Oscar’s Hair Trends From the Red Carpet

The Academy Awards are undoubtedly the hottest topic of the week, but aside from the designer fashion and coveted awards themselves, it was the hair styles rocked by the A-listers that really got our attention.

Jess Longhurst, the Salon Partner & Artistic Director at Oscar Oscar Salons on the Gold Coast, shares her tips and tricks for achieving celebrity glam at home with three hair how-to’s.

Rachel McAdams


Looking every part the picture of sophisticated Oscars royalty, Rachel McAdams stunned on the red carpet with a stylishly sleek up-do. Jess suggests:

Step 1: Prime wet hair with Shu Uemura’s Satin Design, focusing on the lengths and ends of hair.

Step 2: Working in sections, blow dry hair until straight before parting the hair on one side.

Step 3: Smooth down any fly-aways with a sculpting gel, then pull hair into a textured knot and securely hold in place with hair pins.

Step 4: Finish with holding spray to keep everything in place.

Saoirse Ronan


Achieve Irish beauty Saoirse Ronan’s effortlessly chic, textured waves in just a few simple steps. Jess suggests:

Step 1: Apply a volumising mousse to towel dried hair before blow drying tresses until hair is 80% dry.

Step 2: Using a medium sized round brush and working in sections, blow dry hair upwards while focusing on the roots to create maximum volume.

Step 3: Dividing the hair into two inch sections, use a GHD curling wand to curl all hair before gently brushing through with fingers to create a tousled look.

Step 4: Finish the look with a spritz of holding spray to the front section to hold the back comb in place.

Alicia Vikander


Best Supporting Actress winner Alicia Vikander took the basic top knot to a whole new level at this year’s Oscar’s ceremony, with her half-up, half-down style exuding grace, glamour and just a touch of princess-worthy charm. Jess suggests:

Step 1: Lock in hair’s moisture with a smoothing serum or spray on towel dried hair before blow drying hair with a medium-sized round brush to create body.

Step 2:  Apply a volumising powder or mousse through the roots for instant root lift and workable texture before styling.

Step 3: Gather a section of hair from the top of head (drawing a line from ear to ear) and pull into a pony tail using a clear hair tie. Be sure to keep a middle part in the hair, rather than pulling it all straight back.

Step 4: Twist ponytail while wrapping it around the base of the hair tie to mould it into a bun and secure with hair pins, so it sits on the crown of the head. Alicia’s look is a little undone so don’t worry if it’s not perfectly neat.

Step 5: Using a GHD curling wand, loosely curl the rest of the hair, working in large sections to build volume in the lengths before applying a mist of smoothing spray.

Note: Oscar Oscar salons recommends using Shu Uemura styling products.