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Indian Bridal Hairstyles Perfect For Your Wedding

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Magic. That’s the only word that comes to mind when I behold a stunning Indian dulhan (bride). Decked in a lehenga and ghoongat, and her hands and feet adorned with intricate mehendi (henna), there is no denying that the traditional Indian dulhan is the most beautiful bride in the world.

Two things that every bride-to-be frets over are hair and makeup. When it comes to wedding day hair, there is such a wide variety of options that one tends to get overwhelmed. Should I leave my hair open? Or should I go for an elegant updo? Will my hair get messed up if I leave it loose? How will it look in the photographs? These are a few of the many questions that brides worry about when they are deciding on their wedding look. Well, I’m here to relieve some of that tension! I have compiled our top 40 picks of Indian bridal hairstyles that you can peruse at your pleasure before making your decision. So let’s get right into it!

40 Best Indian Bridal Hairstyles

1. Criss Cross Flower Accented Bun

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When it comes to a traditional Indian wedding, you can never go wrong with a simple and sleek bun. This elegant donut bun style is perfect to be worn under a ghungat because it will keep your hair neatly in place. The simple individual flowers add a touch of prettiness to the look.

What You Need
  • Wide-toothed comb
  • Smoothening serum
  • Fine-toothed comb
  • Hair elastic
  • Hair donut (big)
  • U pins
  • Small flowers
  • Strong hold hairspray
How To Style
  1. Remove all the knots and tangles from your hair with the help of a wide-toothed comb.
  2. Apply some smoothening serum to get rid of any frizz.
  3. Partition off two 2 inch sections of hair from near your left and right temples.
  4. Comb back the rest of your hair with a fine-toothed comb and tie it into a ponytail a couple of inches above the nape of your neck.
  5. Insert the very end of your ponytail into the hair donut.
  6. Start rolling the hair donut up the length of your ponytail while wrapping your hair around it.
  7. Make sure you keep spreading the hair from your ponytail evenly around the donut, so that by the time it reaches the base of your ponytail, it is completely hidden from view.
  8. When your donut has reached the very top of your ponytail, secure it to your head with the help of U pins.
  9. Now, take the left section of hair that you had left out earlier, cross it over the top of the bun, and pin it under your bun on the right.
  10. Repeat the previous step with the right section of hair.
  11. Insert 4-5 flowers on one side of your bun with the help of bobby pins.
  12. Finish off with a few spritzes of strong hold hairspray to set the style in place.

2. Side Parted Ringlet Bun

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Come wedding season, and every inch of it – from the decor to the bride’s dress – is covered in floral motifs. It’s a pity that leaf-themed designs are so underrated. This elegant ringlet bun has been accessorized with a gold comb in a beautiful leaf design to create a look inspired by nature.

What You Need
  • Hairbrush
  • Heat protectant
  • Straightening iron
  • 3/4th inch curling iron
  • Hair elastic
  • Texturizing spray
  • Bobby pins
  • Fancy hair comb
  • Strong hold hairspray
How To Style
  1. Brush out all the knots and tangles from your washed and dried hair.
  2. Prep your hair with some heat protectant.
  3. Straighten the front section of your hair and section it off.
  4. Tie all the hair at the back into a mid-level ponytail.
  5. Picking up 1 inch sections of hair at a time, curl all the hair in your ponytail.
  6. Spritz on some texturizing spray all over your curls.
  7. Pick one curl from your ponytail, roll it into a ringlet, and pin it to your head, near the base of your ponytail.
  8. Keep repeating the previous step until all the hair in your ponytail has been rolled and pinned up.
  9. Part the front section of hair (that you had left out earlier) on one side.
  10. Pick up the hair from one side of your parting, swoop it back, and pin it right above the bun.
  11. Repeat the previous step with the hair on the other side of the parting.
  12. Insert your fancy hair comb into one side of your bun.
  13. Spritz on lots of hairspray to set the ringlet bun in place.

3. Bumped Up Curls

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It’s amazing how a simple bumpit can transform the most basic of hairstyles into something incredible. This gorgeous curly hairstyle has been elevated to the next level (figuratively and literally) with the help of a bumpit inserted at the crown of her head.

What You Need
  • Heat protectant
  • 1 inch curling iron
  • Bumpit
  • Fine-toothed comb
  • Bobby pins
  • Light hold hairspray
How To Style
  1. Apply heat protectant all over your washed and dried hair.
  2. Picking up 1 inch sections of hair at a time, curl the lower half of all your hair.
  3. Insert a bumpit under the hair at the crown of your head.
  4. Leaving out your bangs, smooth over the hair at the top and sides of your head over the bumpit and pin them in the center at the back of your head.
  5. Spritz on some light hold hairspray to finish off the look.

4. Elegant Twisted Side Bun

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Not everyone wants to go for the traditional red lehenga for their wedding. If you would like to go for some classy neutral tones, here’s an updo that will go wonderfully with it. This elegant twisted updo keeps things simple and chic and directs all the attention to your designer dress.

