Out of all the traditional wedding ensembles, the lehenga is by far the most dramatic. A stunning lehenga-choli is easy for anyone to carry off, gives you a lot of movement and countless dupatta styles to keep things interesting. But a gorgeous lehenga deserves an equally charming hairdo, just so your glam game doesn’t get washed out from all that beautiful beading and embroidery. The ideal hairstyle for lehenga will be something that perfectly complements all the aspects of it. Wearing an interesting back design? Go for an updo! Want to show off an off-shoulder choli? Put some soft swirls in your hair that will cascade down the sides of your face - there is no limit to the creativity you can put into your shaadi lehenga hairstyle. If you are feeling a bit uninspired while picking a hairdo for yourself, here are some fabulous ideas to get you started.

 

1. Glossy accessorised waves

1. Glossy accessorised waves

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A lehenga is a perfect opportunity to wear your hair down, especially for a sangeet or mehendi ceremony. Aim for voluminous, glossy waves that you can style with equally glitzy accessories for a glamorous and pretty ‘do. Add a subtle pouffe on your crown to balance the body you create with the wavy texture. Let out some face-framing tendrils in the front to soften up your face and hairdo even further.

 

2. Colourful florals

2. Colourful florals

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When it comes to trendy accessories, nothing can beat vibrant florals, to be honest! Aim for gorgeous volume and length with lots of texture near the roots, and loose, weightless curls towards the bottom. This is also a good option of hairstyle if you want to wear extensions, but still keep the hairstyle sleek and chic. Finish off with fresh, dainty blooms to match your colourful lehengas in the best way!

 

3. Swept to the side

3. Swept to the side

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Medium length hair can often be tricky to style with ethnic ensembles, especially if you are wearing it down without extensions. One of the best ways to style medium length hair with a lehenga is to sweep all of it to one side with a relatively deep side part. After prepping your hair, sweep it all on the shoulder opposite the dupatta and add a maang tikka to pull the whole look together.

 

4. Textured, rose bun

4. Textured, rose bun

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Switching up from traditional gajra buns, floral buns are more about colourful blooms this bridal season. Especially roses are popular with wedding day hairstyles, they stay fresh for longer and help create a statement look that wouldn’t be possible with daintier flowers. A textured bun with a rose arrangement is such a fabulous look for your big day; we love the braided detail in this hairdo as well.

 

5. Textured ponytail

5. Textured ponytail

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Speaking of texture, there is another way of creating lovely volume and body in your hair without relying on buns. This chic textured ponytail is perfect for brides who like minimal styles, but still need to bring in the drama somehow. A perfect hairdo for your engagement lehenga, this hairstyle will take less time than an elaborate braid or bun, so if you are in a rush or in-between functions, this can be a good way to go.

 

6. Half up and half down

6. Half up and half down

Half up, half down hairstyles are quite popular with lehengas because they are a good way to wear your tresses down without messing it up after a couple of hours. We love this style, with a Dutch braid at the top and loose swirls down the bottom hairstyle. A great way to add fun details to straight, fine hair - this hairstyle will surely fetch you a lot of compliments on your big day!

 

7. Undone fishtail braid

7. Undone fishtail braid

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The fishtail braid is yet another popular hairstyle for bridal needs - it is pretty, can be accessorised in many different ways and suits most hair types. This undone and softer version of the side fishtail braid is perfect for naturally thick and voluminous hair that struggles from staying out in braids. The floral accessorising and sleek maang tikka plays off the statement hairdo with just the right balance.

 

8. Glamorous bow arrangement

8. Glamorous bow arrangement

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Hair arrangements, created with your own hair or extensions, are a trend that is slowly catching up to the bridal scene. Hairstylists are being more adventurous with the kind of arrangements they can create to showcase their talent and skill. Bows and rose petal swirls are some styles we have been spotting recently, with the former being a more versatile and fun look to create. Make sure to be careful while taking down these hairstyles, as you will be wearing some pretty heavy-duty hold hairspray and don't want your hair to be damaged in the process.

 

9. Twisted balloon braid

9. Twisted balloon braid

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Balloon and bubble braids may not scream bridal fashion but these modern and trendy styles have been welcomed by millennial brides with an open heart. A tighter and more done-up version of the balloon braid, this twisted hairstyle is such a treat for the eyes. Baby’s breath flowers and golden lace hair ties complete the look; the caramel balayage also proves the merits of colouring your hair to upgrade your wedding hairstyles.

 

10. Braided bun

10. Braided bun

If you want something clean, sleek and traditional (without the flowers!), this braided bun is the perfect option. The hairstyle is reminiscent of the kind of beauty looks you can spot on maharanis in paintings, making this a good option for a royale theme wedding. The braided detail on the side and the bun are beautiful, paired with hair accessories that match the rest of the bling, the entire styling brings uniformity to the whole ensemble.

 

11. A vision in pearls

11. A vision in pearls

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If you are not convinced with buns or braids for your wedding needs, a voluminous and wavy high ponytail should do. We love how this hairstyle incorporates the ombré dye job, wavy blonde tresses cascading down the brides back like melted gold! Pearl accessories are also very in vogue right now, perfectly complementing glitzy lehengas and so easy to style on most hairdos. Since these pearly accessories are available in a bunch of different sizes, you will have the option of either going OTT or keeping the style simple and understated.

 

FAQs about lehenga hairstyle

FAQs about lehenga hairstyle

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Q. What is the best way to pick a lehenga hairstyle?

A. There are a couple of things to consider before you finalise a hair look for your shaadi lehenga - your hair type, the kind of lehenga you are wearing, the accessories you want to wear and the skill set your hairstylist possesses. Oftentimes, a hairstyle might look good on paper but may not translate well to your mane. Which is why it is important to heed the advice of your stylist to decide on the right hairdo for you.

Q. What is the best way to prep my hair for a lehenga hairstyle?

A. Bridal hairstyles put a lot of strain on your mane. Wedding hairstyles require you to get a lot of styling, curls and waves done on your hair. Which is why you need to make sure that the ends are well-nourished. Try to eat well, get good rest and stay stress-free to maintain the integrity of your hair. Go in for hair spas or deep conditioning treatments to keep your hair ready for a styling session.

Q. Which hairstyles for lehenga are trending in 2021?

A. Some of the bridal lehenga hairstyles that are trending in 2021 are fishtail braids, bubble braids, floral buns and textured ponytails. Even though 2021’s shaadi season is going to be low-key and intimate, brides are not compromising on their glam and going all out with elaborate styles and trends.

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