How to Wear a Maang Tikka

by Natalie Schwab ; Updated September 28, 2017

This Indian bride wears a simple maang tikka to add glitz to her hair.

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A maang tikka is a beautiful, ornamental piece of jewelry that hangs from the forehead and is typically worn by Indian brides to accentuate the part in their hair. Maang tikkas most commonly come in gold and silver and are accentuated by gems like emerald and rubies, as well as pearls and Swarovski crystals. The maang is the stringed section that lays in the hair, and the tikka is the jeweled part that sits on the forehead. They can be quite heavy, so it is important to how to secure them.

Make a straight part down the middle of your hair using a comb.

Create a simple bun by twisting your hair and making a coil. Secure the bun with bobby pins.

Lay the maang tikka in your hair so that the chain follows your part and the ornament hangs 1 to 2 inches from your hairline onto your forehead.

Put a bobby pin through the hook in the end of the maang tikka, and then secure it to your hair in the back.

Secure the maang tikka in the front with bobby pins, but make sure the pins do not show.

Use hairspray to hold your style in place.


  • Allow your hair to be a bit knotted and dirty. This will help the maang tikka stay in place. It will fall out of sleek hair.

    Use bindi glue to secure the ornament to your forehead and keep it from swinging around.

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About the Author

Natalie Schwab is a professional writer with a bachelor's degree in journalism and business from the University of Arizona. She has copy edited for her university newspaper, the "Arizona Daily Wildcat," conducted legislative research as an intern at Project Vote Smart and reported on the environment for the "Tombstone Epitaph."