With the Isle of Wight and Glastonbury festivals in June and Wireless in July, festival season has crept up on us again. Have you planned your outfits and hairstyles yet?
We all know that we feel better when we look our best and there’s no way we can leave things to chance on a festival site. There’s no electricity and not much access to running water so a blow dry each day is out of the question. However, trying some new festival-appropriate hair styles can actually be really fun, even if you’re normally very conservative with your hair.
These are our top 5 ideas for festival hair that will make you feel fabulous:
Sinéad Kelly London senior stylist Sara Bergatini’s Mohawk
After winning the Young Talent award at the L’Oréal World Colour Trophy, you can guarantee Sara has her finger on the pulse when it comes to fashion.
One of the coolest styles that she recently did on herself is this mohawk inspired up-do with loose knots at the back. It keeps her hair off her face so she can dance while the loose volume gives her face some softness for a bit of boho chic. Taking this out would give her some nice beachy volume so it’s a look that you could wear on day one and re-invent for day two. What do you think?
Kylie Jenner’s Braids
Kylie’s one of the Queens of Coachella and she always goes the extra mile with her outfits and hair. We particularly love this colourful braided look as it’s so fresh and on-trend.
A festival is the ideal time to try out colourful hair and it’s now easier than ever to experiment thanks to L’Oreal’s new Colourful Hair products. Available in 8 intermixable shades and with various intensity from pastel to bold, you can have one striking colour or rainbow hair like Kylie. Then the boxer braids make the colour stand out even more. We love doing those on our clients as they’re quick and simple but look striking.
Sara Bergatini’s Braid Twist
We told you Sara was a genius when it came to festival hair! If you’re not having colour as Kylie had then you can afford to be more creative with your braiding. It will make people stop and look twice at the complexity of it, but as Sara knows what she’s doing it didn’t take her much time to do.
First, she’ll wash and dry your hair and make sure your hair is thoroughly detangled using a Tangle Teezer. That’s the first step for all festival hair – wash it before you go as you don’t know when you’ll next get chance. After that, the top section of your hair will be plaited in a normal fashion, then she’ll do mini fishtail braids at the sides a couple of times down the length of the hair. One things for sure, you won’t feel boring or average with hair like this.
Gigi Hadid’s headband and waves
Headbands hide a lot of hair troubles – from grease to frizz! It’s refreshing to see that even one of the world’s most beautiful models needs to use a headband at a festival. Even she needs help to cope with the humidity and lack of access to blow drying equipment!
What’s nice about Gigi’s hair in this look is that it’s laid back and low maintenance. To achieve it, simply rough dry and then secure with a headband. The next day, shake some Batiste dry shampoo into it, brush through with your fingertips and you’re ready to go again. A colourful or embellished headband would look especially cool. For extra waves, put your hair in braids like Kylie Jenner’s the day before. Then shake out for easy, no-fuss waves. This is effortless beauty at its best.
Sinead Kelly London trainee Shannon’s icy blonde plaits
Ice blonde is one of the hottest colours in celeb land right now. Cara Delevingne, Katy Perry and Khloe Kardashian are just a few who are blonder than blonde right now.
However, for a festival we suggest combining blonde with a braid for two reasons. Firstly, ice blonde hair can look dirty quickly if not washed regularly. Second, the blonde trend is fast catching on and nobody wants to look the same as another girl on the festival site. You want everyone to look at you and think ‘Wow!’ and they’ll certainly do that if you double French pleat it.
This look requires a bit of patience to make sure all your hair is pulled back and secured but it’s totally worth it as it will last all weekend long. You’ll never have to push it back out of your eyes or worry about how you’ll style it the next day, leaving you more time to think about what bands you want to see and to check out handsome men in the crowds 😉
We hope that leaves you feeling inspired! Remember these are only our top 5 ideas – come in and see us if you want a bespoke festival style that will not only last for the whole occasion but will make you feel like a rock chick yourself.
Enjoy festival season!