Your hairstyle is an extension of your millinery and needs to be taken seriously. If you are one of the lucky ones, with magical mane tamers for hands, I envy you.

Fortunately, I have found a fantastic hair stylist I refer to as ‘The Wizard’ because making sure your hair compliments your outfit and millinery is a must.

In this post I’ll cover a few of the basics and then get into some of the most popular hairstyles to wear to the races. Feel free to jump to a specific section in the table of contents below.

To Wash or not to Wash?

The jury is still out on whether to wash your hair the day before, or on the morning of, but most professionals recommend that day-old hair is best for styling.

Freshly washed hair is dry and fluffy, whereas day-old hair contains natural oils which help it to mould and stay in place.

washing hair before race day

How to Wear a Fascinator

Traditionally, millinery is worn on the right side of your head, but these days there really is no right or wrong side. Some are even designed to wear right in the centre.

It also depends on how your milliner has made your hat; trims and details will look a bit off if worn on the opposite side to what your milliner intended.

Try it on ahead of time to make sure it looks and fits naturally.

Personally, I think my best side is my left side (I have more hair on that side due to my part) so when I get a hat made, I make sure it sits on the right side of my head.

Should you Hide your Hat Elastic?

It is not necessary to hide your elastic. You might want to be able to remove your fascinator after the competition and still have your fabulous hair-do in place.

Hide fascinator elastic strap

Also, it makes it 100x easier to travel to and from the races without having to have your car seat leaned all the way back because you can’t take your hat off! Getting out of the car once you arrive can be quite the struggle …

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.