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Hair how to: Get music festival hair

02:00 Thu Nov 3 2011
Melissa Williams-King
Kelly Osbourne. Image: Getty

The New Zealand music festival scene gets bigger every summer - this year there are at least nine major music festivals taking place over New Year's Eve, from Paihia to all the way to Queenstown.

Everyone wants to look hot on holiday, but camping and high-maintenance hair don't mix. So we got some advice from Sebastian Professional Design Team Director, Joey Scandizzo, the best hair-dos for the festival season. Whether you're into pop, dance, metal or reggae, release your inner rock-chick with these great summer styles.

Curls rule
Many people were embracing curls at Australia's recent Splendour in the Grass music festival – be they natural or not. Says Joey Scandizzo, “One of the best ways to wear your hair at a festival is curly – especially on day two or three when you’ve a little dirt and oil in your hair. Curly hair is a dryer hair type so you can afford to work a little product in each day. Take a fingernail-sized amount of a paste like Sebastian Professional Matte Putty, rub between your palms and scrunch into your curls. It will hold your curl and give you a nice matte texture.”

If you haven't been born with the curly gene, Joey recommends using a conical tong to get a natural looking curl. “Use Shine Define with your curler, and the memory retention spray will help hold your curl for days. Then simply twist your hair with a little Molding Mud and finish with some Re-Shaper to refresh the look each day.”

In short
“This is festival ease at it’s best! You barely need to style a crop if it’s been cut well. I think it’s great to see girls rocking short styles – it’s definitely not just something for the boys anymore,” says Joey. His tip? “Rock it up with a bit of Craft Clay for a really dry, gritty texture that can be remoulded each day, or soften it by just smoothing through some Taming Elixir.”

Bright news
And if it turns out a pixie crop isn’t for you? “Try experimenting with colour – take it platinum blonde! The extremely light colour will make it seem like you have less hair if you’ve kept it longer. And if you’re feeling adventurous there’s a real trend for dip-dyed hair, with pastel or honey shades as highlights.” Use Sebastian Professional’s new Color Ignite shampoo and conditioner to keep hair healthy and your colour vibrant.

Over easy
The simplest of styles proved to also be one of the most popular, with long, straight hair even sported by Kate Moss herself. “She’s the ultimate rock chick,” says Joey. “And if you’ve blessed with long, straight hair then work it to its advantage!” The trick to keeping your hair looking hot is avoiding oil build up, which can be done by applying a small amount of talc to your roots and brushing through. Once you’ve brushed out the offending oil, take your travel-size Shaper Zero Gravity hairspray and spray directly into the roots through the sides and back of your hair, rubbing with your fingers to create texture. “This will give you a bit of volume, resulting in a sexy, bed-head look and also help keep oil at bay because your hair won’t be sitting flat against your scalp.”

Red or dead
In the world of hair colour, red is the new ‘black’ and there was no shortage of rouge shades at Splendour in the Grass this year. “From fire engine red to rich coppers and warm blondes, red is the colour of the moment,” says Joey. “We’ve seen celebs trying it out and it’s been highlighted through fashion designers’ collections, so is now translating through into high-street hair.”

Click here to see celebs' music festival hairstyles

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