The U.K. gave Toronto a taste of its offbeat mixture of music and costume over the weekend with a multi-faceted, award winning music festival, Bestival (the name says it all). While the two-day event included musical performances by Odesza, Tame Impala, and The Cure, the dream-like enviro went beyond the music to bring attendees everything they needed and more, including an inflatable church if you were really feelin' the love. And as always, Bestival attendees came dressed in nothing less than their best.
With a few festivals down and a few more to go (see: Osheaga), we've entered the heart of festival season, meaning our wardrobes are filled with all of the essentials. And while we know that fringe, lace, flowing dresses and florals define festival fashion, coming up with an original, boho-chic look for your hair is a little bit more complicated. Of course, there's '70s-inspired tousled waves and hippie-esque flower crowns, but since festivals are a time to run free with your look, opt for something a little less predictable next time you decide to hit the outdoor music scene.
Get The Look offers you 5 fresh takes on festival hairstyles that are easy to achieve for your next festival outing (hint: they don't include flower crowns!).
This season, top knots are nothing new. They've been spotted on multiple runways and red carpets, giving us some serious summer hair inspo – especially for festival season. The top knot is an easy way to keep hair out of your eyes (and keep you from sweating buckets), without sacrificing long curly locks or flat ironed hair.
To achieve this look, simply pull the top portion of your hair back into a ponytail at the top of your head. Wrap the hair in the elastic around the base of your ponytail to create a top-knot. Then, curl, straighten, or create beach waves on the rest of your hair – the choice is yours!
While flower crowns reigned supreme at festivals of previous years, the 'crown' is getting a modern update that follows one of the hottest trends of the spring-summer season: braids. The braided crown is a unique alternative to boring old braids, and better yet, it keeps all hair out of your way so you can sway to the music without a fuss.
To get the look, separate your hair into two sections down the middle of your head, and starting at the top, French braid one side of your head making sure not to go past the section where your braid leaves your head. Repeat on the second side, then braid the ends of the two sections together and secure with a bobby pin or clip for a crown-like appearance.
Hair accessories are a great way to add colour and pattern to your festival look without sacrificing your carefully curated boho-chic outfit. To achieve complete hippie-status, leave your hair natural – whether it's curly, straight or slightly tousled – and place a cool head scarf, head band or bandana over top of your head, letting it sit on the crown. This will also keep your hair from flying away in the wind, while keeping sweat off of your face.
Can't decide between loose waves or a single shoulder-skimming braid? Try both! For an extremely easy to achieve festival look, style your hair however you like – curly, straight, or beach waved – then braid small strands of hair throughout from root to tip. This will give you a festival-appropriate look that takes about 5 minutes! The best part? You can even do it while you're at the festival, if you find yourself a little behind on time!
We're all familiar with the classic '90s twist knots that sat atop the heads of girl bands like The Spice Girls, and now, the look is coming back with a modern twist for festival season. The double bun consists of two top-knots that sit on each side of your head, creating a '90s cool-girl look that's perfect for festival season and keeps hair out of your face.
To get this look, separate your hair down the middle, and create two high ponytails on each side of your head. Wrap the hair around the base of the elastics and secure with bobby pins. Keep it in place with hairspray and consider yourself festival-ready!