With glam teams atВ their finger tips and hordes of red carpets to attend, celebrities have the opportunity to experiment with more hairstyles than most. They can alter their look on a dime (often in the back of aВ car or minutes before their scheduled arrival), as well as plan them weeks in advance. Their hairstylists dream up these looks, taking inspiration from just about anything, and execute them with precision and an unbelievable amount of skill. Then, we get to see it all come to fruition on the carpet. It's thrilling, really-especially when they're particularly creative, dreamy, or awe-inspiring. It's with that in mind I decided to go through all the hairstyles I've noticed this year, ticking off my favorites and researching all the went into each one.
Below, find my thoughts on each look and why it attracted me in the first place, as well as specific odes to the stylists behind them. I've taken note of the inspiration, theВ hero products used, and anything else that made the look especially cool. There are braids, buns, andВ floral accessories, along with some sparkles too, naturally. Can you tell I'm objectively hyped? You will be too, I promise. Keep scrolling to find out more.
Chloe Grace Moretz's Soft, Fluffy Waves@storyofmalife
Celebrity hairstylist Gregory Russell created this wave look for Moretz and I'veВ really fallen for it. Rather than the usual, run-of-the-mill blowout (you know the one-beach waves, etc.), Russel createdВ something angelic, soft, and perfectly fluffy. It's more '70s-inspired than anything else, serving up Jerry Hall vibes in all the right places. I'm especially fond of the root, the way it's not bouncy or lifted (which is very characteristic of a present-day wave) but rather curved uniformly throughout starting at her brow bone. It reminds me of the hairstyle showcased at Mansur Gavriel at theirВ Spring 2019 presentation-wherein Laurent Philippon and the designers were inspired by virgin hair when they created the look.В Instead of being caught up inВ keeping it natural,В thisВ style feels deliberate yet still relaxed.
RussellВ used IGK'sВ Good Behavior Spirulina Protein Smoothing Spray ($32) to help control fly-aways and blew out her hair with a two-inch boar's hair round brush. Then, atВ her nape, he began taking one-inch sections and spraying them withВ Intern Flexible Hold Hairspray ($29) before undulating a one-inch iron back and forth to createВ the soft wave. "If your waves start looking too crimped," he recommends, "don't hold the iron on as longВ andВ use a diffuser on lowВ to stretchВ the lengths out while applying heat.
Kiki Layne's Bantu KnotsGetty Images
Kiki Layne hit the one out of the freaking park. I am in awe, truly. The way the flowers coordinate in color and shape with the pattern on the dress, as well as the shape and texture of her bantu knots-it's all so incredible. Celebrity hairstylist Marcia Hamilton styled the look ahead of her appearance at Essence's Women in Hollywood luncheon, but maintains it was Layne's vision. "Her wardrobe was 'tropical island glam with rich, earthy tones of gold, chocolate, and bits of silver. It made me think of classic Lauryn Hill," Hamilton explains.
She applied Hick'sВ Edges Pomade ($15) to smooth Layne's hairline and sections while she braided in a bit ofВ KanekalonВ hair for volume, twisted each braid down to her scalp, and pinned for hold. Then, sheВ securedВ each faux flower in place to add a pop of color to the look.
Rowan Blanchard's Faux Mullet@lacyredway
Rowan Blanchard is aВ connoisseur when it comes toВ turning out obsession-worthy beauty looks by the dozen. I've saved more of her Instagram photos than most of her of-age counterparts. She's an ace, and, in my humble opinion, a soon-to-be icon.В Here, her long-time celebrity stylist Lacy Redway wanted to create something that was "Joan Jett meetsВ the '70s punk scene in London"-another aesthetic I feel longingly connected to. It's piece-y, a little wet, and it absolutely rules.
