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Festival locks: The line-up

Posted on 15th May 2015 by PROinsider
Festival locks: The line-up
Depending on the line-up, who you’re going with and the overall vibe, everyone has a festival preference. Style is another crucial factor that gives each festival its stamp of individuality, so we’ve pulled together a hair guide for each festival – so, whether your client is going for grunge-chic, ultra-glam or boho-pretty, you’ll be ready…

90s revival at Glastonbury
Messy, just-got-out-of-the-tent, grunge-chic is the vibe at Glasto, so sleek, groomed hair is a no-no for any clients attending. With the notorious weather and copious amount of mud, it’s not too difficult for the client to achieve the ‘lived-in’ look – but to avoid hair going limp, prep client’s hair with TIGI Pro Weightless Volumizing Shampoo to add some rock-chick volume.

Glasto is home to ridiculously cool celebs such as Jaime Winstone and Cressida Bonas, who were both rocking 90s hairstyles last year at the festival.

Cressida opted for a half-up, half-down (complete with a scrunchie!) – perfect to recommend to clients for their second or third day camping. To add texture, suggest plaiting clients’ hair the night before for a simple way to achieve beachy 90s waves with no plug socket in sight.

Jaime Winstone rocked her tresses, reminiscent of 90s icon Bjork, in two oversized hair buns. To achieve this look, separate the hair into two sections (a zig-zag parting will add even more 90s authenticity) and tie in two high pigtails. Backcomb each ponytail, then shape into a bun and pin down. If your client’s hair is very fine, suggest adding Wildest Dreams Bun Ring Black and pinning the hair around this, to create the illusion of volume. Recommend this look for the last day or so of the festival, when hair is at its dirtiest!

Prep hair with a volumising shampoo, then go 90s-tastic with a half-up, half-down or two Bjork-style buns like Cressida Bonas and Jaime Winstone

V festival’s braid brigade
A festival for the glam and gorgeous, clients who like a little less mud with their festival will prefer a day (maybe two at a push) at V Festival. Think Coachella vibes with pretty boho beauties like Pixie Lott and glamour queens like Katherine Jenkins.

A braid is the perfect accessory for a festival, it keeps hair off the face (useful in rainy UK festivals) and clients can sleep in the style to avoid messing around with greasy locks in a tent. Last year Pixie Lott went for waterfall braids for her performance and we love the romantic, soft finish.

To do this, create a side parting, dividing that into three one-inch sections. Start to plait as if you were doing a French braid and continue for a couple of inches. To add the waterfall effect, cross the top section over, but this time drop the hair completely and pull out a new piece of hair near the one you’ve just dropped. Repeat this process going horizontally across the hair. Once you’ve reached the other side, continue to plait any excess hair into a long braid and tie with an invisible elastic. Finish with a spritz of Osis Glamination Light Glossy Hold Spray to keep the braid in place while your client dances her socks off at the festival. 

If you feel that your braiding skills could use a little refresh, book onto our Plaits Plats And More Platz & Celebrity Styling course. In just one day you’ll nail all the braiding trends and add some essential styles to your menu. The next course is starting 17 June so get in there quick.

Braidy ladies Pixie Lott and Katherine Jenkins both rocked pretty plaits at last year’s V Festival

Blow-out and bouncy at Wireless
Being a one day festival, Wireless is a great way to maximise profits by offering festival-chic blow-dries and up-dos. Last year, Wireless was rife with beautiful, glossy, bouncy locks modelled by the likes of Camilla Mackintosh and Foxes.

This style was seen everywhere at the SS15 shows, too. Mark Hampton who created the looks at Marchesa described the trend as: “The hair look is loose with voluminous waves, it’s feminine and understated.” To recreate this festival-perfect look, prep damp hair with shine-boosting TIGI Bed Head Blow Out. For some extra va-va-voom, apply Biolage Volumebloom Full–Lift Volumizer Spray.

Foxes and Camilla Mackintosh went for relaxed and feminine waves at Wireless
For clients after more drama who want to crank up the curl power like Ella Eyre, apply a grape-sized blob of Techni.Art Dual Stylers Bouncy And Tender to ensure curls are frizz-free and defined. Take one-inch sections of the hair and wrap around Diva Digital Argan Tong. The small barrel will create springy, corkscrew curls, which will achieve a playful finish packed with volume.

Ella Eyre added curl-crazy volume at Wireless
Tweet or Instagram us at @PROHairBeauty to show off any festival styles you create this season
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