Best Hair Styles From The Sag Awards 2016


I knew we were going to see some great looks and potential trends from the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Red Carpet, but even so I was completely blown away. Every single person looked spectacular and everywhere you looked, there was style inspiration in spades. Honestly, picking my top 5 was so difficult because in all fairness, this list could have gone on for a lot longer.

You know, there is always this pattern that emerges during the awards season: most events see a couple of the major trends dominating the scene and you usually end up with a number of celebrities sporting (iterations of) the same look. It makes sense from the styling perspective: everyone wants to be in on what’s hot at the moment, but from a comparative perspective, when you’re actually looking for inspiration, you want to be treated to various options. While many have commented that ‘soft/nude lips’ were the evening’s most dominant trend, diversity really shone through at the 2016 SAG Awards.  

Here is my pick of the best hairstyles from the 2016 SAG Awards. Enjoy.

Kate Winslet

Kate Winslet just looked radiant and I love that her fashion and styling choices always boast clean, classic lines and elegant colors.

Kate Winslet’s hairstyle from the 2016 SAG Awards is a modernized take on the classic chignon. If you want to wear your hair up to play up an outfit but want something with a little more pizzazz than the basic chignon or the ballerina bun, look no further.

Begin on freshly washed hair. Blow-dry it straight because we need a smooth texture and blow-drying will also help to add some sheen to your hair. Prior to blow-drying, add a dollop of a styling product and a thermal heat protectant product to add some shine and volume and to safeguard your hair against excess heat. I recommend using a round brush to blow-dry the hair to create more body and movement.

Once that is done, create a side parting and secure your hair into two ponytails at the back, one located higher than the other. To get the braid-like (the bun is not really braided) structure, divide the lower ponytail into four sections and start twisting and looping them, using bobby pins to secure them onto the head as you go along. These folds will create the impression of a braided chignon. Then, take the other (upper) ponytail and wrap it around the bun to create a sort of casing and pin it into place with some more bobby pins. Add a finishing spray and/or a setting spray and you’re done.

Laverne Cox

Laverne Cox has that magical mixture of charm, beauty and wit that makes her absolutely irresistible. She’s a wonder to behold and her Red Carpet style choices are always on-point. What I love most about her style sensibilities is that adventurous as her outfit choices are (she really plays with colors in a way I know many of my stylist friends wish we saw more of) her overall styling always leans towards the classic. She’s really got the bombshell thing down pat and is absolutely majestic on the Red Carpet.

If you’re ever in doubt as to what hairstyle would look good for a particular event or occasion, know this: you can never, ever go wrong with retro waves. Loose cascading hair, mermaid waves and a side part will work every time. Whether you’re attending a wedding (or starring in one!) or hoping to make an impression at a meeting or prepping for a first date, this look is always a winner. What makes it even more appealing is that you no doubt already have all the tools and supplies you need to be able to recreate it at home. Regular straighteners as well as curling wands can do the trick just fine.

Maisie Williams

Updos and topknots can look a little severe on someone as young as Maisie, but that piece-y texture keeps the hairstyle from looking too mature. Loose, face-framing strands are a great way to soften up any hairstyle and I love how the bun looks truly piled up on the crown. Sleek topknots and ballerina buns definitely have their own place in the modern styling narrative, but the struggle between height and volume is real. Not here though- Maise’s look has it all- it’s stacked up high, is poufy enough to get the nod from Adele and it is totally age-appropriate. Love!

Rachel McAdams

Rachel McAdams’ bob continues to make the case for bobs worldwide, and how. Everything about her hair right now is sheer perfection: the bob is cut beautifully, the length is just the right balance between edgy and cutesy, her color (dark roots lightening out into a buttery gold) is the perfect transition color for winter to spring and the texture is divine. She recently wore it somewhat smoother and more angular at the 2016 Critics Choice Awards and both that version and this messy, wavy take are so good on Rachel. And could be wonderful on you as well, if you’re looking for a haircut that is easy to maintain and offers you a ton of styling possibilities.

Uzo Aduba

Uzo Aduba is another one of my absolute favorite style icons because not only do her choices always stand out in a sea of well-dressed people (and they compliment her personality) but also because she always looks like she is having such a blast wherever she is. I mean, look at her! She’s genuinely stoked to be a part of the proceedings and receiving those much-deserved awards.

I love Uzo’s contribution to the 2016 SAG Awards hairstyle hall of fame because it really reflects her personality: it’s cheerful, carefree and beautiful. The windswept effect is a touch of genius on someone who seems to move through life as though with a song in her head. It’s very fun, young and peppy. If you want to learn how to recreate the look at home, keep on reading.

Let your freshly washed hair dry naturally, unless it’s VERY curly, in which case you might want to blow-dry it straight to have a smooth base to begin with. Finger-dry your hair to lend some natural grain and texture before you really get styling. Spritz on some heat protectant and then get ready to get serious.

You are going to need a curling iron for this one. If you’re using a curling iron, use one with a smaller barrel. Curl your hair in small sections, right from the roots to the tips. You want an almost-crimped effect but I wouldn’t recommend using a crimping machine because that will create too stark a texture. 

Once your curls are done, blast some hot air all over them using a blow dryer to create the signature windswept look. You don’t have to do anything else at this point: just direct the air to create motion and dimension. Make sure you focus a bit on the hairline to create lift at the front: it almost looks like a cresting wave and it’s beautiful. If you want to play up the texture even further, spritz on some sea salt spray to create that beachy finish.

Finally, start arranging the curls, moving from the left side to the right and pinning them back behind one ear. This is your chance to twist and shape the curls as you like and you don’t have to be particularly neat. Just let it all sort of pile together and be. Flyaways and face-framing tendrils just add to the look, so don’t worry about hiding them. Just be sure to add an extreme hold spray so that the hairstyle holds up.

Try these out, be sure to check out the Red Carpet footage of other great looks from the night and let me know how you get on!