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.