Indian Hairstyles

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“Culture and traditions are the foundations upon which we build our identity.” As the saying goes, each of the persons living in this world will have a separate tradition and custom that they follow in their day-to-day lives. It is known that the way we comb our hair could also be a factor to depict our culture and tradition. In that case, India seems to top up the priority list where we have a lot of exquisite hairstyles that would look both traditional and trendy. The Indian hairstyles are known to have both the simple ones and the ones with a lot of intricate works. Most importantly when the bridal season begins, most of the women would flaunt their hair with the Indian hairstyles which could make them have the perfect bridal look. Hairstyles can always be confusing while choosing the appropriate one among many of them. So, to make your task a little bit easier, we have got a list of top and trendy Indian hairstyles which you can prefer for having it on your hair to get the dazzling looks.

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Top And Trendy Indian Hairstyles

Here is a glimpse of that trendy Indian hairstyle which you wear it during a wedding or any other functions. Also, you have those normal daily wear hairstyle which you can have every day while going to office or college. Each of the hairstyles are explained with a clear explanation regarding its unique features and the way they can be styles.

  1. Pinned Back Twisted Rope
  2. Windswept Waves
  3. Messy Bun
  4. The Sea Salt Braid
  5. The Top Pin Up With Curls
  6. Loose Braid With Voluminous Bangs
  7. Double French Braid Ponytail
  8. Triple Fishtail Braid
  9. The Ponytail Tuck In
  10. Long Braided Hair With Chotli
  11. The Half Bun And Half Braid
  12. The Zari French Braid
  13. The Low Bun
  14.  The Elegant Twisted Bun
  15. Messy Ponytail
  16. The Traditional Braid With Hair Accessories
  17. Multi Braid Ponytail
  18. Diffused Curls With A Headband
  19. Long Braid Entwined With Gajra
  20. The Accessorized Fishtail Braid
  21. Curls With A Floral Centerpiece
  22. Ringlet Bun With Gajra
  23. Messy Pulled Back Curls
  24. The Side Braid


#1. Pinned Back Twisted Rope

The pinned back twisted rope is one of those simplest Indian hairstyles which would really require a few seconds to get it done on your hair[1]. You have to take a few strands of hair on both the sides of your head – the right and the left. Then you have to braid those strands separately on each side into a rope braid. You can take hair from the front portions of your hair for braiding it. Then you have to take both the braids towards the back portion of your head. There you have to pin both the braids together at the centre of the back portion of your head. You can either use a bobby pin or a small clip for pinning the hair at the back side. This hairstyle will be best suited for all kinds of apparels and occasions. You can leave the remaining hair with your natural curls flowing freely in the air. Also, make sure that the twist is somewhat tight so that it does not get removed in between.

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#2. Windswept Waves

The windswept wave hairstyle is the one which does not involving making you to wear any of the hair apparels. But then you may require a hairbrush to create those gorgeous curls on your hair. Or you can also use a curling iron for obtaining the curls. This will make your hair to appear more natural and free. It also represents a care-free attitude of you. You can use the hair sprays or serum to set your hair[2] and the curls in the proper positions. The curls in this will neither be too curly nor too free. So, thus you will be able to obtain the windswept feel in your hair. You can absolutely opt this hairstyle in your day-to-day lives regularly as it would require only a few minutes to style your hair. Also, these are perfect for those women who have thin hair types. It would make their hair look more voluminous.

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#3. Messy Bun

Messy bun is one of those epic Indian hairstyles which every woman would have at least tried once in their life. Also, most of the women who have extremely busy schedules would obviously prefer having the messy bun hairstyle in the regular days. This is one of that realistic hairstyle in which your hair will appear the same without styling it much. You will only require one elastic band to tie your hair[3]. In this, all your hair will be clubbed together and the bun will be placed high on your head. Your hair should be locked in such a way that it appears somewhat messy to obtain the perfect look. Do not care about the layers and you have to just roll it into a bun and tie it with the elastic band. The entire bun should be loose and messy. Also, this is perfect for women with all age groups.

