How To Get The Ultimate Festival Hair

I actually can’t believe it’s already March.

This year has been flying by, but in a good way. Another March means a new season is already here, one that we all look forward to… festival season!

In a couple of weeks , we’ll be heading south to hit one of the first festivals on the circuit — and one of my personal favorites — SXSW! There’s a lot of preparation that goes on to ensure our festival season is a great one, and one of the first things we’re doing this year is making sure our looks are complete from head to toe… you better believe that means some fun festival hair! We’re no strangers to hair chalk, but this year I’d like to introduce you to these fun little hair color sticks that make coloring up your hair easier than ever. I enlisted our PR intern, Kait, who has some of the best hair around, to model these bright hues. Her blonde locks made for the perfect canvas, so we went to town with the FP X Britelites Hair Color Sticks, giving her the ultimate festival hair! Take a look below at how we achieved this gorgeous look:


It’s best to start with dry hair, and to choose colors that work well with your hair color. For blondes, cooler tones like blues and greens work great. On darker hair, try using warmer colors like orange, yellow and pink.


On Kait’s hair, I tried out an ombre look using blue and green hair sticks.


Start with blue, and brush the stick in a downward motion onto the ends of the hair.



After the blue, I added in some green a little higher up using the same downward motion.



It looks the most natural when the colors are blended in with one another.


Rub your hair through your fingers to spread out the color and blend the blue and green together where they meet. This creates a nice gradient for the ombre effect.



You can stop there if the ocean blue, mermaid look is your thing, or you can try incorporating some other colors. There’s not a right or wrong way to use these hair sticks, so feel free to add in color wherever you like!


After the green, I tried adding in a little red.


Keep using the same downward motion, and remember to blend the colors with your fingers!



I love the way the red adds a pop of brightness to the cooler tones at the ends of her hair.


To dress up her half-up, half-down look, I added in some color streaks to her top pony before adding in a braid.


The colors look beautiful woven throughout a regular three strand braid. A fishtail would look great here, too! If you don’t know how to do one, or want to save time, see how we faked one here ;)



Voila! The ultimate festival hair!



Kait is wearing: White Sands Crop TopBryant Distressed Cut Off, Salt Spray Kimono

They key is to have it look carefree, fun, and true to you. I can’t wait to use these hair color sticks all season long!

+How are you styling up your hair for festival season? Let us know in the comments!

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8 years ago

Absolutely love using chalk in my hair for festivals! I have never tried layering multiple colours like this but it looks amazing! Can’t wait to try it this summer <3

8 years ago

Wow that is cool!! Wonder if they work on dark hair or on dreadlocks? :)

8 years ago

as much as i love the festival hair look it really bothers me how freepeople doesn’t promote healthy hair. there are so many articles about how to live a healthy life through exercise and diet but there needs to be more emphasis placed on healthy hair

8 years ago

Girlfriend also has amazing hair period! Love the mermaid look, so pretty and magical!



8 years ago

Looks so awesome! Love it!

8 years ago

Suuuuuper cute! I love the big colorful braid!

8 years ago

Looks absolutely amazing! I love hair chalk and can’t wait to try these out! (Also: wow Kait’s hair is incredible!)


8 years ago

Love this post!! xx


8 years ago

Beautiful hair!

8 years ago

Absolutely love the way her hair is styled!
Now that I have an ombre, I can’t wait to try lighter colors in my hair! <3

8 years ago

Love, just wondering which colors you actually used from the britelites collection is she wearing the ice blue or the blue and I love the red hue but I noticed it had the Or orange symbol on the side. Just curious for when I want to achieve a similar look.

7 years ago

This looks awesome!!! I love your ring too. Does the colour wash out easily?

7 years ago

Wow…what a cool idea :-) I wish I could have think about something like this Looking forward for more tricks :-)

~ Melina