Oh, festival season – it just wasn’t the same without you. (The Glasto comeback more than proved how sorely they were missed).
Maybe it’s because the last few years have left us more than ready to let off some steam, or maybe it’s because we’re trying to fit all our missed festivals into the last month of summer. Either way, it’s clear that festivals are back and better than ever – and festival style has definitely levelled up too.
This year, we’re seeing a return of the circa 2016 era of boho waves and braids (think Vanessa Hudgens at Coachella, minus the flower crowns) – and we’re totally here for it. We’re also seeing a tonne of other fun and extravagant styles – so there’s something for everyone.
So, if you’re counting down the days to your first festi of the season (or hey, maybe it’s your 5th one already and you’re just running out of ideas) – here’s all the inspo you need. The main stage won’t know what’s hit it.
By Beth Ryan
1 Braids & baby braids
Okay – so we think baby braids might be the biggest trend of festival season so far, and possibly our favourite too. It’s giving us major 00’s throwback vibes, and we’re totally here for it. Whether you opt for teeny tiny face-framing braids, a scattering of boho-style baby braids throughout the hair, or a whole elaborate braid design – it’s super versatile. Have fun with it and combine with one (or all if you’re feeling *extra*) of the below trends for the perfect festi look.
2 Mermaid waves
Mermaid waves have been a summer staple this year after going viral on TikTok – and after being a fave of this year’s Love Island babes. Their carefree, summer-y vibes make them perfect for a festival – plus, they can be achieved with overnight braids, so they’re even tent-friendly. Dreamy.
3 Bubble braids
What’s not to love about bubble braids? They’re incredibly cool and super easy (even for those who always rely on the one friend who can actually braid hair in the group). They’re also great for day two or three hair, and can be styled in a tonne of ways.
4 Face framing pieces
Anything face framing is just universally flattering – just ask the money-piece highlights we’re loving at the min. which is why it’s no surprise that face-framing accessories, and face-framing braids of every variety are trending everywhere right now – festivals included. We love the festival addition of colourful accessories and hair beads to give them a little extra *spice*.
5 Hair tinsel
Hair tinsel might remind you of school discos in the 90s, but thanks to K-pop idols and influencers alike, it’s back in full force – and it’s the ultimate cool-girl hair statement. We’re loving the look combined with braids or matching hair accessories. The exact amount of sparkle and extra-ness we need from our festival looks.
6 Allll of the colour
There’s something joyous about a festival that just calls out for colour, whether it’s in your outfit or hair. If you’re feeling brave, dying your hair a bright colour (or two) will definitely grab the attention of the festival crowds. If you’re not ready for a full dye job, add some colourful extensions to your braids for a short-term fix. Alternatively, grab some fun hair clips, hair ties, and beads to add a splash of colour to your look. Anything goes.
7 Space buns
Either low or high – space buns are a festival classic for a reason, and they’re still a staple of our festival hair wardrobes. Add some glitter, sunnies, and fun accessories, and you’re ready to go.
Again, pigtails have kind of always screamed ‘primary school’ to us – that is until 2021 decided to show us how cool they can really look. Opt for half up-half down pigtails – which are great for keeping hair out of your face whilst dancing the night away. Alternatively, low pigtails are perfect for under a bucket hat or bandana (bonus: bucket hats and bandanas might be the ultimate disguise for day 3 festival hair. You’re welcome).