We want you to enjoy your Coachella weekend, being busy ‘Coachellaing’ in earnest. We also want you to look great doing it, which is why we enlisted Laura Polko, who tames the manes of Kim Kardashian, Chrissy Teigin, Shay Mitchell and pretty much every other celebrity with perfect hair, to create three days worth of options. The styles are fresh takes on trendy looks- not just boxer braids, but a boxer braided ponytail, etc. She designed them with each day of the festival in mind, starting from Friday through Sunday, but since we’re not ones for hard-and-fast rules, incorporate the below inspiration as you see fit.

Coachella Braided ‘Hun’ (High Bun)

1. Start by prepping damp hair with The Ouai Wave Spray by misting from root to ends. Depending on your natural texture, either let hair air dry, or blow dry and finish with a few curls using the ghd Curve Soft Curl Iron 1.25″.

2. Using the pointy end of a rat-tail comb, pull back the center piece of your hair, using the middle of each eyebrow as a guide, then loosely secure using a duckbill clip where you want your high bun to sit to keep it out of your face while you braid.

3. Starting on one side of the center piece, grab three pieces of hair directly outside of the part and begin French braiding. To get an inside-out braid (pictured above) weave each piece of hair under instead of over while you braid, which will give it that ‘lifted’ effect. Continue pulling new pieces from the outside each time you add to the braid.

4. Keep braiding until you reach the crown of your head or where you plan to place your bun, then continue with a traditional braid until you have about an inch of hair left. Tie off with a clear elastic.

5. Repeat the braid on the other side of the center piece of hair, then secure with a clear elastic.

6. Take the center chunk of hair out of the duck bill clip, then loosely rake back with your fingers to give the look an effortless base.

7. Using an elastic, begin securing the hair back where you want the bun to sit. Pull the hair half way through the elastic, and then wrap the rubber band around again to create a mini-bun. Tuck in any loose, leftover pieces as needed.

8. To finish, choose a piece of hair near the front of your face and begin loosely braiding starting below your ear. Tie off the end with a clear elastic, then repeat on the other side.

Boxer Braided Ponytail

1. Using a rat tail comb, create a sharp center part down the middle of your hair.

2. Start inverse French braiding on one side of the part, grabbing large chunks as you go. Follow the frame of your face, but leave a few pieces out around your ears to make the look less polished. Once you reach your ear, continue braiding downward toward the back of your head where you want your low ponytail to sit.

3. When you reach the center of your head, secure with a clear elastic, then repeat on the other side.

4. Once you’ve braided both sides, lightly tease the remaining center piece of your hair at the back of your head to give it some volume, then connect each of the braids into a low ponytail.

5.Take a one-inch piece of hair from the ponytail and wrap around the elastic holding the braids and ponytail together, then secure to your head with a bobbi pin.

6. To give the braids a little lived-in frizz, gently rub the top of the braids with your fingers. For some extra oomph, add a little dusting of SCUNCI gold glitter down the center of the braids using a fluffy makeup brush.

Tatted Up

1. By the last day, you’ll be working with a lot of natural oils, so a slick look is easiest to work with. Use your rat-tail comb to recreate a center part, then smooth hair down using The Ouai Hair Oil. Secure hair into a low ponytail.

2. Using a small piece of hair from the ponytail, wrap around the elastic and secure with a bobbi pin.

3. Take the remaining hair in the ponytail and loosely braid into a fishtail by splitting the hair into two sections, then grabbing new hair from the outside and crossing over all the way down.

4. Once you have about an inch remaining, secure the braid with a clear elastic, then gently pull from the left and right to loosen the braid.

5. Hair tattoos are optional, but they really punch up the whole look. We used ones from SCUNCI (which also double as body tattoos!). Cut out the tattoo you want to use, then cut again in half to use on each side.

6. Remove the clear sheet, then place face-down where you want the tattoo to sit.

7. Cover with a wet towel for 30 seconds, then remove the paper, and you’re done! Repeat the process with as many hair tattoos as you’d like.


Chelsea Cooper
Laura Polko
Jaclyn B.
F.D. Photo Studio