Best Hairstyles for Playing Mas

Best hairstyles for playing mas

If you spent your money to play mas for Trinidad Carnival, you definitely want to look your best on the road. I have some tips for playing mas for first-timers in the Caribbean carnival prep but didn’t mention anything about carnival hairstyles. It is important to know that the best carnival hairstyles are ones that don’t cover your face. With all the jumping and waving, it is important to see where you’re going. If you have no clue how to do your hair or are limited on time between endless fetes and j’ourvet, here are the best hairstyles for playing mas for women.


As a lazy natural, of course, this would be my first option. The absolute cheapest way to style your hair is using your OWN HAIR. There’s no need to purchase extra hair when you’re using your own and it takes the least amount of time to style. Just rock your twa, puff, wash and go, locs, fro or do a style you’ve been wanting to try on YouTube. Don’t forget to pack your hair products to keep it moisturized because the sun is hot! When playing with Trini Revellers for carnival back in 2013, I had a simple braided updo and cowashed at least twice during the week I stayed. Playing in Toronto with Carnival Nationz for Caribana, I’ve always had half braided/ half down hairstyles.

carnival hairstyles braided updo

hairstyles for carnival in trinidad

Braided Extensions

Whether it is in the US, the Caribbean, most carnivals occur when the weather is warm. Box braids, Senegalese twists, kinky twists or braids are great carnival hairstyles because you can style them like your regular hair. It is a bonus that your hair is still in a protective state. A low-cost go-to option for me would be crochet braids. It takes less the time to style versus braided extensions and depending on the curl pattern, washing is a breeze.

Wigs and Weaves

The last carnival hairstyle that is common for playing mas or on j’ourvet morning are wigs and weaves. Due to the excessive partying, I recommend using hair that can be washed easily. With all the sweating from fetes and on the road, you would definitely need to wash or cowash your hair at least or twice. After washing, make sure the roots of your hair are fully dry to prevent mold from building up on your hair and scalp.

weave hairstyles for carnival

What is your go-to hairstyle for carnival?

Carnival Hairstyles- Best Hairstyles for Playing Mas

14 thoughts on “Best Hairstyles for Playing Mas

  1. Kemkem

    I would just love to have hair that anything could be done with :-). These styles look great and versatile. I can’t even begin to imagine how hot the head feels. Reminds me of the head gear we have to wear in


  2. Mimi "MimiCuteLips" Green

    I love me an up do, my scalp is sensitive so adding hair doesn’t work. You can’t go wrong with flat twist up do.


  3. Siobhan (BeFree Project)

    Personally I would rock my own hair. I’m not really a weave type of girl but the styles you’ve shared are cute.



  4. Kara

    Love the jeweled look with your updo! The flat twist and back out look is cute too, definitely gotta keep the hair out your face in the heat. Great choices!


  5. Allison Jones

    These are super cute ideas. I always enjoy looking at people’s carnival pictures.



  6. Kerissa

    I’m too lame for Carnival!!! I do know folks who attend faithfully and slay. I’m team locing over here so natural is my go to always.


  7. Bernetta

    You can’t go wrong with an undo!! I would love to attend Carnival just once!


  8. jamila

    My favorite protective styles are braids and sew-ins, I don’t like spending a lot of time doing my hair.


  9. Carin Kilby Clark

    These are some great hairstyle ideas… I love seeing all the different pictures from Carnival… all the outfits and hairdo’s are so cool!


  10. Valerie Robinson

    That is too cute. And you make it look so easy!


  11. Katherine G

    Your hair looks beautiful! These are some great hairstyle ideas.


  12. Jessica

    I am a SOCA JUNKIE! Thank you so much i really needed this for the next time i’m playing mas. Braids are my thing but i’ve never really fancied updo braids, i’ll be definitely trying it for mas next year


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