Elaborate bridal jewelry has been a tradition in India for over 5,000 years, since the Mughal dynasty. Wearing ample adornment is auspicious for women, so it essential for every bride to be bejewelled. Beyond the usual earrings, necklaces, and bangles, there is specific jewelry specifically for brides. Here is a low down on Indian bridal jewelry and the best Indian wedding hairstyles to wear them with!
The maang tikka (or mangtika) is a chain with a gorgeous pendant usually worn by Indian brides to accentuate a center part. Often the chain is embellished as well and the well defined part helps keep the chain in place. The most traditional and most common hairstyle for the maang tikka pulls hair back tightly with a center part.
Honestly, this is a tough look to pull off for most people. The center part without any volume is unforgiving and a don’t for many face shapes. For round or long face, high foreheads, or ladies who prefer some softness around the face, hiding the tikka chain gives many more bridal hairstyle options. Now you can wear an updo, hair half up, or even those ultra flattering and comforting side bangs!
To rock side bangs with a tikka, check out Hina and Latif’s wedding photos. She is stunning with deep side bangs across the forehead and the jewel dangling just below. Some people prefer the balane and clean lines of the traditional part but wearing side bangs is a more modern version with delightful hint of asymmetry.
Another option to wear the maang tikka without the side part is to choose a hairstyle with a pouf of volume at the front and hide the chain in the hair. This opens up a ton of hairstyle options and is so much more flattering, especially for round face shapes.
These same styles work for the borla, the Rajastathani version of the tikka that ends in a spherical, rather than flat, pendant. This Indian bridal hair accessory is gaining in popularity, seen in Jodha Akbar, Balika Vadhu, and even the Roopwati Barbie! The orb is set with stones and ringed with pearls. Wearing one of these Indian bridal hairstyles that hides the chain in hair can focus even more attention on the beautiful borla.
The jhoomar is one of the most fabulous Indian bridal accessories! It’s a fan-shaped chandelier-like ornament worn just over the left temple. Also called a passa or side tikka, this gorgeous jewelry is usually worn with a maang tikka and they are frequently sold together as a set. The materials can be made of crystal, pearl, kundan, silver, or gold if you’re really blingin’.
The jhoomar calls for an ultra smooth hairstyle at the front but anything goes at the back! . This also would work with bangs swept across to the right.
Last but not least is the dupatta, the head scarf, which will match your lehenga. There are many ways to wear the dupatta, all of the covering the head so every bridal hairstyle needs to be reinforced with hair spray to keep every hair in place all night!
As part of your bridal emergency kit, pack a toothbrush and travel size hairspray. If hair starts frizzing or sticking up, lightly coat the toothbrush hair spray and comb the hairs back down.