Top 8 Spring Carnival Hairstyles
Spring is here and the Spring Carnival is near! Melbourne Cup Day is on Tuesday 7th November 2017 so you only have about a month to get yourself in order. This is the best time for the lads to pull out their best suits, dress shoes, pocket squares, ties and cufflinks for the usual office shindig and booze fest. But really, who is looking at the men? The Spring Carnival is all about the ladies – their stunning dresses or pant suits, the heels, makeup, the hair, and fascinators. This is where the best of fashion is sprung! We’ll keep our eyes peeled for celeb outfits and what Jennifer Hawkins will be rocking at the event. Spring Carnival Hairstyles are certainly in at the momet.
I know you want to impress all your friends and co-workers on Melbourne Cup Day, so I have together a list of some hairstyles that will be an absolute hit on the day. This obviously depends on what type of fascinator or headpiece you plan on wearing. Your hairstyle will have to complement your choice for head wear and the rest of your dress, taking into account necklines, colour, dress length etc. Whatever style you aspire to achieve for this big day of the year, we hope there’s a hairstyle just for you!
1. Finger waves “marcelling”
Finger waving is the most classic of all hair styles with its stunning Hollywood appearance. With a head piece or fascinator, you could venture into the territory of looking 1920s flapper-like, but I say there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. The finger wave style is so elegant that it has made many revivals, worn among celebrities like Tyra Banks, Vanessa Hudgens, Kate Bosworth, Christina Aguilera and Reese Witherspoon.
This look is a little bit fancier and therefore a bit trickier to do. You will need a reliable curling tong that evenly distributes heat to keep your curls consistent. You will then need to brush out the curls and pin the curls down with flat pins where the waves sit to set the style and spray away with some strong hold hairspray. Then, add your desired fascinator. Watch this very useful YouTube tutorial for how to do this look on your own at home. Definitely one of the most elegant spring carnival hairstyles to go with!
I’ve said it once, I’ve said it twice, and I’ll say it again: Braids are the best. Up, down, half up… whatever! Braids are my ultimate go-to. They have saved me on countless occasions when I have had a bad hair day and make me feel like Lara Croft. They just keep everything together, unless you want the loose ends, and they look amazing. You can have them on all day and not have to worry about your hair because it will all be kept, especially if you plan on getting maggot… Let’s be honest, we have all seen some undignified photos of some hammered ladies rolling around on the grass, shrubs or rubbish bins from last year’s Melbourne Cup. Now, this may or may not be you this year but at least your hair will be all class when you fail to be.
3. Bouncy Curls
Bouncy curls are the safest bet as they look amazing on long hair and you can wear those fascinator hats, also known as a “hatinator”, with them. Bouncy curls are such a diverse hairstyle that you can style them freely and pretty much wear it with any fascinator. Use your bigger barrel curling tongs to create luscious and voluminous curls and set with hair spray… lots of hairspray. The heat of the day will likely make your hair drop, but your wondrous curls will sure get you the right kind of attention. One of the more simple spring carnival hairstyles to go with.
4. Retro hair
You can probably tell I am obsessed with the vintage hairstyles, I really do think they will make a resurgence because they are so classic and elegant. This look again can drag you back to the 1920s pin up era, but nothing airs more of sophistication than this classic do. You can wear beautiful fishnet fascinators or tie a bow in your hair. Just watch this tutorial on some beginners pin up looks:
5. Half up hair – Kate Middleton hair
Everybody is in love with Kate Middleton, our style icon, or is it just me? The Duchess always has the most stunning hair styles and we have to admire her half up-do with the hatinator. She is elegant, yet simple and not overstated. Personally, this is the look I would go for as it is pretty and demure, especially if you are going Melbourne Cup for a work event.
6. Messy bun/up-style
The messy up-style is always a win. I just like the fact that the hair is up and out of the way, especially if you plan on getting your drank on! You won’t have to worry too much about loose hairs falling because it is all a part of the look. It should also be clipped in by your fascinator. To achieve the messy bun, section the hair and create a pony tail in the middle. Wrap the pony tail into a bun and pin around to secure. Simply do this with all the other sectioned pieces and ta-da! Messy bun. Too easy.
7. The pony
Want to get Grande? Every time I think of the pony, I think of the high sleek pony rocked by Ariana Grande, but there are many other varieties like the textured pony and low pony. I believe this is a statement hair-do in itself and would make it a bit tricky to put in a very big fascinator. What would sit nicely with a pony is an elegant headpiece like the ones featured here by Yummii & I – I’m a sucker for these headpieces. This one is for the ladies who like to be a little bit extra, they will be sure to make you stand out. Otherwise, you can opt for a simpler look with a floral fascinator to rock this spring carnival hairstyles.
8. Sides wept curls
Like the bouncy curls, you can’t go wrong with this look. Simply curl and tuck hair to the side, insert a fascinator and ta-da! I tried to avoid finding wedding images, but these are just so pretty with the floral decorations along the side.
Let us know what Spring Carnival Hairstyles you pick!