UK festival hair guide

Last month we all watched and wished we could have been at Coachella, but the UK festivals are now in full swing. Will they be as gorgeous on instagram as Coachella or will it be a mud field in the rain? That’s the beauty of the UK, you just don’t know what your going to get from hour to hour!

If you are looking for festival hair inspiration visit my pinterest page where I have all the looks from Coachella to inspire you. You will need a few things for your hair before you go.

  • Hair chalk – Brilliant for making individual strands in different colours. Think rainbow effect
  • Colour sprays These are temporary and will wash out, they are great for making dip dye looks.
  • Hair and face glitter
  • Lots of dry shampoo! Batiste has to be the festival favourite. It can be a bit chalky when over sprayed but needs must!
  • Hair accessories, I just love hair accessories from scarf to ribbons, have a look at my Pinterest favs.
  • Hair chalks are the most fun and versatile but you need to follow a few rules!

How to Use Hair Chalks                             


You can apply them to wet or to dry hair, just watch out of you have very blonde hair that is porous, they can stain your hair! It will fade it but may take 2 or 3 washes. If you apply on dry hair it will be more subtle or on wet hair more vibrant. I would make sure you try this before you go and it not something you would do at a festival, this is in your prep day.

Take small species of hair (about 1 cm) and rub down the hair. NEVER rub up as this will damage your hair.

If you are using on wet hair, don’t over saturate the hair. The hair needs to be damp and not wet, a water bottle with a fine mist is perfect. Twist the stand of hair as you apply.



  1. Remove any excess powder before moving onto the next strand.
  2. Allow to air dry and avoid brushing your hair now the colour has been applied
  3. To ‘seal’ the colour you can run a styler over your hair.
  4. When you want to remove the colour, shake your hair or brush out the chalk before shampooing.


If you not sure what festivals are still out there for the UK, I have this handy list

The festival: Parklife, held in Heaton Park, Manchester.
When: 9-10th June 2018.
What to expect: A 600 acre, adventure playground of music.
Can’t miss: If you can, getting a ticket for VIP colonnade area will be totally worth it. There you can enjoy comic performances, the best lineup of street food, secret bars and a game of Bongo’s Bingo. All film-themed…
Ticket price? Full weekend from £95.
Confirmed acts for 2018? Skepta, N.E.R.D, A$AP Rocky, Liam Gallagher to name a few.
Isle of Wight Festival
The festival: Isle of White Festival…. predictably in the Isle of White!
When: Thursday 21st June – Sunday 24th June
What to expect: Seen as the Woodstock of Europe, the Isle of Wight festival is steeped in history as well as rich and varied acts. Expect music, theatre, film, comedy, family-friendly fun and plenty of gold as the festival celebrates its 50th anniversary. There’s even a football field showing all the games, so the footie lover in your life won’t miss them. Legendary.
Can’t miss: Camila Cabello’s UK festival debut.
Ticket price? Tickets start at £65

The festival: Lovebox, held in Gunnersbury Park, London.
When: 13-14th July 2016.
What to expect: A weekend held in Gunnersbury Park with a wide variety of musical genres including hip hop, indie, rock, grime and pop, as well as circus performers, cabaret and fringe acts.
Can’t miss: The roller disco – but maybe try it before you hit up the bar…
Ticket price? From £49.50 for the weekend.
Confirmed acts for 2018? Childish Gambino, Skepta, N.E.R.D and SZA to headline.

The festival: Latitude in Henham Park, Suffolk.
When: 12-15th July 2018.
What to expect: Beautiful grounds, world-class music and loads of extracurricular fun.
Can’t miss: You HAVE to go for a swin in the park’s lake (it’s totally allowed).
Ticket price? Weekend camping tickets start at £197.50.
Confirmed acts for 2018? Killers, Solange, Alt-J and Rag ‘N’ Bone Man to name a few.

The festival: Bestival on the Isle of Wight.
When: 2-5th August 2018
What to expect: Expect days listening to world-leading music acts, ranging from EDM to pop and grime, and nights filled with parades and an abundance of after-parties.
Can’t miss: The very many psychedelic, space-themed installations like the Love-Bot. Also make sure you see the Ambient Forest and the world’s largest disco ball which is present at the site.
Ticket price? Standard adult entry is £190.
Confirmed acts for 2018? London Grammar, M.I.A, Plan B, Jorja Smith and Mabel to name a few.

The festival: Wilderness, held in Oxfordshire.
When: 2-5th August 2018
What to expect: A culture, arts and live music mecca set in the leafy green surroundings of Oxfordshire.
Can’t miss: Wilderness is all in the name – you have to make use of the park surroundings. Go boating, fly fishing or wild swimming in the park’s lakes before drying off to enjoy some live music – cold beer in hand.
Ticket price? General camping tickets from £164.
Confirmed acts for 2018? Bastille, Nile Rogers, Chic, IAMDDB and Mahalia to name a few.



  1. Such a helpful guide and awesome tips! I love the hair ideas you mentioned, it’s so fun to do something crazy with your hair once in a while, even better that it washes out again haha! I think we have a Kendal Calling festival near me but no idea when it is 😀 xx

    elizabeth ♡ ”Ice Cream” whispers Clara
    (I would love to follow each other on bloglovin if you like :D)

    • June 3, 2018 / 9:37 am

      Hey Elizabeth,
      Super pleased that you find it helpful. I am a little scared of permanent so these are perfect Jo xx

  2. Jenna
    June 4, 2018 / 12:59 pm

    Great post! I was obsessed with hair chalks a few years ago 🙂 My hair is dark brown, so it is hard to get any color to stay well, but maybe I will bust some out again this summer.
    -Jenna <3
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    • June 4, 2018 / 1:03 pm

      It has inspired me too! I really like just dipped at the bottom x

  3. Emily Macdonald
    June 4, 2018 / 5:49 pm

    Hello, great guide. I know your blonde, but do you have any advice for dark hair, as my hair is dark brown and I can’t seem to find anyway of temporarily colouring it. Thanks x

    • June 4, 2018 / 7:41 pm

      Hi Emily,
      Dark is tricky to get bright colours to show up in your hair. I find sprays are better than chalk for this but will still be quite subtle. The only tip I have is to put dry shampoo on your hair first. It seems to lighten and make the spray stick, but it does feel quite tacky after.
      I hope that helps,
      Jo x

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