How to Tame Your Tresses at Music Festivals

It’s never easy to stay groomed at a festival; it’s muddy, there’re no showers and the weather – wet or dry – can really take its toll on our tresses. When packing, we tend to cover all bases where clothing is concerned, but our beauty routines often take a back seat (barring the application of face glitter – lots and lots of face glitter).

Your body goes through a lot when you’re partying for a whole weekend (or longer), so it’s no surprise that your hair takes a hit too. But there are ways that you can keep your hair looking, well, good at a festival – no matter how messy the weekend gets (hey, no judgement!).

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Make Use of That Last Shower

Take time to pamper yourself and savour your last shower before setting off. To get a little more mileage out of your hair, wash it on the day you go, not the night before. It’s a good opportunity to prep your hair for the coming days too; apply a hair mask or deep conditioning treatment to prevent any damage or breakage whilst you’re away.

Don’t Use Styling Products

Hair products work wonders when you’re at home but gels, mousses, hairsprays and serums will weigh your hair down and leave it looking greasy more quickly if you use them at a festival. The best way to keep your hair clean is to go au naturel. And if you want to experiment with glitter roots and hair chalks, save it for the last day (it’s always better to go out with a bang, anyway!).

But DO Use Dry Shampoo                                             

If there’s one product that all festival-goers swear by, it’s dry shampoo. It’ll soak up any excess oils and dirt, giving your hair a much-needed boost during the festival. Look out for a scented dry shampoo to really freshen up your hair. You may even want to stash a small, travel size can of the stuff in your bum bag or rucksack for mid-day touch-ups.

For the best results, hold the can about 10-15 centimetres away from your head. Section your hair and spritz on the dry shampoo at your roots, before combing or brushing it through. You want to distribute it as evenly as possible to avoid product build-up in one area.

Comb Your Hair Every Day

Everyone knows that hair can become greasy at festivals, but people rarely consider how matted it can get too. Using a wide-tooth comb or brush, detangle your hair twice daily (before you go to bed and as soon as you wake up) to get rid of any knots and tangles. Make sure that you do this gently though; you don’t want to leave the festival with split ends!

Stay Hydrated

It’s easy to get dehydrated at festivals. Hot weather, alcohol consumption and physical activity (read: dancing) are all factors which cause us to lose water. And when you’re at a festival, you’re probably going to face all three. Staying hydrated is important for lots of obvious reasons, but one of the lesser known benefits to drinking plenty of water is related to our hair.

Water replenishes the skin and supports a healthy scalp (and in turn, the growth of healthy hair!). When we’re dehydrated, our hair feels brittle and is prone to breakage; the scalp may become dry and itchy too, and we may develop dandruff as a result.

To stay properly hydrated, always take a bottle of water out with you, and refill it as and when you need to. If you are drinking, don’t quench your thirst with alcohol; alternate between water and booze to keep yourself hydrated (and lessen the chances of being hungover the next day!). Watch out for symptoms of dehydration, like dizziness, headaches and nausea, and seek medical attention if you feel unwell at any point during the festival.

Experiment with Braids, Buns & Hair Accessories

Hair that’s not squeaky clean is actually much easier to work with, so festivals are the perfect places to experiment with some new updos. You’re also less likely to touch your hair when it’s up, which will help to keep it clean.

Braids have a bohemian appeal that’s in-keeping with the festival spirit. They’re also low-maintenance and, providing that you’ve created a nice tight plait, will last all day. A braided updo will prevent your hair from becoming matted too.

Hair accessories, like headscarves and headbands, can be used to tame flyaways, conceal greasy roots and keep your hair off of your face (which is especially helpful in hot weather).

Check out our fabulous festival looks and second day hairstyles for some inspiration.

Repair Your Post-Festival Hair

Once you’ve returned home, it’s time to give yourself – and your hair – a little pampering.

Dry shampoo is great, but it’s not without its drawbacks. If you’ve been piling on the dry shampoo, you’ll need to tackle product build-up; wash your hair with a clarifying shampoo as soon as you get chance to shower.

If your hair is feeling dry, use a gentle moisturising shampoo instead. Wash your hair twice through to really give it a good clean and plenty of nourishment. Tackle frizz by allowing your hair to air dry, and apply a deep conditioning mask or book a treatment if your hair’s really frazzled.

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