Festival Hair

Each year as the major festivals slowly roll out their tickets, they bring with them a fashion buzzword that never seems to lose relevance: “festival style.” Just the sound of it conjures images of sun-filled days spent in bohemian regalia with not a worry in the world . . . and our winter daydreaming got us thinking about the finishing touch on any great look: hair.

The crop tops, maxi skirts, and flower crowns may not be for everyone, but whether you’re headed to Coachella, wish you were, or simply want to bring a bit of whimsy to your weekday, there’s plenty to borrow from the festival hair world. Read on for festival looks that will wow whether or not you’re stage-side.


Whether you’re at a festival or just adjusting to spring humidity (it’ll be here soon enough), keeping your hair in place and off your neck is a battle we all fight. To create a laid-back updo with staying power, try mixing products for a matte texture that won’t slip. Try the one-two punch of Aveda Air Control (at the roots—you can even apply when hair is wet!) and Aveda Confixor Liquid Gel from mid shaft to the ends.

For a daytime up-do that won’t feel fussy, start with a loose low braid. Secure a small section at the nape in a tight ponytail. Braid, then twist up and bobby pin. Securing those hairs around the neck will keep them tight, so they won’t fall out.


The crown braid is one of those styles that’s constantly popping up on fashion blogs and Pinterest boards, but always struck as too scary/high maintenance for everyday life. Prettily festival-appropriate? Sure. Worth 30 frustrating minutes trying to see the back of your head in a mirror? Absolutely not. However, the right products and technique make this look much more attainable than you would think.

Aveda’s own Allen Ruiz has the perfect video how-to. It’s easy and it works—we promise.



This super simple style adds visual intrigue to the tried and true bun with wraparound braids.

Start by running Aveda Control Paste through dry air for extra hold and grip. Separate two small sections of hair at the nape of your neck. Secure the rest with a clip so it doesn’t get in the way.

Form two thin braids with the strands you’ve separated. Throw the rest of your hair into a bun—and don’t worry if it’s messy. Effortless is the name of the game.

Wrap the braids around the bun and pin into place. Voila! It’s exactly the bun your hair would have inevitably landed in eventually, with the added bonus of braids to 1. Make it look like you planned this and 2. Keep those short, wispy strands from adhering to your neck.

Finish with a spritz of hairspray to ensure your look has the same staying power you do.


The sunshine (and festivals) will be here soon enough. Until then, we hope these looks brighten your days!




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