Top 30 Festival Hairstyles to Try

by NABEEL AHMED / DEC 4, 2023

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    Life's a party, isn't it? Whether it's just a whimsical print on a pillow or a full-blown mindset, embracing the joy of celebration is simply infectious. And when it comes to festivities, one of the most thrilling aspects is the opportunity to unleash your creativity with hairstyles that are anything but ordinary. From whimsical braids to extravagant updos, the festival scene invites you to go all out and embrace the spirit of individuality and expression.

    As someone who delights in exploring the depths of creativity, I'm thrilled to dive headfirst into the world of festival hairstyles. Are you ready to be inspired? Join me as we explore a stunning array of festival hair ideas guaranteed to steal the spotlight at your next event. Whether you're opting for Cliphair's hair extensions, including clip-in, tape-in, double drawn, or permanent options, you'll find the perfect accessory to elevate your festival look and make a statement that's uniquely yours. Let's embark on this journey of self-expression and celebrate the art of hair in all its vibrant glory!

    Festival Hairstyles For Spring

    For when the temperatures get warmer and you start hitting the festival scene, here’s some of the best festival hairstyles for spring.

    Hair Gems

    Another cute, perfect hairstyle for a summer beachy vibe - or a music festival, of course. Truth is, this type of hair accessory goes really well with a lot of events: a night out with your friends, a birthday party, a romantic date... A few gems in your hair will add just the right amount of glitz and glamour to your look. Or, you can go full-on disco ball and add as many as you’d like. A trendy Y2K-inspired alternative to the festival glitter for hair! 

    Space Buns

    Space buns are an all-time favourite for the artsy type, and they make quite the popular festival hair idea – if not the most popular! They’re quite easy to create, and work nicely on both medium and long hair – not to mention they can be combined with other hairstyles and hair colours to express yourself to the fullest.

    A must-have to unleash your festive spirit! With the aid of clip-in hair extensions, you can also achieve a half up half down space bun hairstyle without missing out on volume, or stick to the classic space buns – the best festival hairstyle ever!

    Big Bouncy Blowout

    Traditionally speaking, this is not what you’d expect to see at a festival – but things have been changing lately, giving the “free hairstyle” a lot more attention. Where’s the crazy colours, the hair accessories, where are the braids? I know, I know. But with the recent revival retro inspired hairstyles, the big bouncy blowout crawled back all the way from the naughty 90s and has been going BIG (quite literally).

    If you’re feeling experimental and would like to achieve this hairstyle, go for ultra volume hair extensions to put those Twin Peaks blowouts to shame.

    Bangs & Boho Braids

    Boho braids really can be anything that you would like, from a half-up plait to two plaits to a singular one. You can add some more interest to this look with bangs, and if you don't have any of your own that’s no problem! With clip-in bangs, you can effortlessly add bangs to any of the looks above! Pull out a few strands from your thick braid for a laid-back effect a la bohemienne, and you’re all done.

    Wild And Free Curls

    Textured hair is living its very own moment, usually paired in long length and lots, lots of volume. It may sound weird, but being blessed with natural ringlets doesn’t always mean that you won’t need hair extensions – in fact, many curly celebrities resort to curly hair extensions to add length to their tresses and boost their natural volume for glamorous, thick and dramatic looks. Curly festival hair can be styled in many ways, but the big curly ‘do will forever be my favourite!

    One of the most popular Zendaya Coachella looks – paired with a frilly skirt and corseted top following the spring trends – is an inspiration for curly-haired beauties that would like to enhance their style by amplifying the fullness of their hair.

    Braided Space Buns

    Braided buns are a great way to keep long hair out of the way, while still looking great. Again, just part your hair, as high or low as you would like, and create two ponytails. You then need to braid the ponytails and wrap the braids around the base to create two braided buns.

    These can be decorated just like regular space buns can, with a dash of glitter, crazy colours, and more – all of which whilst protecting your hair a little more!

    Boxer Braids With Hair Extensions

    Boxer braids are cute all year round (not just for a festival!). They not only make you appear effortlessly put together, but they’re also great at protecting your hair from any unexpected weather mishaps. You can even leave them on overnight and wake up with gorgeous heat-free beachy waves the next day. If you want to take this look a step further, using brightly coloured extensions in your braids will add a pop of colour and some fun to the look!

