Any woman who has gone down the big fat Indian wedding path will tell you that an engagement hairstyle is probably the easiest decision you will make when it comes to bridal ceremonies. Engagement ceremonies are comparatively less extravagant and are celebrated with the closest of family and friends. This also means that there is less pressure while getting glammed up for your engagement. But that does not mean you won’t take the opportunity to look your absolute best when it comes to dolling up for your engagement. So, whether you're a minimal fashionista or an OTT bride, here are 11 trendy hairstyles to choose from for your engagement festivities.
- 1. Messy, side-swept fishtail braid
- 2. Soft, elegant bun
- 3. Quirky half-up, half-down hair
- 4. Classy chignon bun
- 5. Braided half tie
- 6. Loose bun with face framing tendrils
- 7. Voluminous curls
- 8. Front twisted gajra bun
- 9. A lovely low pony
- 10. Rosette bun
- 11. Side bun with dainty flowers
- FAQs about engagement hairstyle
1. Messy, side-swept fishtail braid
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Fishtail braids are already a bridal fave and this messy version will look stunning with your engagement lehenga. It is voluminous, detailed with baby-breath flowers and has been prepped to have a similar glossy finish like the makeup. With added texture on top, this is a lovely hairstyle to pick if you want to just touch upon an OTT look without going all the way.
2. Soft, elegant bun
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If your planned engagement look is all about soft glamour, this will be a good style to choose. A low, secured bun made with lightly twisted strands of hair and adorned with pearly accessories, this hairdo will go seamlessly with a classic engagement gown.
3. Quirky half-up, half-down hair
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Even though this hairstyle might be a bit overwhelming for some girls for their engagement night, it is still a statement look nonetheless. Half-up, half-down hairstyles are versatile because they let you wear your hair down without the consequence of getting it on your neatly done up face. While we are loving those pretty kundan hair accessories, you can skip the bling detailing, for a more casual look.
4. Classy chignon bun
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This one is for the brides who like to keep it subtle, yet stylish! The chignon bun has a touch of vintage about it and is paired with an itty-bitty choli to keep the whole ensemble looking deliciously sleek as a whole. We love the floral detailing on the hair, it perfectly matches the powder blue and mirror work theme of the lehenga ensemble.
5. Braided half tie
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We are so in love with this hairdo because it is just so romantic and utilises the colour treatment in the hair in the best possible way. The best way to pick an engagement hairstyle is to consider the current state of your mane so that you don’t have to go through big changes a week before the event. So for hair that has a statement dye job like this one, a more simplistic hairstyle like this will avoid any missteps while styling an elaborate ‘do.
6. Loose bun with face framing tendrils
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This hairstyle has been done by tying all of that gorgeous length in a loose bun and leaving curly tendrils in the front to frame the face ever so gently. Even the hair section by the temple has been left loose and free to fall over the ears to give it an old-school charm. Desi moms will approve!
7. Voluminous curls
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For many brides, the engagement is a moment when you can relax before the chaos of other ceremonies ensue. If you are such a bride, this not-too-elaborate, yet stunning, hairdo will be perfect for you. The wafted hair section in the front adds drama to the look and the curly extensions takes care of the glam quotient. This one, we think, is perfect for the girl-next-door look!
8. Front twisted gajra bun
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If you are more of a traditional bride and don’t want to let go of any chance to wear Kanjeevaram silks for your engagement, this hairdo is for you. Gajra buns are as traditional as you can be and the added detail of coral roses makes this look come full circle. The twisted front section adds volume to the hairstyle, while keeping it low-key. With this hairdo, the day will be all about that blushing bride and her smile - the best accessory you need in our opinion!
9. A lovely low pony
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Ponytail lovers, rejoice! While contemporary engagement ponytail hairstyles have seen a trend of being messy in a chic way, it is this done up look that has our hearts! Soft curls cascading down, accented beaded embellishments at the top, and blended braided detailing on the sides…this hairstyle has a lot of dimensions to it.
10. Rosette bun
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Stepping away from soft glam to an OTT engagement look, rosette buns are created by locking hair sections in swirls and securing them with a floral arrangement around it. If you are a bride who wishes to keep all of her wedding looks just the right amount of extra, this one will get the job done!
11. Side bun with dainty flowers
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Side buns are in a league of their own! Given that they are a little bit tricky to pull off, a good hairstylist will be able to find the right balance to a side-swept delicately twisted bun. In this case, some dainty lilac flowers are used to match the embroidery on the choli and we can’t help but go ‘aww’!
FAQs about engagement hairstyle
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1) How to prep your hair for an elaborate engagement hairstyle?
A. Any wedding hairstyle requires your hair to be at its healthiest state in order to handle all the heat-styling sprays, pins and braids it is subjected to. Pay close attention to the kind of products you are using and steer clear of paraben and sulfate-based shampoos and conditioners. It is inevitable, you will be getting a lot of styling, curls and waves done on your hair. So start by making sure that the ends are well-nourished. Plus, eat well, sleep enough and get regular hair spas or deep conditioning sessions done. You can also get a treatment to boost the pH level of your scalp, thus keeping it in prime shape.
2) What is the best way to avoid damage while doing an engagement hairstyle?
A. Do not wash your hair on the same day that it will be getting styled and ask your stylist to use a lot of heat protecting sprays in order to minimise the damage.
3) What are some wedding hairstyling mistakes that you should avoid?
A. Many wedding hair stylists will attest to this, but following trends blindly and actually doing stuff that's not ‘you’ is the worst mistake you can make on your engagement day. There’s no point in following trends if the chosen style does not suit you. You want to look like yourself on your wedding day, not someone out of a bridal magazine. The proof of this lies in the fact that a good hairstylist will never ask you about what hair trends you are into. Instead, they would work with you to come up with a look that suits your unique features, face shape and current haircut and colour.