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
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.
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.
Double French Braids
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 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.
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.
Braided Space Buns
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 Glitter, along with any other of their biodegradable glitters, are perfect for creating the ultimate festival look. So, what colour will you go for?
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, 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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
In our opinion, nothing says party-ready hair like a head full of different accessories!
Editor’s tip: To keep your festival braids in place, set them in place with some TRESemmé Extra Hold Hairspray. This will keep frizz at bay and keep your mane looking like a full-time masterpiece.
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!