24/04/2015 3:47 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

10 Bollywood-Inspired Hairstyles For Women With Long Hair

An Indian woman throws her wet hair back as she bathes in the River Brahmaputra in Gauhati, India, Monday, June 7, 2010. (AP Photo/ Anupam Nath)

The Indian hair, otherwise lustrous and thick, can be a pain to maintain during our tropical summers. Saving it from the sweat and dust is bad enough, but untidy strands that inevitably poke out can render any painstakingly-put together ensemble a mess - be it at the workplace or at a gala evening affair.

For decades Bollywood has set trends for Indian women. So when we set out looking for summer styles for long hair that would look great outdoors at all times of day and night, who best to emulate other than our Hindi film stars?

  • The Hyper Bun
    The Hyper Bun
    Add a little height by tightly pulling your hair back, and really escalating your bun like Aishwarya Rai at the Cannes Festival in 2011.
  • The Messy Knot
    The Messy Knot
    Careless strands brushed back to form a small bun keep the hair off your face without looking too austere.
  • The Undramatic Bouffant With A Side Ponytail
    The Undramatic Bouffant With A Side Ponytail
    Nargis Fakhri's 'do for the IIFA rocks concert suits western and Indian ensembles.
  • The Ponytail With A Twist
    The Ponytail With A Twist
    Alia Bhatt's twisted curl will glam up any ordinary ponytail.
  • The Indian Cascade
    The Indian Cascade
    A cascade of tied curls that can be flicked to either shoulder side works beautifully to showcase traditional Indian jewellery that is otherwise hidden by loose hair.
  • The Faux Bob
    The Faux Bob
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    Sonam Kapoor cut quite the figure at Cannes last year with her beautiful gowns and stylish hairdos. This faux bob curling at the side of her jawline with flapper-girl waves did away with jewellery and instead showcased her fabulous Elie Saab Couture gown.
  • The Office Pull-Back
    The Office Pull-Back
    Before she shingled her locks, Sonakshi Sinha could carry off this formal office wig quite well. Sweep a couple of front locks to the side, and tie the whole thing up just above the nape of your neck. Its neat structure keeps you from fiddling with your hair at work.
  • The Double-Tie Braid
    The Double-Tie Braid
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    Huma Qureshi's rocking a neat look with this double-tied braid. Pull your hair back to tie it, quickly fashion a braid, and tie it again. Use multi-coloured bands to glitz it up a little.
  • The Vintage Half-Do
    The Vintage Half-Do
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    Actress Priyanka Chopra's seeminlgly-brilliantined vintage curls that are swept back into a loose half pony-tail make an elegant, yet modern statement.
  • The Big Weave
    The Big Weave
    This is a complex but welcome change from Deepika Padukone's standard pony tail that adds a mature look to complement any evening gown.

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