Festival hair: 20 fabulous styling ideas to try now

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Looking for festival hairstyles that tick both the pretty and the practical box? Sounds fairly easy, doesn’t it? However, you’d be surprised how many hairstyles can fail the test of a summertime music festival!

But don’t worry, if you haven’t found your go-to ‘do yet, as the All Things Hair team have put together a list of fabulous styling ideas for you to try at your next summertime gig. So, whether you’re going to Glastonbury or Lovebox, scroll down to get inspired and #discoveryourstyle!

Fab festival hair ideas to try now!

Lovebox 2018 festival hair: woman at festival with medium length brownb hair styled in chunky box braids wearing yellow tartan print top and bottoms
Chunky braids all the way. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

1. Chunky box braids

This protective chunky box braids hairstyle is one of our most-loved looks because it’s a practical hairstyle for those with natural, relaxed or transitioning hair. And let’s not forget the real reason why this a festival fave of ours – it’s breathtakingly gorgeous too!

Lovebox 2018 festival hair: back view of girl with very long light brown straight hair in high ponytail with hidden braids through the length of the hair wearing a backless black top
Rapunzel is that you? Credit: Verity Jane Smith

2. Hidden braided ponytail

When you have long locks like this festival goer, the styling potential is huge. But if you want a festival hairstyle that will help to keep your hair off the back of your neck (because sweaty necks are not a girl’s BFF), this simple unicorn braid is the perfect ponytail upgrade.

Get this look by following our unicorn braid tutorial.

Lovebox 2018 festival hair: woman at festival with pink wavy medium length hair styled with two dutch braids down the centre going into mini buns with glitter down her roots
Razzle dazzle this festival season. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

3. Glitter roots

Summertime is fun and we think your festival look should be the same! And the easiest way to add a touch of cheeky charm to your go-to hairstyle is by adding a healthy dose of sparkle and glitter.

Editor’s tip: Ready to create the ultimate festival look? Then reach for the VO5 Power Pink Hair Glitter. This bio-degradable glitter is the perfect way to get around the plastic ban enforced by most of the festivals in the UK.

Lovebox 2018 festival hair: woman with naturally curly hair styled in smooth high half-up, half-down ponytail wearing a orange crop top and sunglasses
Curly-haired girls take note. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

4. Half-up, half-down ponytail

When you have bouncy curls like this babe, you want to show them off. Which is why this festival season, a half-up, half-down ponytail is the ideal way to get the best of both worlds.

Lovebox 2018 festival hair: woman with curly dark brown hair styled with bantu knots along the hair line. Girl is looking down while wearing sunglasses and a orange floral top
To knot or not to knot? Credit: Verity Jane Smith

5. Bantu knots

Honestly, have you seen a more stylish way to wear bantu knots for a festival? We think not. Letting her curly tresses do their thing, this stylish queen went for a simple yet very effective style update by adding triangle patterned bantu knots along her hairline acting a headband to keep her strands away from her face.

Editor’s tip: Keep your curls hydrated with a generous spritz of TRESemmé Botanique Nourish & Replenish Hydrating Mist. Enriched with coconut milk and aloe vera this hair mist is a hair wardrobe must-have for those with curls.

Lovebox 2018 festival hair: woman with naturally curly hair with curly fringe. Hair is styled in a half-up, half-down bun wrapped in a headscarf
Reach for your headscarf and let’s get creative. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

6. Curly hun

Perfect for all hair types, a curly half-up, half-down bun (AKA hun) is already an everyday fave, so why not up your mane game by simply wrapping your bun with a headscarf?

woman having her hair sprinkled with pink glitter onto boxer braids
Glam up your braids with a sprinkling of glitter. Credit: David Wren

7. Dutch boxer braids

Beautiful braids are the epitome of easy festival hair, probably because they’re a pretty and practical way of keeping your tresses out of your face while you dance, sing and party the day away! We suggest opting for either cornrows or boxer braids because they’ll stay perfectly in place no matter how much you move around or sweat.

Editor’s tip: Ladies with fine hair, try spraying your strands with the VO5 Dry Texturising Spray before you start weaving your plait. This will give your locks a little texture and grip. And don’t forget to add some glitz in the form of glitter, so you can tick 2 trends with one hairstyle!

woman with 90s space buns coloured blue
’90s-inspired space buns are a festival must-have. Credit: David Wren

8. Space buns

Space buns are the ultimate ’90s hair trend to be spotted wearing at a festival this summer. Being an era well-known for its love of dance and rave culture, this super cute and retro style is ticking all our hair boxes for festival hair this year.

Festival hair: back view of woman with grey silver ombre hair style din a upside down braided ponytail on london street
It’s a party from all angles with an upside down braided ponytail.

9. Upside down braided ponytail

Perfect for girls with pretty, pastel-coloured or highlighted hair, this upside down braided ponytail is the perfect festival hairstyle if you want to keep eyes peeled on the front and back. Just note that you have to be a pretty good plaiter to execute this upside down ‘do, but don’t be put off as our hair tutorial will make you a pro in no time.

Festival hair: back view of woman with candyfloss pink hair styled ina pull through crown hairstyle sitting against a blue studio backdrop
Show off your styling skills with a pretty pull through crown.

10. Pull-through crown

If you’re after a look that’ll really wow your festival-going friends, then why not style your hair into this stunning pull-through crown?

The intricate details, plus enchanting twists and turns, make for a beautiful fairytale-inspired ‘do. And while it may look delicate, trust us when we say that it’ll stay in place all day (and all night!) long.