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#4. The Sea Salt Braid

The sea salt braid is one of those freehand hairstyles which would not require a comb to braid your hair. You have to just use your hands to remove the locks and tangles in your hair. Then you have to leave a small portion of your hair which lies at the front portion that lies near your ears on one side. Then you have to hold the remaining portion of your hair[4] and start to braid. Make sure that the braid is neither too tight nor too loose. You can also braid it in such a way that it falls on the front portion of your shoulders. This is perfect for all those college going girls to get the perfect messy and trendy look. Also, you can have this hairstyle at any place as you will not require any hair apparels except an elastic band. Those who have medium-length hair can obviously opt for having this hairstyle.

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#5. The Top Pin Up With Curls

Getting bored with the usual braids and curls on your hair? Wanted to try out something very new? Then you can jump for having the top pin up on your hair. In this hairstyle, you have to take a small portion of your hair in the middle portion and pin it up at the centre with a little bump. And the remaining portion of your hair can be left free with the usual natural curls that you have on your hair. These are the best and the most trendy hairstyles that most of the young individuals opt for in their day-to-day lives. When you plan for attending a function, you can make those curls to be more definite with the curling iron. Also, you can decorate your hair with the Maang teeka by placing it on the little bump on your hair if you find your hair[5] to be too simple and empty.

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#5. Loose Braid With Voluminous Bangs

The loose braid with the voluminous bangs is a perfect bridal look which you can absolutely wear it during the engagements. Having this hairstyle while wearing a lehenga will be the perfect combo that you will ever have. For this, the bangs on the front portions of your hair should be more voluminous. Then the remaining hair should be braided very loose to get the perfect bridal feel. The loose braid will create the effect of loose hair[6] when you cover the braid with the appropriate hair accessories and apparels. This will really offer you the perfect diva look to your face. Also, the bangs at the side portion of your hair will make your face look enhanced and bright. Also, even when you have thin hair, those loose bangs and loose braid will make them look more voluminous. You can set those bangs in the appropriate places by using a hair spray or hair gel.

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#6. Double French Braid Ponytail

The double French braid ponytail is a perfect hairstyle to have it on your hair[7] during the hot summer seasons. Usually we will be looking for a hairstyle that helps us to escape from the sweat during those hot summer seasons. So, this double French ponytail will also make you look trendy and modish by offering a great relief from the sweat. Your hair will be divided into two equal portions. Then both the portions will be individually braided with a French braid. The braid will be done until you reach the centre portion of your hair. As soon as you reach it, both the French braids will be clubbed together and will be tied together into a ponytail using an elastic band. You can wear this hairstyle for both the special occasions and during the normal days. This will perfectly suit for both the traditional and the Indo-western wears. Also, you can use a hair spray to prevent your French braid from coming out or getting collapsed.

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#7. Triple Fishtail Braid

Normally, having a simple single fishtail will literally make you look charming. Then think how gorgeous it would be to have three fishtail braids on your hair. These are the perfect hairstyles that could be opted when you wanted to attend some special occasions or during any festivals. This hairstyle will obviously require a lot of your time and patience to get it done completely on your hair. But then, spending your time will really be worth when you obtain the final outcome that makes you look stunning with the perfect apparels during the function. In this, your hair[8] will be divided into two parts. And both of the parts will individually be braided as fishtail braid. Then the two individual fishtails will be clubbed together and you have to start braiding it as one single fishtail starting from the centre. Braid it till the end and then tie it using a small elastic band at the end. Then you can slightly pull the hair in the braid to make them look dense and volumized. Make sure that you do not pull it harshly as it might spoil the overall hairstyle.

