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The ultimate guide to hair care at festivals

With the start of festival season just a matter of weeks away, it’s time to start preparing for your weekend away. Live music, great company and chilled vibes – what could be better? One way you can make the most of your first festival this summer is to give some careful consideration to caring for your hair before, during and after the weekend. The shower situation at camping fields can often be less than desirable and dry shampoo will undoubtedly be your go-to fix, but here are some other things you can do to tame the mane during your time away:

BEFORE YOU GO

Make the most of warm water, power showers and even treat yourself to a bubble bath – these luxuries will be thin on the ground come the weekend. Ideally, you’ll arrive at the festival feeling as fresh and clean as can be, so leave it until the last possible moment to wash your hair.

For even better results, pop by and see us at our hair salon in Bristol for a Nanokeratin system blow dry treatment, which delivers smooth and manageable hair for up to 12 weeks. Benefits include increased shine and smoothness, the elimination of frizz and the easier styling of hair, all undoubtedly helpful during a festival. This hair treatment can be applied on the same day as your hair colour or styling appointment, perfect if you’re planning a fresh new look in the weeks leading up to the festival anyway.

Be vigilant in your packing for a festival. Sure, outfits and accessories are important, but without a hairbrush and a few essential products, achieving the desired look can be tricky to say the least! Make a checklist of everything you’ll need throughout the weekend and tick it off as you pack your bags. A few things we recommend bringing along include:

  • Hair bands
  • Bobby pins
  • Dry shampoo
  • Hair glitter

DURING THE FESTIVAL

One of the best ways to prepare your hair for festivals is to opt for a sturdy and stylish plait! The best thing about this option is that your hair is taken care of for the whole weekend! If you’ve got long lengths of hair, this is the best way to tame your mane whilst you’re away from the luxuries of home life. Try to make your plaits tighter than usual on day one, as your hair will get looser as the days pass, that’s if you’re planning on sticking for the same style for the full festival stint. Messy plaits are bang on trend this season, and the slept-in, second-day style gives off relaxed, carefree vibes.

Whether you choose to embrace the mayhem or tame the mane during your time away, there are plenty of things you can do to make things easier:

Day one

Make the most of your freshly cleaned hair, and style in such a way that doesn’t involve too much contact from the hands. Spritz with sea salt spray and scrunch, for loose, fun-looking waves or make the most of your final use of the straighteners and opt for a sleek, hair-down look. If you become hot, sweaty or feel like your hair is restricting your head-bopping, try a loose plait or a low ponytail to get it out your face, while still avoiding the dreaded kink.

Day two

Depending on your hair type, you might experience a small amount of greasiness about your hair today, but worry not; it’s nothing a little dry shampoo can’t solve. Spray directly onto roots before gently massaging to the ends to freshen up and add a little extra oomph to your hair. Today might be a good day to bring out the classic, a floral headband, helping you get in the festival spirit whilst conveniently distracting others from your borderline greasy hair. If you have longer hair, fix into a loose plait to keep any wild hair under control, or opt for a messy bun!

Day three

At this point, your hair is likely to be at its dirtiest. It’s probably come into contact with some questionable liquids, and you can tell. The best idea is to get your hair out of your face in a plait or a pony, or better yet, don a fashionable hat to hide the chaos. If your dead set upon wearing your hair down, but the thought of festival showers is too daunting, stand outside with a bottle of water and some shampoo, and give your fringe a well-deserved clean. Thankfully, festival vibes are messy anyway, so try not to worry about the state of your hair when your mid-mosh – everyone’s in the same boat!

If you get tired of the braids you can loosen the ties, give yourself a spritz of dry shampoo and rock the bed-head loose locks, which should be full of volume! You could even consider incorporating glitter, colourful strands and a multi-textural look for bold results.

AFTER THE FESTIVAL

Before you know it, it’s time to go home and pack away the tent until next year. No doubt a shower is first on your list of things to do, so remember to give your hair a thorough wash, including a conditioning mask if it needs it. We recommend shampooing twice and conditioning once to ensure that you get rid of all traces of the festival weekend. If you’re hair is feeling dry, pop into the salon and we’ll be able to give you a fantastic hair treatment to brighten your hair once again, and give it back any moisture it may have lost.

Look back on the festival with fond memories without any photo-ruining fringe malfunctions spoiling the Instagram! Happy festival season everyone; we’d love to be hear where you’ll be heading this year, so let us know via our social media channels, and don’t forget to share your festival hair photos!