Festival hair: woman with long multi-coloured hair style dina side fishtail braid in studio setting
Want your braids to stand out? Try an oversized fishtail braid. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

11. Oversized fishtail braid

While a traditional fishtail braid can be worn for almost any occasion, an oversized fishtail braid is the perfect plait for festival season. And why not try adding a few bright hair colours to your braid for a truly free-spirited vibe!

Editor’s tip: Sprinkle some Toni&Guy Casual Rough Texturiser onto your fishtail braid before pancaking. To pancake, gently tug the hair to make it appear looser and larger.

Festival hair: back view of a woman with highlighted blonde straight hair styled in a boho chignon with single braid detail in outside image
Be boho-chic with a romantic chignon.

12. Boho-chic chignon

Want to show off your inner bohemian goddess? All you need to do is pair a simple braid with an effortless-looking low bun or chignon and you’ll be on your way to fabulously romantic, festival hair in no time.

To complete the look, remember to throw on your favourite bohemian-inspired top that’ll make even Vanessa Hudgens and Kate Bosworth proud.

Festival hair: side view of woman with natural blonde hair styled in a low big messy bun with yellow headscarf headband in studio setting
It’s all about the big messy bun. Credit: Verity Jane Smith.

13. Big, messy bun

Festival updos always wow the crowd – and right now we’re crushing on this big, messy bun. The reason we love it so much is that it doesn’t have to look neat and polished, so you can literally style it with your eyes closed!

Festival hair: back view of woman with long brown hair styled with two french braids in half-up, half-down style. She is wearing a pink jumper and is in a studio setting with a purple background
Double the fun with these half-up, half-down French braids. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

14. Half-up braids

Combine your love for half-up, half-down hairstyles with a French braid for the festival weekend? And seeing as all the drama of this hairstyle is in the back, you won’t need a mirror to see what you’re doing!

Festival hair: back view of brunette woman with medium length hair styled with single braids pinned at the back in studio setting
Double the fun with these half-up, half-down French braids. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

15. Meet-in-the-middle plait

For a simple, yet festival-appropriate hairstyle, opt for the meet-in-the-middle plait. Trust us, this such an easy festival hair look to achieve that you can even do it standing in the mud while listening to Rihanna.

Festival hair: woman with brown ombre hair styled in soft waves with front of hair pinned back sitting in studio setting
Ooze feminine charm with some soft waves. Credit: Verity Jane Smith.

16. Soft waves

Let’s be honest: wavy hair is so boho chic, meaning there’s no better time than a festival to rock soft waves. Yet we know that lugging a curling wand around with you isn’t really an option when camping out – but luckily you don’t need one to get festival-ready waves!

To get the look, simply style your hair into 3 plaits the night before you arrive at the festival. Before going to bed, lightly mist your plaits with some water to dampen them slightly, then go to sleep dreaming of your festival-worthy hair! In the morning, undo your plaits to reveal a gorgeous wavy mane.


Don’t worry naturalistas, we haven’t forgotten about you! Breanna (AKA MiniMarley12) has put a together an edit of 4 pretty and practical festival hairstyles for natural hair, perfect for the season and beyond. Read on to see the different ‘dos in action!

Mini Marley’s festival-approved hairstyles for natural hair


The floral headband.

To nail this look, you’ll need an elasticated floral headband and a couple of bobby pins.

Start with a middle parting and section 1-2 inches of hair at the front, using clips to hold them in place – this will make it easier to position your headband.

Put your floral band over your head and slip it behind your 2 front sections of hair. Unclip the front sections and gently twist the hair, pinning it back to conceal the headband. And you’re done!

Breanna’s tip: If you have lots of hair, cut the elasticated part of your floral accessory and pin the headband in place instead.

4 Festival hairstyles for natural hair from MiniMarley12 - All Things Hair

The summer crown.

Start with a middle parting. On either side, take 1-2 inches of hair at the front (near your temples) and twist the hair back on itself until you reach about half way around your hairline (roughly just above your ear).

Use bobby pins to secure the hair in place. Repeat this process on the other side. Now, take your floral elasticated headband and place it on the crown of your head.

Adjust into place if you need to and there you have it: a fabulous festival look for natural hair that you can rock at The Secret Garden Party or Glasto!

4 Festival hairstyles for natural hair from MiniMarley12 - All Things Hair

Festival ponytail.

Create a low ponytail by pulling your hair back and securing with a hairband. Leave a few loose tendrils out around your hairline for a more relaxed, laid-back look.

Fluff your ponytail for volume and finish with a floral or decorative elasticated headband around your head. See? Easy-peasy festival hair updos do exist!

an afro woman wearing floral headband

The floral alternative.

For the last festival look, Breanna suggests trying something different and, in our opinion, just as lust-worthy as the previous festival hairstyles.

So, if you’re not into florals, this look is a great alternative: you just need to purchase a jewellery-like hair accessory with hair combs attached on either end (readily available at many stores!).

To create this edgier alternative, pull your hair into a super high ponytail and secure with a hair band. At the back of your head, beneath the base of your ponytail, slot in your hair accessory using the attached combs, so that the embellishment hangs down at the back of hair. Elegant and easy? It’s a win-win!

Tip: Can’t find a chain hair accessory like Breanna’s? Don’t stress. Why not create your own with costume jewellery and two bobby pins? Just thread a bobby pin though the last loops of a necklace or bracelet and then attach it to your hair.

4 Festival hairstyles for natural hair from MiniMarley12 - All Things Hair

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