29 Festival Hair Ideas

Whether you’re heading to a festival this year or not, festival hair is always the talk of the summer, but we’ll take any excuse really.

Once you’ve got your makeup looks decided and skincare essentials packed and ready to go, it’s time to focus on the hair. For short hair, long hair, freshly-washed, day-one hair, all the way up to greasy day four, we’ve got all the inspiration you need this summer.

We’re giving you a backstage pass into all the greatest festival hair ideas of 2024, including simple and easy mini plaits, slick back ponies, a half up half down vibe, messy top knots, space bus, mermaid curls, and everything in between.

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1. Space buns and hair clips

This festival-ready hairstyle from @zoelizgordon combines beachy waves, mini space buns, and a statement hair clip. We’re obsessed.

2. Big bubble plait

If you’ve got thicker hair, this chunky bubble plait look from @hairbyrobynx is one you need to recreate this festival season. It’s giving volume. 

3. Beachy waves

We can’t get enough of this look from @hairbynikoreyes, featuring multicoloured hair bands to brighten up your beachy waves.

4. High ponytail with braids

If you love a high ponytail, this one is for you. With curly ends and mini braids, this style from @easilockshair not only looks great but is perfect for second and third day hair.

5. Braided bun with stars

Add a cosmic touch to your next festival hair style with this starry look from @isabellajanehairmakeup. We love the use of braids to elevate this messy bun. 

6. Blue bubble braids

This colourful look from @coilhairstudio has it all. With two-toned blue extensions, effortless curls, and a half up-half down bubble braid, this style is sure to turn heads (in the best way). 

7. Curly mini braid flower clip

For a small effort, big result hairstyle, this curly, mini braid, flower clip style from @curlycamille needs to be on your radar. We are obsessed and totally trying ourselves this festival season.

8. Mini flower clips

Take it from us, cute accessories like mini flower clips are a must have for the festival season. Thanks for the inspo @curlywavypatty.

9. Bubble braid

In the mood for an up do this festival season? Look no further than this insane bubble braid from @frejafoxstone.

10. Textured ponytail

Channel your inner baby spice this festival season. @hairbybradleyleake is showing us just how it’s done, so no excuses!

11. Floral mini braids

For a super-cute, on-trend festival hairstyle that doesn’t cost a penny, take some inspo from @heavenmarley. This floral, mini braids style is one of our favourites.

12. Purple mini braids

It’s official, mini braids are the #1 style of the summer. Obsessed with this colour combo on you @kyegampol.

13. Multicoloured elastics

Upgrade your bubble braids this festival season with some brightly-coloured elastics. @nicholerayartistry is showing us just how it’s done.

14. Dutch braid

Simple but effective, this dutch braid from @taaylor_xox is perfect for long days in the sun.

15. Half up-half down

Try something a little different with your half up-half down do and opt for a twist. Thanks for the inspo, @vanessa.amora.

16. Half up-half down mermaid wave

Mermaid waves are totally in, and totally festival ready. Add a half up-do like @ameliajanehair and you’re ready to dance the weekend away.

17. Slick back pony

If you thought we’d let a little oil get in the way of a cute hairstyle, then you don’t know us. This slick back pony from @hairbyhamida is perfect for days 3 and 4.

18. Pigtail braids

Braids and festivals go hand in hand. Pick a pigtail braid combo like @braidsbyvictoriajade to keep your hair out of your face, while looking super cute. 

19. Textured mini braids

Mini braids + texture= festival ready. This look from @xtaramartin is so effortless, maybe that’s why we love it so much.

20. Space buns with hair rings

Space buns? Check. Hair rings? Check. Braids? Check. This look by @braidsfordays_perth is ticking all our boxes for festival season.

21. Beach waves and braids

What’s not to love about this hair style from cosmohairstylingbeverwijk? We’re loving the combo of beach waves and braids, it’s giving us serious Coachella vibes.

22. Slick high ponytail

The last thing we need to worry about at a festival is our hair, opt for a slick back pony for a stress-free day. Thanks for the inspo @hairbyrayvenn.

23. Headscarf

Hide your hair sins with a scarf like @issyquinnxo, they are super quick and easy but look so cute and festival ready. Mix n match with your outfits and you’re onto a winner.

24. Slick half up-half down

Giving us Ariana vibes is this super cute half up-do by @lullabellzuk. Adding some face framing pieces will completely change the look. We love.

25. Pastel peach wavy bob

Go all out this festival season with a whole new hair colour. We can’t get enough of all the pastels, including this stunning peach wavy bob by @pipsqueekinsaigon.

26. Bubble braid pigtails

Bubble braids are the new French. You heard it here first. 

27. Gold detailing

We’re obsessed with the dainty gold detailing on these braids by @stephstyleguide. It’s subtle but stunning.

28. Dutch waterfall braid

If you don’t want full braids then this look from @maloriemhair is the perfect style for you. It’s subtle but never boring.

29. Braided colour space buns

If you can’t go crazy at a festival then when can you? Incorporating a pop of colour into your braids like @thebraidmaid_ will take your look up a notch.


FYI: This article was previously published at an earlier date and has since been updated.