5 hairstyles from the AMAs that got our attention

These red carpet looks are our favourite!

Yesterday, the American Music Awards (AKA the world’s largest fan-voted awards) took place in the heart of Los Angeles. Some of the biggest names in the music business attended the event dressed to the nines, but our eyes were drawn elsewhere — to all the equally gorgeous hairstyles on display, of course.

For those of you who haven’t had a chance to see them, fret not: we’ve got all the juicy mane highlights, below.


American Music awards 2018: Vanessa Hudgens with straight, dark brown long bob with a side sweep and flipped out ends, wearing a satin pink dress on the red carpet
This is how you style a long bob. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

1. Vanessa Hudgens’ polished lob

Let’s face it, Vanessa Hudgens‘ mane game is always on-point – and last night was certainly no exception. Wearing a blush-toned gown, the star styled her lob to polished-perfection, giving us a mix of Scarface/Pulp Fiction vibes (just minus the full bangs).

Editor’s tip: Dying to get this sleek look? You’ll need to make sure to use a shine-enhancing heat protection spray. So, we suggest you try the TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Heat Protection Shine Spray.

This will help you achieve a silky smooth, frizz-free finish while also protecting your mane against heat damage.

American music awards 2018: Taylor Swift with natural blonde hair styled into a '60s beehive updo, wearing sparkly silver dress on the red carpet
Because the beehive can work for any occasion. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

2. Taylor Swift’s beehive

There’s nothing wrong with dressing up as a disco ball! In fact, if you team a sparkly ensemble with a chic beehive hairstyle, you’ll make everyone want to get in on the retro hair trend. If it’s good enough for Taylor Swift

American music awards 2018: Ciara with long, caramel blown out kinky hair, wearing a black and green dress on the red carpet
Ciara levels up her hair game with this ‘do. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

3. Ciara’s kinky natural waves

If anyone is going to show you how to slay kinky, natural waves, it’s Ciara. Here, she rocks a protective curly weave style that has spotlight-stealer written all over it.

American music awards 2018: Amber Heard with golden blonde french twisted ponytail and a golden parting, wearing small earrings on the red carpet
We’re adding this look to our hair bucket list. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

4. Amber Heard’s French twist ponytail

Amber Heard just invented a new hairstyle that we’re already obsessed with: the French twist ponytail.

With its sexy, wet-look appearance, gold parting and loosely twisted pony, this hybrid look is guaranteed to make your hair look the part at any event.

American music awards 2018: Amandla Stenberg with shoulder length multicoloured dookie braids, wearing a tuxedo with a bow tie on the red carpet
Another day, another braid style to lust over. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

5. Amandla Stenberg’s dookie braids

Amandla Stenberg brought some ’90s charm to the AMAs red carpet with these multi-coloured, medium dookie braids. And if you’re a naturalista still on the fence about getting them, this is the sign you’ve been waiting for.


Ahead, we look back at the best hairstyles from the 2017 AMAs.

close up shot of hailee steinfield with slicked back strands, wearing all black on the AMA's red carpet
You can seriously evoke Ariel vibes with this gorgeous hairstyle! Credit: Instagram.com/haileesteinfeld

Hailee Steinfeld’s swept-back style

If you’ve been paying attention to the runways and red carpets this season, you’ll know that there’s a never-ending love for swept-back hairstyles. So, when we saw Hailee Steinfeld’s sexy, wet-look take on the trend, we couldn’t help but stare.

Now, we don’t know about you, but we’re definitely giving this fierce and flawless hairstyle a go this party season. Credit: @haileesteinfeld

close up shot of selena gomez with blonde hair, wearing all black on the american music awards red carpet
Selena is that you? Credit: Instagram.com/fashiondesfemmes

Selena Gomez’ platinum blonde upgrade

If there’s one hair colour that’s ruled them all this season, it’s been platinum blonde (we’re looking at you Kim Kardashian West and Solange). And now, Selena Gomez has unexpectedly joined the ranks and swapped her signature sleek dark brown hair for this gorgeous shade, pictured above.

We’re seriously feeling Selena’s new hair and love all the grungy vibes she’s giving off (could this mean new music is underway too?). Credit: @fashiondesfemmes

Editor’s tip: Thinking of getting this on-trend shade? We don’t blame you! But, do be sure to invest in a purple shampoo like the TIGI Bed Head Dumb Blonde Purple Toning Shampoo to keep your hue looking its best!

close up shot of lady gaga with big curly hairstyle wearing all black on the american music awards red carpet
Anyone else going gaga over these disco curls? Credit: Instagram.com/ladygaga

Lady Gaga’s disco curls

While Lady Gaga wasn’t able to physically make it to Sunday’s American Music Awards, she found a way to make her presence known by staging the red carpet herself, showing us the outfit and hairstyle she would have rocked if she was there.

