You hair usually serves double duty on race day: not only is it the crowning glory of your whole outfit, it’s also the base on which your fascinator/hat rests (should you choose to wear one).

Here are three looks you can try.



Let’s start with a more casual style. Ponytails, while usually associated with being sporty, aren’t always appropriate for more formal events. Let’s fix that, shall we?

Carefully brush back your hair and gather it at the back of your head. Tie it with an elastic that’s as close to your hair colour as possible. Next, spray mousse or hairspray on your hands and smooth it across the sides of your hair.

That’s it, really. The whole point is to keep things simple and easy. You can, however, do several variations on this style.

For a more chic look, gather your hair low and to the side. If you want volume, do the two-ponytail trick: divide your hair into two sections and make two tails. Keep them as close together as possible.


Loose Waves

This look is elegant, classic, and ultra feminine, and goes with almost any outfit and mane length.

Clean, day-old hair is best: thoroughly wash and condition your hair the day before your event. When you’re ready to start styling, divide your hair into two or three horizontal parts, depending on how thick your hair is.

Beginning with the bottom half (or third), twist your hair in sections around a 1-inch or 2-inch hair barrel (make sure it’s had time to properly warm up). Start from outside and twist the hair going inward. Take the next section and twist it outward. Keep doing this until you’ve gone all the way around your head.

When you take the barrel out of your hair, remember to cradle the curl in your hand for a few seconds to let it cool. This sets the curl and makes it last longer. Lightly mist with hairspray after every few curls, and keep going until you get to the top section.

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Hot Crossed Bun

What I like about this last style is that it works perfectly with medium-length hair and looks princess-y.

As with creating loose waves, it’s also best to start this look with clean, day-old hair. Curl your hair in sections as before, but remember that you can be more relaxed since you’re only doing this for volume.

When you’re done curling, gather the upper section of your hair into a low ponytail, twist it into a bun, and secure with hairspray and bobby pins.

Take your remaining hair and braid it french-style. Bring the braid to rest on top of the bun and secure with bobby pins and a light mist of hairspray. Do the same with the other side.


1 Comment

  • Jane Fallin says:

    Great tips for creating something a little more styled than what I usually do with my hair – will have to give it a go!

    Thanks Nina

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