Best Festival Hairstyles to Rock this Summer

Here are our top 10 festival hairstyles for summer 2018.

by Sarah Ross

Heading off to a festival? We have all the brilliant festival hair product essentials and advice to help you look and feel like a headline act. From boho braids and space buns to the coolest hair accessories, these styles will have you rocking your hair (even on day three)! Read on to find the trending hairstyles that will turn heads.

Festival Hair Braids

Make bombshell braids your go-to style for the festival season. Once plaited, they will keep hair out of your face and stay in place as you go from set to set. Below, our top picks for the best ways to weave.    

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Dutch Braids

The ‘Dutch Braid’ has many incarnations and names. It’s also referred to as a reverse French, as the technique is the essentially the same, except you cross the strands under instead of over. This allows the braid to appear mounted on top of hair instead of being thoroughly blended in it. Whatever call it,  the look has limitless options. Try it with a loose pony or a double Dutch.

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Centre-Parting Braids

These braids can give both an effortless boho-inspired look or merge into a modern Mohican. It involves a French plait straight down the middle of your head with your hair either left loose or swooped into your style of choice.

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Skinny Plaits

A scattering of skinny plaits instantly gives you a festival-friendly style. For a free-spirited, ‘70s look, take small sections of your hair and weave in a couple of simple thin plaits to frame your face. Or, for a more eco-activist vibe, add skinny braids to your entire head.

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Hairline Braids

For the ultimate rock braid, these hairline styles can be worn down one side of the head - or both - for a buzz-undercut vibe. Keep the height at the crown with a dramatic side part flip or a backcombed quiff to give it some glamour. 

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Braid Headband

You can go with a super skinny braid across your forehead or plait a halo braid to keep hair out of your face. Use a little hair serum before you attempt any kind of braiding to ease the way and prevent a tangled mess.

Festival Hair Updos

Updos have graduated from slick back to uber relaxed, and is one of the best ways to beat the heat. They're perfect for on any hair type and textures, and are perfect for second day festival hair, as it's often even easier to work on dirty locks. All you need is a hair band, a whole lot of pins, and some practise.

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Unicorn Horn

Say hello to the latest Insta-viral hair trend—the unicorn horn bun. For the perfect shape, add a Styrofoam cone, cover it with hair and pin into place for the ultimate style statement. Make sure it stays there with Frizz Ease Moisture Barrier Intense Hold Hairspray

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Space Buns

Space buns are this season’s festival fave and are a mix of Minnie Mousse whimsy and Princess Leia dress-up. Wear them sleek and shiny (make sure to use a misting of the Frizz Ease 100% Shine Glossing Mist) or backcombed and messy with plenty of flyaways and tendrils around your face. 

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The DIY topknot has to be the easiest hair trend out there. If hair is lacking in volume, add a hair donut to take it to the next level. Plus, it makes for a wonderful cushion when you crash out in your tent.

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Side-Swept Ponytails

Start by blow-drying your hair with a decent mousse, then sweep to the side (either an extreme parting or off-centre depending on your face shape) and secure. To finish, take a weft of hair and wind around the band to disguise. Pin into place and gently tug to release some hair.

Natural Festival Hair

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If there’s one beauty mantra this year, it’s to be yourself. The perfect stowaway for girls with curls has to be Frizz Ease Dream Curls Daily Styling Spray, which gives locks bounce and can re-spring them when applied the next day. For a smooth, salon-finish blow-dry, check out the Frizz Ease Forever Smooth Blow Dry Styling Spray. It will help tame any frizziness when humidity levels reach their peak. 

Festival Hair Accessories

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Hair accessories are having a moment —think ’90s clips, chic silk headbands and scrunchies. A sprinkling of glitter will always go down well too. And of course, if all else fails, there’s always a street style baseball cap. Just remember to spritz some shine spray onto lengths so you look less 5k run and more festival-glam.    

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