As you can see, she’s channelling major ’70s vibes with her disco-perfect curls, which are full of enviable volume and bounce. Anyone else feel like dancing? Credit: @ladygaga

close up picture of ciara with wet look curls hairstyle, wearing black glittery dress at the american music awards
Curly hair? You can get in on the wet-look trend, too! Credit: Instagram.com/ciara

Ciara’s wet-look waves

We just love Ciara’s just-out-of-the-shower look and whether you rock the look day or night, you’ll be sure to slay. Thanks for the #hairinspo, Ciara! Credit: @ciara

close up shot of beberexha with blonde wavy hair, wearing black sparkly dress on the american music awards red carpet
When in LA, rock Hollywood waves! Credit: Instagram.com/beberexha

Bebe Rexha’s glitzy waves

Bebe Rexha shined like a silver screen starlet on the American Music Awards’ red carpet, with this glam and glitzy side-swept curly hairstyle.

The best thing about this look? It’s classic, sexy and destined to make you the belle at any ball. Now, doesn’t that sound amazing? Credit: @beberexha

Want more hair inspo? Check out the best mane moments from the past AMA’s awards, below.

shot of gigi hadid with glam bouffant hairstyle on the red carpet wearing white top
The bigger the hair, the better, right Gigi? Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Gigi Hadid’s glam bouffant

Want a ’60s-inspired look that still looks totally stunning today? Then take your hair to stylish new heights with this glamorous bouffant hairstyle, as demonstrated by the gorgeous Gigi Hadid.

What makes this hot hairstyle notable, is the fact it incorporates 2 of the hottest mane trends around: swept-back hair and beachy waves for an ultra-modern effect.

shot of selena gomez with red dress and wavy ponytail hairstyle on the AMA's red carpet
Pimp up your go-to ponytail by adding in a few waves! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Selena Gomez’ romantic ponytail

We know, we know: ponytails aren’t always the most exciting hairstyles. However, this romantic wavy ponytail we spotted Selena Gomez rocking, is anything but ordinary!

Pairing her effortless hairstyle with a red dress and nude makeup, Selena proves that you don’t need an intricate style to be worthy of the red carpet!

Editor’s tip: Want to make your ponytail shimmer and shine? Then you need to get your hands on the TONI&GUY Finishing Shine Spray.

After creating your wavy ponytail, finish your look off with an all-over spritz of this spray to help fend off frizz and give your mane a brilliant sheen!

close up shot of idina menzel with side swept curls on the red carpet, wearing black dress
Channel your inner Hollywood siren with these curls! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Idina Menzel’s Hollywood waves

What red carpet would be complete without the inclusion of this iconic, side-swept hairstyle? And after seeing countless stars rocking it (like Idina Menzel, for example!), you might feel tempted to follow suit.

But don’t fret if you don’t know how to get the look, because you just need to follow the easy steps in our Hollywood waves tutorial, and you’ll be ready to #slay!

close up shot of hailee steinfield with curly hairstyle on the ama's red carpet posing
When in doubt, party curl it out! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Hailee Steinfield’s superstar blow out

Not one to shy away from a photo op? Then make like Hailee Steinfield and strut down the red carpet with this party-ready, curly blowout!

With a sparkly number and bright lip, this ‘do is guaranteed to have heads turning wherever you go – just the reaction we’re looking for.

Editor’s tip: The key behind this superstar blow out? The VO5 Big Volume Mousse, of course! So, to bring your curls to lifeapply a golf ball-sized amount to your mane and use a round brush to create lift and fullness as you blow-dry.

close up shot of tinashe on the american music awards red carpet posing, wearing black dress
Curly hair? Try this romantic ‘do! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Tinashe’s curly updo

Curly hair? Show off your gorgeous hair texture by fashioning it into a fail-safe topknot hairstyle. Leave a few wisps of hair to fall freely about your face, and you’ll get extra style points and exude romantic vibes, just like Tinashe has done here.

close up shot of nina dobrev with wavy hairstyle with side braid hairstyle on the AMA's red carpet, wearing suit
Work your side braids for extra style points! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Nina Dobrev’s side braids

Can’t shake off your love for braided hairstyles? Upgrade your go-to hairstyle with some fierce side braids, for some major Itgirl vibes.

As Nina Dobrev shows, this playful style makes an otherwise simple wavy hairstyle red carpet-worthy. So dust off your dazzling sequin outfit and let’s get plaiting, ladies!





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