    Festival Hairstyles For Summer

    Going to party all day and all night under the sun and in the scorching hot weather? Make sure you protect your tresses – and look fabulous whilst at it. Here’s a compilation of the best festival hair for summer!


    Whoever said that pigtails are only for kids and teenagers is now probably that boring adult we feared we would become when we were younger. Jokes on  side, pigtails hairstyles are a fun, fresh and sometimes even fierce hairstyle that works perfectly in any season – but let’s be honest, it’s quite handy to have your hair up when the weather is hotter.

    Braid ‘em, twist ‘em, curl ‘em; the choice is yours! When talking about festival hair styles, why not combine your pigtails with a dash of colour? With funky-coloured clip-in hair extensions, you can spice up your pigtails without committing to hair dye. Want to go a little extra? Then use a couple of Wrap Around Ponytail hair extensions to get that festival feeling going. 

    Glitter Roots

    This hair trend broke the internet a few years and became a festival hair go-to shortly after  – without really leaving the scene. This solution provides you with a glittery, colourful look and turns your missed appointment at the salon into a glamorous fashion statement. Festival glitter hair is definitely up there in the top 5, and it’s easy to see why. If you’re looking for the best festival glitter for hair, there are plenty of options online – for example, this colourful set of Chunky cosmetic glitter from Amazon. You can apply them on your roots, and maybe pop some on your cheeks for matching makeup!

    High Pony

    The high ponytail, a celebrity-favourite, is a classy and evergreen hairstyle that works wonders in practically any environment: from a business lunch to a night out with your girlfriends, a romantic date and last but not least even a family dinner. As seen on Kylie Jenner, Jennifer Lopez, and obviously the iconic Ariana Grande: here’s one of the festival hair styles that can do it all!

    If your hair is missing that je ne sais quoi when tied up in a hairband, opt for a clip-in ponytail or even better: a wrap-around ponytail hair extensions set that will add a touch of class to your look in a matter of seconds.

    Fishtail Braid

    The fishtail braid keeps on coming back and forth from the depth of the Internet, especially during the warmer seasons. However, let it never be said that fishtail braids are only for the summer: in fact, they make quite the popular hairstyle all-year-around, not to mention how popular they are for wedding looks, festivals, and parties. I personally love a good fishtail braid, and a lot of other people must agree with me since it seems like the fishtail plait isn’t going anywhere. And when paired with hair rings or a streak of colour, rest assured this hairstyle won’t go unnoticed.

    Mermaid Tresses

    Mermaid waves hairstyle = guaranteed success. Quick and easy to recreate, if you're looking for a stunning look that is equally gorgeous and simple to realise, then look no further than mermaid tresses – a total stunner that you can craft with the help of a hair waver and a set of human hair extensions to maximise volume and length, like a true sea queen. If you don’t want to commit to a permanent set, add clip-in hair extensions to channel your inner Ariel vibes: you can play around with highlights for a sun-kissed effect, or add a few funky coloured strands for a more magical finish.

    Beachy Long Bob

    Just like the popular mermaid waves hairstyle, a beachy long bob is a gorgeous, relaxed way to wear your hair down for a festival if you have shorter hair. If you feel like keeping your hair short for easy maintenance but would still like some added volume, full head clip-in extensions are still a great option – also available in 12” and 16” lengths to match bobs and lobs alike! Adding some volume to your beachy look will give you an energetic festival look, and all you need to do is style your hair with a triple barrel curling iron - just like the mermaid hair, but without the need for long hair.  

    Bandana Hairstyles & Biker Vibes

    A bandana can be a clever way to keep your hair away from your face (or instead to keep it in place), whilst keeping you trendy and cool. There are lots of different combinations that you can try with a bandana, and with the right set of real hair extensions you can bring to life a variety of hairstyles that you can play around and experiment with all summer long! The beauty of it? A bandana on your hair will also protect your scalp and reduce sun damage. Find your bandana hairstyle idea in our post: 12 Cute Bandana Hairstyles You Must Try.

