As we fly past the last month of 2017, we’re taking a moment to look back on a year filled with great hairstyles brought our way by Bollywood celebrities. Gone are those days when basic blowouts and poker-straight manes were the be-all and end-all of celebrity hairstyles. This year, the stars amped up their game with fun, experimental hairdos, from Alia Bhatt and Karisma Kapoor’s pinned styles, Kriti Sanon‘s waterfall braid and Shraddha Kapoor’s messy updo.
Here’s us listing the coolest hairdo’s of 2017:
Best hairstyles of 2017: Braids
Braids are arguably the most fun hairstyles to work with.
The possibilities are endless and it’s a hairstyle that usually stays intact for longer than a blow-dry or a wavy do, making it a big plus if you’re planning your hair for a long event.
Plus, the fact that you can work a whole new look with the wavy post-braid hair the next day is a bonus.
This year, Anushka Sharma, Jacqueline Fernandez, Kriti Sanon and Shraddha Kapoor worked some of the best braided hairstyles. Sharma stepped up her hairstyle game with multiple tight cornrow braids all tied into a ponytail, Fernandez and Kapoor opted for simpler but impactful cornrows and ponytails, and Sanon gave the waterfall braid a shot.
Best hairstyles of 2017: Pinwork
Move over your basic butterfly clips and get with cool pinwork. While this may be a little challenging to create by yourself, there’s so much more you can do with pins than use them to tuck away flyaways. When it comes to hairstyles with pinwork this year, Alia Bhatt and Karisma Kapoor stepped out in looks we’d love to replicate.
While Bhatt’s hair looked smooth on the front, the back was a party of its own with crisscross pins placed strategically across her hair from ear to ear. Kapoor, on the other hand, went for a messy, texturised hairstyle with pins moving downwards from the nape of her neck.
Best hairstyles of 2017: Buns
Knots and buns are classic hairstyles that look good on most and are perfect for formal occasions. This year, smoother, sleeker buns seemed to be the norm.
Kareena Kapoor Khan, Esha Gupta and Sonam Kapoor took to chic updos that made it to our best hairstyles list.
While Kapoor Khan adorned hers with pearl pins and Gupta coupled hers with soft bangs, Kapoor had her hair pulled back from the front with her bun placed at ear level—not very structured but neat nonetheless.
Best hairstyles of 2017: Messy dos
Even though neat hairstyles look very well put together, there’s something about an effortless-looking messy hairstyle—they have their own kind of charm. In fact, making messy look good is a skill in itself.
Deepika Padukone, Disha Patani, Shraddha Kapoor and Kangana Ranaut chose hairstyles this year that looked effortless, yet put together. Padukone tied hers in a side-parted, messy ponytail, Patani’s was twisted up and pinned, with her front layers framing her face, as was Kapoor’s with the rest of her hair tied into a bun at the back.
While Ranaut smoothened the first half of her lob for a wet look, her combed-through curls bunched up at the bottom.
A special mention here goes out to Aishwarya Rai Bachchan: her texturised open waves at Cannes had all heads turning.
Best hairstyles of 2017: Ponytails
While experimentation with ponytails can be hard and most people wear the hairstyle in a loose low one or a tight high one, Kriti Sanon stepped away from the basics—she created three different twisted ponytails from the top of her head to the bottom and intertwined each of them for a fresh update on the hairstyle.
Flip through the gallery above for a look at the 15 best hairstyles worn by Bollywood celebrities in 2017.