It's the most wonderful time of the year...festival season! With Coachella just around the corner and music festival lineups dropping every week, we're buzzing with excitement for a festival-filled summer. Of course, while music festivals are first and foremost about the music, there's a certain expectation that goes into planning the perfect outfits and hairstyles for the weekend. Are you going to Coachella or have any music festivals planned? We're here to help you choose the perfect festival hairstyle. Remember, music festivals are the perfect time to experiment with hairstyles that wouldn't necessarily function in the real world, so feel free to go crazy and try something new.
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So, what are the elements for the perfect festival hair?
1. It has to be unique—music festivals are not the time to be shy!
2. It has to be functional—remember, you're going to be spending all day out in the hot sun, and all night dancing. A hairstyle too delicate may fall out, so be sure to choose a style that'll hold.
3. It has to make you feel confident and comfortable—ultimately, you may love those glittery space buns you saw on Pinterest, but if you spend all day worried about your looks, you're going to miss out on all the action right in front of you.
Fellow music festival lovers, we've got you covered. Read on for a list of our top 10 favorite hairstyles that are spectacular for music festivals this year, and have the potential for you to end up in those coveted Coachella fashion blogs.
1. Double Dutch braids
Yes, double Dutch braids are still a thing, and just as trendy as ever. This braided hairstyle is perfect for music festivals because not only is it functional, staying put while you dance during hot, dry, and dusty conditions, it looks stylish can even be created in a triple, or quadruple variation if you're feeling daring. Also, here's a little hair hack: if you sleep with the braids in, you'll have beautiful, heatless boho waves in the morning...perfect for the next day of the festival.
Are you finding that your braids just aren't thick enough? Here's a tutorial for how to create double Dutch braids using hair extensions to make those braids thicker and longer.
We love fashion blogger Camila Coelho’s braided and stitched variation on double Dutch braids created by celebrity stylist and Luxy Hair ambassador, Ruslan at Coachella last year. The best part is, this look is way easier to achieve than you might imagine. Create two dutch braids down either side of your head and tye each off at the nape of your neck. (Other braids like a pipe braid or french fishtail would also work as well.) Then, thread a thick cord through the braids in a criss-cross fashion to recreate the look.
2. Double bubble pigtails
Inspired by beauty and lifestyle YouTuber, Sierra Furtado, we love the playful and girly vibe this festival hairstyle creates. The best part about achieving this hairstyle is that it actually works better with second-day unwashed hair—perfect for festival season when you're relying on dry shampoo to carry you through the weekend. Although this look works for shorter hair, we love it for long-haired gals because you're able go all-out with the bubbles. If you're not blessed with long hair, this a perfect chance to use your Luxy Hair extensions to add extra volume and length which will really make this hairstyle come to life. Check out a full tutorial on how to achieve this easy bubble ponytail hairstyle.
3. Space buns
90s fashion has made a full comeback (think crop tops, chokers, platform shoes), so it's only fitting that Baby Spice's iconic double buns, now re-popularized by Miley Cyrus's space buns, make their own comeback as well. This hairstyle is a bit kooky for everyday, but perfect for festivals, where fashion takes on a mind of its own.
We love Victoria’s Secret model, Lais Ribeiro's take on the space buns trend last year at Coachella, adding vibrant color and braids to her space-bun look, making her style stand out.
Put your own spin on this popular festival look by wearing it as the traditional half-up style, or scoop up all of your hair into two buns worn lower on your head to keep your hair tamed throughout the day. We love this style for keeping your hair out of your face and off your back in scorching desert climates. Check out this article featuring 9 of our favorite bun hairstyles for more inspo.
