I don’t know if it is because I am a hair stylist, but I genuinely feel it’s all about the hair! Imagine wearing couture and your hair is as dull and bored.
Every season has a certain vibe to it, and hair trends tend to emerge from this vibe. This summer is not like any other summer. We see designers experimenting with bridal couture. It’s not just your traditional system of a lehenga choli. Indian designers are incorporating styles that are trending internationally to appeal to the new-age bride. The use of capes, corsettes, the victorian cancan (that doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon_ wide divided skirts- or traditionally known as a sharara or garara with a modern twist can be seen almost across the board. Though these international trends are being incorporated in the traditional bridal space, it is not corrupting it’s very Indian essence. In the past we saw designers trying their hand at gown saris, which looked great but it took away a little bit from its traditional form. This season the styles and silhouettes are on point, sustainable, smart, true to self, and they have international appeal.
Hair too needs to be exactly that. The overdone volume and curls needs to take a bit of a back seat. Fun braids, hair pieces, flat low buns, all in all- statement hair, is what you have to think. Think natural texture but glamorous, think flirty but fashionable, as ensembles have a lot of character this summer.
Let me give you a mood board that can be your starting point, at which you can start thinking about the perfect hair for you.
Last season saw the messy braid as one of the most popular hair styles. On the red carpet, as well as modern Indian brides, were rocking the ‘messy braid’. This season however, sees the various spiffy spin-offs on the french braid and the fishtail braid. It’s about the hair looking feminine but still edgy and different. This is the perfect look for a mehendi, sangeet, brunch, or sundowner.
Anita Dongre LFW
The Hair Accessory
For a while now we, as hair experts, have been advising our clients to keep it voluminous and “bouncy”. This is why most bridal looks can look generic, with big romantic curls and lots of volume, and the occasional use of fresh flowers. This look, though pretty much a classic, is a bit over used and abused, and if I may say so, overdone.
The use of hair accessories has become a hot favourite as it adds instant drama, and instant interest. It is back with a bang.
Be bold and creative. Depending on the look you want to achieve, choose an accessory that reinforces the story you want to tell with your outfit. If you are unsure, leave it to your professional to help you choose. The right choice for a hair piece is extremely important. If a wrong choice is made, it could end up looking all wrong. Be it a Grecian wreath like piece, or a Gatsby inspired one, be bold and go for the kill as it will add oodles of character to your look.
The New Age Bun
The biggest myth about a bun is the thought, ‘I will look old’. This fear makes a lot of people not choose this hair-do. I for one, think it’s one of the most elegant styles that one can sport.
The only problem is that this style usually looks best on slightly slender faces. But if done well, and if customised according to the face shape, this style could make any outfit look like a million bucks.
Try different kinds of buns with a flat middle parting top. Twisting the sides a bit for volume can also look very feminine, which would look great with a traditional outfit.
The new age age bun is clean and chic. The messy bun became very popular, and for some time this was a red carpet favourite. However, the messy bun has taken a step back and has made space for the sleek, chic, flat, centre-parting low bun, or ‘top knot’. This can look good on an extremely traditional outfit as well as something modern. This is actually the key this season. The looks have to be flexible and not to rigid.
The bouncy extra curled curls give way to the gently tousled waves. I cannot stress the come back of the centre parting enough, it just adds that extra oomph!
Anita Dongre LFW
Loose waves at any length with a centre parting just screams class.
To achieve this tousled look yourself, try curling your hair with a large barrel tong and opening it out with your fingers. If you’re wearing a traditional outfit, a maang tikka would look stunning with this hair style. This can be worn with an Indian outfit, a gown, or and Indo-western style outfit.
The ponytail has never really gone out of style, but it has seen a lot of adaptations. This season, I dabbled with using ponytails with a modern lehenga. I thought it looked very chic and cool. It adds a certain classy casualness to the look.
Doing a ponytail on a gown or a western outfit is a little predictable, which I avoid. A ponytail with a lehenga, specially the modern ones that usually come with a flouncy cancan, just adds that x-factor that makes you stand out.
The sleek, flat ponytails look great and have a very edgy and strong look.
The ponytail with a quiff is something that most people do when they are going to work, and that genuinely requires no professional skill, so I would avoid that.
My favourite kind of ponytail is the one with the messy top. The creation of messiness on the top, not only gives a great look but also adds volume.
These are my top 5 picks this spring summer. I hope you can incorporate my suggestions for your big day!