Best Hair Looks From The 2017 Critics’ Choice Awards

The 2017 awards season is now officially open. I’m quite pleased that the 2017 Critics’ Choice Awards were organized a little earlier than usual: all the goodness is spread out and we’ve got some great hair inspiration in time for the holiday season.

Auli'I Cravalho


Audrey Hepburn was right when she said, “Happy girls are the prettiest”: Disney’s Moana Auli’I Cravalho made for one of the sweetest, most refreshing style statements on the Red Carpet in a long time. With a big plumeria flower tucked behind one ear and her hair in loose, flowing waves, Auli'I makes a fabulous case for age-appropriate fashion that’s youthful, chic and fun. Her look is totally on-brand for the movie without being too thematic and I just love how cheerful and stylish the whole thing is. Beautifully done.

Janelle Monae

Janelle Monae’s one of those rare style icons who’s got a signature style going and yet manage to keep it electric all the time. It’s not easy looking the same and also different every time and working almost singularly with a monochromatic palette makes it even more challenging. But clearly, Janelle’s way ahead of the rest of us mere mortals. Which is probably why she’s making space buns look like a totally smart style choice! Loving the pairing of this wacky hairstyle with a natural, crimped texture.

Kaley Cuoco

Kaley Cuoco’s hairstyles in the past have usually elicited a mixed reaction –something a recent episode of The Big Bang Theory poked fun at– but I’m sure everyone’s going to love this floaty, romantic half-up-half-down hairdo from the 2017 Critic’s Choice Awards. The soft, flowy texture is relaxed enough for a romantic date while the mini bouffant packs on the drama.

To create the volume at the crown, just start teasing small inch-wide sections and layering them atop each other; build your way up to a size you like and feel comfortable with before you pin it into place. If you’re not keen on backcombing, there’s always the option of using a volumizing hair insert. Be sure to leave some face-framing strands loose at the front to complete the look.

Lily Collins

Most actresses went with more natural makeup, pastel tones and maybe a pop of color here or there for the 2017 Critics’ Choice Awards. Lily Collins, however, brought the glam and how. If ‘vampire wow’ falls within your personal aesthetic, Lily’s blood berry makeup and delicate looped Victorian-esque updo are just the things for this holiday season. The knotted bun updo pairs beautifully with the high neck and lace bodice of her dress, tying in with a distinctly vintage vibe. I always recommend pairing middle parts with loose, face-framing strands at the front to soften up the impact when you’re going for a more feminine, romantic mood.

Sarah Hyland

Bobby pins as a style accessory? Functional and fun? Yes please. The entire ‘90s laidback chic’ vibe is strong in Sarah’s entire look, right from the regular run-of-the-mill black bobby pins to her choker necklace, but we know a lot of glam went into this grunge. Especially when you take a look at the gently wavy, side-parted retro-inspired lob that she’s sporting. The look is just the right amount of casual and Red Carpet. However, if you want to do it up more, use bobby pins in a funkier color or a more ornate texture.

Sarah Paulson

Sarah Paulson’s blonde bob continues to create global #hairenvy. Honestly, if we were giving out awards for ‘most famous bob’ or ‘best textured bob,’ I’ve no doubt at all that the American Horror Story and The People v. O.J. Simpson superstar would win hands-down. Much like her 2017 Critics’ Choice Award, the honor would be well earned. If you think dark roots in blonde hair is a rookie styling move, you’ve obviously not seen Paulson’s couture take on the trend. The secret is in dyeing your brows to match your roots and tie the look together. This marriage of the tousled asymmetrical bob and rocker pixie vibe is seriously one of the best looks to come out of these last few seasons.

Tracee Ellis Ross

Nothing new to see here: just Tracee Ellis Ross continuing to be a total badass. Cornrows with a faux-hawk row up top? Bold, sexy and so-Ross. Her style is always so interesting –on the show Blackish and off of it– and you can always sense that it’s really true to who she is as a person as well. I love how she’s making cornrows work perfectly for the Red Carpet by paring them with minimal makeup and elegant jewelry. For me, Ross’ hairstyle defies all the usual norms about what constitutes a formal hairstyle and age-barriers in fashion and that’s why she’s truly a force to be reckoned with. If you don’t already follow her every move, now’s your cue to do so.

Things are looking good: the 2017 awards season is off to a promising start. Fingers crossed about the coming weeks.