Tamil bridal hairstyles

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Tamil bridal hairstyles
Tamalian weddings are traditionally planned after first consulting the Hindu calendar. (Creatas/Creatas/Getty Images)

The people of Tamil, a region of the Indian subcontinent, consider wedding ceremonies as sacred events, and brides go to great lengths to look beautiful on their wedding days. An assortment of hairstyles are worn by Tamilian brides and range from elegant up-dos to hair that has been woven with accessories and jewellery to create elaborate designs.

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Accessorised Bun

Buns are often chosen if the bride is a good deal shorter than the groom. Buns that are placed up high on the head gives the illusion of height, and most buns are adorned with flowers, which adds to this effect. To achieve the look, gather the hair on top of the head and secure with a rubber band, just as you would a traditional ponytail. Separate the hair into four sections. One section at a time, tightly wrap the hair around the base of the ponytail until you can no longer wrap the section and secure into place using a hair clip. Spray with a firm holding hairspray to lock the style into place. Once complete carefully place small, white, artificial flower stems in and surrounding the bun.

Parted and Straight

Another classic style worn by many Tamilian brides is hair that has been straightened to look sleek and smooth. In most instances, the hair is worn with a hard part down the centre and adorned with traditional Indian hair jewellery such as a Maang or a Maang tika. Maangs are hair jewellery pieces that rest on the centre hair part and are secured with a small hook to keep it attached to the hair. Maang tikas consist of two pieces, the Maang, which rests in the part of the hair and the tika, which attaches to the Maang and rests on the forehead. Both are usually ordained with brightly coloured jewels.

Elaborate Braids

Brides with long hair often wear their hair down the centre of their back. What makes this look stand out from traditional braided styles are the decorative jewels and flowers that are woven into the braid along with the hair. Accessories range from simple jewelled hair clips inserted throughout the braid to complex floral designs that are woven into the hair plait as the hair is braided. Keeping with Indian tradition, flowers used in the hair should match the bride's dress and jewellery.

Pin Curls

Pin curls are often worn by Tamilian brides and work well on hair that is either long or short. To obtain the look, take small sections of the hair and tightly wrap it into a small circle close to the scalp. Once the hair is wrapped as tightly as possible, secure the curl into place with a hair clip. Repeat the process until the entire scalp is covered in pin curls. Spray lightly with a firm holding hairspray to lock the hair in place. Ring curls are often worn with small flowers inserted through the hair or with a tiara.

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