Hairstyles For The Carnival

Tie your hair into a ponytail or other updo style to get ready for a day at the carnival.

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When you're heading out for a fun day at the carnival, the last thing you want is your hair whipping around in your face when you're flying around on the roller coaster or trying to scarf back that delicious cotton candy. No worries, though, because there are some really fab styles you can achieve in no time at all.


Putting your hair up into a basic ponytail is one of the quickest, simplest ways to get it out of your face for the day, but you don't have to stick with a plain, boring ponytail. Use an elastic to secure your ponytail up against the back of your head as you normally would, only leave a section of hair that's about one-inch thick out on top. Wrap this loose hair around the elastic and use a bobby pin to slide in over the ends and keep the hair in place. Mist over your hair lightly with some hair spray and you're ready to hit the fairgrounds. Add a decorative headband for a nice finishing touch.

Fishtail Braid

A fishtail braid is an ideal style if you want to keep your hair out of your face and not have to worry about heading to the bathroom every five minutes to redo your 'do after going on that crazy fast coaster. Part your hair far to one side, pull your hair over the opposite shoulder, and divide your hair into two even sections. Cross a chunk of hair from the outside of the left section over to the inside of the right, and then a chunk from the outside of the right section, across to the inside of the left. Keep going with this pattern down the length of your hair until you reach the ends, then use an elastic to secure around the ends and keep the braid in place.

Pigtail French Braids

Pigtail braids can look childish for certain occasions -- hey, you probably don't want to wear it on a romantic candlelit dinner to that new posh restaurant -- but for a trip to the carnival, it works just right. Part your hair down the center, create a French braid in the right section of hair, secure the ends with an elastic, then do the same with the left section.

Pinned Back

If you just can't stand the thought of putting your hair into an updo for the day, you can wear it down, as long as you pin back the front sections so they're out of your face. Part your hair down the center, pull a section of hair about one-inch wide on one side of your part back against the side of your head and pin it in place with a bobby pin. Use a couple extra bobbies over top if your hair is quite thick. Do the same on the other side and mist over your hair with some hair spray to keep your style in place all day while you're showing those rides who's boss.

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