level with this braided updo. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

6. Freida Pinto’s cornrow bun

Not all Bollywood hairstyles need to look ultra-glamorous to make an impact. When you’ve got a long day ahead of you, you’ll need a style to match — and, this is where this cute cornrow braided bun comes in.

This pretty braided updo is all you need to stylishly keep your hair off your face, plus it won’t need any touch-ups during the day.

Editor’s tip: Making your braids look the part will be easy with the TONI&GUY Flexible Hold Braid Balm! The next time you want to create a plait, try using this balm beforehand to give your style structure and extra staying power.

Bollywood hair: Madhuri Dixit Nere with a medium-length dark brown fishtail side braid, wearing salmon pink chanderi suit posing on red carpet
Meet the modern version of the side braid. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

7. Madhuri Dixit Nene’s fishtail side braid

When it comes to braided hairstyles, the Bollywood red carpet can’t get enough of side braids. They’re easy to put together, flatter every face shape and also do a lovely job of showing off traditional Bollywood clothing.

You can polish them up with a pair of glitzy hair accessories or keep them messy and undone (a la Madhuri Dixit Nene).

Recommended: 19 fishtail hairstyles to add to your hair wardrobe.

Bollywood hair: Priyanka Chopra with dark brown hair styled into a high topknot, wearing hoop earrings and long sleeved dress
Bride-to-be Priyana’s mane is one to watch. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

8. Priyanka Chopra’s topknot

Wondering how to get hair like Priyanka Chopra? Then come a little closer and let us tell you exactly what you need: coconut oil! And, after you’ve become a hair oil devotee, you can try this quick topknot that’s suitable for long and short hair.

Bollywood hair: Kelly Gale with dark brown hair styled into a low, messy bun wearing drop earrings and golden dress on the Victoria's Secret red carpet
Remember: the messier the bun, the cooler you’ll look. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

9. Kelly Gale’s romantic updo

Looking for more short Bollywood hair looks to test out? In case you haven’t noticed, we’re big fans of messy looks, so go ahead and channel off-duty vibes with Kelly Gale’s wispy, flirty updo.

Editor’s tip: Dealing with second day tresses? Bring volume and bounce to your hair with the Love Beauty And Planet Volume & Bounty Dry Shampoo.

 It’ll act as a great base to any tousled looks you want to create and also leave your locks feeling and smelling refreshed.

Bollywood hair: Mandip Gill with dark brown straight hair swept-back, wearing a black velvet dress on the red carpet
Sleek and steady wins the race. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

10. Mandip Gill’s slick hair

Actress Mandip Gill’s strands have a graphic, dramatic appeal, making it the ideal look to wear for weddings (be it traditional or Indian).

Eager to get this Bollywood hair look? Our easy tutorial on how to get super sleek strands will sort you out.

Bollywood hair: Jameela Jamil with dark chocolate brown hair and thick, heavy bangs, wearing white top and jacket on the red carpet
Will you get in on the fringe benefits? Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

11. Jameela Jamil’s ’70s bangs

So you’ve decided you want to get fringe that’s worthy of Bollywood and beyond. But which bangs are you going to choose? Well, if you’ve got thicker strands like Jameela Jamil, you can afford to lose some bulk and try out these ’70s-inspired straight bangs.

Recommended: How to style thick hair.