20 Cool Festival Braids You’ll Want to Try

Festival hair woes? These festival braids have you got sorted!

Want gorgeous festival braids that even boho babe Vanessa Hudgens would be proud of? Well, you’re in luck, because we’re here to help you get your hair ready for Bestival, Creamfields and Reading.

Ahead, we’re showing you 20 eye-catching festival braid hairstyles that are sure to make you feel on top on your mane game this festival season — and beyond.

Half-Up Half-Down Dutch Braid

Brunette with two mini half up French braids with mermaid waves
Credit: Rupert Laycock

If you’re a fan of half-updos, this half-up Dutch braided look is a winner. Follow along with our Dutch braid how-to to nail the braids, then pair with glossy mermaid waves for the ultimate Instagrammable festival look.

Pull-Through Braid

back view of a woman at lovebox festival with dirty blonde long hair in a half up pull through braid with mini accent braids added in
Have you ever seen something so Pinterest? Credit: Verity Jane Smith

If you’ve never tried a pull-through braid before, you’re probably thinking that this style looks way too hard to even attempt. But actually, it’s really quite simple and looks a lot more special than your average braid.

Give it a go with our pull-through braid tutorial. 

Double French Braids

back view of a blonde girl at lovebox festival with her hair in double french braid ponytails with a sporty pink stretch headband
Sporty Spice vibes – Mel C would be proud. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

These double French braids just scream festival. Made up of two French braids tied into ponytails, the retro stretchy headband and silver hair rings add that perfect summer party vibe.

Coloured Cornrows

woman at lovebox festival with dark to pastel blue ombre hair in cornrow braids
Maybe this is your chance to rock that colour you’ve always wanted to try. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

Coloured hair is always a big hit come festival season – and with good reason. When better to go crazy and try out rainbow hair?

Plus, if the thought of dyeing your hair (even temporarily) is too scary, you can always create a faux ombre effect by braiding coloured extensions into cornrows like this festival-goer.

Glitter Braids

close up shot of a girl at lovebox festival with mini unicorn braids and violet purple chunky glitter roots
Even the most basic braids can be transformed with a sprinkle of glitter. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

Not that great at braiding but still want to do something special? Glitter roots are one of, if not the biggest festival hair trend around.

Editor’s tip: To make sure your glitter goes where you want it (and stays there), we’d recommend you pick up the VO5 Fixing Spray For Glitter. Specially formulated to adhere glitter to the hair, it’s not sticky or flaky and won’t leave you with a residue.

Boho Braids

festival braids: back shot of a woman with medium brown hair styled into a half-up, half-down braid, complete with beachy waves
Boho babes will love this style.

If you’re a boho girl at heart, you’ll love this: a half-up, half-down braided crown hairstyle, paired with Sienna Miller-worthy beach waves.

Braided Space Buns

festival braids: back shot of woman with braided space buns, with glitter at the roots, wearing black top and pink background
Take your space buns to the next level with some glitter. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

Planning on spending the majority of your time dancing? Then you’ll seriously need to rock these braided, budge-proof space buns, complete with your favourite glitter.

Editor’s tip: The VO5 Ocean Blue Hair Glitteralong with any other of their biodegradable glitters, are perfect for creating the ultimate festival look. So, what colour will you go for?

Macaron Buns

festival braids: close up shot of a model with natural dark hair braided into low space buns, complete with hair cuffs,posing in a bedroom setting
If you haven’t heard of macaron buns, let us introduce you! Credit: Instagram.com/abbiecurls

Sounds delicious, right? Well, we reckon this cornrow braid/low bun hybrid makes for a pretty awesome festival hairstyle, too. And, this natural hairstyle is a serious case in point. Credit: @abbiecurls

Four Strand Braid

festival braids: back shot of model with four strand braid
Four times the style.

Festival braids, like this four strand braid, are perfect for those of you looking for a ‘do that offers maximum style impact with minimal effort.

Ready to master it? Just check out our easy, step-by-step tutorial.

Braided Ponytail

back view of a brunette woman at lovebox festival with very long hair in a ponytail with braided details
This look gives the basic pony a festival-worthy style update. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

Ponytail-devotee? To give your pony a quick festival twist, try playing around by adding a few accent braids through the lengths like this beauty has done.

Next read: 10 of the best ponytail hairstyles to try now.

Side Cornrow Braids

festival braids: close up shot of model with wavy, golden blonde hair, styled into a side braid with flowers weaved in them, wearing spotted dress and posing in a studio setting
If it’s good enough for Cara Delevingne, it’s good enough for you. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

Want model-off-duty hair? Make like this festival babe and pair tousled waves with a simple side braid and flowers, for a look that Cara Delevingne would approve of.

