There’s always so much hype around bridal stress, but no one really talks about the stress that their friends go through, wedding after wedding, year after year. And God save you if more than two of your female brethren plan on overshooting your ‘yearly wedding budget’ and meticulously planned holiday calendar by taking the plunge in the same shaadi season. Aah, the little cons of sisterhood.
While we trust you to have your outfits sorted by now, we know you’re silently struggling with the tress biz’. Exactly why we’ve taken the effort to curate a ‘Lock Book’ for the second-in-commands of the bridal army. Guess the bride can chill for a bit, this one’s for her squad.
Look 1: Mehendi
It’s the first function and excitement is in the air. The sun shines bright over the ornamental canopies set up in the lawn, making the ground look as vibrant as the bride’s lehenga. Your dusty pink floral Anarkali is also no less gorg. However, it needs a fitting coif, something that’s equally dressy and yet convenient at the same time. We say you go the braid way, no better way to manage the humidity and the henna.
Step 1: Create a deep parting on one side and swoop all your hair over to the other shoulder.
Step 2: Create a loose, messy fishtail braid and secure it with a hair tie. Section a strand from the tail end of your plait and wrap it around the tie for a classier look.
Step 3: Now pancake your braid by tugging at the sections, this helps achieve a fuller and a more effortless look.
Step 4: Set your artwork with a quick spritz of the SSP Hair Styling & Setting For Super Strong Hold. Feeling extra crafty? Tuck in tiny flowers to enhance the look.
Look 2: Sangeet
Round two and it’s gettin’ boozy in here, buddy. The stage is set, the dancers are ready, the liquor has already started flowing. You’re all decked up in that exquisite cocktail gown and have your diamond earrings in place. You need a style that’ll keep all that mane off your face and allow easier flashes of bling *wink wink*. Aah, a neat ponytail it is then.
Step 1: Comb through your tresses and gather them in a high ponytail. Secure it tight with multiple hair ties, don’t forget you’re gonna dance the night away.
Step 2: Take a thick section of hair from your ponytail and wrap it around the ties.
Step 3: Now it’s time to add texture to your ponytail. Using the Alan Truman Round Stick Curler, lightly tong the lower half to create natural, bouncy curls.
Step 4: Take a dollop of Wella Professionals EIMI Boost Bounce Curl Enhancing Mousse and run your fingers through your curls. Use the remaining product to tame flyaways for a sleeker look.
Look 3: Pheras
It’s D-Day, the day your main girl finally crosses the big bridge with her main man. It’s a gorgeous sundowner wedding at the beach, but that also means you need something that takes care of all that beach frizz from day to night. Oh, and it also needs to do full justice to that kalidaar lehenga you spent a quarter of your life savings on! So, for the pheras, it’s bun for the win.
Step 1: Since you’ve opted for a basic bun, it’s important to add character to your locks before you start. Use the Kevin.Murphy Bedroom.Hair Flexible Texturising Spray to scrunch your hair.
Step 2: Tie all of it in a loose, low ponytail.
Step 3: Now take a thin section, twist it into a loose ringlet, and secure it with a bobby pin. Continue doing that until you’ve covered the root of your ponytail with multiple tiny ringlets.
Step 4: Set your bun with a few spritzes of the Wella Professionals EIMI Mistify Me Strong Sprayand you’re done for the night.
Look 4: Reception
The last two days have been blurry and so utterly beautiful, you can’t believe it is already time for the last show-up of the big fat Indian wedding. You’ve draped your designer lace saree like a dream. When paired with an equally classy hairstyle, you know you’ll be the talk of the night in no time. On that note, isn’t a cascading mane a vision in itself ?
Step 1: Add some extra volume by backcombing the crown section using the Bronson Professional Termax Back Combing Teasing Brush.
Step 2: Gather the front section from the left and secure it at the back of your head with a hair pin. Now take a similar section on the right and cross it over the pinned section at the back.
Step 3: If you’re not happy with the way your hair falls, you can lightly tong it with the Bronson Professional Chopstick Hair Curler - Style Stick to create loose, romantic waves.
Step 4: Finish off by securing a tiny bunch of baby’s-breath, right on top of the crossover at the back.