Afropunk London 2017: See the best mane moments from the event, now!

This year’s Afropunk festival-goers #slayed in the hair department! Get all the mane details, here…  

If you didn’t manage to get your hands on a ticket for this year’s Afropunk festival, we’re betting you’ve spent time scrolling through your feeds to find out what went down at the edgy, afro-futurist event. Well, let us tell you now (since we kindly got an invite): it was incredible!

When we weren’t obsessing over the uber cool line-up preforming (ahem, Corinne Bailey Rae and The Internet!), we were busy keeping an eye out for the most stylish hairstyles, worn by #afropunkers.

Intrigued to see them? Here’s your exclusive sneak peek at the best mane moments from the festival!

Afropunk London 2017: The best hairstyles at the event


front shot of model with pineapple scarf updo at afropunk
Pineapples aren’t just for eating, don’t you know? Credit: Verity Jane Smith

Pineapple updo with scarf

Fancy yourself a bit of a style maven? Then try working a 2-in-1 look like this Afropunk babe, and pull your mane into a pineapple updo with a pretty printed headscarf!

Not only will you have a fashion-forward style going on, but you’ll also be rocking a protective look, too.

woman with pink teenie weenie afro wearing drop earrings at afropunk
Pink hair, don’t care! Credit: Verity Jane Smith

Pink TWA

Eager to make your short natural hair standout at a festival? Then try opting for a bright pink dye job, which will give your TWA (AKA teenie weenie afro) all the wow factor of a bigger ‘fro!

Editor’s tip: If you do decide to give your ‘do a colourful upgrade, remember to invest in a wash and care system, like the Dove Colour Care Shampoo and Conditioner. This will help you maintain your pretty new shade for longer and ensure your mane is in tip-top shape.

side shot of model with cornrows with flowers in her hair
Cornrows + flowers = magical hair! Credit: Verity Jane Smith

Floral cornrows

Want to add a fun touch your classic cornrows? To soften up your look, we suggest using the beautifying power of flowers to give a feminine touch to your woven locks. Talk about your natural hair goals!

shot of a man with man bun with a bandanna at afropunk london
Man bans can be festival-appropriate too! Credit: Verity Jane Smith

Man ban with a bandana

Lucky enough to be sporting an on-trend man bun? Easily make your’s festival-worthy by slicking it back and pairing it with a bandana of your choice. And there you have it: stylish strands in a matter of seconds!

backshot of woman with half-up dreads hairstyle posing at afropunk event
Get the best of both worlds with this pretty half-up, half-down ‘do! Credit: Verity Jane Smith

Half-up, half-down dreadlocks

For a tried-and-true boho look that will keep your strands out of your face, try this ultra lengthy half-up, half-down ‘do — gorgeous, right?

Beauty bonus: This uber-stylish hairstyle works well for ladies with short and long dreadlocks, so everyone can get on board!

front shot of woman with vintage updo hairstyle with a tribal scarf
Exude vintage vibes with this retro look! Credit: Verity Jane Smith

Vintage updo with bangs

Exude vintage vibes in your short afro hair with this beautiful scarf updo, that’s all kinds of glam. For extra style points, pair your pin-up-perfect ‘do with a swipe of red lipstick and get ready to rock ‘n’ roll!

front shot of woman at afropunk with half up grey space buns box braid hairstyle
Out of this world hair? Sign us up! Credit: Verity Jane Smith

Half-up space buns

When it comes to festival hair ideas, space buns and half-up hairstyles always manage to surface at the top. So, for this festival season, why not rock the 2 trends together and impress everyone with your hot styling prowess?

And if you’re feeling really style savvy, opt for a chic grey dye job and watch as all the attention falls to you! This raver-babe certainly knows where it’s at.

front shot of man with big, golden afro smiling at the afropunk festival 2017
Go big, or go golden! Credit: Verity Jane Smith

Golden afro

If you’re a gent with a big, bouncy afro, don’t be afraid to experiment with colour. In fact, getting some golden guy-lights done is a great way to revive your mane and make it feel stylish again.

front shot of woman with box braids with flowers and butterflies in them at afropunk london
Put a spring in your step with butterfly and floral hair accessories! Credit: Verity Jane Smith

Butterfly and floral box braids

When we saw this beautiful #afropunker with cute butterflies and flowers in her box braids, we couldn’t help but think she was channelling major Dionne Davenport vibes.

So, if you’ve always wanted to look like you’ve come straight outta Clueless, you know what to do… copy this look, of course!

Editor’s tip: Want to ensure your hair is moisturised while in box braid are taken care of? Then make sure to mist them with the TRESemmé Botanique Nourish & Replenish Hydrating Mistto keep your hair in the best condition (and smelling great, too)!

front shot of woman with big afro hair with a beret hairstyle at afropunk
It’s time to take style notes from the French! Credit: Verity Jane Smith

Beret hair

Inject some je ne sais quoi into your mane with a stylish Beret hat, a la the picture above.

Instead of keeping the look polished and neat, this mega-babe has given her style a punk-rock twist, by keeping her beautiful curls undone and ultra-defined. Now that’s how you rock an au naturel look!

Editor’s tip: To really make your curls pop, work a small amount of the TIGI Bed Head Foxy Curls Contour Cream throughout your mane, for a seriously high-impact finish!


Loved all these Afropunk festival styles we spotted? Then you’re sure to fall in love with our CurlFest edit, too. And do let us know which one of these looks you’re thinking of rocking to your next festival, by tweeting us @AllThingsHairUK.

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