Indian wedding hairstyles can be as spectacular as an Indian wedding: The groom arrives on a white horse. Far flung family and friends are gathered together (finally!) under one roof. The wedding lasts for three days, and you know that everything is wonderful when you gaze upon your beloved’s eyes standing under a floral bedecked mandap.
Many Indian weddings are incorporating modern touches. Some Indian weddings mix in Western wedding traditions with an Eastern kick, like the bride wearing a red wedding gown instead of the traditional red lengha or sari. And some Indian weddings now include the Western tradition of the bride and groom first dance.
When thinking about Indian wedding hairstyles, you can opt for a traditional updo or wear a sleek lob. There are so many ways to mix one’s heritage with one’s modern lifestyle that you can really enjoy experimenting until you find one of the many Indian wedding hairstyles that you feel reflects your inner and outer you. Read on to see some of our favorites:
18 Gorgeous Indian Wedding Hairstyles We Love
1. Wavy Side Ponytail
Using a curling iron, create long vertical curls, then gently break them up with your fingers so that they look like wavy curls. To keep frizz at bay, and add extra shine to your style, comb through TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Shine Serum just before you style. The lightweight, non-greasy serum easily detangles knots as it smooths hair.
A chignon is a classic hairstyle that can be worn if your hair is bob or almost to your waist. It’s also a classic Indian wedding hairstyle and can be worn for any big events in your future. To try it out and see if you love this ‘do, follow our tutorial.
3. Side Swept Ponytail
You might’ve seen the side swept ponytail at Indian weddings you’ve attended. The side swept ponytail is one of the Indian wedding hairstyles that can be worn not only on your big day, but also on date night. Hair is gathered to right below the back of the crown, and then anchored there with a jeweled barrette. Then, the hair is gathered to one side. Make a low ponytail, secure it with a hair elastic. Cover the elastic with either fresh flowers that you pin in your hair or another jeweled hair accessory. After styling, spray on Suave Professionals Natural Smooth Micro Mist Hairspray to lock in your style. The hairspray keeps frizz at bay for 48 hours, makes hair looks shiny as it holds your style.
4. Side Curtain Bangs
Wearing side-swept curtain bangs that are cut at the bridge of your nose or longer is a quick way to refresh your style.
5. Center Part Lob
A lob is one of those styles that looks equally well with a sari as it does with a business suit. Thinking of a lob on your big day? Indian wedding hairstyles photos show off many brides who sport a lob because of its versatility. The foundation for any hairstyle is a shampoo and conditioner that works for your tresses. Dove Smoothing Ritual Shampoo and Dove Smoothing Ritual Conditioner nourishes, smooths and softens hair. It helps prevent frizz and makes hair look healthy and shiny.
6. Loose Layers
Have medium length hair? Add loose layers for more swing, volume and movement. Layered hair makes thin hair seem fuller. Thick hair becomes easier to manage and style with long, loose layers.
7. Half Up Top Knot
Depending upon what you wear it with, the half up top knot could be grunge, rock ‘n roll, runway-ready and one of the Indian wedding hairstyles that your bridal party will fall in love with (and copy later). Use our step-by-step guide on how to do it.
8. Half Up Beehive
Who doesn’t love a good tiara? And who doesn’t love having an actual chance to wear one? Going royal on your wedding day, anchor your good looks and your crown with a half up beehive. Beehives call for lots of volume. Prep your style with Nexxus Exxpand+ Volumizing Whip. Comb the mousse through damp hair, and blow it dry on a low height. The silicone-infused mousse, while lightweight, imparts volume and control on your hair, and if you hair is thin, it helps infuse some fullness.
9. Braided Bun
Looking for Indian wedding hairstyles that can last all three days of celebration? How about a braided bun? They’re gorgeous! Read how to create a braided chignon, like this one in our tutorial.
10. Bollywood Curls
Everyone wants “movie hair,” and what better time to wear a Hollywood/Bollywood style than at your wedding? Our tutorial shows you two ways to rock the style.
11. Layered Waves
Have long, luscious thick hair? Thinking about updating the style? Opt for long layers with a side part. Before you take a curling iron to your hair, protect it from heat damage by using Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Heat Defense Leave-In Conditioner. This product multi-tasks; it’s a shield against heat damage (frizz—ugh), helps make hair manageable, and as a keratin-based leave-in conditioner, helps nourish your hair.
12. Caramel Highlights
If you’re going for the “Royal Rani” bridal jewelry style, you might want to add a few caramel or honey highlights in your hair to help those jewels bling out.
13. Angled Lob
Indian wedding hairstyles that don’t get in the way of the mangtikka and can be used for extra support for karn phool earrings is an angled lob. The lob can be worn loose, or half up with a baby bun at the back. Use that bun to anchor the karn phool.
14. Space Buns
If your wedding is more modern than traditional, space buns is a very stylish way to go. You’ll still be able to wear traditional bridal jewelry like the mangtikka and karn phool too.
15. Voluminous Updo
For an updo with height and volume, backcomb hair and then create a ballerina bun.
16. Top Knot
A top knot is a classic wedding hairstyle, worn the world over.
17. Half Up with Flowers
A half updo with flowers is one of the traditional Indian wedding hairstyles that’s a go-to style for many brides.
18. Curly Half Updo
A curly half updo is one of the wedding hairstyles that easily shows off both the mangtikka and curly hair. If you want to add extra oomph to curls, use a curling wand on a few sections.