The wedding season is right around the corner and this is the time to take your fashion game to the next level. Right from clothes to footwear to accessories, makeup and whatnot, everything has to be to the 'T'. If you are a bride or her friend/ cousin or just anyone who is looking for some special inspiration for hairstyles, we have something really special for you- the zesty yet classic, and not to forget fragrant GAJRA! Consider it, THE FASHION ACCESSORY for some inspiring hair-dos this season. Right from celebs to brides, everyone is jumping on to the GAJRA inspired hairdos bandwagon with élan. What was once seemingly reserved for South Indian brides is now the "IT" accessory for every bride; and deservingly so. Gajras not only make any hairstyle look extra special by drawing focus on the hair, the sweet fragrance of Mogras and Jasmines just uplifts the entire Aura around the wearer too. The fresh and pleasant fragrance attracts and refreshes instantly besides making the Gajra hairstyle more aesthetic and appealing.
DEFINITION AND HISTORY
A GAJRA is a flower garland that women use to adorn their hair on special events, festivities, weddings, or otherwise as well. India has an age-old relationship with the tradition of wearing Gajras. That intoxication fragrance of Mogras, Jasmine, and other flowers ornamenting the hair of goddesses, queens, and princesses is definitely something that we can date back right to the ancient times.
Traditionally, Gajras have been a part of the Indian bride's SOLAH SHRINGAR and it is considered auspicious to wear them during the wedding ceremonies. Jasmine or Mogra flowers are normally used to make them as they are easy to string and have a pleasant and long-lasting fragrance, but now many more flowers such as rose, crossandra, orchids, and barleria are stringed together in the Gajra. The bride's hair is styled into a tight bun or plaits and strings of Gajra are tied around it or pinned over the braid, as per the hairstyle. It is said that these flowers are a symbol of good luck and attract love which also makes sense since who can really resist the charm of the lingering floral beauty and fragrance! They captivate the senses from the inside out.
LATEST GAJRA HAIRSTYLES
Flowers have become a major accessory during weddings, be it decor or hair styling. Flower buds pinned individually or strings or white and colored flowers gajra decorated innovatively on the bride's hair, floral bangles, jhumkas, maangtikas, even flower dupattas recently...it's raining flowers quite literally. And we aren't complaining! Not only do they add an element of freshness, but they also make the bride feel and smell good throughout naturally. And why just brides, her next of kin, moms, aunts, friends, everyone is styling the Gajra at weddings, festivities and special occasions like never before.
Let us look at some of the most interesting Gajra hairstyles that had us drooling-
1. POOLA JADA HAIRSTYLE
Poola Jada's are by themselves very captivating and if you add jasmine and mogra along with a dash of color such as roses or lilies, the hairstyle reaches another level. There are rows of Gajras at the base of the braid and then the entire jaal of mogras goes down all the way to the tail. It is a stunning Gajra hairdo that definitely turns heads!
2. THE HALF MOON
￼Use colored flowers or the traditional mogras, single or multiple strings of the gajra are attached to either upper or lower half of the bun to achieve this elegant hairstyle.
3. THE SIMPLE BUN
Nothing beats layering the Gajra round and round over a simple bun. Be it a saree, lehenga or a suit, this hairstyle never fails to impress. You can also pin loose flowers on the bun for variation.
4. SIDE LOW BUN
Messy or neat, Low buns look very sophisticated and adding gajra to its side definitely amps up the style quotient. Remember Sonam Kapoor from 'Gal Mithi Mithi Bol'? You get the drift now right?
5. HANGING MOGRA GAJRA
A loose string of Gajra just secured to your hair on any side or the back over any hairstyle does the trick as well. It is a classic Gajra hairstyle for everyday or special occasions too.
6. MIX IT UP
Mix natural flowers with hair accessories to create a contemporary and elaborate hairstyle with the Gajra, Play around with white or multi-colored flowers depending on your look. but this one is a show-stopper for sure.
7. CRISS CROSS GAJRA ALL ALONG THE BRAID
This one can be worn easily over the braid by plaiting the Gajra with the hair or just curling it down along the entire length of the braid. Sonam Kapoor made this look famous and now it is spotted almost regularly at every wedding. There are many other gorgeous ways of donning special Gajra hairstyles for the wedding season. All it requires is imagination ( and a good hairstylist!).
OTHER WAYS OF USING THE GAJRA
Jasmine Gajras are often used in various religious ceremonies and Pujas (owing to their auspicious value). They are an essential part of every Classical dancer's look too. Besides that, GAJRA accessories are all the rage at Mehendi and sangeet functions. These quaint little flowers surely have a mammoth value when it comes to ceremonies and ornamentation.
Do tell us in the comments below what is your favorite Gajra hairstyle this season.