30 Best Indian Bridal Hairstyles for Women With Long Hair

Bridal hairstyles are a big deal right! I mean after all this is the hairstyle you are going to be wearing on your wedding day.

That’s why we have carefully handpicked the latest bridal hairstyles that are trending in 2016 and present them below.

Most of the ideas below are from traditional Indian shaadi hairstyles hence they will invariably include a mang tikka and other hair jewelry. We have also included some western concepts that we have seen people in India use. And if you feel uncomfortable wearing them on the actual wedding ceremony you could try them at the dinner reception(Check out some awesome hairstyles for evening gowns) or mehndi day.

Having said that there are lots of options for bridal hairstyles. If you have long hair you can braid it, curl it, do a high bun updo, make a puff hairstyle, poof it, let it loose into princess locks and make a combination of all of the above.

Similarly with jewelry you can go very detailed and intricate with flowers and complicated maang tikkas or you can keep it real simple with a couple of big flowers. It’s totally up to you.

Well, I am sure your mother and other relatives will have an opinion on what is appropriate but you can still experiment within the bounds of tradition.

Bridal hairstyles require a few things

  1. Preparation: know exactly which hairstyles you are going for. This will get the stress out of the way. You will have loads to think about on your wedding day and the last thing you want is to be making a decision about your hair.
  2. Decide who is going to do your hair. If it’s someone you trust and feel comfortable with then that will also make the whole affair less stressful. It is highly recommended that you do a practice run before the day of the wedding. This especially true if you are doing the hairstyle yourself. Take note of the details where you get stuck and note down the time it takes you so you know when to start getting ready on that special day. You might laugh now but you with all the anxiety eating away at you on the morning of the wedding it is best to be prepared.
  3. Decide what you are going to wear first. It is best to decide on the hairstyle once you know what you are wearing on your shaadi. It sometimes happens that the saree hairstyle doesn’t suit the saree. One example would be wearing too simple a hairstyle with too intricate a saree.

30 Bridal hairstyles that will make you shine on your wedding day

1. Bengali bridal hairstyle

This simple hairstyle matches the ornate jewelry perfectly. This is a good strategy if you are going to be wearing a lot of intricate jewelry such as the model above is. The maang tikka is studded with pearls that match the white saree. The hair is middle parted and combed back neatly on either side. At the back the hair is plaited into a long braid and a round hair extension piece has been added to boost volume. Simple and beautiful!



2. Telugu bridal hairstyle

This Telugu bridal hairstyle is very representative of South Indian wedding hairstyles in general. The long hair is plaited into a braid and adorned with pearl strings and golden brooches. A hairpiece at the root of the braid adds volume and is decorated with flowers that match the color of the silk saree. A perfect composition for a perfect wedding.



3. Dutch braid and French chignon for western style wedding

If you are prepared to go beyond the bounds of Indian tradition you might like this western Influence. This is a hairstyle that is suited to a Christian bride but could also be worn on other days before the main wedding ceremony such as the mehndi day. The hair is bunched up into a low chignon and a Dutch braid runs across the side. Consider adding flowers for a more elaborate look.



4. Bridal chignon with flowers and braided crown

Bridal hairstyles such the one above reminds me of Robin Hood and medieval princesses. The hair is collected into a low chignon bun and framed by a medium sized braid on either side. The clip with flowers on top of the bun makes it look elegant and gives it that bridal feel.



5. Indian Bridal bun hairstyle

Bridal hairstyles with braided crowns and buns are easy to achieve. It will look simple and elegant on your wedding day. To make it make focus on the braided crown first. The braid the leftover hair and knot it into a messy bun. Add a small maang tikka starting over the center of the middle parting. If you want to keep things minimalist then this is an awesome option.


6. Low wedding bun and braid with intertwined flowers

If you want to try something more experimental you can play around with twirling flower stems into your braid. To achieve this look first make a side braid with flower stems intertwined. Next tie your hair into a loose bun. You can leave wavy side bangs to highlight your face.



7. Cascading Bridal hairstyle

If you have long hair then you can try one of the most recent trends of letting the hair hang freely to the side. Indeed “long hair, don’t care” has become somewhat of a trending theme lately. Side part your hair and wear the maang tikka sideways on the opposite side. Curl your locks so that they fall freely on the other shoulder. Definitely a bold look!


8. Shaadi down-do with curly locks

To get this look you need long hair and a curling iron. Separate your hair into about 15 strands and curl them into ringlets. Bunch them up and let them fall loose to the side.


9. Bridal judas

If you have long hair then you can create some pretty classy updos. This images of bridal updo hairstyles showcase some cools ways to bunch up all that hair. To achieve the finesse of this juda hairstyle you are going to need some professional help. You can consider adding some volume with a puff at the front and a poof at the back.


10. Indian bridal bun hairstyle

This Indian bridal bun looks stunning and regal. It reminds me of old Bollywood movies so if you want to show off some style then this is the hairdo to go for. It is also a great candidate for decoration with precious and semi-precious stones. You will need quite a few hairpins to keep things in place and also some professional help to comb out the hair and make the updo.


