Traditional hair accessories for an Indian bride
Sep 19 2018
A beautifully done hairdo could give the bride a stylish look. That is why makeup artists give utmost importance to bridal hair styling. Nowadays, a neatly done hair is not sufficient to give the bride an elegant look. It needs to be accessorised perfectly.
There are also a plethora of options available these days to accessorise the hair. The most common and the most followed bridal hair accessory type are the floral arrangements. It is a staple hair accessory of the South Indian brides. A string of jasmine flowers is either placed or wrapped around the hair by the brides. Not just the brides but the wedding guests also adorn their hair with flowers.
Other commonly used bridal hair accessories are maang tikkas/matha pattis, choti (which covers the entire length of the braid) borlas, jhoomar, billai, the sun and the moon clips, juda pins and clips etc... If all these were for Hindu and Muslim brides, then their Christian counterparts could adorn their hair with pretty hair vines, headbands and tiaras.
Among these, matha pattis and maang tikkas are usually worn by most brides. So we are today discussing the very traditional hair accessories such as juda pins/clips, chotlis or naga jadai etc...
Most of these hair accessories belong to the temple jewellery category. It would give the brides a regal look. Most of them are also related to the Hindu mythology.
Naga jadai is a long hair accessory that is placed after the hair is braided. It would cover the entire length of the braided hair. There are many types of traditional naga jadai available in the market. Some have divine motifs with a top portion which resembles the hood of a snake, while others have floral motifs. Images of Goddess Lakshmi and peacocks are the most widely engraved on the naga jadai. Antique Naga jadai which depicts the story of Krishna and the deadly snake Kaliya is also available.
If you want to add a little modern twist to this hair accessory then you should opt for chotlis which is a variant version of naga jadai with stones and enamel colours. Some are even embellished with rubies and emeralds.
You can also adorn your hair with billai which comprises of nine circular clips which are placed on braided hair. The clips vary in size and they are arranged in a descending order according to their size. Billai is available in a large number of designs with various kinds of motifs and colour patterns.
The sun and the moon shaped hair adornments are the staple accessories of a traditional Tamil bride. They like naga jadai are a part of temple jewellery. The sun-shaped clip is worn on the left side of the head while the moon clip is worn on the right side.
The modern brides also love to adorn their hair with juda pins or clips. They really give the bride a royal look. They are decorative clips which are available with long chains, some of which could be attached to the ears. There are various kinds of juda pins available.
They come in elaborate designs and are available in circular, semi-circular, floral and peacock designs. You could skip the flowers if you are using a juda pin or clip. It looks best with a neatly tied bun hairstyle. You could match the colour with your bridal jewellery and can even wear an embellished juda with stones or pearls. The juda clips are usually worn on the side of the hair.
It can also be paired with a pretty lehenga or an elegant bridal gown.