How to do festival hair – without being basic

With Coachella been and gone, festival season is on the horizon and there’s endless hair-spiration on Insta! Flowers crowns are a thing of the past, so what is set to be trending for summer 2019? We chatted to some top hair stylists to get their thoughts…


"In homage to Ariana Grande, hair rings were also a huge trend at Coachella with a variety of styles shown across the weekend being adorned with metallic rings. Whether they were delicate and intricate rings which were woven into braids, added along partings or worked into the centre piece of the style to grab attention, hair rings were a huge trend this year." 

- Samantha Cusick, Samantha Cusick London 

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Sparkle on

“Glitter buns aren't ideal for everyday life, but a festival is the perfect time to indulge in some sparkle. Part hair centrally and pull back into a low ponytail at the nape of the neck. Begin to wrap the length of the hair around the hairband until a bun forms and pin in place with Kirby grips. Don’t aim for perfection with this style: this is cool-girl hair at its easiest. Adorn by drizzling a little hair oil along your parting and sprinkling with glitter.”

- Lidia Patrizia, stylist at Blue Tit Brixton

Image: Blue Tit salons

Smile and wave

"Effortless, loose waves were a popular trend at iconic festival Coachella this year. Soft waves that fell around the face and over the shoulders for a carefree and effortless appearance dominated the crowds. Break the mould and forget about pristine perfection - let effortless styling be your staple this festival season."

- Samantha Cusick, Samantha Cusick London 

Image from: @ghdhair

Try a topknot

"For festivals it’s always about looks that are super easy to create and look great. The topknot is perfect and can look as effortless and textured or as sleek as you desire. I would backcomb a high ponytail and twist it until the hair forms a bun, secure with pins and finish with a spritz of hairspray to allow the hairstyle to last well into the night. The topknot is also the perfect look for the day after!"

- Dylan Brittain, artistic director and owner of Rainbow Room International George Square

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Add extensions

“Braids are a low maintenance, care-free style that’s perfect for festivals. The traditional braided styles can be updated with flashes of entwined candy-coloured extensions - clip-ins or tape extensions can be used to add thickness and length to ensure your braids are bold and stand-out."

- Angela Mason, owner of Angela Mason Hair Extensions salon

Image from: @ghdhair 

Rainbow hues 

"Adding colour to your hair look is a simple but really great way to mix up your look over the festival season. Whether adding coloured hair extensions, braiding ribbon or thread into the hair or using chalk spray as a quick fix, colour is a super cute way to festival-lise your look. Key colour hues spotted across the festival included a mix of shocking blue and voodoo blue, ultra violet, neon green and hot pink."

- Patrick Wilson

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Maximise your pony

"I predict that model off duty ponytail is going to be majorly popular amongst festival goers. This look tends to work best on two or three-day hair and it is important to add some volumising spray to the roots of the hair before blow-drying hair when clean to make sure this style has lots of height and texture."

- Jay Birmingham, owner of Jay Birmingham Hair Salon

Image: @bellahadid

Chains for days!

"Whether adorned and plaited into a braid or added throughout the hair to jazz up a pony, hair chains were rife at Coachella 2019. Inspired by Balmain and Christina Siriano AW19 fashion week shows, the looks stood out from the Chella crowd. Make sure you style your hair before adding accessories. I recommend creating loose waves with the ghd platinum+ styler and then dressing the hair with accessories once the waves have cooled and set." 

- Samantha Cusick, Samantha Cusick London 

Image: @ghdhair

Fighting talk

"Warrior boxer braids are about looking and feeling strong. These aren’t any braids, they’re braids with attitude. It’s the ultimate festival look to get your adrenaline working, giving you energy until the last moment."

- Anthony Mascolo, creative director TIGI

Image: TIGI