    Wet Hair Don’t Care

    Wet-effect tresses are all the rage now, and we probably owe this to Rosalia – the Spanish singer that had us all in a chokehold with the release of her album Motomami. Other celebrities before her gave this hairstyle a go, such as Kim Kardashian and many performers during the early 2000s, when the wet look was unmistakably popular. You can easily achieve this by using the correct products and yes, it will work on permanent hair extensions too – for boosted volume and length, maintaining that wet hair glamour.

    Festival Hairstyles For Autumn

    Festival season and spooky season all together? Yes, please – here’s the top festival hair styles for Autumn.

    Bubble Tendrils

    The bubble ponytail was already made big by stars like Fergie in the past decade (and even earlier than that), but we probably owe the rise in popularity of bubble tendrils to Cassie’s hair in Euphoria, the HBO show featuring Zendaya, Alexa Demie and Sydney Sweeney that everyone’s been talking about. Either way, I couldn’t agree more: this hairstyle is giving festival hair vibes, and I’m here for it! If you’re not the most skilled when it comes to plaits but you’d still like to try some festival hair braids, look no further than the bubble braid festival hair!

    Sleek Glass Hair

    The silky, poker-straight hairdo of the stars – as seen on Kim Kardashian, Lourdes Leon, and many others – is fairly easy to recreate. All you need to do is engage in a battle against frizz first. Products such as Color WOW Dream Coat and a good dose of heat protectant spray will help you keep those crinkly hair in place; to enhance the length of your tresses, you can always apply 26” hair extensions to your mane! 

    Messy Topknot

    One of the easiest hairstyles on this list is the messy topknot, without the shadow of a doubt! This cute festival hairstyle will save you loads of time getting ready in the morning and it can hide hair that is a little less than perfect after a few days partying! Just loosely put your hair in a bun, pull out some hair tendrils at the front to frame your face, and you're pretty much good to go! Like with the other styles, you can add any accessories that you would like – it’s such a versatile, quick and easy style! For added glamour, you could braid or curl your face-framing tendrils too. What’s not to love?

    Middle Part Everything

    Middle-parted everything is still a major allure, as demonstrated by celebrities such as Dua Lipa, Pink Pantheress, Kendall Jenner, and more. If this year you’d like to go for a “less is more” type of vibe for your festival day or night out, pairing a middle part with sleek, long lengths is a clever move to achieve a youthful Y2K look. 

    Seamless hair extensions work in perfect harmony with this type of hairstyle, maintaining the same thickness from root to tip and performing with unmatched softness and shine. You can pair the middle part with whatever hairstyle you prefer – whether it’s buns, a half-up hairstyle, a chic low ponytail, or a sleek and extra-long hairdo.

    The 90s Bob

    Thinking of getting a big chop? Well – why not? Short bobs are still going strong this year, being the number one choice for short hair cuts. Getting your tresses cut off doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll have to say goodbye to long hair forever, quite the opposite: by playing with an accessory such as Ultra Volume hair extensions, you can easily blend in the shorter length and switch things up whenever you’d like to.

    Half-Up Space Buns

    Space buns are all the rage for a festival hairstyle idea! To create this hairstyle all you have to do is split the top section of your hair in two, and then create a bun with each of the two halves. Voila, you have the perfect festival half up half down!

    This is such a fun look, and it gives you the best of both worlds - you can show off the beautiful length of your hair, whilst keeping some of it up and out of the way. You can decorate this style with glitter down your parting or even jewels for a bold festival look. Step this look up a notch with one piece clip in hair extensions that are super lightweight and won’t weigh your hair down.

    Festival Hairstyles For Winter

    When the temperatures drop – and so do the beats, nothing quite does it like a festival hairstyle for winter; the perfect ‘do to protect your tresses from the cold whilst looking trendy as ever.

    Dutch Braids

    I cannot stress this enough, but in case you were wondering: I’m a huge fan of Dutch braids! I find them simply amazing, one of the most beautiful and fairly easy hairstyles in which you can also seamlessly blend in hair extensions to add a touch of colour or a dash of light with lighter shades. This protective hairstyle never fails in being a showstopper and its versatility guarantees a certified baddie look with any outfit. If you’re looking for the perfect festival hair braids, try a set of double Dutch plaits – the fierce and trendy festival hair style that will keep your hair tucked in and sheltered from the cold and wind.

