Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation

How to create the hottest festival hair trends for 2015


Festival season is almost upon us and, as well as dusting off your pop up tent and bulk buying baby wipes, it's time to start planning your festival hair.

From braids to waves, and colour to flowers, festivals are the perfect opportunity to experiment with your hair.

We've analysed all the best hair styles from this month's Coachella festival and picked out the five key trends for your perusal. Plus, we've asked the experts to reveal their exclusive tips to help you create your favourite look (and keep it going for three days!)

Read on for your festival hair-spiration...

Hair colour

If you always wanted to experiment with hair colour but were worried what your boss might think of your shocking new hue, then a festival is the perfect excuse to take the plunge.

Jourdan Dunn

Get the look

You can go for all over colour, a la Jordan Dunn (above), or a more subtle ombre effect on the ends of your hair. Seniz Alkan, senior colourist at Neville Hair and Beauty, says, "The ends of the hair are more susceptible to the colour and will lift quicker."

For a splash of all over colour, try Bleach London's Super Cool Colour range, available in 12 shades from a subtle peach to a bright blue. Simply apply the dye after shampooing and leave on for 15 minutes before rinsing. £5 each from bleachlondon.com

If temporary hair dye sounds like too much of a commitment, give hair chalks a try; you simply rub the chalk in your preferred colour over your hair and then wash out. Try Fudge Urban Festival Colour Hair Chalk, £6.29, from boots.com


Braids were the biggest hair trend to emerge from Coachella this year. From subtle side braids to full milkmaid braids, the humble plait is having a moment.

Katy Perry

Get the look

There are a few golden rules to follow when braiding your hair. Award-winning hair stylist and braid bar owner Luke Hersheson says, "Wash your hair the night before, as the hair’s natural oils will help the braid stay in place."

To get your hair into a braid, Luke recommends a spritz of water; "Water can also help to tame your hair into a braid. If your hair has a natural wave, wet it slightly before braiding to make it easier to manage."

And finally, to keep the braid in place, hair grips and hair spray will be your best friends. Luke explains, "High-quality grips are a must for keeping braids in place. Then finish with a mist of hairspray."

Recommended products: Hershesons Get A Grip hair grips, £6 from hershesons.com and L'Oreal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray, £6.70 from boots.com

The Mini Dutch Braid

Award-winning hairdresser and world class session stylist Andrew Jose recommends a mini dutch braid for the second day of a festival, when your hair has a bit of extra texture.

Amber Heard
  • Arrange hair into a side parting
  • Using the lesser side, start your braid at the front hair line
  • Split the top section into three, braid the strands under the braid, putting the braid on top of the hair, rather than under
  • Continue down the side of the head, past the ear and finishing at the nape of the neck
  • Fix with a snagfree band
  • The rest of the hair sits over the top
  • Add some further detail with a simple flower

Recommended product: Blax Snag Free Mini Braid Elastics, £3.50, from hqhair.com

The Milkmaid braid

Andrew explains, "Milkmaid braids are the perfect festival style – a great way to keep hair under control whilst giving effortless detail at the same time." Even better, they are really easy to create.

Kate Bosworth
  • Spritz all over with a cooling mist to refresh hair and give some much needed hydration without weighing it down
  • Split hair into a centre parting and then create two simple braids on each side of the head
  • Fix braids with snagfree bands
  • Bring both braids up over the top of the head in opposite directions and pin in to place

Recommend product: SALON SCIENCE Hydrasoothe Cooling Mist, £9.33, from boots.com

Loose waves

Loose waves are big news for Spring Summer 2015 and dominated the catwalks at Chloe, Valentino and Marchesa. Now the boho look is hotly tipped to be one of the biggest - and easiest - festival hair trends.

Gigi Hadid

Get the look

Loose waves are really easy to create. Simply wet hair then run a curl product through the mid lengths to ends and twist your hair around your fingers. Leave it to dry, give it a shake and voila.

Rosie Binns, North Western Hairdresser of the Year, says, "You'll be surprised as even naturally straight hair will curl up if left to dry in twists. For all hair types, a curling product will help prevent frizz."

Recommended product: Moroccan Oil Curl Defining Cream, £8.75 from feelunique.com

The ponytail

The classic ponytail is a festival favourite that is both versatile and easy to create.

Gary Hooker and Michael Young, who have both been nominees for British Hairdresser of the Year, recommend a relaxed approach to wearing a ponytail at a festival. They say, "The key is to keep it natural so even if you’re not the best at doing hair then it doesn’t matter as the more undone the better." 


Get the Look

Gary and Michael say, "The perennial ponytail is never far away from being one of the year’s hottest looks and this year is no different – wear it high or low, sleek or messy."

To create a ponytail, simply pull your hair back and secure with an elastic. For a messier look, spritz hair with a salt spray before you tie it, and for a sleeker look, smooth a walnut sized amount of mousse over the hair, from roots to tips.

Recommended products: Schwarzkopf Professional OSIS Session Label Salt Spray, £8.50 from allbeauty.com and Bumble and Bumble full form mousse, £21.50 from bumbleandbumble.com


They may sound like the biggest festival hair cliche in the book but a flower crown or a subtle flower in your hair, such as the red carnations seen tucked into loose buns at the Dolce and Gabbana Spring Summer 2015 show, is a great festival look.

Ashley Greene

Pinning flowers into your hair is a fun and playful look and really easy; simply pin in place and go!

Recommended product: ASOS Vintage Flower Hair Clip, £4 from asos.com



Shop this Week's Style List


Natural beauty products you have in your kitchen


20 sweet and simple hairstyles for weddings

Beauty products.jpg

Beauty infographic shows you how much product you really need


Milan beauty blog: The foundation revelation


Eye art: The hot new beauty trend



This is why Alicia Keys wore make-up in her latest photo shoot

The star appears in colourful eyeshadow and sweeping eyeliner

by Amy Swales
20 Jan 2017

Iris Law is the new face of Burberry Beauty

A huge gig for the 16-year-old

by Anna Pollitt
17 Jan 2017

Why more and more women are embracing wigs

“I never have a bad hair day”

by The Stylist web team
15 Jan 2017

Claire Danes reveals how she tackles anxiety over her appearance

How to avoid falling into an "obsessive loop"

by Sarah Biddlecombe
05 Jan 2017

Caitlyn Jenner’s new MAC collection is here and it’s fabulous

Make-up for everyone.

by Moya Crockett
04 Jan 2017

British Army recruiters slammed for sexist “Military Makeup” campaign

"We want to know the girls behind the make up! We are searching for real beauty"

by Sarah Biddlecombe
03 Jan 2017

Hurrah: beauty grooming victory as Tesco cuts price of women's razors

A small victory

by Sarah Biddlecombe
03 Jan 2017

Breaking new ground: introducing 2017's innovative beauty products

Finally, some answers for beauty's biggest conundrums

by The Stylist web team
30 Dec 2016

Hair trends 2017: The cuts and colours ruling social media

New year, new hair?

by Amy Lewis
22 Dec 2016

Hairdressers are being trained to spot signs of domestic abuse

New law requires beauty workers to spot the signs

by Anna Pollitt
19 Dec 2016