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#8. The Ponytail Tuck In

The ponytail tuck in hairstyle will be well suited for those women who have curly hair types. Or you can also curl the hair after tucking them into a ponytail. In this hairstyle you have to leave a few strands of hair free on both the sides of your hair near the front portions. Then you have to collect the remaining hair together and then tie it into a ponytail. Now you have to take those free strands of hair that are left at the sides. Bring that hair on both the side towards the ponytail and try to tuck it inside the ponytail. When you tuck in the hair[9] into the ponytail, make sure that it is not too tight and is somewhat loose. The remaining hair can be left free with the natural curls or you can also use a curling iron to create the gorgeous curls on your hair. This will really look majestic when you have dense and long hair types. Also, you can use any hair accessory to hide the ponytail and the tucked in hair from the sides in the ponytail. This is a perfect bridal wear when you wear long gowns and lehenga. 

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#9. Long Braided Hair With Chotli

The long braids are the perfect and the epic south Indian hairstyles which most of the women follow during both the special occasions and in their regular lives. But then, decorating the long braid with the chotli is one among the famous traditions during the Indian marriages. Chotli is a long hair accessory which will appear like a long straight chain. This will be made using any metals that would appear in the golden or the golden brown colors. This is a perfect wear during your marriages or when you plan for attending some very important family functions. This will require a very less time when compared with all the other hairstyles. In a short span of time, this can make you attain the perfect bridal look by decorating your hair entirely. Your entire hair[10] length will be covered with the chotli as it will be of the same length as your hair. When it comes to chotli, there are wide varieties of designs available in the stores. You can choose based upon the breadth and length of your hair.

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#10. The Half Bun And Half Braid

So far we have seen all the hairstyles individually. How about clubbing any two kinds of hairstyles to together as a single one on your hair? This hairstyle is one of the unique hairstyles which involve both the bun and the braid kind of hairstyles. In this hairstyle, at first your hair will be tied into a small bun at the centre portion of your hair. For this bun only the centre portion of your hair will be used. Then the remaining portion of your hair will be clubbed together and will be made into a normal braid. But then, the braid will be extremely loose to obtain a trendy look. When this is done on a curly hair it will really look amazing. You can also decorate your braids and the buns with any of the hair[11] accessories. You can either use flowers, pearls or any other hair accessories to enhance the hairstyle in your hair. This half bun and braid will be a perfect one to wear for the special occasions with traditional wears and other suitable apparels.

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#11. The Zari French Braid

The Zari French braid is something that is more similar to the regular French which we you do for your hair. You can really take up this simple French braid to a greater next level by adding up a small and simple hair accessory to the braid. Also, this accessory will only be added to the ends of the braid. A simple golden thread is the hair accessory which is being used in the Zari French braid. The zari threads are the one which are being made up of silk and will be used in weaving the clothes to create those intricate designs. This zari thread is usually available in the golden shade which will offer the gleaming appearance to your hair when it is being placed. This will be best suited when you wanted to enhance the medium length hair[12] types. You have to braid your hair with the normal French braid and then tie the golden thread at the end like a border. The thread should be broad such that it covers the entire down portion of your hair. The braid should be somewhat messy to make the hairstyle even more effective.

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#12. The Low Bun

Sometimes you might not realize that even those simple hairstyles which we put it casually when we are at home could turn out to be the best one to wear even when we go out. The low bun is one of those kinds of hairstyles which almost everyone would opt for having when they are at home. But then, you can absolutely wear this hairstyle even when you are going out. You can even wear this during a function or any other festivals. But then, make sure that you wear very attractive and bright colored clothes. Also make sure that the accessories which you wear like the earrings, neck pieces are large enough. So, that your hair[13] becomes unnoticeable even when you have a low bun hairstyle. Also, this would make you look perfect and even comfortable during any kinds of special occasions. You can also leaves some bangs at the front to make it even more modish and trendy.

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#13. The Elegant Twisted Bun

When it comes to bun, the choices are wide enough that can be chosen based on your needs, comfort, favors and other factors. So, till now the bun type of hairstyle was made simple by clubbing your hair together. But then, in this hairstyle your hair will be divided into a few small portions and then it will be twisted. Each of your twisted portions of hair will be clubbed together and will be made into a small bun at the centre of your hair. You can also place a Maang Teeka at the front portion of your hair at the centre. This can help you in enhancing the beauty of your hair[14] and the overall appearance too. This bun will literally look elegant when you wear those traditional clothes and the long gowns on a wedding. You will not require any hair accessory as the twisted portion of your hair will be more than enough to decorate your hair.

