Aisle-worthy ’dos to pair with your dream outfit
The big fat Indian wedding look has advanced tremendously—it’s not confined to those heavy duty looks anymore. Rather, it has taken the ‘less-is-more’ route, where the brides are no more hesitant to explore different styling avenues. The beauty gurus indicate that the most recent bridal trends have moved towards barely-there beauty and basic blowouts. From her trousseau to tresses, today’s urban bride is in awe of the style, that marries contemporary ideas with the conventional sensibilities. The only caveat: the wedding ensemble needs to be in tandem with the overall beauty look. It ought to compliment the bride’s look, and not take away the spotlight. To save you from the stress of planning this perfectly and that you don’t succumb to the random bits of advice everyone has to offer, we roped in industry mavericks to tell you how to work with your wedding hair, makeup and outfit.
I ‘DO’ MANE IDEAS
Sumit Malkotia, Creative Director, LOOKS Salon More often than not, brides wear their dupattas on the head and as a result, about 80% of the hair gets hidden underneath. A basic chignon is the usual go-to for wedding day hairstyles. But, I suggest experimenting slightly based on the cut and colours of your wedding ensemble.
• If you’re wearing a lehenga, try wavy or curly layers. Remember to use a volumising product before styling curls.
• Experiment with updos—if you’re not to keen on clean, shiny looks, you can try a messy chignon too.
• If you’re wearing a sari, you may try retro waves with a deep side parting, as it looks every bit glamorous.
• Complement your hairstyle with maang tikkas or paasas.
Rule of Thumb
• Refrain from cutting your hair too short before the wedding as it restricts hairstyling.
• I recommend keeping the hair colour close to natural as venues usually have bright lights and a lighter or bold colour will pop out in pictures. A natural brown balayage is the best.
• The styling should be glamorous yet manageable; you don’t want to be conscious about the hair throughout the day.
• Don’t oil your hair before any important function as it leaves a peculiar smell even after shampooing. Instead, use leave-in products to manage and care for your hair.
Joesna Shiroor, Co-owner, Make-up artist and hairdresser, MAKING HEADLINES SALON
Whether with an updo or open hair, the goal is to make the hair look healthy in pictures yet have it feel soft and be in place throughout the event without a single strand or pins sticking out.
• For the Sangeet: Try a half-up style or loose hair with a crown/side braid so that the hair moves fluidly with you.
• For the Mehendi: Braids are ideal as they keep your hands free.
• For the Wedding: Classic updos are ideal for the traditional rituals.
• For the Reception: Any look with tons of shine for added glamour!
Rule of Thumb
Book your hairdressers in advance and build a good rapport with them. Take pictures of styles created in trial sessions as it will help you replicate the look on D-Day. Keep the style on for a couple of hours to determine how long the style will hold and stay fresh.
Keep the weather in mind and plan the hairdo accordingly.
Don’t compromise on good quality products. Finalise your extensions in advance as well so that they match your hair texture and colour.
Rohan Jagtap, Senior Salon Director, BBLUNT Salons
As bridal fashion evolves with time, classic shapes make their mark again with modern twist.
• A classic chignon with a dynamic touch is trending this wedding season. Smooth sleek finish or soft beautiful textured shapes make it modern and elegant.
• I believe ‘Less is More’. So lesser the accessories, more beautiful the hair looks. Hairstyles paired with fresh flowers or minimal yet exquisite pieces are my recommendation.
• The hairdresser needs to work weeks in advance to prep the bride’s hair—with a suitable cut, colour, nourishing treatments and guide her on the right home care for truly gorgeous hair on the wedding day.
MAKE-UP & OUTFITS
Ambika Pillai, Celebrity Make-up Artist and Owner, Ambika Pillai Salons
Ahead of the wedding day, you need to look after yourself, get good sleep and drink lots of water, while focussing on being happy mentally. For traditional occasions, outfits in red, orange and pink hues will always reign and light makeup goes beautifully with this—try HD Foundations if you have clear skin as it is light to wear. Stay away from new makeup techniques such as airbrush make-up as it is more for shoots and shows and not for brides.
Ojas Rajani, Celebrity Make-up Artist
We are coming across new-age brides who are keen to try bold, unconventional looks. When it comes to bridal hair and make-up, less is more. Do not experiment with your hair colour and skin care just before the wedding as you don’t know how it will turn out. Going in for a new exfoliation treatment or a never-triedbefore facial might not be a good idea after all.
Miku Jain, CEO & Head Designer, Miku Kumar Label
• If your bridal ensemble has intricate work, I would suggest sticking to a simple and easy hairstyle. On the other hand, if your outfit is not extravagant, opt for a more detailed ’do.
• If your outfit has a high neckline, you are better off wearing an updo.
• If the dress has low cut on the front or the back, you have the option to wear an updo or keep the hair loose. For off shoulder dresses, half way up and half way down is the best hairstyle.
Varija Bajaj, Fashion Designer and Owner, Varija Bajaj Studio.
Decide who is the star of your wedding look; the outfit, the jewellery or the make-up and hair. Choose one and focus your efforts on balancing the rest of the elements to highlight the star.