20 Gorgeous Indian Hairstyles for All Occasions

No matter the occasion, these Indian hairstyles are all you need!

Looking for inspirational Indian hairstyles? We know, it’s not always so easy to find chic ‘dos that make the most out of those thick, glossy strands you’ve been blessed with. So, we’ve done the hard work for you and found you the best hairstyles for Indian hair.

Whether you’re after an elegant ‘do for an Indian wedding or just want something casual to revamp your everyday style, there’s bound to a ‘do you’ll want to try, below.

French Braided Bun

Indian hairstyles: Woman with dark brown hair styled into a French braided bun, wearing yellow sari with drop earrings outside
This ‘do is fit for any occasion. Credit: Instagram.com/sonamkapoor

First up, we’ve got this lovely French braided bun! This is a great Indian hairstyle to test out when you want a ‘do that’ll keep your thick tresses stylishly out of the way. Plus, it’ll also do a fab job of showing off your sari. Credit: @sonamkapoor

Half-Up Hair

Indian hairstyles: Woman with long dark brown hair styled into a straight half-up, half-down wearing it with a hair tikka and matching earrings
How sleek will you go? Credit: Instagram.com/rens.reehal

Looking for trendy Indian hairstyles? You’ll feel just like a celebrity if you fashion your mane into this polished half-up ‘do. Paired with a hair tikka and swanky earrings, you’ll look the part at any event. Credit: @rens.reehal

Editor’s tip: Using heat to create this look? Don’t forget to use a heat protection spray on your strands before you do so, to help avoid heat damage.

You’ll want to get your hands on the TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Heat Protection Shine Spray, as it’ll help keep frizz at bay and help you achieve silky, shiny strands.

Half-Up Bun

Indian hairstyles: Woman with dark brown hair styled into a half-up, half-down bun, wearing glasses with white jumper outside
Is there anything half-up styles can’t do? Credit: Instagram.com/ispeakwhatyoulove

If you’re a fan of easy Indian hairstyles, this pretty half-up, half-down bun hairstyle is sure to provide you with some work and weekend hair inspiration. Credit: @ispeakwhatyoulove

Loose Curls

Indian hairstyles: Woman with long, dark loose curls wearing a sari over her head with a hair tikka and nose ring jewellery
You can’t talk about Indian hairstyles without mentioning this one. Credit: Instagram.com/indianstreetfashion

Want to show off your long, layered hair? Enter: this timeless, yet contemporary Indian hairstyle.

Not only does this hairstyle look glamorous, but it’s a universally flattering option for all face shapes, too. Credit: @indianstreetfashion

Bollywood Waves

Indian hairstyles: Woman with dark brown hair with honey ombre ends styled into glam waves, wearing black choker and pink jumper
You don’t need to be a Bollywood star to rock these. Credit: Instagram.com/anchalmua

Trust us, these beautiful Bollywood waves are all you need to make your tresses feel new again on your next night out. So, it’s no wonder this look is still one of the best Indian hairstyles for long hair. Credit: @anchalmua

Elegant Braided Bun

Indian hairstyles: Woman with honey brown hair styled into a low bun, decorated with Indian hair jewellery, posing in a studio

Earn best-tressed status with this bun. Credit: Instagram.com/indianstreetfashionWhether you have some serious braiding skills under your belt or not, you can spruce up your favourite bun with some sparkly Indian hair accessories.

Check it out which other hair accessories are taking over our social feeds! Credit: @indianstreetfashion

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Messy Updo

Indian hairstyles: Woman with topknot bun with wispy tendrils left out
With longer locks, you can try this trend. Credit: Instagram.com/dulcecandy

If we’ve learnt anything from Fendi’s recent runway, it’s that messy topknots look their best with wispy tendrils. And, this example is a serious case in point. Credit: @dulcecandy

Low Bun

Indian hairstyles: Woman with dark brown hair styled into a low sleek bun, wearing white Bardot top and posing outside
What’s not to love? Credit: Instagram.com/textbookbeauty

Looking for Indian hairstyles for short hair? You won’t need to worry about your tresses staying upright with this laid-back low bun. Credit: @textbookbeauty

Milkmaid Braid

Indian hairstyles: Woman with dark brown hair styled into a milkmaid braid, wearing a red lipstick with red top in a bedroom
Date night hair? Sorted! Credit: Instagram.com/streakhuefall

We’re loving this milkmaid braid on this Instagram beauty! This Indian hairstyle will keep your hair off your face in a flattering way and won’t require any touch ups, because its super long-lasting. Credit: @streakhuefall

Editor’s tip: You should try applying some of the TONI&GUY Flexible Hold Braid Balm to either damp or dry hair before you plait.

This will give your tresses more grip and texture, making them stay in place better.

Boxer Braids

Indian hairstyles: Woman with dark brown hair styled into braided pigtails, wearing all black and posing in bedroom
Gym days are about to become a lot easier. Credit: Instagram.com/farahdhukai

Ideal for ladies who are always on-the-go (whether you’re off to the gym or lunch), these boxer braids can solve all sorts of last-minute hair woes.

