OSCARS – 84th Academy Awards

The 84th Academy Awards was predictably cleaned up with The Artist taking the biggest gong of the night for best picture. In keeping with that theme it was Artistry that we saw on the most decadent Red Carpet of the year. We saw three key hair trends:

1.   A modern versatile take on the BALERINA BUNS; high and tight to more low sculpted buns.

2.   QUIFFS on the down lengths that were in keeping and nodded to old Hollywood glamour.


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Penelope Cruz

The stand out ‘down do’ for me. Paying homage and reminiscent of hair icon Grace Kelly. Penelope’s versatility is unarguable; she has set the tone throughout  awards season. This wave is achieved by curling the hair on a medium iron in brickwork formation and left to set. Copious amounts of mousse are vital for the hair to have substance to be sculpted in such formation.

Berenice Bejo

I’m really fond of a braid on the red carpet; it add’s a bit of fun to the evening and lightens the mood of what can potentially get stiff and a little done at time. I’m partial to dropping a braid or two at times myself. Here we see her red hair braided on the hair line and gathered into a low knot at the nape of the neck. It was executed very well and something that would have comfortably befitted the runway.

Rose Byrne

Although we’ve seen it numerous times it’s a statement maker. The bob length was all about encouraging shine and a high gloss finish.

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Cameron Diaz

There is always somebody who goes for a change with a haircut and this one stuck out for me; great shape, long round layeres and slightly shattered ends. I like the texture, it wasn’t glamour driven. It had a matt feeling too it without it looking to unstructured and messy; the sort of hair she will undoubtably run her fingers through and shake.

Rooney Mara

Rooney Mara dominates the bun, she leads the way, she was predicatble yet still so chic. I love her razor sharp fringe which has become her signature. She nodded to the runway with a sleek high shine – almost wet – finish.

Jennifer Lopez

JLO dropped a woven bun that concealed a bun added for texture. She loooks great with her hair up. Very rarely does she get it wrong. Beautiful, elegant and chic; all the things a woman should aspire too.

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Gwyneth Paltrow

There is always one person who you know will drop the same look and Gwyneth Paltrow with her straight one length centred long bob is a certainty….so she went and mixed it up – and fair play to her! I thought she was one of the highlights. She was on trend with a low ponytail that almost looked like a faux bob from the front but the back revealed a low tied sleek ponytail.

Sandra Bullock

She will be the main pony tail of the evening with her statement pony. Hair was pulled back and off the face; something Sandra is prone to do. The texture was more distressed and dishevelled to add an element of interest.