Coachella Trends 2018 with Patrick Wilson

Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival 2018

Image: @patrickwilson

Over four days in the desert, ghd guest artist Patrick Wilson created beautiful boho festival looks on numerous international influencers and celebrities.

Although iconic for his now-famous creation; the 'Wilson Waves', the London-based stylist created a variety of free-spirited, edgy looks using ghd tools from the new Saharan Gold Collection.

Although the festival showcases some of the worlds’ best artists, the fashion and beauty stake are always at their highest! We asked Patrick to share some of his favourite festival trends that featured throughout weekend.


“Moving on from the space buns and glitter partings of previous years, this year at Coachella the hair trend that really stood out was adornment, which is more sophisticated and expensive looking than recent festival trends. At the moment I’ve seen that girls want to wear their hair loosely, without it being too structured, so essentially creating a better version of themselves and providing a slight update on how they normally wear their hair.

Similar to trends that have been seen on the catwalks, for Coachella it was all about embracing the natural texture of each girl’s hair, maintaining movement in the hair using the ghd gold® - earth gold styler and adding adornment as the finishing touch.

From Kela Hair Charms on Jade Thirlwell and Rochelle Humes, to hair rings on Danielle Peazer and Patricia Bright, and clustered cross hatched bobbi pins on CC Clarke, each look was different and unique to that day – with the recurring theme being adornment.”

- Patrick Wilson

Adorned hair was also seen on: Romy Strijd, Camila Coehlo.


“Another festival hair trend spotted at Coachella on the likes of Gigi Hadid, Rochelle Humes, Danielle Peazer and CC Clarke was the pony tail. An effortless hair style that lasts all day and keeps hair off the face, the pony tail can be worn high or low, loose or tight, yet always gives a chic finish.

Embracing different hair textures and styles to give individual looks, some ponytails were full and textured, like Rochelle’s dual-textured ‘Power Pony’ which was curly and voluminous at the back yet sleek and shiny at the front, whereas others were sleek and smooth. To add height and maintain length, I created a three sectioned ponytail for Danielle Peazer, which gave the effect of one super long, high ponytail.”

- Patrick Wilson

Ponytails were also seen on: Gigi Hadid, Romy Strijd.


“This season at Coachella it’s been all about accessorising so with Jade I created a loose wave in the hair and added sporadically placed Kela Hair Charms throughout. Jade likes being able to move her hair around so she didn’t want anything too structured or too obviously ‘festival hair’. This was an effortless look but the addition of the charms added a cool festival twist, without looking too OTT.

By creating the waves with the ghd classic curl tong, the style had longevity and hold, which enabled the look to last for a full two days of the festival without any touch ups. Plus, the Kela Hair Charms are non-slip, so you don’t have to worry about them falling out at the festival or when sleeping. I think this style will be big for festival season this year!”

- Patrick Wilson



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