The 2016 Golden Globes Red Carpet was nothing short of spectacular. The awards season is always such an assortment of hairstyles and trends but ever so often you get an event where just about everyone looks phenomenal and it’s almost more inspiration than the system can handle! What really pleased me about the 2016 Golden Globes was that the celebrities really brought their A-game and the majority of the styling was ultra glamorous and uber-sophisticated. If you’ve been running low on ideas for hairstyles for formal events and fancy dos, you have got to check out the looks from Sunday’s event. I can hardly imagine how everyone’s going to top these looks in the coming weeks.
Beauty/ fashion bloggers often write about how Cate Blanchett’s almost-unearthly beauty can make even the most outlandish outfits and impossible styling look drop-dead-gorgeous. Now, while the rest of us mere mortals may not have that perfect DNA code working in our favor, we can take a lock or two out of Cate’s book with this striking asymmetrical bob.
The thing with faux bobs is that they invariably have blunted ends, since the style involves tucking hair in. As a result, most faux bobs are either styled even on both sides or textured and finished a few tendrils loose, to take some of the edge off, so as to speak. However, a faux bob in an asymmetrical arrangement is not something we’ve seen before- or enough of, at any rate. With one side slicked down and back, set off by a deep side part and the bob completely focused on the other, we have a look that’s not for the fainthearted. But one I wholeheartedly recommend that everyone tries at least once.
Jennifer Lopez has never been one to shy away from strong fashion statements and she’s seen here representing Old Hollywood in true J. Lo. fashion: bold and unapologetic. The yellow-bordering-on-chartreuse caped gown was one of last night’s most striking outfits, beautifully complimented by stunning accessories and makeup. That’s a whole lot of look right there and it would have been so easy to go wrong with the hair but Jennifer’s sleek, soft waves add just the right touch of retro glam. The key to keeping the look modern is to flip the front over to one side and add enough volume at the roots and body down the lengths to make the overall effect lively and not stuffy.
Rooney Mara’s textured braid was one of the few edgy styles we saw last evening, in a sea of polished, more traditional looks. You know, if they begin handing out awards for the ‘Best Braid Ever,’ I think Rooney Mara’s deconstructed braid from last night’s event would win hands down. The sectioned braid is definitely one of the coolest looks we’ve seen on the red carpet in a long time, and I have a feeling that The Girl With The Warrior Braid is going to spark off a ton of hairstyling adventures.
Here’s how you can get the look at home:
Once your hair is washed and blow-dried, add some styling mousse or paste for some gloss and styling ease. Slick back the crown by brushing backwards and then divide the hair into two horizontal sections. You can do this by tracing a line from one ear to the other. Secure the two halves into a ponytail each, one high on the crown and the other riding low, at the nape of your neck. Now comes the tricky part: braiding the two segments. Simply start braiding the higher ponytail and when you reach the lower ponytail, integrate the hair from it into the braid. For max impact, opt for a reverse/inverse French braid. If you don’t have a ton of braiding experience, you can start out with regular braids and work your way up, as you get comfortable with the technique. The more intricate the braid, the more stunning the overall effect is going to be; for all you styling superstars out there, try weaving your hair in any number of styles and be sure to send me photos.
Nobody does beachy and sun-kissed better than Rosie Huntington-Whiteley; it takes a whole other kind of beauty to be able to look like a mermaid in the tropics on a red carpet at the break of January, but Rosie manages it effortlessly. If you want a hairstyle that works well with just about every imaginable outfit and makeup, but don't want to put in a ton of time and effort, Rosie’s wavy open hair is a great way to go.
Part your hair down the middle and add a little dry shampoo or a volumizing spray at the roots to get a slight lift at the crown: this will help the hair cascade down in the most gorgeous way. The secret to making something almost casual look this good is in getting the texture and finish right: you want to prep your hair just right before you blow-dry it and then use a large-barreled curling wand or a flat iron to create large waves before you brush them out further. Finish off with a shine-boosting serum or spray.
I really hope you enjoyed these looks, and will give some of them a try. If you’re looking for some more inspiration, I do recommend checking out Kate Winslet’s wavy, side-parted updo as well as Laverne Cox’s coiled, floral-inspired updo as well. They’re absolutely stunning for brides-to-be or just about any formal event. Give them a dekko and if you like what you see, get pinning right away!