Half the fun or dread of getting to attend weddings is taking the time to really get dressed to the nines. Be it your own wedding, your bestie’s dream day or someone in your family taking the plunge into holy matrimony there is every chance that you will want to or be forced to meticulously plan everything about your wedding look from the dress to the make up to the shoes and the hair. And if this wedding happens to be an Indian wedding then you’re in for an absolute treat or a hellish nightmare depending on your willingness and interest in getting prepped and primed not just on one day but everyday for 4-5 days.
Even if you happen to be the kind of girl who hates getting dolled up and cannot fathom spending hours in front of a mirror doing so, there is no escaping some amount of getting gussied up at a wedding regardless of its size, religion and culture. You would not want to scare the children or worse unleash the wrath of your parents by showing up in your failsafe kurta and leggings combo without a stitch of makeup and unkempt unruly hair at an Indian wedding. The rebel in you might want to pull a stunt like that just to get a rise out of your old school and uptight family members but believe us, the months in the doghouse with your mom and that stern and disapproving glare from your dad are not worth watching that nosy old aunt you hate and her even nosier gossip mongering friends in jaw dropped amazement at your choice of wardrobe. Moreover every wedding, even if it happens to be the wedding of someone you don’t particularly care for, creates a certain kind of magic in the air and makes everything and everyone want to be more beautiful.
On the other hand if you happen to be a fashion-loving fanatic, it’s more than likely that you have nosy aunt problems of an altogether different variety. The kind that makes them snigger at that totally edgy and on point dhoti saree with a killer updo or when you pair your favourite crop top with a voluminous lehenga without a dupatta cause you couldn’t be bothered with one and decide instead to clip in those ultra long extensions to channel your inner mermaid.
Whether you fall on either extreme of the fashion spectrum or somewhere in the middle, chances are you will need some help in getting your 4-5 looks at a standard Indian wedding just right, so read on for some hairs-piration for those big days.
There is nothing more Indian than intricate henna, gold jewellery, rich silks, woven brocades and braids. Braids – India’s latest style import to the west – have been tremendously popular with Hollywood celebrities in the past year and thanks to the Disney princess Elsa and the Hunger Games movies it seems very unlikely that braided hairstyles are going away anytime soon. Braids are ideal to show off that statement neckpiece or those lovely jhumki earrings. Choose from a side braid with a messy and voluminous crown, a French braided crown or textured fringed crown with a fish tail braid or plait some embellishments into your regular braid for a little bit of oomph.
If you’ve spent hours sweating it out at the gym lifting weights and running on the dreaded treadmill to flaunt that sexy and toned back in a low back anarkali or strappy blouse, don’t let your hair down – literally! Bring out the teasing brushes, hair sprays and curling tongs to create some utterly stylish updos that go from grungy cool to simply sweet. Brides can wear a high bun with embellished hair accessories and drape a net dupatta on top to cover their head but allow the pretty baubles to show through. As an added bonus updos work just as well with ethnic as well as western ensembles so throw that hair up with your lehenga in the day for the religious ceremony and forget about re-doing it at night when you swap your lehenga for a gown at the after party or reception.
Twists and Curls
If braids and updos are too ‘done up’ for your style then go simple and chic with some loose waves and curls topped off with twisted sections around the sides of your head. Take your pick from middle parted curls with side twists or a one-sided twist like Sonam Kapoor, go vintage with old Hollywood style side swept curls like Katrina Kaif or amp up basic curls with a half up half down do with lots of volume. And just because you’re picking hairstyles for an Indian wedding doesn’t mean that Bollywood should be your only style reference. Game of Thrones fans can just as easily pair the relaxed boho curls of Cersei and Margaery with their traditional outfits to give your look a bit of international flavour.
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