I don’t know about you, but one of my favorite things about summer is loading up the car and hitting the road with some friends for a fun-filled weekend trip.
If a festival like Coachella or Bonnaroo is your final destination all the better.
But as much as I love listening to live music for an entire weekend, I get a little antsy just thinking about the damage that three or four days on a campground can do to my hair. Call me vain, but I want to look my best even when a long, hot shower is pretty much impossibility.
If you’re like me and want your hair to look as good as it can even in the face of all the heat, humidity, sweat and dirt, here are a few tips to keep in mind as you hit the festival scene – I guarantee that you’ll thank me when photos from your weekend hit Facebook and Twitter.
Wash Before You Go
Whether it’s the night before or just an hour before you get in the car, don’t leave for the festival without giving your hair a good and thorough washing. You’ll likely be going three to four days without a proper shampoo, so it’s important to start with hair that’s as clean as possible. If you’ve got dry or damaged hair, you should also use a hydrating conditioner like the Ojon Dry Recovery Hydrating Conditioner so your locks are smooth and moisturized for the trip. While your hair is still damp, give it a spritz with a sea salt spray like Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray to give your hair some texture and let it dry naturally for a sexy, messy ‘do that’s easy to keep up even on a campground.
Remember Dry Shampoo
Now while your hair may look fresh and clean when you get to the festival, it’s not going to stay that way for long. To avoid spending the rest of the weekend with dirty, greasy locks, make sure to stash a bottle of dry shampoo in your bag. Not only will it soak up oils near your scalp to freshen your hair, it’ll boost the volume too so your locks won’t look so limp and flat. Try a travel-size can of Batiste Dry Shampoo or Salon Grafix Invisible Dry Spray Shampoo.
At a summer festival, hot humid weather is a given – and that humidity can wreak havoc on your hair by making it frizz city. Bringing a frizz-fighting treatment with you can help tame fuzzy, frayed pieces whenever they pop up. The John Freida Frizz-Ease Secret Weapon Flawless Finishing Crème is a great option because you can apply it to dry hair and instantly smooth away frizz so your locks look smooth and shiny no matter how humid it gets.
Keep It Simple
When you’re choosing styles to sport at a festival, it’s best to keep it simple. Your hair’s likely to get a little messy – especially if there’s rain, wind and other inclement conditions — so go with a look that’s super casual. Braids are a great style for a festival – go with a classic plait at the back of your head or messy, side fishtail braids to give your look a little more fun. A messy top knot or pony tail also works well for a festival.
Work the Accessories
Just in case your hair refuses to cooperate no matter what you do, it doesn’t hurt to have a few good accessories in your bag for your festival weekend. Flowered or beaded headbands are ideal for keeping your bangs from falling in your eyes or taming flyaways. If your roots are looking seriously dirty and greasy, tying a colorful scarf around your head can hide them instantly. And if worse comes to worse, have a hat on hand to hide dirty hair completely – a straw fedora or big, floppy sunhat can totally be festival chic.