Heading to a festival this summer? You’ve probably already picked the perfect boho inspired outfits after trawling through Coachella feeds, so now it’s time to think about your hair. Unless you’ve bagged yourself a VIP glamping pod, it’s time to face the cold hard truth that you won’t be washing your hair until you get home. A not so welcoming thought to say the least. But fear not, we’ve put together 8 festival hair hacks that will keep your locks looking on point until the very last set.
1. Last Minute Wash
Leave washing your hair until the very last minute possible. We’re talking just before you wobble out of the door weighed down with your human-sized backpack, that you haven’t seen since your Duke of Edinburgh Award days many moons ago. It’s a good idea to use a hair mask like To The Rescue Intense Moisture Treatment after Shampooing and before Conditioning, to help get your hair into the best condition possible before the days of abuse. Choose an oil-free shampoo and conditioner like Pumped Up Volumising Shampoo and Conditioner, to avoid excessive oil from day one. Use as little styling product as possible, and then only on the ends.
2. Braids for days
Layering your updo over several days is a top festival hack. The hair around your face tends to get the dirtiest the quickest, so start the updos there with a series of small braids to frame your face and work up to a textured updo that incorporates plaits, pony and pigtails. Check out our ‘Braid-a-licious’ style here.
3. Curl Comeback
Hello Curls Define and Reshape Curl Primer is the ultimate festival must have. Spritz onto dry hair on day two and beyond to redefine and re-shape wayward curls. Beachy waves will make a comeback and defined coils will be reborn.
4. Beat the Frizz
It’s inevitable that your hair is going to get pretty frizzy when either standing out in the sun all day or getting drenched in the rain. To The Rescue Anti-Frizz Serum will work wonders to smooth the ends and keep it under control.
5. Glitter Roots
Glitter can brighten up any situation. Apply it along a parting to turn greasy roots into an on-style statement.
6. Sponge Bath
If you can’t manage a full shower, consider washing just your fringe, or the hair framing your face. A bottle of water and a travel size shampoo like Noughty’s To The Rescue Mini can have you feeling fresher in no time.
7. Cover Up
If in doubt, style it out. Hats, scarves, headbands and even floral crowns can cover a multitude of sins with style AND protect your hair from the sun (or mud).
When you finally get home and stumble into the shower, you’ll find you have taken a fair amount of the venue home with you one way or another. Wash it all down the drain with a clarifying shampoo like Detox Dynamo Clarifying Shampoo, designed to lift away build up. Follow with an ultra-moisturising mask or a leave-in conditioner to restore the balance lost to festival mistreatment.