What You Need
  • Heat protectant
  • Straightening iron
  • Hair elastic
  • Bobby pins
  • Strong hold hairspray
How To Style
  1. Prep your washed, dried hair with some heat protectant.
  2. Picking up 2 inch sections of hair at a time, straighten all your hair.
  3. Leaving out the front sections of your hair, tie all the hair at the back into a low side ponytail.
  4. Pick up a 2 inch section of hair from your ponytail, roll it loosely into a bun, and pin it to your head.
  5. Pick another 2 inch section of hair, loosely roll and wrap it around the first section, and pin it in place.
  6. Keep repeating the previous step until all the hair in your ponytail has been rolled into a low side bun.
  7. Part the sectioned off hair in the front on one side.
  8. From the side of the parting with more hair, pick up a 2 inch section from right next to the parting.
  9. Split this section into 2 parts and start French twisting them by adding more hair to it with each subsequent twist.
  10. Once you run out of hair to add to your French twist, simply twist it a couple of times, place it across the top of your bun, and pin it on the other side.
  11. Repeat steps 9 and 10 on the other side.
  12. Spritz on some strong hold hairspray to set the do in place and finish off the look.

5. Curly Tendrils Updo

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So you want to go full dramatic on your wedding day, huh? Well, then there is no hairstyle that will suit you better than this beautiful updo. This stunning hairstyle makes your curls flow down in beautiful tendrils down your neck and accentuates your earrings.

What You Need
  • Heat protectant
  • 1 inch curling iron
  • Hair donut
  • U pins
  • Bobby pins
  • Strong hold hairspray
How To Style
  1. Start off by applying some heat protectant to your hair.
  2. Picking up 1 inch sections of hair at a time, curl all your hair.
  3. Tie your hair into a high ponytail.
  4. Insert your hair donut at the base of your ponytail.
  5. Carefully roll, place, and pin sections of your ponytail onto the hair donut to hide it from view.
  6. Make sure the ends of your curls hang loose to create the tendril effect.
  7. Pull out some strands of hair from the front to frame your face.
  8. Spritz on some hairspray all over your updo to finish off the look.

6. Dramatic Center Parted Bun

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Every bride wants to look like a princess on her wedding day. Her dress, hair, and makeup are styled to make that dream come true. This opulent donut bun adds a graceful twist to the basic donut bun.

What You Need
  • Texturizing spray
  • Hair elastic
  • Hair donut (big)
  • U pins
  • Bobby pins
  • Fine-toothed comb
  • Smoothening serum
  • Strong hold hairspray
How To Style
  1. Prep your hair with some texturizing spray to give it some hold.
  2. Part your hair down the middle.
  3. Tie your hair into a super high ponytail.
  4. Insert your hair donut onto the base of your ponytail.
  5. Leaving out a section of hair from your ponytail in the middle, start rolling the hair donut up the length of your ponytail while simultaneously wrapping your hair around it.
  6. Once your hair donut has reached the base of your ponytail, pin it in place with the help of U pins.
  7. Now, divide the left out section of hair into thinner sections.
  8. Pick up individual sections of hair, roll them in ringlets, and pin them onto the bun.
  9. Insert the tail of your fine-toothed comb under the center parted hair at the front and pull it up to create some volume.
  10. Spread smoothening serum all over your comb and run it through the hair at the front to get rid off any frizz.
  11. Finish off with some spritzes of hairspray to set the updo in place.

7. Loose Romantic Braid

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Girl, if the thought of curling irons and hairsprays makes you want to run away, I’ve got your back. Not only is this simple twisted braid style oh-so-beautiful, but it also pairs gorgeously with heavy silk sarees to create the perfect South Indian bride.

What You Need
  • Texturizing spray
  • Hair elastic
  • Maang teeka
How To Style
  1. Spritz on some texturizing spray all over your hair.
  2. Part your hair on one side.
  3. Flip all your hair onto one side, over your shoulder.
  4. From the side of your parting with more hair, pick up a big chunk of hair from near the top and split into two sections.
  5. French twist these sections by intertwining them with each other and adding more hair from the side of the forehead into the twisted braid.
  6. Once your French twist reaches the nape of your neck, just split all your hair into 3 sections and braid it right till the end.
  7. Secure the end with a hair elastic.
  8. Loosen your braid to make it look softer and more romantic.
  9. Put on your maang teeka to finish off the look.

8. Bouquet Bun

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Gajra (jasmine hair garland) is an intrinsic part of all Indian weddings. Nobody’s outfit at a wedding is complete without a string of jasmine adorning the hair. This bouquet bun is a modern take on the traditional gajra and uses the flowers in the form of a small bouquet to accessorize the simple low bun.

What You Need
  • Fine-toothed comb
  • Smoothening serum
  • Hair elastics
  • Bobby pins
  • Juda net
  • Fresh flowers
How To Style
  1. Brush out all the knots and tangles from your hair.
  2. Apply some smoothening serum all over your hair to sleek it down and remove any frizz.
  3. Use a fine-toothed comb to backcomb all your hair.
  4. Tie your hair in a low ponytail at the nape of your neck.
  5. Twist and roll your ponytail into a bun and secure it to your head with the help of bobby pins.
  6. Put the juda net around the bun.
  7. Arrange your fresh flowers into a small bouquet and pin it on top of your bun.
  8. You can add more accessories if you like.
  9. Spritz on some hairspray all over your bun to finish off the look.

