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Festival season is here and that means big bands, big crowds, camping and in many cases, 3 days without a shower.

Getting your hair ready for a festival is all about protecting it against the stress it’s likely to come under. Whether that’s not showering, damage from the sun or the build up of sweat and grease in the crowds, there are plenty of challenges your hair will face.

Luckily, you can take a few simple steps to stop your hair looking greasy and to make sure you stay flake-free for the whole festival:

1. It’s all in the preparation
The next few days are going to be tough – if not for you, then for your hair. So plan ahead and wash your hair on the morning you leave – not the night before or the day before.

Come the third day of the festival, you’ll be thankful it’s only been 3 days without washing it rather than 4 or 5.

2. Weather-proof your hair
Check the weather forecast before you go. If it’s going to be sunny, your hair may be at risk of sun damage if you’re spending long days outside. So use a conditioner – it means your hair is as nourished and moisturized as possible to reduce damage from the sun.

But however you prepare, don’t spend too long in the sun – conditioner won’t block out UV rays so you may still experience sun damage

Expecting rain? Make sure to take a bottle of Head & Shoulders Smooth and Silky with you to tackle any unexpected frizz

3. Take emergency supplies
Not everyone is lucky enough to be going to a campsite with showers – or at least ones you’d want to use. But even if there aren’t showers, there’s nothing a travel-sized bottle of Head & Shoulders and a bottle of water can’t fix.

Okay, so you won’t exactly get the full shower experience, but a little bit of shampoo rinsed with a bottle of water and your hair won’t look too greasy in this year’s festival photos.

4. Avoid over-heating your head
It’s tempting to wear a hat to keep the sun off your head and to hide greasy, unwashed hair after a few days on the campsite. But remember, raising the temperature of your head creates the ideal conditions for dandruff-causing microbes to thrive.

More about the causes of dandruff

So wearing a hat when you’re packed into the crowd or out in the sun enjoying the music could aggravate your dandruff. Let your head breathe and, if you need a break from the sun, try to find somewhere you can get out of the sun for a few hours.

You never know, you may stumble across a great-unsigned band away from the main stages!

5. Skip the styling products
Hairspray, mousse or hair gel may look good when you set off to the festival, but after a few days on the campsite they’re likely to end up looking pretty greasy.

So let your hairs go naked for the festival – if your hair is long, think about plaits or braiding it to keep it under control. It should hold for the whole festival, so you won’t have to un-braid each night and re-braid each morning.

And if it rains, all you need to do is un-do your style and your hair should still have plenty of volume

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