festival hair ideas

Festival season is a great reason to get out and enjoy the British weather - come rain or shine. If you haven’t been to any so far this year, no doubt you’re probably planning to attend at least one. Festivals are some of the best events during the summer months – nothing beats listening to your favourite band in the sun and being able to get extra creative with your hair.

At times you may be wondering which hairstyle to pick, so here’s four fun festival hairstyles to choose from – each with step-by-step instructions to make sure you get them spot on first time.

Bohemian Bun

Simple and sophisticated as well as helping to keep hair out of the way, a boho bun can work as an everyday hairstyle as well as being a festival essential. Here are the steps to follow to make sure that you’ve got the best boho bun around.

Step 1 – Start by tying your hair up into a high ponytail. Make sure that the hair is secure but not too tight – the boho look is all about having a laid-back appearance.

Step 2 – Separate out a small chunk of your hair and leave it to one side.

Step 3 – Wrap and twist the remainder of your hair around into a bun. Secure the hair all the way around with hairpins.

Step 4 – Now plait the small chunk of remaining hair that was left to the side from before.

Step 5 – Once the hair is plaited, wrap it around the bun and again fix it with hairpins.

Step 6 – Finish off the look by clipping in a few cute, colourful flowers to the side of your bun.

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Bohemian Waves

Bohemian, or “boho” waves, are great during festival season as they’re loose and easy to achieve, so it’s easy to see why they’re so popular. Though they might look effortless, there are a few key steps to make sure your waves are picture-perfect.

Step  1 – For boho waves, it’s best to work with damp hair. Tease a small amount of mousse into the hair.

Step 2 – After you’ve added mousse, roughly dry the hair for added texture.

Step 3 – Create a centre parting using a comb.

Step 4 – Using the comb again, section off the top half of your hair.

Step 5 – Clip the top section to one side to keep your hair out of the way.

Step 6 – Using a large barrel curling iron, wrap the loose section of hair around the iron. Start with the hair closest to your head. Hold for five seconds and then repeat on the other side.

Step 7 – Now that you’ve finished curling the loose section of hair, remove all the clips you added earlier.

Step 8 – Just as before but with the top section of your hair, wrap it around the curling iron and leave for five seconds for the curls to hold.

Step 9 – Once all your hair has been curled, lift the hair from the roots and use your fingers to comb through the curls. This will create loose waves and add volume to your hair.

Step 10 - To complete the look and give it a true boho feel, add a flower headband or other floral accessories.

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Double Halo Braids

Fun, creative and sure to last all day, double halo braids are a great option. The characteristic double halos look amazing but are easy to do once you know how. This step-by-step tutorial will break down each section to have you doing double halo braids in no time.

Step 1 – Take a section of hair from the front of your hairline at either side of your head.

Step 2 – Clip the rest of your hair out of the way ready to use later.

Step 3 – Gently separate the front half of your hair.

Step 4 – French plait your hair all the way from the top of one side of your head to the bottom of the other, i.e. plait your hair from the top left to the bottom right.

Step 5 – Next, French plait the back section of your hair working in the opposite direction.

Step 6 – Now unclip the rest of your hair and use a large barrel curling iron to curl your hair – hair should be curled towards your face. Wait 5-10 seconds before releasing your hair to make sure that the curls hold. It’s easiest to work on one side of your head at a time!

Step 7 – Use your fingers to ruffle the tops of your curls – this will make them appear loose and effortless.

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Twisted Crown

The twisted crown is a simple hairstyle that is perfect to keep hair in place while you are out enjoying yourself. The look can be accessorised with small flowers for the ultimate carefree style. For best results, let your hair air dry before getting started.

Step 1 – Create a centre parting. Then take a small section from the front of your hair and split it up into two even halves.

Step 2 – Start twisting the two bits of hair from the hairline and around each other, working your way outwards.

Step 3 – Similarly to a French plait, add a new section of hair from above each time the hair has been twisted together. Continue twisting hair all the way till the end.

Step 4 – Once the hair has been twisted to the end, secure it with a thin hairband.

Step 5 – Now that one side is done, complete steps one to three on the other side of your head.

Step 6 – It’s now time to pull the two twists together behind your head – it might help to have a mirror to hand for this section. Open up one twist and gently pull the other twist through the opening. Finish off the combined twist by securing the hair with hair grips and taking out the elastic bands.

Step 7 – Loosen the twisted ends to allow a little more volume into the hair, before adding some floral accessories to finish off the look. Voilá! You are festival ready.