Festivals 2012

Festivals have in the past ten years gone from being a massive underground movement to a huge part of everyone’s Great British Summer.

They do, however raise a few conundrums for the stylish girl, about how to cope with up to three days of zero access to blow drying facilities: a total nightmare.  Here we are going to talk you through a few ideas on how to make a big style statement this festival season, and keep it just the right side of ‘grunge’ with these key trends.

Centre parted waves will as ever, be a big festival look; seen here on the ever stylish Kate Bosworth she opted for this finish at the Coachella festival this year.  All you really need for this look is a great cut with a little layering, good condition, some plaiting skills and some dry shampoo.

If you want to try this out at home, it couldn’t be easier; in the weeks leading up to your festival, make sure you are using our ‘Nicky Clarke Intensive moisture mask’ once a week to get your hair in great shape.  This luxurious mask containing Moringa Oil and selected proteins will get in prime condition for your festival photos.  Then the night before you go, wash your hair with our Nicky Clarke Moisture shampoo and conditioner, and towel dry, create a centre parting, and a loose plait either side of your head – undo in the morning, and you’ll have a lovely soft and touseled wave. Then, just re-plait each night before you camp down, and refresh with a dry shampoo each morning.


Plaits have been such a huge look on the catwalk as well, that we expect to see french braids and loose fishtail plaits at all the big festivals as they are effortlessly feminine and also incredibly pratical.  Head over to nickyclarke.com to read about how to better your plaiting skills before the season starts to try this one.

We also predict that Purple power will also be having a festival moment this festival season.  ‘Crazy colour’ as we like to call it in salon, is a brave move for anyone, but at least two celebrities have been brazen enough to plump for violet hues of late.  Katy Perry – whose colour we can barely keep up with – has opted for a deep purple, and the new kid on the urban scene Azelia Banks has really allowed her colourist to have creative control and has been seen sporting an amazing purple ombre – or ‘tonal drift’ using black, pink and purple.  If you want to try something fun like this, ask your colourist to help you choose a creative colour that suits you and your skin tone, and remember the upkeep it will need – can you commit to it or do you want something that will fade?

If you’re wanting a style statement that needs less of a commitment; to add interest to your centre parted 70’s look, festival goers can try flower crowns. Worn accross the parting, these bands have a real hippy vibe.


These were seen last summer at British festivals, but we predict this trend will only continue to gain momentum.  Ever since the beautiful Lana Del Ray wore one on the cover of  her album ‘Born to die’ these have been a huge trend and although last year festival goers crowns were smaller, and on the more practical side – we predict that this year they will get bigger and more sumptuous.

Of course, there’s always the obligatory 70’s style wide brimmed hat for when your hair and your energy, really start to flag.  This style never seems to go out of fashion, as they are a must at festivals either for hiding bleary eyes, or hair that’s began to loose it’s sheen.  Any day of the festival though, there’s a trend here that you can try to hide your unwashed locks with, with real panache.