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#14. Messy Ponytail

So, are you tired with the same messy bun and the messy braid? Are you looking for some more messy kind of hairstyles to try it on your hair? Then here we have the messy ponytail which would offer the absolute modish feel to you. In this hairstyle, you will leave a small portion of your hair at the front portion which will be at the side of your ears. You don’t have to comb your hair[15] as you will be requiring to obtain the perfect messy looks. Then collect the remaining portions of your hair and run your fingers through it to remove the knots and the tangles.

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#15. The Traditional Braid With Hair Accessories

As the name says, I hope you can very well understand that the traditional braid with the hair accessories is one of those classic Indian hairstyles which are being followed since ages. This is one of the most widely preferred hairstyles for the bride to get the perfect bridal look. You will really look stunning after having this epic bridal hairstyle with the bridal attire. It will really offer that rich and majestic look to your face, hair and the overall appearance on your big day. Your hair will be braided with the usual brides that you put regularly on your hair. But then, your entire hair will be covered from the top till the bottom with a list of hair accessories which would offer the extremely rich look to your hair. The hair accessories will involve small pendants, different colors of flowers depending upon the color of your saree. Also you will have hair extensions attached with your hair while braiding to make it look longer and volumized when you have short and thin hair types. The entire upper portion of your hair will also be covered with the hair accessories to make them look brighter and more attractive.

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#16. Multi Braid Ponytail

Here we have another trendy hairstyle, in which two of the most famous hairstyles are clubbed together as a one hairstyle. In this, the braided hairstyle and the ponytail will be clubbed together to obtain the multi-braid ponytail on your hair. Your hair will be separated into three regions namely the right, left and the middle portions. So, in each of the portions a few strands of the hair will be taken. Each of those small portions will be braided individually until it reaches the middle portion of your hair. Then all your hair will be clubbed together along with your braids. Your entire hair will be tied up into a ponytail using an elastic band. While putting the ponytail in your hair, you have to make sure that the braided portions of the hair appear at the front portions of your hair. It should not go inside your hair as it will become invisible inside your hair. You can have this hairstyle for any kind of apparels including the western and the traditional wears.

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#17. Diffused Curls With A Headband

Most of us fail to realize the beauty of the gorgeous curls that we have in our hair. Curls will really look stunning when you maintain it with proper care and also style it perfectly. Using a blow dryer for obtaining the curls will be the most common thing that all of us know. But then, you can also attach a diffuser along with the blow dryer and it can be used for setting the curls in your hair. The diffused curls will look more natural and could also enhance your overall beauty and the facial appearance. In order to take those diffused curls into a greater level, you can start using a hair accessory which could even enhance the beauty of your curls. You can use a headband or a cloth that will be placed at the front portion of your hair. You can choose based on the color and pattern of your days. You can very well have this hairstyle to enjoy those beach days in your life.

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#18. Long Braid Entwined With Gajra

The long braids are always one of those classic hairstyles which most of the women prefer for having. These long braids could elevate the appearance of your hair and could also be the best idea to showcase your long hair in a very beautiful manner. You might think that the long braids might look simple without adding any other hair accessories. So, in such cases you can entwine your long braid with the Gajra. These Gajras can be chosen based on the color of your clothes. Also, they are the best suitable one to have during the wedding and other important functions. It is also one among the most popular bridal hairstyles which is being followed in India. Also you can wear any traditional dresses like saree or lehenga when you have this hairstyle. You can also wear a Maang Tikka which could be used for elevating your hairstyle to a higher level. When you entwine the Gajra you have to make sure that your hair does not goes invisible behind it completely. You can entwine the Gajra in a snake pattern so that there will be some spaces left in between in which your hair can be visible.

