Diwali hairstyles: 6 on-trend looks for the celebrations

Dress to impress over the festive season with these picture-perfect Diwali hairstyles.

Struggling to find Diwali hairstyles to wear for this year’s festivities? Traditionally, in honour of the 5 days of celebration, people brighten up their homes with candles and colourful lights, as well as dressing up to celebrate – which of course means styling up the hair!

And since we love any reason to rock a glam occasion hairstyle, we’ve been trying out a whole host of different ‘dos that are just perfect for the holiday. So, if you’re looking for stunning, celebration-worthy styles to pair with your Diwali outfits, look no further.

Hairstyles for Diwali: 6 stunning styles you’ll love

Divali hairstyles: Back view of a woman with long dark brown wavy hair in a half up half down diagonal braid
Show off your lengthy mane with a half-up, half-down angled braid. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

1. Half-up, half-down angled braid

Want a simple way to amaze all your friends and family at the holiday celebrations? Then meet one of the coolest Diwali hairstyles: the half-up, half-down angled braid.

Perfect for those who love to show off the length of their tresses, this intricate-looking ‘do will stun from all angles! But that’s not all – the best part about this easy-to-achieve style, is that it looks great on straight, wavy and curly hair, so anyone can do it.

Diwali hairstyles: Woman with dark brown hair in a glamorous wavy updo wearing a stripy top and smiling into the distance
Go glamorous with a wavy updo. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

2. Glamorous wavy updo

If you’ve got more formal festivities to attend during Diwali and are looking for a simple, yet sophisticated style, why not try styling your mane into a glamorous, wavy updo?

This look really oozes retro glamour vibes, but has been given a modern shake-up with the addition of loose waves and a sweeping side fringe.

Editor’s tip: To really dazzle during the colourful celebrations, spray some TIGI Bed Head Headrush Hairspray onto your updo, for a red carpet-worthy shine!

Diwali hairstyles: Back view of a woman with dark brown hair in an upside down French braid bun
Be chic with an upside down French braid bun. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

3. Upside-down French braid bun

A French braid is a fantastic style option for Diwali. And this spruced-up variation – the upside down French braid bun – is a great one to try!

This party-in-the-back updo may seem quite difficult to achieve, but trust us, it couldn’t be easier: simply follow our step-by-step tutorial for this stunning hairdo. Seriously, with a look this good, you’ll have more than a few heads turning!

Diwali hairstyles: Back view of a woman with long dark hair wearing a half up half down twist hairstyle
Try a simple half-up, half-down twist for braiding newbies. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

4. Half-up, half-down twist

Can’t decide which way you should wear your hair for the festivities this year? Well, don’t fret, because this gorgeous half-up, half-down twist is the ideal choice for whatever you have planned.

What makes this style so great is that as long as you can create a simple twist, you’ll literally be able to create this hairstyle in minutes! Pair with soft, cascading curls for princess-worthy results.

Diwali hairstyles: Close-up back view of a woman with brunette hair in a twisted chignon hairstyle
Ready for your hair close-up? Credit: Verity Jane Smith

5. Braided chignon

Braided updos are a popular choice for Diwali hairstyles and it’s not hard to see why. Classy, elegant and full of detail, this braided chignon is made for party season. Plus, it’s an ideal way to wear your hair up off of your face to show off your fabulous new outfit!

Editor’s tip: Worried about your style falling out? Ensure your updo stays looking perfect right the way through the night with a quick spray of the VO5 Ultimate Hold Hairspray.

Diwali hairstyles: Back view of a woman with long straight dark brown hair in a half-up fishtail braid
Celebrate in style with a festive fishtail. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

6. Half-up fishtail braid

Not decided what you’re wearing yet? This simple but stunning half-up fishtail braid would work with any outfit, from super glam to more casual, so however you’re celebrating, your hair will be the perfect accessory.


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