The Biggest Hair Trends We Spotted During 2024’s Award Season…

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Written by Annie Walton-Doyle

Updated: June 13, 2024

As award season comes to a close, the red carpet has provided a wealth of inspiration for iconic celebrity hairstyles that are worth considering for your next salon appointment.

From sculptural masterpieces to the resurgence of retro glamour, the biggest names in Hollywood have showcased a diverse array of looks that are bound to influence hair trends in 2024.

Hair Sculpture

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One of the most striking trends to emerge is the art of sculpted hair. Lupita Nyong’o’s hairstylist, Vernon François, crafted an avant-garde “afro fascinator” for her Oscars red carpet appearance, described as “an afro sculpted into a breathtaking headpiece” by Vogue. 

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Florence Pugh also embraced the sculptural trend at the BAFTAs, sporting a half-up style that featured a finger-wave-meets-quiff detail, showcasing the creativity of her hairstylist.

Short And Sweet

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While the bob haircut remains a popular choice among celebrities, with America Ferrera and Carey Mulligan donning sleek, boyish versions and Ayo Edebiri opting for rounded layers, a contrasting trend has emerged: the anti-bob.

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Ultra-long hairstyles have made a resurgence on the red carpet, with stars like Margot Robbie, Simone Ashley, Jennifer Lawrence, Michelle Yeoh, Oprah, and Emma Stone embracing their flowing locks.

Retro Chic

Vintage Hollywood glamour has also made a strong comeback, with stars like Zendaya, Sydney Sweeney, and Greta Lee channeling the era’s timeless allure.

Zendaya and Greta Lee dazzled with heavily side-parted and ultra-shiny curved styles, while Sydney Sweeney evoked a modern Marilyn Monroe moment.

Buns ‘n’ Braids

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Braided buns have also made a noteworthy appearance, with Lily Gladstone and Emily Blunt showcasing this classic style with intricate plaited detailing. Gladstone’s side-parted Golden Globes look and Blunt’s slightly undone take for the Oscars demonstrated the enduring appeal of this red carpet staple.

Lady In Red

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Furthermore, shades of red hair have taken center stage, with Dua Lipa’s cherry red locks setting the tone for the year. Copper and darker auburn hues, like those sported by Emma Stone, have also proven popular, making any shade of red a trendsetting choice for 2024.

Up And At ‘Em

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Finally, the timeless topknot has made a strong comeback, with Issa Rae and Gabrielle Union sporting variations of the sleek, slicked-back bun at the Oscars. Selena Gomez’s Golden Globes appearance earlier in the year also showcased the enduring appeal of this effortlessly chic hairstyle.


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