A bridal hairstyle needs to be graceful, beautiful, elaborate yet simple, but most importantly practical. Weddings, especially Indian weddings, go on for hours; a comfortably beautiful hairstyle is thus a necessity rather than a choice. After all, you don’t want to spend the whole time adjusting your hair while trying not to spoil the bridal makeup. Even a messy bun, needs to be mess-free!
1. The Classic Bun
The most popular bridal hairstyle is a high bun with strings of flowers wrapped around it. This bridal hairstyle is popular for a very practical reason - it holds the dupatta up! If you are wearing a lehenga or even a saree with a dupatta, chances are you will be covering your head. A high bun with flowers added for volume, it is easier to keep the dupatta in place without having to poke too many pins to hold it. The best part is, it also looks very beautiful and traditional.
2. The Messy Bun
Even with the bun, you have different choices. You can keep your hair slick back or create a messy look on the front. Twisting the hair on the sides or curling the front hair also looks equally beautiful and traditional. You can add volume and height with a puff and add Swarovski hair accessories only in the front portion that is not covered by the dupatta. This also depends on what you are wearing, how heavy the dupatta is and how much you want to cover your head.
3. Messy Side Braid
Another very popular wedding hairstyle is the messy side braid. A loose braid with flowers or other hair accessories or a fishtail braid with small pearls or Swarovski looks very elegant. This is especially great for wedding events like the reception, sangeet or mehndi. If you are not covering your head with a dupatta on the wedding day, you can sport this look on D-Day too.
4. The Southern Siren
A long braid with flowers and gold hair accessories running all through the braid is one of the characteristic South Indian bridal hairstyles. Wedding silk sarees like a rich Kanjeevaram saree, the opulent braid with flowers and gold and a stunning maang tikka is all you need to be a Southern Siren! It’s a classic yet extremely stylish and popular bridal hairstyle.
5. Go Retro
This look is especially popular for wedding receptions. Curl the lower ends of your hair, sweep them to a side and create a slight puff of straightened hair on the top part and go retro. You can leave a curled flick loose on one side and keep the volume on the other. Add a maang tikka or even flowers to complete the look.
6. Coachella Inspired
If you are a modern day bride who wants to make a young, carefree and stylish appearance just wash your hair, brush them dry and just add a head accessory made of delicate chains. It’s new, it’s cool and definitely a stunning bridal hairstyle. Be it a pre- or post-wedding function or the wedding itself- this bridal hairstyle is perfect for the stylish bride.
When choosing a bridal hairstyle always try it before the wedding and see how comfortable you are, how practical it is and whether it goes with your wedding lehenga and jewellery. You should also start prepping your hair a few months before the wedding with deep nourishing to achieve that naturally healthy and voluminous look that will shine through all pictures your wedding photographer clicks.