Best Hair Styles Seen At The 2016 People’s Choice Awards

2016 is off to a fantastic start with the 2016 People’s Choice Awards offering up an array of hairstyles and trends to choose from. There’s nothing like awards season to 

Julianne Hough

Julianne Hough’s topknot is getting a lot of press given that it was the perfect look for a rainy evening: when the occasion demands some serious styling but you’ve also got to factor in the elements of nature, an updo can be a lifesaver. For that added edge, leave a single, poker-straight section out. What really sets this ‘Mulan-like’ hairdo apart is the texture: shiny, straight hair always looks so sophisticated and wears well in all kinds of looks.  

Kaley Cuoco

Kaley Cuoco’s wavy bob made for one of the prettiest looks from the evening, and there was a particular effortless appeal to it that I’m sure a lot of people loved. It’s basically a very natural look, just played up and styled right. Add some texturizing product to washed hair and then blow dry with a round brush to add a bit of body from the mid-lengths to the ends. Add a little dry shampoo at the roots and rub it in to create a little volume and some graininess for more texture and then very, very gently run over the lengths with a drop of shine-boosting serum or some Argan oil. You want to use a very light hand and very little product with this step so it doesn't mess up the structure and movement you created while blow-drying. Once you’re done, spritz on some holding spray.

Lucy Hale

Lucy Hale’s romantic braided updo is one of the most talked-about looks from the 2016 People’s Choice Awards, not least because it gives hope to those with short and medium length hair. Lucy’s look proves that you don’t need sweeping tresses to be able to pull off braids or updos. The textured crown plait was styled keeping her overall ‘Victorian Goth’ vibe in mind and it is equal parts romantic and edgy. If your hair is rather short and you can’t achieve the desired volume and body with your braids, just go ahead and tug on the loops gently once the braids are in place and voila: instant volume!

Natalie Dormer

If you thought loose waves had had their run, Natalie’s look from the evening proves that this is a hairstyle that’s not going anywhere. The trick to making something so popular look good is in getting the styling right: Natalie’s hair was styled into these messy tousled waves and combined with her makeup, the overall effect is incredibly sexy. It’s a simple enough style to pull off at home but don’t let that fool you: as a compliment to the right outfit, it can look incredibly glam. Allow your hair to dry naturally till it’s about 80% dry, then add a texturizing mousse and run your fingers through your hair. Once it’s almost dry, take a curling iron and start adding curls to the bottom 3/4ths of your length. Part your hair down the middle and add a little dry shampoo at the roots for some grittiness and height. You can even backcomb the roots for some extra texture and lift. Once your waves are in place, run your fingers through your hair again to break them up just the slightest bit. Add some hairspray for extra hold, though this is a look that will wear well on its own- unless it gets damp or wet.    

Vanessa Hudgens

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Most of us are so used to seeing Vanessa Hudgens with mermaid-like beachy waves and braided accents that something as edgy as the look from the 2016 People’s Choice Awards is a bit of a shock to the system. But in a good way. There is no denying that the boho look works well for her, but shaking it up every now and then is always a good idea. Vanessa’s entire People’s Choice Awards look was made up of strong individual elements, right from the 90s’ frosted lip to the choker-adjacent neckpiece, so a strong hairstyle could have been a complete disaster but I think it sits really well on her. It’s strong and sophisticated but also fun enough for a young person to carry off well. Plus, it’s a great way to give a medium length some pizzazz.

I hope you enjoyed these looks, but don’t tune out just yet: the Golden Globes are up next and we’ve got so many exciting events to look forward to in the coming weeks. 2016’s going to be major as far as hairstyles go!