Your go-to guide for picture-perfect festival hair

Ahhh, is there anything like an autumn English day? Don’t get us wrong, we adore the summertime magic in the air, but when summer gives way to September, we find ourselves swooning a bit—and looking forward to all the fall festivals on the horizon. If you’re anything like us, you’re forever on the lookout for hairstyles that keep you looking fabulous and fresh through rain, through sun, through dancing in the mud. We’ve got you sorted with festival hair inspo to keep your locks on point morning ‘til night.

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There is truly no look that says “festival queen” like braids. They are incredibly versatile, allow for endless creativity, and are practical whilst looking gorgeous!

For—erm— challenging weather, we recommend a tighter braid that will keep your hair off your neck. Even though it’s not blazing summer anymore, it can still be warm out while enjoying good music and good food in the sunshine. If it’s raining (and oh, it probably will …) there’s no better than a braid to keep your hair from becoming a sodden mess. Think braids are only for those with longer locks? Think again! Short hair can be braided, too, and it’s a lovely way to change up your look. Bring your chic locks into our braid bar in Fulham, Notting Hill or Wimbledon and we’ll show you how it’s done.

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For more hair-friendly weather, we love a half-up-half-down braid. It’s a bit more chic, but still fanciful and boho. You can rock this look with any type of braid, whether you like French, fishtails or something even more creative. Click here for online Aveda hair tutorials for all sorts of braid styles you can achieve yourself.


Another tried-and-true festival look is a laid-back and loose updo. A casually chic updo will keep you cooler while you dance, and will last for hours whilst looking Instagram worthy — many casual styles actually look better the longer they’re worn. The best part? There are so many different ways to interpret a boho updo: here are Aveda tutorials for a few different festive styles. Or, come into any Gina Conway location and ask us to create a festival look especially for your hair type.


Family-friendly fests are among our favorites! The style muse for lovely littles are usually Disney Princesses, so get as girly as you want with a crown braid, braided pigtails or a cute topknot with adorable accessories.

Before you pack your wellies and tent, stop into any of our Gina Conway Salon Spa locations for a quick tutorial on one or two styles that will make you feel glam even if you’re trudging through mud! Then, stop over to our shelves to stock up on our must-have festival beauty items:

Shampure Dry Shampoo / Dry Conditioner — when there’s no shower in sight, Aveda’s dynamic duo keeps your locks refreshed, eliminates greasies AND frizzies, and smells divine; not to mention, helps keep those fab festival hairstyles in place.

Feed My Lips Lipstick — this recent addition to Aveda’s cruelty-free makeup line lasts 8 hours, nourishes and soothes dry lips, are made with certified organic ingredients, and actually taste yummy. Choose from 23 shades from subtle to siren.

Inner Light Mineral Tinted Moisturizer — this longtime favourite pulls double duty as mineral moisturizer with a sheer tint that smooths and evens out skin tone. Light-diffusing tourmaline combines with the power of plants for flawless radiance that stands up to endless selfies.

Book your visit online, give us a call at 020 7229 6644 or just stop by our salons in Fulham, Notting Hill or Wimbledon. We can’t wait to see you, festival beauties!



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