Easy updos for long hair, inspired by the red carpet
The American Hustle actress' braided boho-chic updo, dreamed up by celebrity hairstylist Laini Reeves, was reportedly pieced together using Charles Worthington Salon At-Home products. Learn how to recreate Adams’ fun modern Grecian look, which incorporated one of this season’s hottest hair trends (the updated French braid), in six simple steps.
Johnny Depp’s fiancée’s voluminous, structured updo was one of the most dramatic coifs to grace the Golden Globes’ red carpet. Celebrity hairstylist Adir Abergel, who engineered the three-inch-high hairstyle, first applied Oribe Maximista to Heard’s locks to “create the perfect foundation” before rough-drying her hair and teasing the roots for added fullness. Click here for more details on the Catherine Deneueve-inspired look.
While her black Versace gown may not have earned her any best-dressed nods, the Smash actress’ curly coif certainly made an impression. Casual yet elegant, full of naturally flattering texture, the romantic updo is definitely worthy of imitation and flattery. Get Thurman’s look here.
The expectant mama and Scandal star created quite the buzz on the SAG Awards red carpet when she daringly bared her baby bump in a custom Prada crop. However, the bun gracing the back of Washington’s head is equally of note. The Django Unchained actress' elegant, oversized ballerina coil, paired with a simple black headband, is easy to recreate. Just follow this handy tutorial.
Adir Adergel is all about volume and rough-drying. Garner’s longtime stylist opted for an airy, soft updo that elongated the actress’ neck and complemented her shoulder-baring Max Mara gown. To recreate the look, start by spraying Oribe Maximist Thickening Spray all over your head. This adds rougher texture and keeps your fringe out of your face. Then, rough-dry hair. Next, take random sections and curl with a ½-inch iron to create a romantic texture. Sweep Kusco Murphy Lavender Cream or another texture-adding cream through the hair so that it holds. Finally, secure the sides of the hair back, just below the crown, and knot the hair in the back, holding it down with bobby pins.
At the 2014 SAG Awards, Cate Blanchett and Amy Adams rocked a hairstyle reminiscent of Claire Danes' 2013 Emmy’s coif. Blanchett’s regal tuck-under-faux bob is perfect to DIY for formal occasions because of its simplicity and shock value. Cristophe Beauty shows us how to drastically shorten our hair sans scissors.
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How shall we put this? We were a little let down by how many starlets opted for simple, flowing tresses at this year's red carpet awards shows. (Think Julia Roberts' beachy waves, Sofia Vergara's shiny, Rita Hayworth-esque curls, and Naomi Watts' sleek, side-parted bob.) However, despite many of the hopefuls' rather classic choices, as always the majority of nominees were of the Dolly Parton "higher the hair, the closer to God" school of thought.
Of course, we doubt it was the actress' superstitions that cause them to pile it high. An inventive updo prevents hair from obstructing designer-loaned jewelry, keeps meticulously made-up faces flyaway-free, and complements plunging gowns.
Thanks to the endless trove of red carpet inspiration, awards season is the perfect time to seek out new, easy updos for long hair. While we may not have celebrity hairstylists Laini Reeves and Adir Abergel at our beck and call, it's easy to achieve these coifs with nothing more than a how-to and a hand mirror. Click through the slideshow above for six of our favorite looks inspired by this year's leading ladies.