The best part about festival season, IMO? The hairstyles. Festival season gives you an excuse to be super extra with your hair. From bright hair colors to fun hair accessories, there’s no limit to all the looks you can come up with. So please, I beg you, don’t just throw on a flower crown and call it a day. There so many super cute hairstyles that’ll get people to double-tap when you throw up your ‘gram. Ahead, the 20 best festival hairstyles that’ll turn heads all season long.
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Festival Hairstyle: Pink Ombre Hair
I know—dying your hair pink won’t bring anything new to the festival circuit, but the reverse ombre color does add a new twist. Keep your color bright during all of festival season with a pink shampoo.
Festival Hairstyle: Messy Low Bun
Let’s be honest—you’re going to end up throwing your hair in a bun by the end of the day, anyway. So why not make your messy bun look a little more intentional? Use a curling wand to add soft waves to your hair and then secure your bun with a few bobby pins.
Festival Hairstyle: Colorful Bobby Pins
Adding bright bobby pins makes it look like you put a ton of thought into your festival hairstyle (when you actually didn’t). It legit takes five minutes. Just pull your hair into a ponytail and a few bobby pins on each side of your part.
Festival Hairstyle: Colorful Double Bun
Next time you go and see your braider, have them give your locs or braids a fun twist by adding some color and throwing them into a double bun. Not only are they way cute, but they’ll keep your hair off your neck when it’s hot outside.
Festival Hairstyle: Flipped Ponytail
A sleek, high ponytail is a chic way to look cute during a concert and keep your hair out of your face too. Make the high pony look a bit more modern by using a flat iron or curling wand to flip up the ends.
Festival Hairstyle: Hair Chains
Forget a regular ring or necklace—deck your hair out in jewelry instead. Slick down your hair with a smoothing cream and have a friend attach the chains to the back of your head.
Festival Hairstyle: Face-Framing Color
If you haven’t heard, high contrast hair is back. All your favorite celebrities have already cashed in on the trend, so it’s only a matter of time before you see this all over your IG feed. Get on it before all your friends do and ask your colorist for face-framing bright color that’ll pop against your dark hair.
Festival Hairstyle: Loose Gems
Adding loose gems to your ponytail is a great way to let your hair do all the talking—it sends a message (literally) and is a fun, fresh take on festival hair.
Festival Hairstyle: Messy Topknot
Hit snooze one too many times and need an easy look you can do before the first set? Spritz on texturizing spray, scrunch up your hair, part the top half into a messy topknot, and boom—you’re ready to go.
Festival Hairstyle: Cherry Hair Tattoo
A music festival is the perfect excuse to add your favorite emoji onto your hair. All you need for this dope hair tattoo is a stencil and some temporary hair color.
Festival Hairstyle: The Modern Mullet
Guys, the mullet is back. But, I promise, this iteration is a lot cooler than its 70s counterpart. Think more shag and less mullet—it’s an easy way to give your hair some edge while also adding depth and dimension.
Festival Hairstyle: Hair Clips
You know those clips that your stylist puts in your hair to hold it in place? Add a couple of those to your hair to finish off the style—they’re a lot more unique than those pearl clips everyone else will be wearing.
Festival Hairstyle: Bedazzled Edges
Lay your edges with a non-flaky edge control, swirl them into a sick design, and then tap on rhinestones to add an Insta-worthy sparkle to your festival hair.
Festival Hairstyle: Sleek Bun
Slicking your hair back into a tight, low bun is an easy (but still v cute) way to keep all your hair in check, no matter how hot or humid it is outside.
Festival Hair: Rope Braid
A fishtail braid for Coachella? Groundbreaking. Instead of falling into the cliché, try out this rope braid, seen here on Sofia Richie instead. Don’t forget to spray on a strong hold hairspray to make sure it doesn’t unravel.
Festival Hairstyle: Braided Pigtails
Level up your regular ‘ol pigtails and turn them into braided pigtails. And if you’re afraid you’ll look like a 5-year old, avoid the middle part and give yourself a deep-side one instead.
Festival Hairstyle: Half-Up Ponytail
Instead of throwing your hair in a basic pony, add some waves, tie up the top half, and leave out a few face-framing tendrils to recreate this stunning festival hairstyle.
Festival Hairstyle: Headscarf
A headscarf is actually perfect for those days when you don’t want to do your hair, but you want to, you know, still look cute. If you need some extra security to keep it from flying off in the mosh pit, stick a few bobby pins in the back.
Festival Hairstyle: Straight Back Cornrows
This protective style is a 10/10 way to keep your hair safe from all of the elements. Work a braid cream through your cornrows during the weekend to keep them healthy and hydrated.
Festival Hairstyle: Statement Headband
Here’s a chicer option to wear to a festival than a flower crown—a strong, statement headband. Hit your hair with a flat iron, work a hair oil through your ends, slide on the headband, and you’re ready for the party.
Ama Kwarteng is the Beauty Assistant at Cosmopolitan, covering all things hair, skin, makeup, for both print and digital.
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