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Spring Racing Carnival Hair Survival Guide

From pre-carnival prep to race day touch ups, here's how to get your hair ready for racing season.

Giddy up! Spring racing season has arrived, which means it's time to start planning your racing carnival look. Headpieces like fascinators and crowns are spring carnival staples – and in order for them to shine your hair needs to be in top notch condition. Here's how to get your mane race-day ready.

Fresh cut

No matter how you plan to style your hair for the races, you'll need to book in for a cut a week or so before the big day. A trim not only freshens up your style but also removes any straggly and dry ends. If you're organised, you could even take your headpiece into salon with you and ask your stylist for tips about styling it.

Vibrant colour

While you're in the salon, a refresh on your colour is also a pre-race day must. Again, aim to head into the salon about a week beforehand as this allows enough time for the colour to settle. Remember when choosing your headpiece to ensure it will match nicely with your renewed hair colour.

Lovely shine

In order for your hair to look its most healthy and shiny by race day, you need to be on the ball with your at-home maintenance routine. Chat to your stylist about which L'Oréal Professionnel hair care treatment range is best suited for your hair type. In addition to using the right shampoo and conditioners, a targeted masque will do wonders for hair health.

Style setting

Heading to the races is a long day out, so one of the biggest considerations when styling your hair on the big day is to choose a style that will last the distance. To give it the best possible chance of surviving, always prep your hair with products pre-styling and then set the look with a hairspray like .

Handbag heroes

The contents of your handbag could be a lifesaver if your hairstyle starts falling flat mid-race day. Even if clutch space is limited, it's definitely worthwhile throwing in a few bobby pins, hair elastics, mini brush and a small hairspray or texturizing dust like . In a jam, these can be used to re-fashion your flat hairstyle – or help a fellow racegoer with theirs!

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