Many of the Academy Awards’ most coveted red carpet styles easily double as day or night looks for spring. They’re low maintenance that only look high maintenance. Try theses DIYs from LA-based celebrity stylist Chris Greene.
Olivia Wilde’s braided chignon
1. Start with dry, voluminous hair. Part hair on the side and create two braids toward the back of your head. You can do an inside out French braid — aka “Dutch braid” — which takes some practice. Basically, it’s putting the sections under each other while braiding as opposed to over each other for a more obvious, stand-out braided look.
2. Once your two braids meet at the nape of your neck, tie them together with a hair elastic. Next, braid the rest of your hair into a braid or two and secure those together at the end with an elastic.
3. Wind the braided ponytail section into a bun at the nape of your neck and secure with bobby pins or long French hair pins.
4. Spray fly away hairs with a firm-hold hair spray, secure loose hairs with hair pins and you’re ready to go!
faux hawk-meets-volumized ponytail
1. Curl hair for volume, making sure roots and mids are smooth and frizz-free.
2. Back comb — i.e. tease — hair on top of your head about 2 inches back from your hairline in a small mohawk section to create height like Kerry’s, then smooth locks from your hairline over it to hide the teased sections.
3. Pull hair back into a pony tail, making sure it’s nice and tight on the sides and voluminous on top. Secure with an elastic.
4. Wrap a small section of hair around the elastic and secure with a couple of bobby pins. Spray hair with a firm-hold hairspray to control fly aways and keep everything in place!
Alicia Vikander’s half-up with a bun detail
(very Belle from Beauty and the Beast)
1. Blow dry your hair with a volumizer at your roots and a dab of hair oil at your ends.
2. Loosely curl tresses with a 1 1/2-inch iron for a loose wave.
3. Part locks in the middle and pull it half up into a high ponytail at the crown of your head, making sure it’s not too tight and not too loose.
4. Wrap the ponytail into a bun and secure with bobby pins. Shake out your curls and spray with a flexible-hold hairspray!
Brie Larson’s pulled back with
a beautiful bejeweled accessory
1. Curl locks with a 1 1/4-inch iron. When curls cool, brush them out and spray.
2. Take a small section of hair from each side of your face and twist, meeting them in the back.
3. Secure the two twists with a small hair elastic and then place your bejeweled hair accessory over the top.
4. To make the look more like Brie’s, twist a few small sections of hair around your accessory and pin in place. Brie’s hair jewel looked intertwined with her hair.
Rooney Mara’s trio of buns
1. This look can be done on damp or dry hair. Section hair into three sections, using your ear as a guide. The top section will be from the top of your ear across the top of your head to the top of your other ear and forward. The second section will be from the middle of your ear across the back of your head to the middle of your other ear. And the third section will be your nape section. Think of pie sections if you were looking at the side of your head.
2. Tie all three sections into tight ponytails and secure with a hair elastic.
3. Wrap all three sections into buns. To keep the look more like Rooney’s, make the top two buns small and tight. Then the bottom bun or chignon can be made a little bigger. Tease hair a bit if you need extra volume and then wrap a bun at the nape of your neck and secure with bobby pins.
4. Spray well with a firm-hold hair spray for a lacquered look like Rooney’s.