Best Hairstyles for Playing Mas

Best hairstyles for playing mas

Carnival is here! As a masquerader, you spent your money to play in the best band, so you definitely want to look your best out on the road. I have some tips for first timers in my carnival prep post, but didn’t mention anything about hair. Hairstyles that work best are when hair is out of your face. 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 as a natural.


As a lazy/cheap 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. Just rock your twa, puff, wash and go, fro or do a style you’ve been wanting to try from your favorite YouTube vlogger. 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, I’ve always had half braided/ half down styles.


Trini updo

half up down

Braided Extensions

Whether it is in the US, the Caribbean, most carnivals occur when the weather is warm. Box braids, Senegalese twists, and even kinky twist braided extensions are great hairstyle options because you can style them with your hair being protected. 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 you purchase, washing is a breeze.

Wigs and Weaves

The last option that I see a lot are wigs and weaves. I’ve never actually used them, but they’re a good protective style in general. If you are using a weave, I’d suggest you use hair that can be washed. With all that sweating, you would definitely need to wash or cowash your hair. Also remember to fully dry your hair to prevent mold from building up on your hair and scalp.

playing mas 2013

Check out my Get Ready With Me Makeup Tutorial on Type4Naturals‘ Youtube

What are the best hairstyles for playing mas to you?

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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