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The Oscars Red Carpet Style

with hairstylist to the stars Asgar Saboo

Retro Curls

This classic and beautiful style has been seen at The Oscars for decades and shows no sign of going out of fashion. It oozes maturity and elegance and is a perfect do to radiate red-carpet glamour. As demonstrated by blonde beauty Reese Witherspoon and sultry Jennifer Lopez, it emanates confidence, class and beauty and when secured needs very little maintenance. Start by adding a volumising mousse to wet hair then blow dry with a paddle brush to lift the roots. Section the hair then use a curling wand to create tight curls, ensuring each curl is secured with grips and set with the low setting of a hairdryer after spraying. Brush out, arrange and spray again to create beautiful, bouncy retro curls.


Up-do's are often understated yet the different variations of this chic style can beautifully complement a red-carpet gown. Polished to perfection, the look is adorned by many stars on the red-carpet and enables natural beauty to be shown off with a detailed yet low-maintenance do. Celebrating her first Oscar win back in 2013, Jennifer Lawrence stole the limelight with her charming chignon whilst Emma Stone's wrap around bun shows care and design without being over the top. To give an up-do lift, use a mousse and blow dry your hair upside down to add volume. Take time to secure your up-do with spray and grips and it will be guaranteed to last all night long.

Slick and Sultry

This fuss-free yet equally exquisite look requires minimal effort yet makes a huge impact. When paired with a simple gown, it oozes glamour and charm and again needs little maintenance throughout the evening. Queen of grace and poise Angelina Jolie keeps this as her signature look, proving that you don't need to spend hours on your hair to make a bold statement. This look requires straight and sleek hair which can be achieved by using an oil before blow-drying. Brush thoroughly then run a small amount of oil over the hair after drying to hold in place and create a smooth sheen. Tip: don't overdo the oil as this can make your hair look greasy.

Pixie Crop

The pixie crop is a winner for those who are willing to brave the bold look. A newer trend on the red-carpet scene, this dainty and charming style radiates confidence and shows off the wearer's natural features. As shown by actresses Michelle Williams and Anne Hathaway the style suits both blondes and brunettes whilst superstar Charlize Theron shows off her dark roots, giving an edgy take on the style. Minimal prep is needed to perfect this look, just find a waxy product and run it through the hair to enable you to style and hold it in place.

Perfect Ponytails

The ponytail is another classic red carpet look that won't be disappearing anytime soon. The beauty of this style is that it can be adapted for whichever vibe or outfit you go for and will ensure the embellishments of your dress remain on show. The sleek low ponytail, as seen on Gwyneth Paltrow, is on everyone's hairstyle radar as it is easy to create but you can have as much volume or keep it as low profile as you like. Kate Beckinsale rocks the messy pony, with added curls giving it extra va va voom. Tip: backcomb the hair slightly at the roots before tying to create even more volume but ensure you tame the stray hairs to avoid the look of frizziness.

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