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This is the ULTIMATE Melbourne Cup Hairstyle

We’re all friends here, so let’s be real and admit the main reason we love November is not because it’s one month ‘til summer and marks the countdown to Christmas festivities (although now that we mention it, these are pretty good reasons to love November too)…it’s because we have the chance to frock-up, get our glam on, have a 3pm champagne (as opposed to chocolate) pick-me-up, and with any luck score some dollars – thank you Melbourne Cup!

If you’re heading to Flemington for the Melbourne Cup, have fun! But, if like us, you are in the office – we say bring a little bit of race festival straight into the workplace!

It doesn’t matter whether you’re choosing to wear a floral headpiece, colourful headband, or making a statement with a wide-brim hat; we have the IT hairstyle to go with them all – or to wear without any of the above, because it’s a bit of a statement by itself.

Check out our step-by-step on what you need and how to create a beautiful woven-in carousel braid!

  1. Using the Freestyle Wet-Dry Detangler, gently brush your hair to remove any nots and tangles.
    1. Using the Cricket Hair Straightener, straighten the hair from the root to half way down, then create some soft, natural curls in the lower hair of the hair by using the Freestyle Self Grip Rollers. For a tighter ringlet look, we suggest trying Freestyle’s Bendy Rollers!
    1. Choose a desired side and section the hair just above the ear. This will be the opposite side to where your braid will sit.
    1. Divide the hair into three sections using a Freestyle Groom Comb and begin a Dutch braid (where you alternate the outside strands under the middle!)
    1. After about three or four weaves, begin a ‘lace braid’ (where you add in a new section of hair to only one of the sides.  In this case you’ll add new hair into the top strand and braid the bottom strand under without adding in new hair).
    1. As you approach the bottom of your hair, finish it off with a regular three-strand braid, and bring the braid towards your face (laying it over your shoulder)
    1. Simply tie using Gliders Soft Ties and clip any stubborn hairs with Freestyle Bobby Pins.


    Complete your desired makeup look and complement your braid with 1000 Hour Lashes in Hello Sailor! Soon enough, you’ll be looking and feeling as fabulous as anyone would be at Flemington.

    Enjoy the race beauties. Happy Melbourne Cup – good luck!


    P.S. This tutorial from Twist Me Pretty may inspire you: