40 Best Festival Hairstyles To Try This Summer

The best festival hairstyles to get you inspired!

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Three young women at Lovebox London 2019

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We’ve been keeping tabs on all of this year’s biggest festival hair trends and have put together an edit of our absolute favourites.

Whether you’re heading to Lovebox, Glasto, Wilderness or even planning for Coachella, we’ve even got festival hairstyles that are easy enough to recreate in the comfort of your pop-up tent.

Mermaid Waves

Brunette with long mermaid waves
Credit: Rupert Laycock

Mermaid waves have been making the rounds on Instagram for a while now and we think they’re the perfect festival hairstyle. Our top tip? Give your Little Mermaid-inspired waves an authentic beachy finish by spritzing strands with the TONI&GUY Sea Salt Texturising Spray before curling.

Side-swept glitter

Blonde woman with a sideswept glitter hairstyle
Tent style gone glam. Credit: Emily Scarlett Romain

You know festival season has officially begun when glitter hairstyles start to make an appearance!

Side-swept glitter on short hair

Asian woman putting glitter into her short hair at Lovebox
Credit: Rupert Laycock

Wear your hair tucked behind your ear and apply glitter to one side for a glamorous glittery ‘do that’ll take you from day to night.

Classic space buns

Blonde woman with hair in space buns.
Double the bun = double the fun. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

No festival hairstyle line-up is complete with these super cute space buns.

Low bun with hair pins

black woman with low bun and hair pins
Credit: Rupert Laycock

From super sleek to teased texture, buns work for all hair types and hair lengths and look even better with accessories.

Glitter roots

dark blonde woman at lovebox festival with two mini braids with pink glitter roots
Our motto? When in doubt, just add glitter. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

They’re probably the most Instagrammed festival look ever and while it looks fab, it’s also the perfect way to distract from greasy roots!

Glitter roots with mini space buns

Brown blonde woman with glitter in her half-up buns
Credit: Rupert Laycock

All you need to do is decide where you want to put your glitter, prep the area by applying some of the VO5 Fixing Spray For Glitter and then sprinkle your glitter or sequins where you’ve sprayed. Seal in place with another spray of the fixing spray and your glitter will last all day.


Editor’s tip: Ready to turn yourself into a glitter ball? The new VO5 hair glitters, which come in 6 different shades (including Wicked Violet, above), are perfect for festivals and can be added to any hairstyle.

Side braid

Blonde woman with a glitter side braid
Glitter hair, don’t care! Credit: Emily Scarlett Romain

This super pretty side braid is a fun way to make your hair look more exciting while still wearing your hair down.

Side braid on natural hair

Side braid on natural hair
Credit: Rupert Laycock

It looks great on long hair but works just as well on shorter hair too, since you don’t have to braid all of your hair.

Accent braid

Brunette woman with long wavy hair styled with a single cornrow accent braid.
If you like it put a ring on it. Credit: Emily Scarlett Romain

Festival’s obsession with hair accessories is far from waning, so get it in on the trend by adding a mix of hair rings to an accent braid.

Ponytail with two braids

Mixed race woman with braids and ponytail at Lovebox 2019
Credit: Rupert Laycock

Adding two little braids to your look takes just a few minutes but the result will have everyone talking about how trendy you are.

Glitter parting

Blonde woman with a blue glitter parting
We love a glitter parting. Credit: Emily Scarlett Romain

For an easy festival style that’s not too OTT, a simple glitter parting detail will help you channel the festival vibes in a more understated way.

Double French braids

back view of a blonde girl at a festival with her hair in double french braided ponytails with a stretchy pink sports headband
Pretty and practical. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

Roots tend to get greasy quicker than the rest of our hair, so this double French braid style is a lifesaver. Allowing you to keep half of your hair down while tackling the roots issue.

Cornrow ponytail

brunette with braided ponytail and hair rings
Credit: Rupert Laycock

Take this girl’s lead and add some hair rings to your cornrows, it’ll instantly upgrade the look.

Bandana wrap

Blonde woman with straight hair wearing a bandana.
The stylish way to cover greasy roots. Credit: Chaniel Andran

We love this festival look not just because it gives us serious ’90s nostalgia, but it’s one of the simplest festival looks you’ll ever get. Which means less time hair prepping and more time partying!

’90s bandana with box braids

’90s bandana with box braids
Credit: Rupert Laycock

Style tip: Turn to ’90s icons Aaliyah, TLC and J-Lo for more bandana inspiration.


Brunette woman with long hair in pigtails.
How ’90s will you go? Credit: Chaniel Andran

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll already know that the ’90s is where it’s at in terms of fashion and beauty. So why not go full Baby Spice with pigtails?

Style tip: Sprinkle glitter along your hairline to work 2 trends at once.

Half-up bun

woman with half-up bun
Credit: Rupert Laycock

Top knots come in various shapes and sizes, and they’re about as effortless as you can get.

Messy half-up bun

Brunette woman with long hair in half-up, half-down bun.
Get the best of both worlds with a half-up. half-down. Credit: Emily Scarlett Romain

This half-up messy bun can be done in a flash and let’s face it, who’s got time for fancy hair when there’s music to be listening to?

Half-up bun for natural hair

black woman with a half-up at Lovebox 2019
Credit: Rupert Laycock

Did we mention that the half-up bun works with all hair types?

Braided half-up bun

Blonde woman with long hair in half-up, half-down braidedbun.
Credit: Rupert Laycock

Love this look? Then your next read should be our Freddy My Love article, where she shows us how she does her half-up bun style.

Boxer braids

close up of a boxer braid
Credit: Rupert Laycock

Cornrows AKA boxer braids are a popular festival choice thanks to their balance of practicality and style.

Boxer braids on long hair

Asian woman with boxer braids at Lovebox 2019
Credit: Rupert Laycock

Boxer braids are universally loved as they work on all hair lengths, from bobs to ultra long locks.

Half-up braids

brunette girl at lovebox festival with her hair in half up dutch boxer braids wearing sunglasses with gem stickers on her face
You can’t go wrong with braids for festivals. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

You can either braid your hair all the way down or, why not opt for a half-up, half-down variation like this stylish festival goer?

Pink half-up braids

Pink half-up braids
Credit: Rupert Laycock

If you’re only going to try one festival hairstyle this year, make it this one.

Glitter half-up braids

Blonde woman with half-up braided glitter hair
Braids and glitter are a must for any good festival hair look. Credit: Emily Scarlett Romain

These glittery half-up Dutch braids are the answer to any of your summer hairstyle needs.

Editor’s tip: Making styling braids easy with the TONI&GUY Flexible Hold Braid Balm. Use on damp or dry hair before styling to give your hair added structure and flexible hold.

Half-up space buns with braids

blonde woman with braided space buns and hair rings
Credit: Rupert Laycock

If you can’t have a little fun with your ‘do at a festival, when can you? These half-up, half-down space buns are super cute.

Half-up space buns

girl at lovebox festival with brunette shoulder length hair in half up space buns spray painted blue with hair chalk
Smurfette hair is a vibe. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

What makes them extra festival approved is the blue hair chalk.

Braided ponytail

blonde woman with a plaited ponytail
Credit: Rupert Laycock

Bring out your inner Sasha Fierce with a sky-high braided ponytail.

Ponytail with braids

view from behind of a brunette woman at lovebox festival with long waist length hair in a ponytail with braid details
There’s really no excuse for boring ponytails, people! Credit: Verity Jane Smith

Want to know how to give a regular pony a festival glow-up? Simply braiding a few sections of your ponytail will add a boho Coachella vibe and it’s so easy you could probably do it with your eyes closed.

Plaited ponytail with unicorn braids

Woman with very long bleach blonde hair in a high braided ponytail with unicorn braid.
If it’s good enough for Beyoncé… Credit: Chaniel Andran

We love how this blonde festival goer added unicorn braids to her plaited ponytail for extra festival style points.

Retro bucket hat with straight hair

woman wearing an animal print bucket
Credit: Rupert Laycock

Festivals can be hot, but with a hat, you’ll be the coolest girl around.

Wide brim hat and wavy hair

Brunette woman with medium length hair wearing a wide brim hat.
Get the ultimate cool-girl look with a wide brim hat. Credit: Chaniel Andran

Team your hat with a low-maintenance tousled waves style for the perfect undone look.

Star headband

Woman with medium length wavy ash blonde hair with star headband.
Star spotting. Credit: Chaniel Andran

Need a new festival look for every day? Make it easy on yourself by adding a variation of hair accessories.

Silk headband

Brunette with headband/headscarf
Credit: Rupert Laycock

Headbands are a great way to show off some personality while distracting from greasy roots.

Rolled updo

back view of a girl at a festival with dark brown hair in a twisted chignon updo wearing a bright floral off the shoulder top
This Vanessa Hudgens-inspired updo has all the boho vibes checked. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

Thought updos were just for weddings? Well, what would you say if we told you that all you need to recreate this gorgeous-looking rolled updo is a few seconds and some bobby pins?

Pink rolled updo

Woman with pink hair wearing a pink at Lovebox 2019
Credit: Rupert Laycock

Even if you’re not a hair-styling master, you’ll be able to create this cheater’s chignon with minimum effort, yet still blow all your friends away with your skill!

Get the look: Follow along with our Gibson tuck how-to video, here.

TRESemmé Extra Hold Hairspray Front

Editor’s tip: Keep your updo from falling out by setting it with some hairspray. The TRESemmé Extra Hold Hairspray is great for this as it’s a strong but not stiff hold, so it’ll protect your look but then brushes out easily when you’re ready to restyle.

Hair jewellery

blonde festival goer with her hair in a curly high ponytail with quiffed bangs and gold hair jewellery
Jewellery for your hair? Yes, it’s a thing! Credit: Verity Jane Smith

Looking for something a little more glamorous for festival season? Why not jazz up your look with a delicate hair accessory like this stunning gold hair necklace?

Floral accessories

blonde woman with daisy floral accessories
Credit: Rupert Laycock

You can pack as many different accessories as you can squeeze into your festival bag.

Flower headband

side view of a woman wearing a flower headband
Credit: Rupert Laycock

With hair accessories, you can switch up your look multiple times over the weekend if you want to!


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