Splendor of an Indian Bride
There’s a certain beauty in an Indian bride which cannot be surpassed or compared. India being an amalgamation of a hundred different cultures, celebrates brides with a hundred different appearances. Whether a Bengali bride, clad in a beautiful red and white saree with matching gold jewellery and alta, or the colorful Punjabi brides with heavy costumes and jewellery, each look is a look to die for! As the preparation to look the most beautiful at the wedding venue starts many months before, hair is treated with special care to make them all luscious and shiny, so as to create the best bridal braid hairstyles out of them. The best hairstyles for sarees are braids done in different ways. The choice of your hairstyle depends on the saree styles opted.
Moving Beyond Fashion Typicalities
The Indian bride has passed the age of a typical maroon or red saree, bindi, and mantikas. With time, the women are willing to try a fusion of different cultures, especially in their appearance. For example, the festival of Karwachauth, where the wives stay away from food and water for an entire day to pray for the long and prosperous life for their husband, is celebrated way beyond North India now. Similarly, the Punjabi tradition of wearing an elaborate arrangement of chooda and kalire (a set of white and red bangles with beautiful golden accessories that hang with them) during and after the wedding ceremony has been imbibed by brides from many other realms within India. Also, the Sikh brides, who once upon a time, wore a traditional salwar kameez, now try out elaborate lehengas and even sarees. Hair style, sometimes a much ignored, but one of the most vital part of a woman’s façade, is also hugely experimented with nowadays. They are numerous hairstyle ideas for the bride to choose and if your choice is a saree then no doubt the top hairstyles for sarees are braids. So when traditionally the bride was only supposed to sport a bun, we see a lot of them getting different patterns of hairstyles for sarees that magnificently show under that pallu, while some even open the hair completely or sideways.
Indian Braid Hairstyles For Sarees
Braids (called choti in Hindi) were believed to be an Indian plain jane’s comfort zone. However, now they are being shown off in the best possible ways, even by celebrities. The urban woman can boast variations of braids, from fishtail braids, maiden braids to French braids as well as messy braids. Irrespective of the texture and type of hair you have, plaits look very elegant and are sure to make heads turn. Braids look great on brides with medium to long length hair, but others can very easily add some hair extensions to achieve the same hairstyle.
Here Are Top10 Hairstyles for Sarees
1. Standard braid
Standard braid or plates is the commonest, yet an extremely pretty way of doing up your hair. Also called as English braid, majority of Indian women have accepted this style for a longer period in their lives. Starting at the nape, standard braids are made by diving hair into three equal portions. Cross the left portion over the middle one and the right portion over it. Repeat this procedure until you reach the end to finally tie up the hair.
2. French braid
Also called the ‘sagar choti’ in Hindi, French braids beautifully keeps your entire mane neatly plated. Lately the trend to sport French braids grew with Actress Parineeti Chopra making it a trend in her movie ‘Ishqzaade’. To make one, start by taking three small portions at the top of your head and then gradually coming to the nape by adding sections of hair to the plait. At the nape you can either make a regular braid, a fishtail braid or a bun as per your mood for the day!
3. Crown Braid
With our very own actresses like Kangana Ranaut and Sonam Kapoor wearing this look, crown braids are the recent ones to catch attention. Woven like a French braid, this style takes too much time to be woven as small sections of hair from the crown area are added as the braid advances. Perfect for medium to long hair, crown braids work wonders for women with curly hair, as it keeps the crown neat and well maintained. This braid can be well accessorized to make it look chic and elegant, depending upon what suits your face the best.
You would need a few bobby pins and two hair elastics. Segregate your hair into a 10:90 proportion and keep the 10 portion tied at one end. Now, start making a braid from your forehead area on the other side, and as you get towards your ear, continue to make it into a braid that reaches the other side of your head. Tie the braid down, and now make a braid of the remaining 10 percent of hair. Take the smaller braid and pin it on the top of the chunky braid, while rolling it around your head. Use hairspray to sustain the style.
4. Fishtail Braid
Fishtail braid is the trendiest this season. The best feature of this hairstyle is that it looks modish on both western and Indian wear. So our brides can not only do up their hair with this style on their wedding day, but also play it up on the day of their mehendi or cocktail function, when they can wear something more western like a gown, or even Indo western. The one sided fishtail braid has been very popular as well. Also referred as the ‘herringbone braid’, Fishtail braid is woven by taking small even sections of hair like a standard braid that looks like a fishtail or a herringbone. Even though the plaits are woven like an English braid, you have to take very small sections of hair each time, so it’s advisable to use a tail comb while doing the hairstyle.
