Famous Hairstyles in Bollywood

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Famous Hairstyles in Bollywood
Bollywood is a musical industry. Famous hair must look good static and in motion. (musical background image by yelena demyanyuk from Fotolia.com)

The word Bollywood is an amalgamation of Bombay and Hollywood. As the world's largest film industry in terms of movies produced, Bollywood is a massive pop-culture phenomenon rooted in India, but popular globally. The faces of Bollywood are constantly in the limelight on the subcontinent and elsewhere. Like Hollywood stars, Bollywood actors and actresses do their best to set and keep up with trends in hairstyles, while taking pride in their thick, dark manes.

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Women's Hair Down

A number of female Bollywood stars from times past and present prefer simple classic looks with a few modern flourishes when they wear their hair down. Long hair that is simply cut and layered carries a timeless look that is easy to make modern and edgy with the angles of the layers. Highlights for long, layered looks give the hair depth, volume, and complexity that is also modern and interacts well with light and cameras. Bollywood stars wear the long, layered, and down look with and without fringe, straight and with voluminous waves. Bollywood actresses rarely cut their hair shorter than shoulder length.

Women's Hair Up

A number of Bollywood actresses wear their hair up and down, calling for a number of styles for different occasions. Tight buns are popular with Bollywood actresses who wear their hair up. The hair on top of the head is pulled back into the bun, though fashioned into a side part and often pulled at an angle to the side of the head, then back, rather than straight back. This type of bun creates a pixyish look coupled with the traditional elegance of long hair. Many younger Bollywood starlets untuck strands from their buns for a more spontaneous, unkempt look.

Men's Hair Short

Most leading men in Bollywood keep their hair cropped. Popular cropped hairstyles for Bollywood actors include the traditional crop, which is short hair of uniform length. The razor crop is similarly short hair that is sheared with a razor in places for a more dynamic look. Razor crops often balance the buzz with jagged fringe. The shaggy crop is another popular short hair cut for Bollywood men. It's a longer cut than the traditional crop, and not entirely uniform in length. The shaggy crop looks unkempt and as such is more than not referred to as bed head.

Men's Hair Long

Bollywood actors with longer hair prefer a voluminous and wavy look. Male stars with long hair most often have a layered look that is shorter in the front and longer in the back, though gradual enough in its gradations to not be a mullet. Layered and lengthy cuts are considered classy and elegant in the world of Bollywood. Medium-length long hair, which is long enough to reach a man's jaw but not longer, is an in-between look that marries the hipness of the shaggy crop and the classy look of the long, layered cut.

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