6th annual Breakthrough Awards 2017: The science behind the most notable hairstyles from the event

While it was a night to celebrate the world’s top life scientists, physicists and mathematicians, it was the hairstyles from the star-studded event that caught our attention...  

So what exactly is the Breakthrough Awards, you ask? In its sixth year, the annual ceremony acknowledges and awards innovators, with the who’s who of the tech industry including Facebook’s Mark Zuckerburg and Google co-founder Sergey Brin adding a touch of glitz and glamour to proceedings.

If like us you didn’t nab an invite to the bash, worry not, as we’ve documented the best beauty looks from the Breakthrough Awards 2017, below.

The best styles from the 6th annual Breakthrough Awards 2017


front view of mila kunis with dark brown hair in small quiff updo
Making a rare appearance at the annual event was Mila Kunis. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Mila Kunis’ elegant updo

Actress Mila Kunis and husband Ashton Kutcher made a rare public appearance when they attended the 6th annual Breakthrough Awards 2017.

Styling her glossy chocolate brown tresses in a chic French Twist updo, Mila added volume to the front of her hair for a soft quiff finish, which perfectly complimented the classic hairstyle.

front view of kerry washington black hair in messy high bun updo
From curly bobs to bangs, we love to see how Kerry Washington styles her tresses. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Kerry Washington’s messy bun

Kerry Washington turned heads in her floral dress, but it’s her messy updo that we really love. The actress and producer styled her dark tresses in a carefree and undone messy bun, proving the even the most effortless of styles can be jazzed up for a special occasion.

toni guy twisted texture creation hairspray

Editor’s tip: Give your tresses extra definition and hold by spritzing your mane with TONI&GUY Tousled Texture Creation Hairspray. Ideal for creating styles, not just finishing them, this hairspray is great for adding natural movement to your hair.

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Lily Collins’ auburn hue caught our eye. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Lily Collins’ sleek strands

It was only last week we reported that Lily Collins had ditched her chocolate shade for a blonde hue, but it seems like the actress may have fooled us, as she has now hopped back to the dark side – but with a difference.

Styling her medium-length tresses in a straight and smooth style allowed all the attention to be on Lily’s newly coloured dark auburn shade, a gorgeous choice for the winter months!

Editor’s tip: Thinking of colouring your tresses a new hue for winter? Then be sure to switch your wash and care system for one formulated with coloured tresses in mind, like the Dove Colour Care Shampoo and Conditioner.

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Picture perfect curls for Kara McCullough. Credit: Rx by Shutterstock

Kára McCullough’s mass of curls

Some may know Kára McCullough as Miss USA 2017, but it wasn’t just this accolade that earned her entry to the Breakthrough Awards 2017, because she’s also a physical scientist!

The 25-year-old looked incredible wearing her silky black shoulder-length tresses with a mass of curls, putting her firmly on our style radar for curly hair inspo. She’s definitely one to watch in both beauty and science – who says you can’t have it all, eh?!


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