Tips for Beautiful Mardi Gras Street Fest Hair
Mardi Gras will be awesome this year: all the food, drinks, music, and of course, the beads. But, like any street festival, the weather, activities, and crowds can make having a hairstyle tough to make and maintain. Whether you’re going for a big, dramatic updo or just trying to keep your hair out of your face during the festivities, here are some ways that you can keep your street fest hair–even during the craziness of Mardi Gras–both beautiful and lasting.
Go Crazy with the Bobby Pins
Seriously. A woman cannot live on hairspray alone. Make sure you give your braid, ponytail, or dramatic pompadour some metal support, along with whatever hairspray or gel you use to sculpt it into place. The heat and humidity of New Orleans can increase frizziness or make your hairspray less effective, so it’s important to have a double-team of hair product and bobby pins to keep your coif in place. And no street festival purse is complete without bobby pin backups–even if you don’t need them, you’ll probably meet someone who does (and maybe get some free beads out of the deal).
Hairspray, Hair Gel, Hair Pomade, Everything
New Orleans is in the deep South, which means crawfish, good music, and insane humidity. Fight the frizz with products that suit whichever style you’re wearing: if you’re rocking a high ponytail, use a hair gel for a sleek, polished look; soft curls call for flexible hair pomade, and a dramatic updo (or anything defying gravity) definitely needs hairspray.
Experiment with Updos
If you’re normally a hair-down kind of girl, try something new for Mardi Gras. Because of the heat and amount of people you’ll be around in those giant crowds, it’s always nice to keep yourself as compact as possible in order to not get bumped into in the streets. A good way to do this is to try braids: a French braid would obviously be appropriate, but double braids or even a braided bun would look adorable as well. If you’re more of a simple lady, try a ponytail with extra volume by teasing the top of your scalp and smoothing over it with a shine serum for a bouncy, voluminous pony. In the spirit of Carnival, you can, of course, get crazy: add some feathers, jewels, or glitter if you feel your updo gets too boring.
Keep Your Hair off Your Face
Trust us: it’s going to be hot, humid, and crowded. And if you would rather wear your makeup on your face and not on your bangs, then make sure you keep them off your face for the festival. French braiding bangs into the rest of the hairline is super effortless and cute, or try a retro twist away from the face and set with hairspray. A mini-pompadour looks cute as well: just backcomb the hair above your bangs, pull them back, and voila, your bangs are now a little celebratory Mardi Gras pouf.