Film Festival Hairstyles for the Stylish Movie Buff in You

Go to the movies in style! Try these 10 award-winning film festival hairstyles and make a show out of your movie night.

Ahhh, the movies. Oh-so-alive characters. Stunning frames. Gripping storylines. And to get these in a widely ranged selection—what’s not to love? While we’re all gonna be focusing on the big screen in a dark room, there’s no reason to not look great (most especially if you’re on a date)! If you’re in search of film festival hairstyles to try, we’ve got you sister.

All set with your passes and movie buddies? It’s time to plan your look and try out these film festival hairstyles we’ve picked out for you.

1. Boxer braid

Simple braids and film festival hairstyles: Asian woman wearing a blue jacket with long black hair in boxer braid standing against a fence
This double braid hairstyle surely packs a punch. Credit: Hariono Halim

Sitting on a theater seat can be uncomfortable if your hair’s bulky right at the back of your head. The best way to keep this from happening is to style your hair in a way they fall on the sides. Do this in a charming way by going for boxer braid. Sporty and on the go, this look is perfect for back-to-back premieres and a few walks around the mall in between!

Editor’s tip: Spritz some hairspray on your film festival hairstyle to make it last the entire day. We highly recommend TRESemmé Salon Finish Extra Hold Hairspray which firmly holds your ‘do in place without making your hair stiff or sticky.

2. Tiny side braids

Film festival hairstyles: Asian woman looking sideways with hair in bob braid hairstyle
You can be creative with your short hair when getting ready for a film festival. Credit: Hariono Halim

Adding little details can give your look the accent it needs. A subtle statement, tiny side braids give you an edge at every angle. Style it with big earrings like hoops and you become a chic gal stealing the show!

Editor’s tip: Short hair can be a bit challenging to braid especially if your strands keep on slipping. Add texture and grip to your hair by spritzing TONI&GUY Sea Salt Texturising Spray before you start braiding.

3. Messy or loose side braid

Messy side braid: asian woman with black hair in nine strand braid
It’s the Braidy bunch! Credit: All Things Hair Studio

If you want to go for something laid-back yet still classy, a messy side braid look is the way to go. Pair it with a pair of statement earrings and you’re ready for the gala night!

Editor’s tip: More than a perfect braid, proper nourishment is the best way to make your hair beautiful. Make sure your hair’s ready and healthy for all the pulling and twisting with Sunsilk Strong & Long Shampoo. It has Biotin to deeply nourish your hair so it gets stronger as it grows longer, letting you nail any hairstyle you want!

4. Bob with a deep side part

Short wavy hair ideas: Asian woman with wavy bob smiling
A deep side part can give you an instant mini-makeover. Credit: Natasha Estelle

With a couple of bobby pins, you can turn simple to chic. A wavy bob with a deep side part is one of the easiest film festival hairstyles to create yet difficult to miss even in a crowd!

5. Half updo with bangs

Asian woman with a half updo shoulder length hairstyle with bangs smiling
Simple, chic, and practical, a half updo can be your go-to hairstyle when you can’t think of anything else! Credit: Natasha Estelle

Your fringe is a statement as it is, so you can go for something simple like a half updo to go with it. Toss in a few waves and you’re charming enough for a date or to walk the red carpet itself.

6. Quirky headband

How to style a bob: Asian woman with dark short hair wearing a headband, eyeglasses, and black shirt outdoors
Wear a cute headband when going for a playful and quirky look. Credit: Natasha Estelle

Want something with more personality? Sport a quirky headband! It’s a smart way to keep your hair off your face while looking adorable.

Editor’s tip: For a long day ahead, you gotta walk the extra mile to make sure your hair stays soft and smooth. Keep a leave-in conditioner like Cream Silk Standout Straight Leave-On Cream which has Hair Born Actives to make your hair smoother and shinier with just one application.

7. Top knot

Film festival hairstyles: Asian woman with dark hair in a top know wearing a white blouse
Put your hair in a top know and you don’t have to worry about it when you sit and enjoy the movie. Credit: Hariono Halim

Clean and pretty, a top knot will set you free from your worries over your hair. There’s no more checking if your hair’s still okay, and definitely no more fussing about your long hair getting stuck in your seat (it happens).

8. Curly side ponytail

Film festival hairstyles: Asian woman with long dark hair in a curly side ponytail smiling
Look extra gorgeous for a movie date and a fancy dinner after. Credit: Hariono Halim

Go to new levels of chicness with a curly side ponytail. In a few simple steps and with a little help of hairspray, you can wear it from your lunch date to the last full show premiere!

9. Wavy high half ponytail

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High and a half. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

Equal parts preppy and playful, the wavy high half ponytail gives both a fresh and classy look— perfect for both the red carpet and your much-anticipated movie date!

10. Wet look

Easy hairstyles for short hair: Asian woman with wet look hairstyle
No time to blowdry? Sport the wet-look hairstyle. Credit: Hariono Halim

Preparing for movie gala nights shouldn’t take all the fun out of the evening. Wearing your hair slicked back gives you an easy yet sexy hairstyle that can last all throughout the night.

Editor’s tip: When creating this hairstyle, start by washing your hair with a shampoo that can leave your hair straight and smooth. Use TRESemmé Ultimate Straight & Shine Shampoo and TRESemmé Ultimate Straight & Shine Conditioner to calm frizz and flyaways. This way, nothing can ruin your sleek look!

Even the four walls of a movie house shouldn’t hold you back from looking your best. With these award-winning film festival hairstyles you can easily try, you’re in for a movie night to remember!

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