Romantic Side Braid

festival braids: close up shot of a model with a golden blonde messy fishtail worn to the side, complete with a lily flower and wearing a yellow bardot top
Look like you’ve stepped out of a Midsummer’s Night Dream with this ‘do. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

If you want to embrace the bedhead look, but make your look a little more exciting, a great way to do so is with this floral, romantic plaited hairstyle. We see this look fitting in perfectly at Wilderness festival with its woodland feel.

Editor’s tip: Ideal for creating and finishing your look, the TONI&GUY Texture Creation Hairspray is all you need to give your mane extra definition and texture.

The best part? It’ll give you the grip need to create this lovely braid.

Unicorn Braid

two girls at lovebox festival one with silver blonde hair the other with dark blonde hair both styled in unicorn braids
Always be yourself, unless you can be a unicorn. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

Don’t have the patience for all-over braids? Or just want to be able to wear the rest of your hair down and curly? Then this centre parting braid (AKA unicorn braid) is a great quick option to covet. Plus, you can go matchy-matchy with your BFF like these festival gal pals have. Unicorn hair, don’t care!

Unicorn Braid on Natural Hair

festival braids: close up shot of woman with natural brown ombre afro, with a unicorn braid with cuff detailing, wearing pink top and drop earrings,posing in a studio setting
The best thing about unicorn braids? They work for all hair types. Credit: Instagram.com/modelesque_nic

Guess what? You can also weave a pretty unicorn on natural hair, too. It’ll allow show off your lovely coils while also letting you tune into the festival braids trend. Credit: @modelesque_nic

Boxer Braids

Woman with long dark brunette boxer braids
Credit: Rupert Laycock

Ideal for long or short hair, boxer braids are a firm summer favourite, often worn by the likes of Kim Kardashian, Kendall Jenner and Karlie Kloss. So if you do go for these festival braids, rest assured you’ll be in good company.

Next read: The only boxer braids tutorial you will ever need.

Half-Up Boxer Braids

close up shot of a brunette woman at lovebox festival with her hair in half up cornrows
Can’t decide whether to have your hair up or down? Do both! Credit: Verity Jane Smith

Need a quick fix for greasy roots? If you’re camping and aren’t able to wash your hair, these half-up boxer braids will be your saving grace. Concealing the… ahem… ‘root’ of the problem but letting you wear the rest of your hair down, it’s a no-brainer.

Editor’s tip: Another way to extend the life of your hair between washes? Dry shampoo. It’ll soak up any grease and give your mane a matte, freshly-washed look.

Plus, with the TRESemmé Instant Refresh Translucent Dry Shampoo you don’t need to worry about it leaving any telltale white marks – which is especially handy when you don’t have a mirror around.

Party-Hard Plaited Buns

girl at lovebox festival with pink short curly hair styled in mini braids into space buns with glitter roots
Pink hair? Tick. Space buns? Tick. Glitter? Tick tick tick! Credit: Verity Jane Smith

If you’re always the last woman standing, your best bet is a cool and durable hairstyle. Meet the party-hard plaited buns. So-called because they look the part and they’ll keep going all day long.

Half-Up, Half-Down Hairstyle + Scarf

festival braids: close up shot of dark ombre hair woman with half-up, half-down braid, complete with scarf, wearing a white top and posing outside
Anyone else getting major mane envy? Credit: Instagram.com/hair_by_salinacarter

Want your festival braids to stand out from the crowd? Why not opt for a half-up, half-down scarf braid to see you through the festival season? It’s fresh, flirty and radiating with It-girl vibes. Credit: @hair_by_salinacarter

Next read: 4 easy ways to wear a fashionable headscarf.

Magical Milkmaid Braid

festival braids: close up back shot of model with a dark brown milkmaid braid with a headscarf woven through it, with an accessorised parting, posing against a white wall
Who knew a milkmaid braid could look this cool? Credit: Instagram.com/itsinyourdreams

In our opinion, nothing says party-ready hair like a head full of different accessories!

That’s why we love how this classic milkmaid braid is given a festival upgrade with a headscarf and diamante jewels, how about you? Credit: @itsinyourdreams

Editor’s tip: To keep your festival braids in place, set them in place with some TRESemmé Extra Hold HairsprayThis will keep frizz at bay and keep your mane looking like a full-time masterpiece.

Hidden Braids

festival braids: close up side shot of a woman with dark brown hair styled into a half-up, half-down ponytail hairstyle, with hidden braids, wearing a floral top and posing on the street
Hidden braids and waves go together like peanut butter and jelly. Credit: Dvora

Here’s a simple way to spruce up your half-up, half-down hairstyle: weave some hidden plaits in them!

Just get creative with where you decide to place your braids and you’ll have cool festival hair and braids in no time!

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