"I removed the majority of the volume in her hair by flattening and tucking away the back and sides to give a more extreme mullet appearance," celebrity hairstylist Lacy Redway explains. She adds, "Her pixie,В cut by Laurie Heaps, is a bitВ rounder than this-but you can giveВ a style a different look with the right products." Redway used Nexxus'В Between Washes Beach Waves Tousled Texture Sea Salt SprayВ ($12) and Bedhead'sВ Superstar Queen For A Day Thickening Spray ($20) all over, and no-crease clips to keep her hair flat before diffusing. Once her hair was completely dry, Redway removed the clips and applied Oribe'sВ Fiber Groom Elastic Texture Hair Paste ($39) to make the ends piece-y.В
Kate Bosworth's Chainlink BunBridget Brager
Accessories have been making a ton of waves over the last year or so-showcasing pearls, crystals, and just about every '90s-inspired clip on the heads of Hollywood's most notable humans. It can be fun and whimsical, fancy and glamorous, and decidedlyВ extraВ all at once. Needless to say, I'm into it. And, when I saw the back of Kate Bosworth's slicked-back bun, an intricately intertwined chain with tons of sparkle, I swooned. It wasn't precious, but bold and entirely beautiful. "The color and the beading on Kate's dress were quite special and striking," musesВ Bridget Brager, Bosworth's celebrity hairstylist. "I wanted the hair clean and back-I'm big on a profile-because, for me, the position and part are key. IВ her to lookВ statuesque," she explains.В Brager continues, "By pulling the hair up, you can change everything, your face included." As Lelet is one ofВ her go-tos for anything custom and modern, Brager decided to include one of their hair accessories in the look. "I had an idea for single-string chains in a variation of tiny shapes and sizes," she shares. "Lelet was able to make the strands with Swarovski crystals and attach a delicate loop on each end, that way, I was able to anchor the jewels. I wrapped them around each section of hair (there were three) to make aВ herringbone pattern.
Brager prepped Bosworth'sВ hair using IGK'sВ Call Time Styling PrimerВ ($27) which fights frizz and promotes shine. After securing the ponytail, she mixed Oribe'sВ Gold Lust Hair OilВ ($55) withВ Rough Luxury Soft Molding PasteВ ($39), emulsified it between her hands, and used it to smoothed out the style around her face and part. "Mixing the two products adds shine and hold, but makes the look a bit matte-not to glitzy," she says. To finish it off, Brager hooked a tiny pin into the strand of crystal, anchored it into the base of the ponytail, and wrapped it aroundВ Bosworth's hair." See below for a closer look.
Lupita's Cornrows with Box Braids@vernonfrancois
Lupita Nyong'o's looks always catch my eye. She can do no wrong, in my opinion, but that doesn't stop her from serving up look after mind-blowing look. Her hair is always one of my favorites on the red carpet, courtesy of her long-time stylist Vernon FranГ§ois. This time around, it was the cornrow and box braid hybrid he created that stunned me. It's a long-lasting, protective hairstyle that looks chic, special, and undeniably cool all at the time same time. "My inspiration for this particular hairstyle was more about longevity, as Lupita was traveling to Sundance and her hair needed to hold well," notes FranГ§ois. "So, I came up with cornrows with box braids. I teamed up with the amazingВ Marva Stokes, who brought my creative design idea to life," he shares. For the red carpet, FranГ§ois incorporated a few metal hair accessories.
He used Vernon FranГ§oisВ Mist~Nourishing Water ($18) and added a few pumps of CrГЁme of Nature'sВ Argan Oil Style and Shine Foaming MousseВ ($9) to help setВ Nyong'o's hair.В He finished itВ off with Scalp Nourish~ment Braids and Locs SprayВ ($24) and Got2b'sВ Ultra Glued Invincible Styling Gel ($8) for the edges.
Lucy Boynton's Velvet RopeGetty Images
I've already practically cooed about my obsession withВ Lucy Boynton's beauty looks this awards season. Each one was even better than the last. My personal favorite, though, was this piece-y, textured half-up confection, tied up with a pretty black bow. Celebrity hairstylist Jenna Cho is responsible for the look (and many of Boynton's knockouts), siting the inspiration as "retro goth mixed with '60s mod." It's a mood right?В
To do it, Cho used Suave's Firm Control Boosting MousseВ ($3) and Sleek Anti-Frizz CreamВ ($6). After blow-drying, she added a bend to the hair with a curling iron and setВ each section with Living Proof's Flex Shaping HairsprayВ ($26). For the velvet rope, instead of a traditional bow, Cho went with an origami tie.
Laura Harrier's Flower-Adorned Baby Hair@lauraharrier
Hairstylist Nena Soul Fly specializes in adornments, so all her styles are particularly special. That being said, I audibly gasped when I saw this look she created on Laura Harrier. It's a slicked-back, off-center braided bun (simple, beautiful), with individual flowers placed around each baby hair. It's so delicate-looking, cool, and beyond intricate-while still, somehow, maintaining a minimalistic feel. I have fallen deeply in love with it and it's serious.В
To recreate it, you can pick your own flowers (if you're really going for it) or purchase a few faux florals at your local craft store. Then, all you need is an elastic, some strong-hold gel (my favorite is Bumble and bumble's Bb. Sumogel, $29, because it's super shiny), and a glossy topcoat. I've been really into Ouai'sВ Hair & Body Shine Mist ($32) for exactly that.В
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