So, if you’re looking for more braided Indian hairstyles to incorporate into your hair wardrobe, you know what to do. Credit: @farahdhukai

Recommended: The most stylish braided hairstyles you should try weaving.


Indian hairstyles: Woman with dark brown hair styled into a classic chignon with flowers, wearing black sari with sparkly drop earrings
Keep it classic with a chignon. Credit: Instagram.com/looksbyjassi

You’d be hard-pressed to find an Indian hairstyle that epitomises sophistication and elegance more than this classic chignon. This traditional updo looks beautiful for weddings and can work a treat on shorter hair, too.

The trick to nailing this ‘do is to curl your hair beforehand to provide your look with an extra bit of dimension. Flowers are optional but highly recommended. Credit: @looksbyjassi

Curly Updo

Indian hairstyles: Woman with chestnut brown medium hair styled into a curly updo, wearing traditional Indian clothing and posing in a studio
Your curls will look like a work of art. Credit: Instagram.com/anayah_jewellery

Don’t get us wrong, we love polished updos, but showing off your natural curls (instead of tucking them away), can really help elevate your overall look.

Paired with a glitzy sari, you’ll have a neat hairstyle that will see you through party season time and time again. Credit: @anayah_jewellery

Natural Waves

Indian hairstyles: Woman with natural hair curly texture dark brown bob wearing green jumper and posing in a studio
Au naturel! Credit: Instagram.com/babbuthepainter

Trust us, keeping your hair au naturel is a lot easier than you think – all you need is right hair product. The secret? Keep your tresses moisturised with a leave-in conditioner, and fight frizz and define your curls with a smoothing hair serum. Simple, right? Credit: @babbuthepainter

Wavy Ponytail

Indian hairstyles: Camila Coelho with chestnut brown wavy hair styled into a high ponytail, wearing hoop earrings with autumnal makeup
Beachy ponytails never fail to impress. Credit: Instagram.com/camilacoelho

Have you ever considered rocking beachy waves? Whether you style them into a ponytail or wear them as is, your strands will always have a summer holiday vibe about them.

The best part? No matter if you have short hair, long hair, or something in between, this will look amazing. Credit: @camilacoelho

Bob and Bangs

Indian hairstyles: Woman with short, blunt dark brown bob wearing a floral top with sunglasses outside
Fancy going short? Try this! Credit: Instagram.com/itslinamar

The hottest short haircut of the year (AKA the bob) works well on thick Indian hair, too! With less bulk and thinned out, blunt ends, your hair will still look full but be a lot easier to maintain.

If you’re on the fence about getting bangs because you aren’t sure which one will go with your face shape, let our fringe guide steer in you the right direction. Credit: @itslinamar

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Indian hairstyles: Woman with blown out long dark brown hair with layers, wearing a yellow sari with drop earring posing in a bedroom
Layers will give your mane a boost. Credit: Instagram.com/khush.singhh

A brilliant way to make long, thick hair more manageable? With layers, of course. They’ll help reduce heaviness, yet still, retain plenty of your hair’s enviable volume and body. Credit: @khush.singhh

Side Braid

Indian hairstyles: Woman with dark brown long hair styled into a side fishtail plait, wearing orange sari posing outside
Upgrade your braid and move it to the side! Credit: Instagram.com/weddingdocumentary

Looking for more plaited Indian hairstyles? So why not upgrade your signature ‘do by moving it to the side? This little adjustment in placement sounds simple, but trust us, it’s utterly effective and will instantly add a flirty, feminine feel to your braided ‘do. Credit: @weddingdocumentary


Indian hairstyles: Woman with long dark brown hair styled into a sleek low bun, wearing sunglasses and white dress outside
This look won’t let you down. Credit: Instagram.com/missmulberry

Are you looking for a fashion-approved hairstyle that not only looks good but is also super easy to create? In 5 simple steps, you’ll be able to achieve this cool sleek ponytail. Credit: @missmulberry

Half-Up Twist

Indian hairstyles: Woman with dark brown wavy hair styled into a half-up, half-down twist, wearing a sari and posing in a bedroom setting
When it doubt, twist it out. Credit: Instagram.com/mirapatell

A hair twist brings a fresh spin to an otherwise simple straight Indian hairstyle. It’s quick to do and great for anyone who struggles with braiding. Credit: @mirapatell

Recommended: 7 ways to wear a twisted chignon hairstyle.


Indian hairstyles: Woman with dark brown hair styled into a beehive updo, wearing a hair tikka with red lipstick and golden eye makeup
Because vintage Indian hairstyles always look good. Credit: Instagram.com/parveen.mua

Let’s face it: a ’60s-inspired beehive and classic cat-eye works for any occasion. And guess what? Your passion for vintage hairstyles doesn’t have to end, because we’ve got more dazzling looks. Credit: @parveen.mua

Editor’s tip: Feel like your heavy tresses are lacking some lift? We suggest you zhuzh up your strands with the TIGI Bed Head Oh Bee Hive! Dry Shampoo.

This will help freshen your second-day strands and also give them a big volume boost, which is needed when you’re creating updo hairstyles.


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