5. Waterfall Braid
This braid falls from one side of the head to the other while keeping the rest of the hair open also called fairytale braid, this style can make a bride look like an actual fairy. To achieve this look, brush the hair and make sure they are all straight. Grab a chunk of your hair from the front, bring it towards the back of your head and divide it into three pieces. Bring the bottom piece over the middle piece, and then the top piece over the middle piece (just like one starts a regular braid). Grab another piece of your hair from the top and add it to the top piece of your braid. Bring the top piece (the one you added to) over the middle piece. Grasp the bottom piece with your pinky finger. Drop the piece you have on your pinky, and get another piece from the bottom (to replace it). Bring the new piece over the middle piece. Do the other side, and now you’re done.
6. Poola Jada – Crowning the Indian Bride
South Indian women pride on having thick, long and lustrous hair. They are used to decorating their tresses with flowers during many festivals and celebrations like birthdays, engagement, wedding and baby shower. Poola Jada is the most popular way of adorning bride’s hair and is one of the most popular hair adornments in South India. To put it simply, a long hair plait is decorated with flowers. Flowers are woven and stitched on a cardboard and the design is attached/ stitched to the plait. Flowers are woven in a variety of designs resulting in innumerable intricate floral hairstyles.
The current trend flowing in the tradition is to give the classy and stylish look to the floral hairstyles. Indian floral hair styles are becoming very improved and creative these days with the use of hair accessories, beads, artificial flowers and rhinestone appliques.
The popularity of Poola Jada, as it is known in Telugu, is such that even our Bollywood actresses like Shilpa Shetty, the legendary Rekha, Hema Malini, Sri Devi, Amrita Rao, Genelia D’Souza and many more have embraced it.
7. Braided Bun
Gather all your hair on the crown and make a small ponytail. Now make an opening through the pony tail and just flip your hair through it. Once this is done, pull up your hair to make it appear voluminous and elegant. If you don’t end up doing this last step, your hairstyle will end up looking like a fishtail bun, which is also another pretty hairdo. Repeat this process all the way down to the nape. However, starting on the third ponytail, start joining it with the previous ponytail so that they don’t separate. Once you get to the nape area, gather all your hair in a bun and use sufficient pins to make it stay all through the occasion. Make sure that the bun lies flat on the nape. This hairdo does not need much pinning and is a chic option for brides who need lesser weight on their heads.
8. Side Braid
Take small sections from the back of your hair and curl them in different directions, to get more volume and texture in the hair. There is no need to be neat because you will ultimately be pinning and braiding them anyway. Grab the hair in the front and divide it into three sections. Now take thin sections of them and back comb, hairspray each section, and continue doing this until you run out of hair. Now push all the hair on one side and pin it. Now braid your hair. You can use beads, a flower, or whichever way you would like to accessorize this look. You can even keep it as it is.
9. Four Strand Braid
Pull hair to one side. Start with dry, brushed out hair. Braid your hair. Number the strands 1-4 to keep them straight in your mind. This starts with the farthest one away from her face as number 1. Braid number 1 over 2 and 3 over 4 and then 4 over 1. Then renumber for each braid sequence. Remember: 1 over 2, 3 over 4, 4 over 1. Repeat all the way down and tie with a hair tie. Tip: Pin your bang back it if is long for a medieval look. Finish with hairspray.
10. Side French Braid Ponytail
Take a section of hair at one side and leave the other one to rest. Now make a braid out of the side hair, leaving a bunch of them towards the forehead area. Now backcomb your hair at your crown area to get some height in the hair. Now grab the hair towards the other side and make a ponytail. Use hairspray to keep it intact.
Tips for Great Bridal Hair
- Find your stylist six months before the wedding and have a consultation session. Bring along the headpiece (or a picture of it) and the picture of the dress if possible. The stylist would be more creative on the d day if he/she knows about the mood of the wedding.
- Test the hair style you plan to carry off on your wedding day and walk around with it to determine its comfort level.
- Consider the time of day and type of wedding when choosing a style. Loose styles are appropriate for informal or daytime weddings, while up-dos portray a formal, evening look.
- Avoid getting chemical treatments on the day of the wedding. That is not the time for surprises.
- Hair colour looks its best the first two weeks, so have your hair coloured a week to two weeks before the wedding.
- Make sure your hair doesn’t become too silky with over-conditioning since such hair do not style well. Deep conditioning treatments should not be used within four days of the wedding. For best styling results, shampoo hair lightly the day before the wedding and, if possible, do not wash hair the day of the wedding.
- In addition to all this, of course – a proper nutritious diet, adequate sleep, lots of water, regular exercise and a stress-free mind is a must for the bride to-be.