If you’re anything like me, you love the spring racing carnival because it’s an excuse to get dressed up and maybe even rock something you normally wouldn’t have the guts to wear.
For me, it’s fascinators. I love headwear, don’t get me wrong – it’s just that finding the right fascinator to suit my head, my outfit and my hairstyle is quite the task. Luckily, we’ve got five killer hairstyles for any trackside event; all you have to do is choose the one you like the most!
When you’re hunting for fascinators, remember this tip from Sally Hansen Spring Racing Fashion Authority, Kate Waterhouse:
When it comes to headwear make sure you pick something that is in proportion to your face. You don’t want something too big that will swamp you!
Race day hair look #1: Sleek and shiny
Big floral fascinators like the one Adriana is wearing require a fuss-free canvas. Straight strands are the perfect option, and just because they’re not bouncy doesn’t mean they have to be boring. The trick is making sure they look nourished and healthy. To achieve this, apply Schwarzkopf Extra Care BB Cream to damp hair and allow your hair to air dry. With 11 nourishing and repairing benefits, it’s the ultimate multi-use treatment for your hair. Next, use the Philips ProCare Keratin Hair Straightener to improve the lustre of your hair as you straighten it and TONI&GUY Hair Meet Wardrobe Moisturising Shine Spray to add shine and long-lasting smoothness.
Race day hair look #2: The chic oversized bun
If the ‘Carrie bun’ was up high, then the ‘Blake bun’ is down low, baby. This oversized ‘do is perfect for race day as it has all the elements of a fascinator-friendly hairstyle: it’s sleek, features a side part and complements your headwear without overshadowing it. To get the look, prep your strands with KMS California Tame Frizz Smoothing Lotion to ensure long-lasting manageability and add in some hair extensions. We love Models Prefer Professional Human Hair Extensions as they can be heat styled again and again without being ruined. Once they’re in, tie your hair into a low ponytail and thread it through a Scunci Bun Maker. Use the thickness of your natural hair as well as the extensions to create an extra large bun. If the bun is too small at first, secure it and then gently pull on your hair with your fingers to make it larger.
Race day hair look #3: The boho pony
This look boho chic look is super easy to recreate. Start by using the ghd curve creative curl wand to create beachy waves. Next, spritz some Seven Wonders Moroccan Argan Oil Volumiser Spray through the roots and lengths of your hair. This will add body and fullness to your crown and ponytail. To finish, twist some pieces of hair at the side of your head, secure with a bobby pin and fashion into a low ponytail.
Race day hair look #4: The adorned milkmaid braid
This style suits a high-necked frock, as it pulls your hair off your face in a flattering and playful way. Start by adding a bit of movement and volume to your hair using a dry shampoo like Pantene Pro-V Dry Shampoo – Volume Booster. This will also work to absorb any excess oil and freshen your strands. Then, braid or fishtail braid your hair into pigtails and then bring the ends up to the crown of your head, securing them in a braided line. Finish with a bejewelled headband that sits just in front of your braid.
Race day hair look #5: The super-sweet side braid
Looking for something to do with your long hair? Or do you have some extensions handy? The sweet side braid has your name written all over it. The best part? It’s the perfect base for a variety of headwear – and Ricki-Lee’s nailed it. Use the VS Sassoon Curl Secret to create subtle waves throughout the lengths of your hair – this will give your hair the kind of movement that lends itself well to a flirty side braid. Next, apply a little nak done•n•dusted to your roots and work it through with your fingers. This will deliver volume and lift to your roots, making them perfect to perch a fascinator on.
Which style do you like the look of most? Which one would you be most likely to wear?