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’ouvert, here are the best hairstyles for playing mas for women.
Carnival Hairstyle #1 – Wear it Natural
As a lazy natural, of course, wearing it natural 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 staple 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 #2 – 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 time to style versus braided extensions and depending on the curl pattern, washing is a breeze.
Carnival Hairstyles #3 – Wigs and Weaves
The last carnival hairstyle that is common for playing mas or on J’ouvert morning is wigs or weaves. Due to 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 keep up with your regimen by washing or co-washing 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.