Hairspiration for this year's Afro-chic-themed Sun Met

A striking hairstyle will ensure you stand out for all the right reasons at this glam horse racing event, says Sunday Times fashion editor Khomotso Moloto

21 January 2018 - 00:00 By Khomotso Moloto

The pressure to put your best foot forward at the Sun Met celebrated with GH Mumm is real.

This year's theme is 'Style Ahead of the Field' and racegoers are encouraged to don their most fabulous Afro-chic attire.

While you'll no doubt be putting plenty of energy into dreaming up the perfect African-inspired outfit, it would be a shame to let your beauty look be an afterthought.

So before you pull out your shweshwe and start going wild with beads, here are a few of my favourite ideas for race day hairstyles and make-up looks:

• Think braids, braids and more braids. You can run wild with shapes and structure here. The higher, the longer, the more creative, the better.


• The big 'fro giving a nod to the '70s is a go; mixing the 'fro with braids is another winning combination. 

• Minimal but striking makeup will pull your look together, especially if you are going print-heavy with your outfit. Colour on the lid can look intimidating, so less is definitely more here; use a popping highlighter to get the best effect.