“Hair is huge,” says Rose Weitz, in her sociological examination, Rapunzel's Daughters: What Women's Hair Tells Us about Women's Lives. According to the study, our hair projects our identity and people see our hair as a reflection of us, sometimes perceived subconsciously. A casual plait or a ponytail is okay for a regular day. But for special occasions, when you dress up like a desi-diva, casual hair a big NO. Hair professionals in the fashion and beauty industry well understand this fact. Deepika Padukone’s bouffant bun, Kangana Ranaut’s funky curls and Sonam Kapoor’s classy up do; there are plenty of styles to be tried. Here is a lowdown on some of that can suit every face-cut.
Hairstyles in Vogue
Indian traditional outfits, like sarees, salwar kameezes, anarkali suits and lehengas are meant to be accessorized well. The best way to compliment your traditional outfit is by giving some more thought to some of these hairstyles.
A Clean Low Bun
Messy buns have been the ‘in’ thing recently. But a neat looking hairstyle can never go out of fashion. Tying your hair into a clean low bun helps accentuate your cheekbones and forehead. This adds power not only to your face but also gives an edge to your outfit. It goes best with sarees in dark colours and ethnic embroidery.
How to make it: Simply comb your hair tightly backwards and tie it in a low bun. Choose the hair-parting that suits your face the best. If you can carry it off, a centre parting gives a traditional boost to this hairstyle. Use a spray or serum to hold your hair back. If the occasion calls for it, you can accessorize with a sleek maang tika that goes with your outfit and other pieces of jewellery.
A Retro Touch Ponytail
Although the name says retro but the style remains popular with Indian lasses even today. The puffy hairdos of the 50s and 60s have made it frequently on and off the fashion circles. Don it with salwar-kameezes and anarkali suits.
How to make it: Take the middle part of your hair, 2-3 inches near the forehead and brush the rest of it back. Add some volume by teasing or backcombing the hair on the center of your head for a puffed look. Tie a fairly tight ponytail of your hair at the back. Curl the tips of your ponytail to give volume and style. Instead of wearing a maang tika, play with the bangs for a contemporary twist.
Curls and Side Bun
This one requires a bit of patience to style. But the end result is so amazing that you forget the effort involved. It goes well with every traditional outfit. But if you are going to wear a lehenga, a side bun with curls is just perfect.
How to make it: Start with using curling irons to create loose curls all over the length of your hair. Now softly part your hair into three or four sections and braid each part. Once you are done, hold all the braids together and tie them into a bun swept on either the left or right side, just below your ear. This intricate bun is enough to highlight your look. You can even ditch the accessories.
Pinned Back Hair
This hairstyle is pretty basic but it can add a touch of glamour to your outfits, especially salwaar kameezes and anarkali suits. If simplicity is what you are looking for, then go for this one.
How to make it: Part your hair at the centre and backcomb to add volume. Now taking a strand from either side, pin it at the back. Let the rest of your hair fall loose on your shoulder. Voila! You are good to go.