Aisle-wor­thy ’dos to pair with your dream out­fit

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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.


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.


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.

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