Although Coachella 2018 came and went last April, there are still plenty of music festivals and concerts to attend before the year’s end. Music festival hairstyles need to be light and practical, yet stylish. Buns and braids keep hair out of your face and out of the way, encouraging you to dance and move freely. These hairstyles are also lightweight, keeping you cool among the crowds. Festival style is often defined by its use of glitters, headbands, flower crowns, and ombre or pastel hair colors.
Music Festival Hairstyles
From buns to braids to soft waves, we’ve got you covered. Regardless of the concert, your personal aesthetic, or time of year, the following are hairstyles that can be rocked by most hair types at most lengths.
Buns, Buns, Buns!
The more the merrier! You could go all out with a head full of bantu knots or a bun mohawk. On the other hand, sometimes less is best. You simply can’t go wrong with a gigantic messy bun resting upon your head.
- Bun mohawk. The bun mohawk is an edgy look perfect for both Coachella or Lollapalooza. This look can take on more of an elegant “1940’s look” with bigger, fluffier buns. The bun mohawk is also capable of taking on an incredibly punk persona defined by many tight, miniature buns. Depending on what vibe you’re going for, you can create the look by dividing your hair in 3 to however many sections you can fit on your head, starting from the center of your hairline down to the nape of your neck. Style each section into a bun and secure with a hair tie. Additionally, you may lock the buns in place with hairspray or styling gel. Without hairspray or gel, larger, looser buns may need to be readjusted throughout the event.
- Bantu Knots. Bantu knots are a South African hairstyle typically used to curl or coil hair. Rocked by the likes of Rihanna, this look will keep your hair out of the way, giving you room to breathe and dance. To give yourself Bantu knots, part your hair into small or medium sections. Divide each section into two parts and create a twist. Wrap the twist around itself to form a coiled bun and secure it with a hair tie or bobby pin. Repeat this process throughout your entire head.
- Space Buns. For the ultimate 90’s aesthetic, space buns are your go-to. This intergalactic look is ridiculously easy and very trendy. Simply part your hair down the middle and style each side into a bun secured with a hair tie. While you could leave the buns as tight as you’d like, we recommend pulling apart either side just a little to create a fuller, thicker bun. You could also put a more modern spin on this look by combining your space buns with a half-up-do. In either case, we recommend leaving a few pieces out up front to frame your face.
- Messy Top Knot. Cute and timely, the messy top knot can be recreated by ANYONE in under two minutes. Simply gather all of your hair atop your head and style it into a bun! Create the messy look by pulling apart the bun slightly and leaving a few pieces of hair out as “fly-aways” or to frame your face.
Braids for Days!
Braids are sturdy, resilient, and incredibly versatile. We recommend experimenting with a variety of braiding techniques, such as fishtail braids and French braids, for any of these festival hairstyles. However, a basic braid is also more than capable of getting the job done.
- Side Braid. Side braids are effortless, timeless, and a wee bit country. You could keep it simple with a basic side braid, starting from the base of your neck to the end of your hair, or frame your entire head with the braid. For an edgier spin on the look, start your braid at the top of your ear (you could even create the illusion of a side shade by rocking the same side braids that Shakira did).
- Double Dutch Braids. Double Dutch Braids, often rocked by the likes of Khloe and Kim Kardashian, are neat, quick, and simple. Part your hair down the center and secure either side into low pigtails. Begin your braid at your hairline and add more hair as you continue towards the base of your neck. Braid both pigtails and secure either end with another hair band.
- Dutch Crown Braid. For as elegant, posh, and complex as this beautiful hairstyle looks, it doesn’t take much. Follow the process above to create double dutch braids and complete the look by wrapping either end around the back of your head in a crown shape.
- Dutch Halo Braid. The dutch halo braid is essentially a Dutch crown braid with a half-up-do twist. Begin by parting your hair into two sections, a top and bottom half. Style the top half into double dutch braids and tie the loose ends together into one braided ponytail.
- Braided Pigtails. Another braid with a country flair, braided pigtails are accomplished by parting your hair down the middle and braiding either side from the base of your neck down. We recommend topping the look off with a hat or flower crown.
- Braided Space Buns. Braids take your space buns to the next level with just one extra step. Part your hair down the middle as you would with traditional space buns and braid up from the base of your neck to the top of your head. Style the remaining hair into a bun and secure with a tie or clip. Again, this is a look you may want to protect with hairspray or gel.
- Braided Top Knot. Braids are the perfect way to jazz up a simple top knot. Gather all of your hair into one bunch and braid up from the base of your neck to the center of the top of your head. Style the remaining hair into a bun secured with pins and hairbands. To add a messy look, delicately pull apart the bun.
Waves Don’t Die
Loose, relaxed waves are another staple of festival hairstyles. While beach waves are generally easier to recreate with thicker, curlier hair, a little sea salt can go a long way on even poker-straight hair. Waves can be created by sleeping with braids in overnight, drying your hair with a diffuser, or product, such as sea salt spray. Lobs are perfect for festival waves, especially with an ombre or pastel hair dye. You may also choose to give yourself waves before styling your hair into a bun or braiding it to enhance your music festival aesthetic.
Whether you keep it simple with waves, a top knot, or opt for a dutch crown braid, accessories are a must. If you’d rather not commit to a hair color, semi-permanent dyes are a fun way to temporarily experiment with more exotic hair colors. Glitter hair parts, cloth headbands, feather headbands, flower crowns, crystal crowns, cat ear headbands, and brimmed hats are all staples of music festival hairstyles and fashion.
From straight to curly, long to short, these braids, buns, and waves are essential music festival hairstyles that could be rocked by any hair type at all lengths. Check out our shop and stock up on supplies for your next festival. For the latest music festival news, festival fashion, trends, and more, head on over to our blog. For more information about Festiport, please contact us.