Indian Wedding Bridal Hairstyles

Written by shreya mehta
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Indian Wedding Bridal Hairstyles
Indian bridal hairstyles feature accessories and a veil. (Creatas/Creatas/Getty Images)

Indian brides are generally adorned with Indian jewellery and other accessories. Determining the appropriate hairstyle that complements the jewellery and dress is very important. The overall look in terms of colour and how all the different pieces blend together are important factors.

Some Indian brides choose to wear a veil. Various hairstyles can be done with the veil to tie the whole look together. Brides may choose to do an updo, partial updo, leave their hair completely down, or braid it. Hair accessories such as fresh flowers and jewels can be used to enhance any of these styles.


An updo such as a bun works well for brides that choose to wear a veil. The veil easily rests over the bun. The middle and front part of the head can be embellished with gem stickers and a tika, which is a piece of jewellery worn at the parting of the hair and dangles down on the forehead.

Other updos such as a French twist or pinned curls can be also be used when a veil isn't worn. Dangling ornaments can be hung in the back of the hairdo to enhance the overall appearance of the style.

Partial Updo

Another popular type of hairstyle is a partial updo. Keep some of the hair in the back down and curl it loosely. Take the remaining hair and pin it up in a bun or another updo style. A veil works fine with this type of style. Bangs in the front also enhance the face.

Hair Down

Nowadays many Indian brides also choose to keep their hair completely down. The hair can be styled either straight or in loose curls. For brides using a veil, it may be a little trickier to pin it with this type of hairstyle. The same jewellery and hair accessories such as the tika can easily be added to this type of hairdo.


A traditional hairstyle for Indian brides that is once again gaining popularity is a braid. Hair extensions work well to create a long braid. Add finishing touches by hanging fresh flowers in the back and intertwining them in the braid. Use white flowers for a simple touch or colourful flowers to match the bright palettes Indian weddings are known for, such as red or orange.

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