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All Things Hair | 06 July 2018

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 British Summer Time, Wireless and Lovebox.

Ahead, we’re showing you 13 eye-catching festival braid hairstyles that are sure to make you feel on top on your mane game this festival season — and beyond.

14 festival braids to try this summer


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.

1. Boho Braids

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.

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

2. 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.

VO5 Ocean Blue Hair 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?

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:

3. Macaron buns

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

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

4. 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.

Perfect your festival pony with some flowers. Credit:

5. Braided ponytail

Ponytail-devotee? To give your pony a quick festival twist, try playing around with some braids and flowers, like this beauty has done. Credit: @ffashionails

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

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

6. Side 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.

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

7. 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!

TONI&GUY Tousled Texture Creation Hairspray

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.

festival braids: close up shot of a model with light brown hair styled into a unicorn centre parting, wearing a denim jacket and white shirt, and posing outside
Who doesn’t want their mane to look like a unicorn?

8. Unicorn braid

If you don’t have the patience for all-over braids, this centre parting braid (AKA unicorn braid) is a great quick option to covet. Unicorn hair, don’t care!

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:

9. Unicorn braid on natural hair

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

festival braids: close up shot of woman with glittery, festival boxer braids, wearing leopard print top and posing in a studio
Turn your boxer braids into a work of art with glitter. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

10. Boxer braids

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.

festival braids: close up shot of woman with platinum hair styled into a half-up, half-down braided space buns, with messy waves, wearing a bardot top and sunglasses
Not quite over space buns yet? Neither are we! Credit:

11. 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. Credit:@chromatiquesalon

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:

12. 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 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.

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:

13. Magical milkmaid braid

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

TRESemmé Extra Hold Hairspray

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.

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

14. Hidden braids

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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