Personally, I like to get my hairdresser to work my elastic into my hair-do, hiding it, as I think this looks neater. This also adds extra security by keeping my hat in place on windy days.
I don’t think it would lose you points with judges if they could see your elastic, but it always looks so fab having a hat on your head that looks like it’s just floating there.
If you’re still looking to rent or buy a hat, I recommend checking out Millinery Market.
The Best Races Hairstyles with Fascinators
Now that we’ve covered the basics, let’s take a look at some of the most popular race day hairstyles.
Some of these you’ve probably tried. Others will be new. As you go through the styles, I encourage you to pick one to try at your next race day!
The Go-to Style | Donut Bun
The donut bun is an easy and sleek hair style that can be mastered at home with the use of a hair donut accessory.
Even I can usually pull together an acceptable looking bun for days where I’m unable to book my hair stylist. I like to curl my hair first as I find it makes it easier to manoeuvre around the donut.
Choose the size of the donut, depending on the length of your hair.
See how the BIG hair compliments the height of Cobie’s millinery, which she created with a large donut accessory.
Donut buns can be worn at any position on your head – high up, centre middle, down low or off to one side- it depends on where your millinery will sit.
So always try your fascinator on first and then decide on the position of your bun.
Teasing the hair as you place it around the donut creates a bigger bun even if your hair is not that long. My hair is just past my shoulders in length, but in the photo above it appears like I have much more.
I did this bun myself with my hair curled first. I left out the front part of my hair from the bun, then swept the side curls back and pinned them for a feminine look.
Wearing the bun on the left side balanced out my millinery, as it sat on the right.
The side donut is very popular and looks great in photos!
An epic bun is a bun that is very large in volume. If you don’t have long hair, an epic bun can still be achieved by using a padded piece inside the bun.
Image: @milanoimai @strandshairdresser
The Braid into a Bun | Donut Optional
This is also a great way to add interest to your hairstyle. A simple braid finished with a bun looks eye-catching and elegant.
You can braid your hair on the side or straight down the back.
You could even do two braids either side into a bun. Once again, try your hat on and then decide.
Ali did this herself, I’m very impressed! I like how the texture of the braid compliments the rosette details of the hat.
Alla created this loose centre back braid and bun. It evens out the fascinator, worn at the front of the head, so it’s interesting from behind too.
Don’t you hate dresses that are super detailed and fabulous at the front and then you turn around and the back is just plain black? Hair is the same- make it beautiful from all angles.
Image: @amzy92 @strandshairdresser
The Fancy Bun
This bun is similar to the epic bun as it is quite large in volume, except these buns are finished with some intricate designs whether it be swirls or curls adorning the bun.
The Textured Bun! Crimp for Added Volume and Interest
Belinda crimped her hair before styling to add texture and added volume. A crimped pony could also look very cool!
Thin hair? Curl and tease
If you have thin hair you can still give the illusion of a voluminous up-style by curling and teasing your hair as seen below on Dimity.
Curl your hair, then tease it, placing individual strands up and securing them with bobby pins.
Tina’s hair is naturally curly, so her hair dresser uses it to her advantage for a voluminous look.
The Elegant Roll
A great alternative to the donut bun, the roll is feminine and classic and can also be done at home with a hair tie and some bobby pins.
Great for feminine styling! Melissa’s big roll is perfection <3
Dimity is lucky enough to have her personal hair stylist.. her mother!!
Image: @jaydeelou @strandshairdresser
The Simple Twist
The simple twist consists of your hair stylist twisting assorted pieces of hair and securing it in place to create a beautiful and easy up-do.
Image: @fashionable_free_me @strandshairdresser
Race Hairstyles for Short Hair
You might be feeling a bit limited if you have short hair, but a bit of research can lead to some awesome ideas. I’ve found plenty of fabulous do’s!
You can still manage great volume with short hair, or even just a chic blow dried bob looks great.
Click here to see some great ideas for short hair.
Chrissy had her hair pinned back in different layers for her winning 2013 Melbourne Cup look.
Kate’s short hair looks fab in a quiff and she bagged herself a FOTF win!
Lisa shows us how to rock the pixie cut!