Four days of festival hair – so you can concentrate on partying!

It’s enough of a struggle to get your hair looking good on any normal day – let alone when you’ve been rained on, tripped in the mud and slept in a tent… We asked some top hairdressers for a day-by-day festival hair guide, and how to style the looks with minimum effort for maximum impact.

BEFORE YOU GO…

“Before heading to a festival, try a fun colour change,” says Steve Rowbottom, director of the Westrow salon group in Yorkshire. “The seemingly never-ending trend for playful colours, rainbow shades and icy pastels is perfect for the forthcoming festival season. Why not opt for clashing shades of mint, turquoise and duck-egg blue? Or for a subtler take on the trend, stick to pale pinks and mauves, weaved delicately through the ends and underneath of the hair.”
Declan Howarth, manager at the über-cool Blue Tit salon in Dalston, agrees that bright is beautiful during festival season. “Blue Tit’s unique colouring technique, SunBun, creates playful, quirky looks.”

DAY ONE…
When you arrive, your hair is the cleanest it will be for a while – now is not the time to panic, so make the most of a simple style. “Squeaky-clean hair doesn’t last when styled in to an up-do, so save your styling for the next few days and keep your locks simple and loose today,” says Hayley Gibson-Forbes, director at S J Forbes in Egham. “A smooth, straight blow-dry (prior to arriving), styled with a couple of simple, festival-essential accessories, is all you need for day one. A floral crown is a classic festival embellishment, but tiaras and bandanas are an edgier alternative.”

 

 

 

 

DAY TWO…
Your hair won’t be too dirty, so now’s the perfect opportunity to wear your hair loose. “Overnight, hair will have dishevelled just enough so that it’s full of volume and body,” says Steve. “Natural kinks should be at a minimum and hair should not yet be greasy. If your hair is prone to frizz, consider a pre-festival salon treatment such as Kebelo ADVANTAGE, which ensures the perfect foundation for festival styling and means that even if it rains – a standard feature at any British festival – your hair won’t become unruly and difficult to style. If your hair is a little lank and lacking in volume, a spritz of dry shampoo will take your hair back to a just-washed appearance.”

DAY THREE…
Things are probably getting a bit grubby, but fear not, says Declan. “Dampen and braid your hair the night before, and you’ll end up with long-lasting, textured waves that will look stunning. Some sea-salt spray will add texture, but add even more volume and a very on-trend matte texture to locks by finishing the look with Davines Your Hair Assistant Volume Creator and Brush. This miracle-working product from Davines is a fine texturising powder that protects hair from humidity and stops it from ‘dropping’. It also makes it a handy and compact addition to your festival bag!”

 

 

DAY FOUR…
They always say that in difficult times, you should look on the bright side – so go all out on the final day. It will distract from your unwashed hair, and help your festival end with a bang! Steve recommends embracing the grease: “Inspired by fashion’s love affair with sports-luxe, slick hair straight back, without parting it using Crystal Gloss by L’Oréal Professionnel and a brush. It works equally well on both longer and shorter styles.”
Or you can go for gold and throw in some glitter: “the eye-catching sparkle will look great as it catches the sun’s rays – fix sparkles in place with gel and hairspray,” says Hayley.

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