9. Intricate Floral Updo

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If you are allergic to flowers – or simply don’t like them – here’s an alternative that you can try out. This intricate high updo has been adorned with artificial flowers to add a celebratory feel to the whole look. The plus point of using faux flowers is that you can get them in colors that match your outfit exactly.

What You Need
  • Texturizing spray
  • Hair elastic
  • Bumpit (small)
  • Hair donut
  • Bobby pins
  • U pins
  • Artificial flowers
  • Strong hold hairspray
How To Style
  1. Prep your washed, dried hair with some texturizing spray.
  2. Section off the front section of your hair.
  3. Insert a bumpit under the hair at the crown of your head.
  4. Tie a mid-level ponytail with all the hair at the back.
  5.  Insert a hair donut at the base of your ponytail.
  6. Pick up big chunks of hair from your ponytail and loosely roll and pin them onto your hair donut to hide it from view.
  7. Part the front section of hair on one side.
  8. Take all the hair from the side of the parting with more hair, twist it right till the end, and pin it back near your bun with a couple of bobby pins criss-crossed over each other.
  9. Repeat the previous step on the other side.
  10. Add some artificial flowers to your updo with the help of some U pins.
  11. Finish off with a few spritzes of hairspray to secure the do in place.

10. Dutch Braids Bun

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Dutch braids have that quality of making any simple hairdo look super intricate and pretty. This stunning updo starts off with double Dutch braids in the front and ends with a fake juda in the back. A fake juda is the perfect way to get a full-bodied bun in case your hair lacks volume.

What You Need
  • Texturizing spray
  • Bumpit (medium)
  • Hair elastics
  • Bobby pins
  • Fake juda
  • Strong hold hairspray
How To Style
  1. Prep your washed, dried hair with texturizing spray.
  2. Part your hair down the middle.
  3. Back comb your hair, starting from the crown of your head.
  4. Insert your bumpit under the hair at the crown of your head.
  5. Section off the hair at the back (starting from right where your ears are) and tie it into a low ponytail.
  6. Pick up a 2 inch section of hair from right next to the right side of your parting.
  7. Split this section into 3 strands.
  8. Start Dutch braiding by flipping the side strands under the middle strand (instead of over) and adding more hair into the braid with each subsequent stitch.
  9. Once your Dutch braid has reached the nape of your neck, incorporate and tie it into a low ponytail at the back.
  10. Repeat steps 6 to 9 on the other side.
  11.  Tie your ponytail into a low bun and attach the fake juda over it with the help of bobby pins.
  12.  Finish off with some hairspray to set the updo in place.

11. Fancy Clip Curly Bun

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All you short haired girls out there, listen up! If you are looking for the best Indian wedding hairstyles for short hair, then here it is. You didn’t think we forgot about you, now, did you? Don’t think of styling your short hair for your wedding as a challenge. Just curling them and pinning them up with a jewel encrusted clip can give you a truly elegant hairdo.

What You Need
  • Heat protectant
  • Straightening iron
  • 1 inch curling iron
  • Bumpit (medium)
  • Fine-toothed comb
  • Bobby pins
  • Fancy hair clip
How To Style
  1. Apply heat protectant to your hair.
  2. Straighten your hair.
  3. Picking up 1 inch sections of hair at a time, curl the lower half of all your hair.
  4. Part your hair on one side.
  5. Insert a bumpit under the hair at the crown of your head and smoothen the hair down with a fine-toothed comb.
  6. Pick up a 2 inch section of hair from the front on your left side, twist it a couple of times, and pin it at the back of your head.
  7. Repeat the previous step on the other side.
  8.  Clip half your hair with a fancy hair clip in the center, at the back of your head.
  9. Pull out some curls in the front to frame your face and finish off the look.

12. Ponytail With A Veil

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Not gonna lie, I did a double take when I saw this bridal look. This. Style. Is. So. Badass. Not only has this uber cool bride gone for an all black ensemble, she has also opted for a totally unconventional style for her hair. With a curled up ponytail and a black veil, there’s no denying how awesome this bride looks.

What You Need
  • Heat protectant
  • 2 inch curling iron
  • Bumpit
  • Bobby pins
  • Hair elastic
  • Veil
  • Jhumar
  • Maang teeka
  • Hair elastic
How To Style
  1. Apply heat protectant all over your washed, dried hair.
  2. Picking up 2 inch sections of hair at a time, curl the lower half of all your hair.
  3. Insert a bumpit under the hair at the crown of your head.
  4. Part the front section of your hair down the middle.
  5. Smooth over the hair at the top over the bumpit and pin it in the center at the back of your head.
  6. Pin back the center parted front section to the sides of your head.
  7. Gather all your hair and tie into a mid-level ponytail at the back of your head.
  8. Pin your veil at the front of your bumpit.
  9. Put on your jhumar and maang teeka to finish off the look.