4. Hair clips
Don't feel like going all out with multiple braids or only have 10 minutes at camp to do your hair before your favorite DJ is on? No problem! Hair clips have made a comeback in a big way, and it takes all of 1 minute to take your festival hairstyle from drab to fab. Hair clips are this season's hottest hair accessory and can be worn in so many different ways, you may be able to survive all weekend with a variety of hairstyles using hair clips in different ways! We love luxury designer Jennifer Behr's handmade hair clips, but you can find affordable versions at Urban Outfitters, Forever 21, and more. If you can't get your hands on hair clips, you can use bobby pins in creative ways to achieve the same effect.
5. Bohemian, textured waves
You can't really go wrong with beautiful, bohemian inspired waves that are just the right amount of messy. Boho waves give off that cool, effortless "I woke up like this" vibe while looking put together, as embodied by Romee Strijd above. Boho waves are pretty much essential for festivals like Coachella, where everyone looks like they just time traveled from the 60s. To create this look, curl your hair in piec-y sections, and scrunch the curls as they cool to ensure that they don't set too neatly. Boho waves look best when full and long, so we recommend to add hair extensions for instant length and volume, as shown in this tutorial. If you're into the boho look but prefer a shorter length, try out a set of shorter 16" Luxy Hair extensions for added volume only. Pair this festival hairstyle with a flower crown, cool hat, or a pretty crochet dress.
6. Fishtail Ponytail
We love this hairstyle for Coachella or any other festival this summer! It's functional, keeps your hair off your face and neck, and takes a boring old ponytail to the next level. To get the look, tie your hair into a ponytail, then fishtail braid the ponytail. Secure with an elastic band, and pull sections of the braid loose, to fluff up the braid. You can even add a few flowers through the braid for that hippie-chic vibe, or add hair extensions for added length and volume to the braid. In the tutorial below, Missy Sue wears her 220g Dirty Blonde Luxy Hair extensions to get a super thick ponytail.
7. Viking braids (for her)
We all know Vikings were known for being warriors, but many tales of lore show Viking men and women with elaborate braids and hairstyles that we just love. A huge hair trend inspired by Vikings this festival season is braids on braids on braids. Fishtail braids, mixed with Dutch braids, mixed with cornrow braids, middle part braids, three-strand braids, French braids...the list goes on! Here's a cool, edgy way to make sure you stand out in a crowd at Coachella. This easy hairstyle is also ideal for camping festivals where you don't have access to a shower every day, since it embraces that messy, gritty look, perfect for third-day hair!
8. Hair rings
Music festivals are the perfect place to go nuts with hair accessories. While we love flower crowns as much as the next person, there is so much more out there in the hair accessory department! Try adding hair rings to your braids for an edgy way to spice up your look, or weave pieces of leather or colored yarn through your hair. Or, how about wearing a headscarf or weaving fresh flowers in your hair?
There's no better place to experiment with glitter and hair jewelry than Coachella. Last season, we saw countless combinations of braids and shiny embellishments with Leonie Hanne of @ohhcouture being a stand-out look. In the past year, hair rings have taken over the Hollywood scene, popularized by celebrities like Ariana Grande, and we foresee these looks coming back for festival season this year.
To recreate this look on your own, use a strong-hold hair gel and tap on some glitter in your favorite shade. Add in small accent braids and adorn with hair rings.
9. Pull-Through Braid
Just like the fishtail ponytail above, this is a unique twist on a regular ponytail, but practical enough for hot, sunny days spent outside dancing till you drop. In the tutorial video below, Alex uses her 220g Ash Blonde Luxy Hair extensions to give her pull-through braid epic length and volume. Again, this braid hairstyle is perfect for camping music festivals like Coachella, where you likely won't have access to hot hair styling tools.
10. Boho Fishtail Pigtails
This braid hairstyle idea is sweet with just the right amount of edge. We just love that intentionally messy look, achieved by pulling out sections up and down each braid. You can even string some flowers through each braid, wear a flower crown, headscarf, or hat. The best part? Sleep with these in, and impress your festival fam the next morning with overnight heatless beach waves.
Do you have any go-to festival hairstyles? Let us know what your favorite hair ideas are in the comments below!