11. Simple nuptial bun

This simple updo and bun looks wonderful because it gives you the opportunity to add lots of flowers. If flowers are your thing then this is the hairstyle to go for. The color of the flowers matches the saree and the hair jewelry looks beautiful.



12. Long lehenga hair

If you have very long hair then consider letting loose on either side. A large maang tikka can give you unique look and you will definitely be standing out with that fashionable look at your reception. You can also check out some more hairstyles for lehenga and anarkali if you like.



13. Modern North Indian lehenga style

If you have a thin and long face you can wear your hair in a side braid and leave a front side parting to cover half your forehead. The big ear rings are excellent combination for this simple side swept hairstyle.


14. Bridal updo with wispy bangs and flowers

We love this bridal hairstyle with the red saree because the two red flowers match it perfectly. The hair is tied back into a near updo and the wispy thin locks match the thin strings of the back of the top.



15. Thick shaadi bun

If you have thick hair you can achieve an excellent borderline messy bun like in the image above. Adding some jewelry can make it look a more appropriate hairstyle for a function.



16. Long hair with layers and locks

If you want a more western look you can try this simple downdo with flowers on one side.


17. Bridal hairstyle

This simple updo matches the heavy bejewelled necklace and button earrings. The hair is tied up keeping the face clear and it is tucked into a low bun at the back. The middle parting allows for maang tikka and the hairstyles and clothes give a very graceful look.


18. Curly down-do with side bangs and bouffant

Layered locks are plaited into a thick braid and allowed to fall to one side. This hairstyle includes the quintessential bouffant at the back that one always expects to see at Indian weddings. The side bangs merge with the rest of the hair making it more interesting. This bridal hairstyle would suit any type of saree and could be further adorned with lilies and jasmine flowers for an even more nuptial look.



19. Thick low bun and locks

This multi layered  hairstyle with lots of curly locks looks like it’s been taken straight from a 1920s Bollywood movie. If you want to show off a bit of class and nostalgia for old hairstyles then this is the one to go for. You will require some professional help to do up all the strands neatly and will probably need to invest some extra time. The result can be astonishing though as you can see in the image above.




20. Low half bun

This simple low bun is a great example of how something can look magnificent without being too detailed. The hair is folded into a low chignon at the bottom and a single but elegant flower gives it that elegant wedding feel to it. You can leave some wispy locks for extra style.


21. Curly Indian updo

This is one of those classic curly hairstyles for Indian women that I am sure you are familiar with. The voluminous bun with curly locks looks amazing and the triple maang tikka matches it. This is a perfect way to add volume to your hair while keeping thing tidy.


22. Modern French coif with adorning flower wreath

This wedding hairstyle is one of the more unique ones we have seen. It gives off a Goan Christian vibe to it. The hair is folded into a French roll and a wreath of flowers flows around it. You add a poof* for added impact. This one will definitely stand out and be a hairstyle to remember yet it is simple and elegant at the same time. It also would someone wearing a silk saree as well.

*Check this video out on how to do a poof



23. High polished bun

Bridal hairstyles can also be daring. The hair is smooth and polished and wearing such a thick bun high commands respect. If you want to issue a modern statement saying I am getting married but I have the upper hand in this relationship then this is the hairstyle for you. Layering  flowers instead of the black headpiece would be more suitable to an Indian wedding.


24. Low messy chignon with braid

The layers of wispy locks and curls are tied up into a low chignon bun. You can just image how bridal this hairstyle is going to look once you add flowers to it.



25. Veil and low bun

Another common option for bridal hairstyles is to wear a veil. Here the strands of hair are brushed back from the face and tucked in on the side all the way to low bun at the back. A thin chain that leads to the maang tikka runs along the middle parting of the hair. Combined with long earrings the result is splendid!



26. Show off the curls

If you have thin curly hair then you have got to show it off. We love this image because it has so much going on and so many layers or curly ringlets flowing down to the back. Two flowers turn this curly hairstyle into a beautiful result.


27. Braided updo

Here the  hair is braided into a beautiful updo and you can just discern a puff at the front. Add jewelry and flowers and it will instantly become an Indian bridal hairstyle.


28. Bridal bouffant

Indian bridal hairstyles often have a puff at the front or a poof at the back. That is just the way it is and it reminds us all of our mothers and old flicks on TVs. So if are the traditional type then a poof at the back is a must and as you can see above you will look astonishing especially in head chain hairstyles such as the one here.



29. Kerala bridal hairstyle

We’re taking you back to South India again to show just how beautiful you can look with lots of ornaments and flowers in your hair. The long braid is characteristic of Kerala hairstyles and the colors of the flowers match the red silk saree in perfect harmony.



30. Christian bible hairstyle

If you are christian then you might want to try to wear your hair loose with a simple veil. Combined with a simple gown the effect can be astounding.

If you enjoyed these bridal hairstyles then you might want to also check out our other hairstyles for occasions and in particular our lehenga hairstyles page