Best Hairstyles From The 2017 SAG Awards

Ok, so the 2017 SAG Awards Red Carpet was, hands down, my favorite so far from this awards season. The hairstyling was absolutely fantastic. We’ve got so much variety, so many interesting new looks and the most diverse range of style icons to gaze at. I’m talking a spectrum of ages, races and personalities, not to mention a thrilling range of textures, styles and detailing. Something that has me particularly chuffed is that we saw a lot of people ditch their trademark looks in favor of newer, bolder styles.

Janelle Monáe

Janelle’s style choices continue to woo audiences and stylists alike. Who would have thought that double Minnie Mouse buns could be worn again and again in formal settings and to such fabulous effect? Janelle’s hairstyle from last night is proof that you can have so much fun with your look if you just try. It’s such a quirky hairdo and I think it works beautifully on her, from the metallic headband and the silvery flower hair accessories to the curly texture. She looks fun, pretty and happy and it just doesn’t get better than that.

Maisie Richards

The young Game of Thrones star looked ravishing last evening with her deep chestnut locks and a vintage-inspired hairstyle. Old Hollywood hairdos like the classic Veronica Lake-inspired waves are always associated with medium-long hair but Maisie shows us just how well classic glam wears in short bobs and lobs too.

Millie Bobby Brown

Another young star making a big, big impression. It’s hard to talk of Millie Bobby Brown and do anything but gush about her performance in Stranger Things but can we just take a moment to appreciate how lovely she looks here? The super-voluminous, brushed-back bouffant-bob might sound like a hairstyle for a much older person but Millie wears it with such panache. Youthful makeup and an embellished headband keep the look age-appropriate but also interesting.

Natalia Dyer

More proof that you can wear retro-inspired hairstyles in short hair. Natalia’s shoulder-length cut lends itself beautifully to the gentle waves and deep side part of this hairstyle. She’s channeling that old world Fifties quality beautifully, without looking shellacked.

Sarah Paulson

Sarah Paulson debuted her new brunette locks last night and paved the way for a season of celebrity style transformations. We’re all so used to her trademark platinum bob that it’s almost like looking at a whole other person. She looks wonderful and that color is the perfect choice if you want something that’ll look right all through the year. The rich espresso base is warmed up with a honey cast and blonder highlights and it’s like staring into a mug of cinnamon-infused hot chocolate. Delish! 

Sophia Bush

Everyone’s talking about Sophia Bush’s pink eye shadow but it’s the relaxed, low ponytail that has me excited. It’s a breezy statement by itself, no doubt, but when you’re gunning to go strong with another aspect of your look, this is just the kind of hair you want- stylish but not too styled. The classic black ribbon is elegant, not twee, and Sophia is sporting 2017’s hottest hair texture: barely-there waves in a mostly smooth base.

Tracee Ellis Ross

I usually look for braids on red carpets because the other hairstyles usually tend to fall into one or two major categories –buns and classic formal down-dos– and you can always count on a braid to spice the mood up. But in a sea of fabulous hairstyles, each more inspired than the one before it, Trace Ellis Ross’ braid isn’t just a salve: it’s a showstopper in every sense of the word.

There’s so much to love about this particular braid. For starters, messy braids are the perfect choice for when you want to look glam but comfortable. Keeping the crown slick allows you to show off your makeup/jewelry while the natural, messy texture of the braid adds a dash of fierceness. Also, it’s a small detail but I do enjoy the use of the wiry cord to secure the braid: it’s an unexpected touch, gritty and unique, much like Tracee herself.

My other favorite looks of the night include Brie Larson’s textured updo, Nicole Kidman’s knotted bun and Taraji P. Henson’s kicky undercut-and-angled-bob.