Oscars Beauty Predictions: Red Carpet Hair

Megan McIntyre

While we can’t predict who’s going to take home a glittering trophy on Oscar night, we can make some educated guesses on what the stars are going to wear on the red carpet–we’re sure to see some sparkly gowns, loads of jewelry and lots of pretty hair. Aussie celebrity stylist Sarah Potempa took us one step further, breaking down the four celebrity hairstyle trends that she thinks will dominate the red carpet come Sunday. Check out her predictions and hairstyling tips on how to get the looks.


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Modern Old Hollywood
The Old Hollywood glamour (à la Veronica Lake and Grace Kelly) look isn’t a stranger to the red carpet–we’ve seen more than our fair share of celebs going the retro-glam route. Potempa says that the difference this year will be a less literal take on the retro and a focus on a “softer, more natural version of this glamorous curl.” Look for center parts, lots of shine, soft waves and vintage hair accessories, as shown here on Rose Byrne, to freshen up the Old Hollywood style.

To get the look, Potempa advises spraying damp hair with Aussie Sun-Touched Shine Conditioning Spray, then blowing it dry. Make a clean center part with a tail comb, then, using a large barrel curling iron, curl 2-inch sections of hair in an upward direction, secruing at the root to cool. Brush hair out and spray with strong hold hairspray to hold in place.


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Softly Sideswept
A recent red carpet emergence has been the swept-away trend: Buns, ponytails and braids that boast loose, volumized tops that are swept over and placed on the side. An elegant interpretation of this side swept hairstyle is the version here on Kate Hudson. It gives her a look that’s equal parts structured and loose.

To get the look spritz a volumizing spray to roots and blow dry hair straight up, creating exaggerated lift. Tease the crown, then create a deep side-part on the top of the head that swoops over dramtically to one side. Gather up hair in the back and secure it with a ponytail holder. Twist it into a loose chignon and then pin into place to complete the appearance of a soft, side-swept look.


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Polished & Tucked
The Oscars red carpet usually has more bling than a Mariah Carey concert, with most celebs dying to show off their fabulous jewelry. Because of this, Potempa predicts we’ll be seeing a lot of “brushed and tucked behind one ear,” hairstyles, like here on Zoe Saldana. It’s a classic and simple look that’s defined by loose, free-flowing hair that is tucked behind the ears on one or both sides and has a healthy-looking texture.

To get this look, apply Aussie Mousse + Leave-In Conditioner to the roots of damp hair to add moisture to your strands before you start styling. Next, make a clean side part and blow dry hair smooth with a flat brush. Apply a soft hold hairspray to large sections to lock in the style and create a polished finish.


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Soft & Simple Updo
On a night when everything from 12-foot long feathered tiers to pounds of gauzy chiffon are the norm, it makes sense that many stars, like Anna Kendrick here, would want to keep it simple with their hair. “This season we saw a lot of voluminous, textured updos at the Golden Globes and we expect to see a few more at the Oscars, but with a sense of elegance and calmness to them,” says Potempa. “They’re a great way to show off a neckline or a gorgeous face.”

To create this look at home, apply mousse to the roots of your hair and blowdry upwards. This wil create height that will add an air of interest to your bun. Then, going section by section on the top of your head, spray the underside of hair with texturizing spray and backcomb. Secure in the back with a ponytail holder and create a bun to complete the look.

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