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Hairstylist Reveals Go-To Guide to Style Hair for Festivals

Festivals are exciting events for everyone. Planning what to wear, what to do with your hair, and what activities to go to are all the fun experiences that everyone will go through during the festival.

Of all the hairstyles, it can be difficult to choose one to sport during a festival. It will also be difficult to look after your hair while partying outside or just chilling inside the tent.

Luckily, in this article, PowerYourCurls hairstylist Gwenda Harmon will unlock tips on the best ways to style and take care of your hair during the festival season.

What are the best festival hairstyles?

Hairstyles during this season will be bold, wild, and experimental. If you think you can’t do this hairstyle for your everyday look, then it’s time to show this creative hairdo during the festival season.

Harmon reveals some perfect hairstyles that will make it look good for all hair types.

Straight hair

If you have long and intricate hair, Harmon advised styling it as boxer braids. It is one of the most trendy and unique festival hairdos that is both easy and sophisticated to look at.

First, braid two sections of the hair down either side of the head and secure each with an elastic band or scrunchie.

Next is a classic hairstyle that will look cute during festivals. Harmon advised going the easy route by letting straight hair down and putting on a flower crown. There are many available flower crowns in the market or you can create a DIY flower crown. While sporting a flower crown, you can also wash your hair with mild shampoo and conditioner such as Mixed Chicks Sulfate Free Shampoo, Earth Supplied Silicone Free Rinse Out Conditioner, During the festival, you can spray dry shampoo in between days. To fight frizz, use dry oil to keep those strands at bay.

Finally, Boho braids can also help accentuate your straight hair and at the same time, look creative during festivals. To pull off the look, gather all the hair into one ponytail. Afterwards, separate the hair into three sections and braid each section from the top down until the end of the strands. After this, you can apply hairspray to retain the style all day.

Curly hair

Styling curly hair during festivals may be very tricky. This is why Harmon advised adding hair products to keep hair stylish and healthy while enjoying the festival.

Here are some curly hairstyles for festivals:

Curly Mohawk

To do this, use a moisturizing shampoo like Luster’s Pink Shea Butter Coconut Oil Moisturizing Shampoo and a conditioner such as Dove Amplified Textures Super Slip Detangling Conditioner because hair could get tangled from not washing it for days. Then, apply a leave-in conditioner while the hair is still damp. Make sure to do the praying hands method to coat the strands with the products evenly.  You can then dry your hair with a microfiber towel. 

After this preparation, it’s time to do the festival hairstyle. First, create a triangular section at the front of the hair using the end of your eyebrows as a reference. Then, take the next section from ear to ear and secure it with a satin hair tie. Split the remaining hair into two horizontal sections. To achieve a smooth look, apply a curl cream to the base and smooth into a ponytail, which will be secured with a scrunchie.


To prepare this hairstyle, use a shine shampoo like Herbal Essences Dazzling Shine Shampoo, followed by a conditioner such as SoftSheen-Carson Optimum Care Salon Collection Fortifying Conditioner. You can follow it up with a leave-in conditioner to lock in moisture. 

After drying the hair, split the hair from ear to ear and then section the top hair down the middle. Pull two curls forward to form the tendrils on either side of the sectioned hair and use a scrunchie to secure ponytails.

Face-framing braids

Wash the hair similar to the steps above and dry the hair with a microfiber towel to avoid stripping off natural oils. Afterwards, form a parting from the front hairline down the center or off center. Braid these sections and finish it off with a hair oil to add shine.

Wavy hair

Just like curls, wavy hair also struggles with keeping the strands moisturized because of its shape. To create stunning wavy hairstyles, Harmon recommends these hairdos for your festival look:

Skinny braids

Thin braids can add a 70’s style to your wavy hair. It is also a good hairstyle to address greasy and frizzy areas of your hair.

To get this look, gather small sections of the hair and braid thin plaits to frame the face. If a hair tie is unavailable, a comb can help backcomb the ends of your braids to retain the style.

Single Bubble Braid

This is a simple and cute festival hairstyle for those with wavy and long hair. All you need is to add a messy single bubble braid to the half section of the hair. 


If you have locs, it would also be difficult to style for some. But Harmon suggests these easy hairstyles those with locs can do:

Jumbo Bantu Knots

To do this look, use rubber bands and braid hair to twist the locs and then roll them to create knots. You can also add in accessories such as beads and coils for a fresh festival look.


If you change your mind about doing a bold look, you can still pull off a simple look while still rocking those locs. This topknot is the best choice for you. For a topknot, just pull the hair up in a high bun and tuck it in with a scrunchie or bobby pins. 

Jumbo Space Buns

Normal space buns are a staple in festivals. To mix it up, create twists with your hair into two giant space buns and use a scrunchie to secure the buns. Then, leave a few strands in the back for a stylish and laid-back look.

How can I take care of my hair during festivals?

If you are a festival newbie, you should know that you will go on for days without washing your hair. This is why, Harmon advised using multiple hair products before the festival starts,  preferably the morning before you head out to the campsite.

For normal hair, wash hair with mild shampoo such as paraben-free or sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner. Some products you can try are Creme of Nature Coconut Milk Detangling & Conditioning Conditioner and tgin Moisture Rich Sulfate Free Shampoo.

Use a deep conditioner such as Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Colour Deep Treatment to ensure that the hair is secured with nutrients during the festival. This will also make sure that the hair is nourished while you stop washing for days.

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To take care of your hair during the festival, use a detangling brush, dry shampoo, and heat protectant to protect the hair from frizz and UV rays. 

For a post-festival hair care routine, it would be used to use mild shampoo and conditioner to avoid any side effects on the hair and at the same time, remove any build-up and excess oil in the hair. 

Finally, use hair oil to address dry hair and revive the hair’s natural shine and hydration. Leave the oil overnight before washing the hair.

For curly hair care routines after the festival, use a deep conditioner such as Curls Professional Curl Ecstacy Hair Tea Deep Conditioner and a shampoo to address lifeless and dry hair. 

Then use a detangling product to keep curls smooth and prevent breakage as well as split ends.

After the festival, curls can come out frizzy, dull, and dry due to the humid season during the event. To fix this, use a hair mask or hair oil to revive the shine and repair the curls. You can do this after cleaning your hair with the usual shampoo, conditioner, and leave-in conditioner.

“A deep conditioner mask will solve the frizz, tangles and knots, so while applying the product, use a wide-toothed comb or detangle brush to work the product through to the ends of your strands,” said Harmon.

Gwenda Harmon

Gwenda Harmon

Gwenda Harmon, our esteemed hair stylist and resident beauty expert at Power Your Curls, boasts over a decade of experience. Her specialization lies in dispensing invaluable advice on hair care, styling, and beauty techniques. Frequently featured in reputable publications such as Yahoo!, VEGAMOUR, BestLife Online, and more, Gwenda is dedicated to helping individuals attain healthy, beautiful hair by sharing her wealth of knowledge in effective hair care practices.