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#19. The Accessorized Fishtail Braid

Are you bored of having the regular fishtail braids on your hair? But then, you might be still in love with those fishtail braids. In such cases you can try the accessorized fishtail braid which could offer a new experience in having a different hairstyle from the usual classic fishtail braids. In this, your hair will be braided into the normal fishtail braids. After braiding you have to pull the hair gently such that it would look more voluminous. After that, you can use small beats, pearls or pendants for decorating your braids. You have to place each beat or pearl in each of your braids. Or you can also keep the alternatively. This entirely depends on your choices and the overall appearance of your hair. When you place those accessories on the braids, it will absolutely get enhanced and will be noticed very well. Also, it makes your hair bright and attractive. You can absolutely wear this hairstyle while planning to attend any family function or during any festivals. In most of the cases, either white or golden or silver colored hair accessories will be chosen as these colors would perfectly match for your hair. It would appear bright when compared with the other colors on your hair.

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#20. Curls With A Floral Centerpiece

So far we have tried entwining the Gajra along with the long braids. How about having them as a centerpiece along with your curls? Will the hairstyle be gorgeous on your hair? I can assure that this hairstyle is one of the perfect one to wear during an evening function or a wedding. Curls are the best to elevate the overall appearance of our hair. So, decorating it with a floral piece will make it literally stunning and attractive. The floral piece which is used as a centerpiece will be entirely different from the Gajra that we use for entwining. In this centerpiece, you can use those small rose buds or large and fully bloomed Camellia, daisy, freesia flowers. You can also use other flowers based on the color of your dress. You will have those usual curls on your hair. Then at the centre the floral piece will be kept. You can use small bobby pins to secure the floral piece without getting disturbed.

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#21. Ringlet Bun With Gajra

Here is another classic Indian traditional wedding hairstyle to make you look stunning on your wedding day. The ringlet bun with the Gajra is one of that epic hairstyle which we would have noticed in most of the Indian movies. Though many years have passed, these hairstyles still tend to be one of those trendy hairstyles which is preferred by many of the individuals. You can create small ringlets in your hair. Also, make sure that the ringlets are somewhat tight to obtain the perfect appearance on your hair. Once you are done with the ringlets on your hair, then you can bunch them into a single bun. Ensure that the bun is safe and lock your hair using the tiny bobby pines. Now you can place the Gajra surrounding the ringlet bun as an outer covering. Thus those bobby pins and the pinned hair will go hidden inside the Gajra when it is placed. You can wear this hairstyle while wearing a perfect Indian traditional wear.

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#22. Messy Pulled Back Curls

Messy hairstyles are the one which makes us to be more addictive with it. The messy pulled back curl is one of those very simple hairstyles which would not require a comb for styling your hair. Also, it would literally take only a few seconds to style your hair. In this your hair will have those natural hairs which have usually on your hair. Or you can even create some definite curls on your hair if you want. Then you have to take a few strands of hair from both the right and the left sides of your hair. Slightly run your fingers through the hair to remove the tangles and the knots in them. Then, you have to take those two parts of your hair towards the back portion of your hair. You can pin the hair with a small bobby pin or a hair clip. Those two portions of your hair should be somewhat loose to get the messy look on your hair. When you plan to go for any function, you can decorate your hair by placing a Maang Tikka at the centre. Or you can even wear this hairstyle for any Indo-western wears too.

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#23. The Side Braid

So far we have seen the normal braiding hairstyle that appears straight on the back portion of your head. Here we have a trendy braid that would appear at the side portion of your head near your shoulders. You have to braid your hair by placing it on the front upon your shoulder. So, the braid will appear in a curved position starting from the centre of your hair and reaching in the side angles near your shoulder. These side braids have become the most popular casual wear hairstyle that many women love to have in their daily lives. In this, your hair should be locked tightly within the braid to obtain the perfect style on your hair. You can also leave a few curly bangs at the front portion of your hair. This could even enhance the overall beauty of your hair. If you wanted to add more volume to your hair, then you can fan out a little bit of your hair that is locked in the braid without disturbing it.

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This article has been medically reviewed by Dr.Nagakeerthana S, MD (Dermatology) on 20/06/2019 

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