3 Easy Festival Hairstyle Tutorials

Festival season is well and truly upon us, and with that, comes many great challenges. Which festival to attend, and how to coordinate the ultimate clash-free timetable? What to wear? And how to style your hair?

In order to make your life that little bit easier, SheSaid spoke with Blow Dry Bar hairstylist Luke McCaul about creating perfect, festival-worthy hair. Here are three easy step-by-step celebrity-inspired hairstyles:

For each look, start by prepping your hair using a volumising shampoo and smoothing conditioner, comb through and blast dry. For best results, Luke recommends the I Want Body Volume Shampoo and Smooth Me Now Anti-Frizz Conditioner from Eleven Australia, combing through with Eleven’s Miracle Hair Treatment.

Festival-Chic Waves

1. After drying off your hair, brush through and smooth out. Part your hair where desired and section into two halves front and back – create these sections by taking the hair from each ear and meeting at the top centre of your head.

2. From here, take the front half section, and section again into four equal parts. Repeat to the back section until you have eight large sections all together.

3. Take your curling wand, tongs or flat iron and curl each individual section away from the face. If you are using a curling wand or tongs, point them down towards the ground, wrap the hair from the middle to the ends and hold for 20 seconds.

4. By just using your fingers, comb through the curls you’ve created to achieve that soft, boho wave. Hairspray to finish.

Note: By using Dry Shampoo at the roots and Sea Salt Spray over the ends, scrunch your curls for more of a rock chic look.


Messy Top Knot

1. Spray Sea Salt Spray through the ends of your hair, this will help to give your hair that added texture for a festival-worthy messy bun.

2. Flip your hair upside down and gather into a high ponytail at the crown of your head.

3. Using a generous amount, hairspray your entire ponytail by holding it up toward the ceiling.

4. Section your ponytail into three frontward facing sections and tease and hairspray each individual section. The more you tease, the larger your bun – so go crazy!

5. Now that you have a crazy messy textured ponytail, simply wrap your hair around into a bun shape you’re happy with and pin into place – be sure to camouflage your hairband.

Ultimate Bun Tip: If you find when you put your hair up into a bun that you have unwanted flyaways – take a clean blush brush, spray with hairspray and smooth over your hair. You’ll be amazed at how well this workd! Always avoid using a comb, as this simply makes it worse by pulling more hair out of your ponytail.


Halo Braid Boho Updo

1. Take a large horseshoe section from just above your temples to the back of the head and section this off (you’ll be coming back to this section later).

2. With the remaining bottom half of your hair, separate into two even sections and bring forward over the shoulders. Simply plait these two sections forward and secure with a hair elastic.

3. Going back to your top horseshoe section, hairspray and lightly tease this section to your desired height. Loosely plait the end and secure with a hair elastic. Wrapping the plait up and under, into the teased section, secure with bobby pins to create your updo bump.

4. To create your halo braid, take the two plaited sections and wrap up and over your head like a headband (or halo) and bobby pin into place. It doesn’t matter if your hair isn’t long enough to completely reach the other side – as long as you ensure to hide the elastics, the two plaits from either side will meet in the middle to create your halo.

5. Pull and loosen any pieces of the plaits and any loose strands of hair to soften the look and give it that boho festival look. Finish with hairspray.

Extra Festival Hairstyle Tips:

1. Shampoo your hair twice to ensure that it is extra cleansed and festival ready!

2. Be generous with the amount of product you use on your festival do – remember you’re going to be outdoors and exposed to all the elements all-day and all-night long so you want it to last.

3. Remember with your festival hairstyles, you aren’t looking for perfection – if there is a curl that just isn’t sitting right, don’t stress, embrace the messy, boho look.

4. Dry Shampoo is your best friend – it stops any unwanted oils or sweat ruining your look.

5. If you want to add some colour fun to your hairstyle, why not try hair chalk? Added colour that simply washes out the next day.

But, if hair isn’t really your thing and all that seems just a little too confusing for you, don’t stress. If you’re heading to Future Music Festival on 8th March in Sydney or on 9th March in Melbourne, there will be a complimentary pampering hair and makeup lounge being held by Blow Dry Bar and Gorgeous Cosmetics for all VIP ticket holders. 

