Published on March 13th, 2014 | by beauty international0
Top 5 Hairstyles from the Oscars 2014
For us, the excitement of big red carpet occasions is about way more than just the dress. Of course, the beaded, sparkling creations are often jaw-droppingly beautiful, but naturally it’s the hair we like to focus on. And when the stars of the world’s biggest red carpet, the Oscars, are granted a bevy of stylists to create their camera-ready looks, we’re faced with endless options: up or down; centre, side or no partings; curled or straight?
And at this year’s Oscars we were especially delighted to find that there was a trend for classic, understated hair – hair we could, with a little bit of help, easily achieve at home. Here are our favourites from the night:
Angelina Jolie’s hairstylist Adam Campbell, inspired by hairstyles seen on the fashion runways, created her gorgeous glossy and silky-straight look. This style is a simple and fuss-free way to achieve sleek and sensuous locks with minimal effort at home.
Spritz a volumising spray (KMS California Add Volume Volumizing Spray, £14.95) onto the roots of wet hair, and use a large round brush to create as much lift as you can as you blow dry it. As you dry, pay particular attention to the bottom few inches of your hair: twist the brush underneath sections of the ends, and hold your blow dryer there for around ten seconds to help get extra smooth and shiny ends. Finish with a mist of shine spray (Tigi Catwalk Volume Collection Your Highness Weightless Shine Spray, £8.25) for super glossy locks and an added layer of protection from the elements.
Emma Watson’s cropped hair is growing out beautifully, and she highlighted this by wearing it twisted and tousled into this half-up, half-down style, accessorised with star-shaped slides. It’s a feminine yet sexy updo, that’s surprisingly easy to recreate at home.
The key for this hairstyle is to give your hair lots of texture: try scrunching a texture cream (Wella SP Refined Texture Modelling Cream, £10.95) into wet hair whilst drying. Once completely dry, create a side parting and backcomb the top section of your hair to create lift. Gather the hair back and tie into a low pony tail, wrapping some of the hair around the band to cover it. Next plait small braids and create twists with random side sections of the hair and pin into the pony tail – use an assortment of hair-coloured bobby pins and decorated ones like Emma’s stars for extra glamour. Finish with an all-over spritz of shine spray (Wella Professionals Shimmer Delight Shine Spray, £7.60) to hold into place.
Appearing right at the beginning of the red carpet coverage, American television presenter Maria Menounos’ double-braided updo lent a romantic, dreamy air to the proceedings. The loosely braided plaits, brought into a low bun at the nape of her neck, and slightly windblown, wispy strands at the front really highlighted her face.
To achieve the look at home, first apply a light mousse (Wella SP Elegant Shape Body Mousse, £10.35) to wet hair to add a little texture. Once dried, use curling tongs or a hair straightener to create loose, tousled waves all over your hair. Then create two loose French plaits on either side of your parting: start with a small section of hair at the front, and as you braid add in more strands of hair, and finish at the nape of your neck. Use hair grips to pin the ends of the braid, and the rest of your hair, into a messy bun. If the plaits look a little tight, loosen them gently with your fingers and pull out a few strands to give it that romantic, undone look. Finish with a fine mist of hairspray (Tigi Catwalk Sleek Mystique Look-Lock Hairspray, £7.95).
When it comes to fabulous red carpet hair, we don’t discriminate against the boys, and Jared Leto’s beautiful ombré beachy waves drew some seriously envious looks from the girls. But not to worry, this relaxed look is one of the easiest to achieve at home.
This hairstyle works best on second day hair, so the night before wash your hair as normal and apply a curl-enhancing spray (Goldwell Dualsenses Curly Twist Leave-in Spray, £10.99) to boost your hair’s natural wave. Brush through evenly, create your parting and leave your hair to dry naturally. The next day, apply some dry shampoo (Goldwell Dualsense Ultra Volume Dry Shampoo, £11.49) to the roots if your hair needs a little refreshing. Use a heat protector (Sebastian Professional Trilliant, £16.95) and straighten small sections of your hair to get Jared’s carefree, slept-on style.
But we weren’t just lusting after the long Oscars 2014 hairstyles; Jennifer Lawrence proved that short hair can look just as glamorous on the red carpet. This tousled, brushed-back short ‘do could be a little trickier to replicate at home, but it’s the perfect way for short-haired girls to show off some fabulous jewels.
This look needs a little help to make sure it stays put all night, so spritz towel-dried hair with some salt spray (KMS California Hair Play Sea Salt Spray, £14.95) and scrunch it into your hair with your hands. As you dry it, push your hair straight up and away from your face, aiming to create as much lift and volume as you can; keep scrunching and twisting as you dry to create more texture. Once your hair is dry, use a teasing comb or brush to add further lift, and to gently smooth down the sides. Spray a fine mist of hairspray (Tigi Catwalk Session Series Work it Hairspray, £8.25) all over and mould your hair into shape.