Long hair might look great, but maintaining and styling it is not easy. The sheer volume and length make long locks quite unmanageable. So, if you are struggling to style your long hair, take inspiration from Indian television star, Divyanka Tripathi Dahiya, whose beautiful flowing mane is often styled into creative new hairdos you can recreate too!
French crown braids on top, loose at the bottom
Perfect for when you want to wear your hair loose but don’t want it to get in the way, especially all over your face, this is quite an easy hairstyle to recreate. After creating an off-centre parting, braid your hair by adding hair from the sides of your crown to your plait as you go in a circle around the head. Pin the braid at the back of your head, and let the rest of your locks flow loose.
Fairy princess hair
A style that’s easy to create if you have the tools, this takes no time and effort, but is a little hard to carry off. To get the look, tease the hair at the back of your head by back-combing, leaving a section of hair around the forehead sleek. Then, create a puff by pulling back the front part of your hair at the forehead. Now, spray this with a hairspray for a strong hold. Curl the ends of your hair with a one-inch curling iron for flowy waves. Finish with a cute hairband on top.
This throwback zigzag parting
The styles from the early 2000s are making a comeback, and this is proof. Take a trip down memory lane with this clean and sleek hairstyle from the noughties. All you need is a rat-tailed comb, two clips, and a hair straightening iron. First, straighten all your hair. Now, divide the front and back of your head into two sections, combing the hair on the back of the crown away from your face. Then, part your hair in a zigzag fashion at the front using the end of the rat-tailed comb. Finally, take the two sections created by that parting and pin them behind your ears under the curtain of hair from the back of your head, hiding the clips from view.
A halo crown braid with a bun
Since it starts at the beginning of the forehead, this hairstyle is great if you don’t want hair to fall on your face. All you need to do is part your hair at the centre and braid both sides into braids that reach till the base of your neck. Then, make a low bun with the ends.
The half top knot for a ‘cool girl’ look
If you have loads of hair weighing you down, try this style to lighten things up. Section your hair into two halves along the line of the crown, leaving the rest of the hair loose. After teasing your hair near the hairline, comb it back into a puff. Make a bun with half the hair on top. You can make loose curls like Divyanka with the rest, or leave them au naturel for a carefree look.
An ornate Princess Jasmine braid
Great for thick hair, this style is perfect for a wedding. After teasing the crown and back-combing, you need to braid your hair into a pull-through plait with the floral hair accessory intertwined. Finish with a sparkly hair band, just like Divyanka and Princess Jasmine!
Perfect for those who don’t want to let even one strand of their hair loose–especially in hot or humid weather–this is a very neat and clean look. To get the look, straighten your hair to make it sleek. Then, side-part your hair and make a French braid at the crown with the larger section of the part. Pin it to the side. Now, braid your hair into two plaits as you normally would. Easy peasy!