The Raddest Ways To Wear Your Hair Up In January — No Matter Your Length

We’re all for letting our hair hang loose, whether it’s a sleek blowout, movie star waves, or big curls. But sometimes, a modern updo, bun, or pony is the best way to make a scene. If you need proof, look at the 2018 Critics’ Choice Awards red carpet. Stars like Yara Shahidi, Margot Robbie, and Angelina Jolie swept their hair back (either partially or all the way) so that the paps could really get a good look at their gorgeous gowns and accessories.

In turn, they gave us a fresh new take on the styles we know, love, and are possibly wearing at this very moment. There’s no way that we’re ever going to give up our favorite swinging, bouncy, or sleek styles… but it might be worth skipping to DIY the styles ahead — especially on rushed mornings. Just sayin’.

Victory Twists
Don’t be skeptical about a style like this (as seen on Zoe Kazan) lasting all night. Hairstylist Adir Abergel once suggested using bobby pins misted with hairspray to lock in the throwback style. “It mattifies them and keeps them in place,” he says.

Photo: Taylor Hill/Getty Images.

The Cool-Girl Mullet
Susan Kelechi Watson, who’s slowly but surely becoming our curl crush of this red carpet season, piled her hair in a half bun and let the rest of her straight ponytail hang down, giving us a refreshing texture two-for-one.

Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage.

The Fakeout
If you’ve got a pixie (like Jaimie Alexander’s) but don’t want to wait for it to grow out, then grab your pins and holding gel and get to slicking. Insider tip: Creating defined parts and various amounts of volume helps fake an intricate updo.

Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage.

The Boss Bun
Whoever said that this style was strictly for the office is sadly mistaken. Yara Shahidi pulled back her wondrous head of curls into this low key down-do, which allowed her dress and accessories to take center stage.

Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images.

The Modern Princess
Margot Robbie took a page from Meghan Markle’s book and went for an unstructured updo, cinched with thehair accessory of the moment. The whole look was inspired by the fact that Margot was wearing Chanel and for hair and makeup we were trying to emulate a classic Chanel aesthetic,” celebrity stylist Bryce Scarlett said in a release, pinpointing Tresemmé’s TRES Two Extra Hold Mousse and Compressed Micro-Mist Hair Spray Hold Level 2: Smooth as keys for volume and hold.

Photo: Taylor Hill/Getty Images.

The Pineapple
Not only is Ryen Michelle Bathe’s high ponytail a way to display those danglers — she could also use it as an overnight protective style to preserve her curls for the next day. Smart woman.

Photo: David Crotty/Patrick McMullaN/Getty Images.

The Elegant Half-Up
Leave it to Angelina Jolie to serve us with the most polished half-pony ever… served with a heaping dose of badass, thanks to those tats.


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