March 11, 2014

10 Hair Tips For Your Best Hair Ever

Having a bad hair day? How about a bad hair week? The good news is you don’t have to put up with average hair, and it doesn’t take an overpriced visit to the salon to get great hair. We’ve asked hairdressers and hair stylists for their hair care secrets and compiled our 10 best hair tips and tricks for your best hair ever.

1. Shampoo, shampoo, shampoo

Clean hair and scalp is your first step to having a healthy head of hair. Use a mild shampoo if you are shampooing your hair every day. The best way to wash your hair? Don’t rub it into your head roughly, piling your hair up on top of your head, instead, smooth it over the hair, using the fingers to massage it into the scalp gently. This way you get fewer tangles and less damage to the hair. Rinse well.

2. Invest in the best conditioner
Here’s a tip straight from hairdressers: if you’re going to spend money on hair care, spend it on a quality conditioner. Conditioners help your hair lock in the moisture and keep it soft and protected from environmental pollution. Conditioners with protein as an ingredient work best to repair split ends. Also, make sure you use a conditioner that’s suitable to your hair type.

3. Get a trim every 6-8 weeks
It’s important to trim your hair regularly, so get a haircut every 6-8 weeks. Not only will this stop the split ends from spoiling your crowning glory, hair cuts are a great way to give you a confidence boost.

4. Get a scalp massage
Feeling tired and stressed out? Get a scalp massage. Not only is it amazing for instant stress relief, it is also great for healthy hair, by increasing blood circulation and distributing essential oils to its roots. Don’t have time or budget to visit a hair salon? Then give yourself a massage, using light oils such as olive or coconut oil, and using only your fingertips. Leave the oil to penetrate for half an hour, and then shampoo your hair.

5. Homemade hair masks
Give yourself a luxurious beauty treatment with a DIY hair mask. Try these treatments for strong, healthy hair:

1. Beat 2 eggs with a little water. Massage into the hair and leave to rest for 15 minutes, then rinse with a mild shampoo.
2. Mix 1 egg with a few spoonfuls of yoghurt and smooth throughout the hair, then rinse with a mild shampoo. This is a great natural mask for curly hair, adding shine and strength to curls.
3. Combine a cup of full cream milk with few drops of honey and massage into the scalp and hair. Rinse with mild shampoo. This mask works wonders on dry hair.

6. Food for hair
Some foods are essential for healthy hair, including salmon for protein, Vitamin D and Omega-3 fatty acids, all of which will strengthen your hair roots; walnuts for biotin and vitamin E, which can prevent hair loss; oysters for zinc, which can also prevent hair loss; sweet potato for beta carotene, which helps in processing Vitamin A, which is essential for generating essential oils for the scalp; and eggs for protein and essential minerals such as zinc, selenium, sulphur, and iron, for healthy hair growth. Wish your short hair would grow faster? Eat more of these foods for faster growth.

7. Avoid too many chemicals
Too many chemicals on your hair, such as hair colour and styling products can leave your hair weak, dry and damaged. Look for organic and natural hair care products – especially products without parabens and SLS (sodium lauryl sulfates). If you want to add natural shine to your hair, rub a little coconut oil between your palms and smooth over your locks.

8. Protect your hair from damage
Our environment damages our hair more than you think. Think about the sun damage alone: we wouldn’t think of going out in the sun without SPF, but our hair and scalp get a roasting. Wear a hat, or channel Grace Kelly and tie a scarf around your hair to protect it against sun damage. Other seasonal damage includes wind damage and chlorine, so use hydrating conditioners and treat your hair to a weekly hair pack to repair the damage.

9. Go natural
Addicted to your hair straightener? Or maybe you wouldn’t leave home without a blow dry?  It might be time to ween yourself off your styling tools. The intense heat is very damaging to hair, stripping it of essential oils and leaving hair dry and brittle. Let your hair go natural, especially on weekends.

10. Treat dandruff with medicated shampoo
Dandruff is often the cause of hair woes, and should be treated with an anti-dandruff shampoo. Alternate between anti-dandruff and normal shampoo, and shampoo every day, to keep your scalp clean. Leave the shampoo on your scalp for five minutes and rinse off.

Tell us in the comments: what’s your best hair tip?


July 29, 2013