    Hair Tinsel

    If glitter hair is not for you but you’d like to add some shine and sparkle to your mane, you should consider hair tinsel as a valid option. This type of hair extensions can be styled just like your own hair, and it adds a subtle (or bold, depends on how many strands you wear) touch of light and colour on your mane.

    Directly from the 90s, hair tinsel made its comeback thanks to the one and only Beyonce. You can purchase easy clip-in hair tinsel online, for example on Amazon. Here’s an example of clip in hair tinsel that is quick and easy to apply to your tresses!

    French Braid

    Ahh, the classy French braid. If you like festival braided hair, this look can be the right option for you. Not only it is one of the most popular braids ever, but it’s also a clever way to keep your hair tucked in and sheltered whilst you party around. The French plait is one of the most popular single or double braid hairstyles around, and there’s a reason behind that. Classy, fierce and elegant, this hairdo works best with long hair. A popular choice for bridal hairstyles too, if you’re looking for easy festival hair ideas look no further than this timeless classic.

    Mini Ponytails

    Y2K mini hair ties and mini ponytails, together with baby braids, have become a popular option for many an occasion. From festival hair to summer beach parties, back to school, and even the world of fashion and red carpets - this simple yet effective, youthful hairstyle has already been seen on countless celebrities. 

    Claw Clip Updo

    Another Y2K-inspired hairstyle, the claw clip updo is a popular, simple, and cute hairstyle that will keep you glamorous whilst making sure your hair doesn't fall on your face. Claw clips have been all the rage during the late 90s together with butterfly clips. If you'd like to know more or need some inspiration, check out our blog on how to put your hair up in a claw clip. Want to know more about this cute type of hairstyle? Check out our dedicated blog: Thursday Hair 101: How To Put Your Hair In A Claw Clip.

    Soft Waves Forever

    Gently tousled lengths and effortlessly glamorous waves are particularly popular this season – and it’s easy to see why. First of all, the look is incredibly easy to achieve, and second: you can recreate it in the comfort of your own home, with or without human hair extensions (depending on the finish you’re going for). Depending on your hair type, you may want to add a few clip ins to get more thickness in your tresses – after this, styling is fairly easy. Check out our dedicated blog: How To Get Heatless Curls In 12 Easy Ways.

    Hair Rings Trend

    Not exactly a hairstyle but a popular hair accessory, hair rings are still very much in – especially within a younger audience. You can give them a try and implement them in your space buns set, or why not? Paired with double Dutch braids or a long, thick French braid. Hair rings can be purchased online or, in some cases, at your local hair and beauty supplier. They come in different shapes, materials and colours – and they are fairly cheap too!

    Baby Braids Are Back

    Micro bubble ponytails and baby braids have been seen everywhere last summer, and guess what? Yes, they’re back and better than ever. You can combine them with hair rings and other accessories (such as colourful mini hair ties or hair tinsel), and you can wear them on the front to frame your face gracefully, or add them to your mane for magnified body, volume and texture.

    The Modified Sleek Updo

    Celebrities such as Shay Mitchell know exactly how to spice up a classic hairstyle with a good dose of festival styling, and honestly? I’m here for it! A sleek middle part with slicked back lengths and curly ends is the right balance between glamorous, editorial and casual – and trust me, it’s not easy to come up with something like this nowadays! However simple, this type of hairstyle has a subtle yet outrageously cool and ground-breaking flavour. If you’re a fan of accessorising, try implementing a few hair clips to match your outfit.


    When it comes to festival hairstyles, the only rule is to have fun! With Cliphair's range of extensions and accessories, you're ready to unleash your creativity and embrace the spirit of summer festivals. Whether you're rocking easy beach waves, a casual messy bun, or accessorizing with hair rings and flower crowns, the possibilities are endless. Explore our clip-in extensions for quick and easy styling, or opt for tape-in extensions for a seamless blend that lasts all day. For those seeking extra volume and thickness, our double drawn extensions are the perfect choice. And if you're ready for a long-lasting transformation, our permanent extensions offer a hassle-free solution. So, bring on the festival season and dance the day away with your mane styled to perfection, courtesy of Cliphair!

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