How to do festival hair – without being basic

RIP floral crowns. Once found on the heads of every festival queen, today they are now a caricature of their former glory. So where do we go from here? We chatted to some top hair stylists to get their advice…


"This year festival looks will be moving away from flowers, but plaits will definitely be staying! However, they will be customised - metal rings woven into plaits is a great way of adding something different."

- Gorka Arraras, creative manager at Charles Worthington

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Smile and wave

Bohemian waves are a great hairstyle for clients who want on trend festival hair. This look is very natural and relaxed, with only a little volume and a soft cascading wave. It’s important to run your fingers through the hair to break up and relax the curls. Giving the hair a light brush is also beneficial to give it a softer look."

- Neil Barton, Goldwell ambassador and owner of Neil Barton Hairdressing

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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

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Maximise your pony

"I predict that model off duty ponytail is going to be majorly popular amongst festival goers in 2018. 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

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A hint of rose

"Sitting somewhere on the rosy spectrum between lilac and rose quartz, 'angry pink' has been a hugely requested colour over the last few months, and it’s a must-have for festivals. For hair that is already light enough, a wash-in, wash-out shade is a good go-to for a non-permanent, creative colour solution that will see you through the season.”

- Harriet Franks and Robbie McPhilomey at Blue Tit Peckham

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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

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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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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

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