3 Festive Hairstyles to Celebrate 2018

Vipul Chudasama


The air’s cooler, days are shorter, the lights are up and the party’s on… it’s that time of the year when celebrations are around every corner. Now that the wait is over, it’s time to celebrate 2018 in glitz and glamour. Let’s get you started on some of the trendiest festive hairstyles to flaunt during this season.

But before that - a trend report from the global runways.

Fashion capitals of the world have hosted some of the best shows we have seen so far. And, as usual, trends were born and embraced at once. As far as Winter-Festive 2018 styling goes, we have seen a nostalgic retreat to the roots! Wearable styles are all the rage with classic smooth blow-drys, virgin-looking colours, and sleek updos. Embellished hair clips are the only extravagance we could notice on the designers' mood boards.

Now, to translate these styles into the big fat Indian festive imaginations might seem like a task - because we don't do simple, do we? But there’s always a way to squeeze in some inspiration - try these 3 festive hairstyles to keep up with the trends.

The Diffused Curls

Let’s start easy with a breezy open-style. Curls and waves are hard to say no to - they are too charming to be written off the trend charts. Yet, it’s fun to keep them evolving over the seasons. If beach waves and cropped curls rule the summer lookbook, the winter-festive trends are known to adore their glamorous versions. But instead of the sophisticated festive staples, ask your hairdresser for diffused curls - works great on medium to short lengths and is super manageable.

Choosing a great hair colour is one way to dress up this simple hairdo. Go for the beautiful browns that are just apt for the Indian skin. As for accessories, you can borrow the global trend in decorative hair pins or go traditional in an intricate maang tikka.

The Texture Bun

The bun has always been a traditional favourite among Indian women - goes with sarees, lehengas and almost anything ethnic. Add a rope of flowers around it and you a festive ready in a jiffy. Be it the Diwali bash or the best friend's wedding, the trusty bun can never fail you. How do you give it a 2018 upgrade?

The answer is quite simple - add some texture. Instead of the sleek ball of hair pinned tightly to the back of your head, let's add some more dimensions to the updo. Ringlets are one sureshot element of surprise - gives you that boost of volume as well as an intricate finish to the festive hairstyle. Braids are another option - the twisted or fresh braids can be added for more innovations. Stud the finished hairdo with a few crystal or floral hair accessories and it's a definite winner.

Sleek vs Messy Pony

The ponytail is, without doubt, the ultimate classic! It's pulled-back, highlights your facial features, stays out of your way, is easy to put together  - yeah! it's nice like that. But a pony at a wedding and Diwali parties? Before you get too critical, let's tell you how to amp up the humble hairstyle and make it festive-worthy.

An expert hair stylist would know what's the best way to pull back your hair from the front and accentuate your best features - this could be a sleek middle-parting, a side sweep or a back-combed puff at the crown. The rest of the hair can be tied up at the nape and left as it is - messy. Some texture and volume could be added to balance out the clean finish in the front. Use just one signature hair accessory to keep the focus of the sleek and messy pony.

The air’s cooler, days are shorter, the lights are up and the party’s on… it’s that time of the year when celebrations are around every corner. Now that the wait is over, it’s time to celebrate 2018 in glitz and glamour. Let’s get you started on some of the trendiest festive hairstyles to flaunt during this season.

But before that – a trend report from the global runways.

Fashion capitals of the world have hosted some of the best shows we have seen so far. And, as usual, trends were born and embraced at once. As far as Winter-Festive 2018 styling goes, we have seen a nostalgic retreat to the roots! Wearable styles are all the rage with classic smooth blow-drys, virgin-looking colours, and sleek updos. Embellished hair clips are the only extravagance we could notice on the designers’ mood boards.

Now, to translate these styles into the big fat Indian festive imaginations might seem like a task – because we don’t do simple, do we? But there’s always a way to squeeze in some inspiration – try these 3 festive hairstyles to keep up with the trends.

The Diffused Curls

Let’s start easy with a breezy open-style. Curls and waves are hard to say no to – they are too charming to be written off the trend charts. Yet, it’s fun to keep them evolving over the seasons. If beach waves and cropped curls rule the summer lookbook, the winter-festive trends are known to adore their glamorous versions. But instead of the sophisticated festive staples, ask your hairdresser for diffused curls – works great on medium to short lengths and is super manageable.

Choosing a great hair colour is one way to dress up this simple hairdo. Go for the beautiful browns that are just apt for the Indian skin. As for accessories, you can borrow the global trend in decorative hair pins or go traditional in an intricate maang tikka.

The Texture Bun

The bun has always been a traditional favourite among Indian women – goes with sarees, lehengas and almost anything ethnic. Add a rope of flowers around it and you a festive ready in a jiffy. Be it the Diwali bash or the best friend’s wedding, the trusty bun can never fail you. How do you give it a 2018 upgrade?

The answer is quite simple – add some texture. Instead of the sleek ball of hair pinned tightly to the back of your head, let’s add some more dimensions to the updo. Ringlets are one sureshot element of surprise – gives you that boost of volume as well as an intricate finish to the festive hairstyle. Braids are another option – the twisted or fresh braids can be added for more innovations. Stud the finished hairdo with a few crystal or floral hair accessories and it’s a definite winner.

Sleek vs Messy Pony

The ponytail is, without doubt, the ultimate classic! It’s pulled-back, highlights your facial features, stays out of your way, is easy to put together  – yeah! it’s nice like that. But a pony at a wedding and Diwali parties? Before you get too critical, let’s tell you how to amp up the humble hairstyle and make it festive-worthy.

An expert hair stylist would know what’s the best way to pull back your hair from the front and accentuate your best features – this could be a sleek middle-parting, a side sweep or a back-combed puff at the crown. The rest of the hair can be tied up at the nape and left as it is – messy. Some texture and volume could be added to balance out the clean finish in the front. Use just one signature hair accessory to keep the focus of the sleek and messy pony.