The best 2018 red carpet hairstyles (with VMAs update)

All Things Hair | 21 August 2018

Our favourite celeb looks to inspire your party season hairstyles.

With this year’s MTV VMA’s officially over, we thought we’d pull together some of the best hairstyles that caught our eye from the event — and also invite you to take a look at all the other red carpet hairstyles we’re loving.

From elegant updos to fun and flirty styles, these glam red carpet looks will inspire you to do something special with your hair for your next occasion. So, what are you waiting for?

The best red carpet hairstyles from 2018


Close up shot of Cardi with a dark, short choppy pixie haircut on the VMA red carpet.
Momager hair could be the next big thing! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Cardi B’s momager pixie

It’s no secret that Cardi B has been rubbing shoulders with the Jenner/Kardashian clan. And, it seems like she’s been inspired by Kris Jenner‘s signature momager pixie, as she surprised us all with a similar look for the VMA red carpet. Guess what? We don’t just like it, we love it!

Close up shot of Camila Cabello with long chocolate brown hair styled into a half-up, half-down updo, complete with curtain bangs on the VMA red carpet.
This half-up bouffant is giving us major Bardot vibes. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Camila Cabello’s half-up, half-down updo

The best way to show off long bangs? With this romantic, voluminous half-up, half-down bouffant, which we spotted Camila Cabello sporting.

Not only will this look allow you to channel Brigitte Bardot vibes, but it will also team perfectly with red lipstick. Ooh la la!

TRESemmé Collagen+ Fullness Thickening Balm

Editor’s tip: Want your mane to look as plump as Camila’s? Try using the TRESemmé Collagen+ Fullness Thickening BalmSmooth a small amount of it into your damp mane before blow drying, to achieve visibly thicker and fuller strands that are ready to be styled.

Close up shot of Jennifer Lopez with long ash and golden blonde hair on the VMA red carpet.
How blonde will she go?! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Jennifer Lopez’ golden moment

Jennifer Lopez is going blonder by the minute! For the VMA’s red carpet, the star dazzled us with her ash and golden blonde hair colour, complete with soft dark roots. This lovely shade illuminates her face, and will certainly do the same for you.

Close up shot of Olivia O'Brien with long, curly dark brown hair with purple ombre ends on the VMA red carpet.
This purple ombre dye job seriously caught our attention. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Olivia O’Brien’s purple ombre hair

As if we needed another reason to convince us to try purple hair! Olivia O’Brien’s dreamy shade, with playful loose curls, is the epitome of #hairgoals.

Don’t miss reading: 8 inspiring purple ombre looks from Instagram

Close up shot of Ariana Grande with long caramel brown hair with a simple twist in it, standing next to Pete Davidson on the VMA red carpet.
Ariana, Ariana, let down your hair! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Ariana Grande’s straight hair

Have you been having a non-stop Sweetener listening party? Us too! We loved how glossy Ariana Grande’s long hair looked at the event, and can’t wait to see what other looks she’ll experiment with now that her ponytail days are over (or are they?).

Close up shot of Rita Ora with bleached blonde wet look hair on the VMA red carpet.
Rita channelled mermaid vibes for the event. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Rita Ora’s mermaid strands

We’re sure Rita Ora swam to the VMA’s, as she turned up with gorgeous mermaid-worthy wet-look strands that we could only imagine Ariel pulling off.

In true Rita form, she kept the look effortlessly undone, grungy and feminine all at the same time.

Close up shot of Nicki Minaj with long black pigtails, holding an award on the VMA red carpet.
Chun-Li hair, don’t care! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Nicki Minaj’s long pigtails

The only thing we love more than Nicki Minaj‘s long extensions are her playful pigtails. We saw Madonna slaying them on the Met Gala red carpet, so it’s seriously true: your favourite playground look is here to stay.

The best red carpet hairstyles from 2017


Rihanna black hair with loose beach waves
Rihanna was the belle of the ball with this sultry loose wave finish. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Rihanna’s sultry loose waves

Rihanna is never one to shy away from an avant-garde hairstyle on the red carpet, so choosing just one from this year was not easy. But after much deliberation, we narrowed it down to this sultry loose waves hairstyle she wore while attending the Clara Lionel Foundation event.

The dark hue looks stunning on the singer and draws attention to her beautiful green eye colour — plus we love how the loose waves give the overall look a more relaxed finish.

Adele light brown hair chic updo with loose tendrils
Adele went for an elegant chic updo at the Grammy Awards. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Adele’s bouffant chignon

Adele managed to scoop up not 1, but 5 awards at the Grammy Awards this year, and we think this hairstyle is a winner also!

The singer/songwriter had a whopping 3 hair changes throughout the course of the evening, but our favourite was this elegant twisted chignon. With a few face-framing strands left loose near the front, Adele gave this ‘do an extra sophisticated finish.

Emma Roberts fiery red hair colour with loose curls Oscars 2017
Emma Roberts wowed with her fiery red hue at the Vanity Fair Oscar’s party. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Emma Roberts fiery curls

Our eyes, our eyes! We can’t handle how beautiful Emma Roberts‘ fiery copper colour looked while attending the Vanity Fair Oscar’s party. From blonde hues to deep smokey colours, Emma Roberts has tried a multitude of shades but this intense copper colour stole the show for us.

Finishing the look with loose curls cascading down her back, Emma’s hair ticks all the right boxes for a flawless red carpet hairstyle.

Zendaya curly shag dark brown hair
Zendaya’s Teen Choice awards look gave us serious hair envy. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Zendaya’s curly shag

Zendaya‘s groovy ’70s-inspired curls are giving us serious hair envy. Ensuring all eyes were on the her at the Teen Choice Awards, Zendaya sported this dark curly shag hairstyle, complete with a curly eye-skimming fringe.

Plus, by popping in a few golden brown highlights through her black hair, she managed to adds further definition to her curls — nice job, Zendaya!

Hailey Baldwin blonde hair updo with pearl net veil
It was all about the accessories for Hailey Baldwin at the Met Gala. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Hailey Baldwin’s hairnet

Not just content with a bun updo, Hailey Baldwin‘s finished Met Gala look may be the ultimate lazy girl hairstyle that we have ever spotted on the red carpet.

By pairing her bun hairstyle with an embellished, jewelled hairnet, Hailey’s look goes from sofa-slob to Meta Gala princess in seconds. Where do we sign up?

Gal Gadot swept back long brown hair with small quiff finish
There is no Wonder Gal looked incredible at the MTV Movie Awards. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Gal Gadot’s slick back ‘do

The Wonder Woman actress looked absolutely sensational with her rich brown tresses slicked back at the MTV Movie & TV Awards. Gal has kept some height around the middle section for a quiff-like finish, while smoothing the sides back against her head for a sleek and chic ‘do.

Janelle Monae twin bun updo with floral accessories
Janelle Monae never disappoints with her red carpet hair. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Janelle Monae’s floral space buns

American singer Janelle Monae is the reigning queen of hair accessories (her googly eye buns will go down in history!), and her SAG Awards hairstyle certainly didn’t disappoint.

For the red carpet event, she opted for one of her favourite space bun styles, which was then adorned with a dainty silver headband and flowers for a cute yet classy feel. Ooh la la!

Cara Delevingne silver Met Gala 2017 look
Cara turned heads with this bold silver look. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Cara Delevingne’s silver buzz cut

British model-turned-actress Cara Delevingne channelled major robot vibes with this daring, silver spray painted look, which also featured a few Swarovski crystals for good measure!

Having already proved to us that buzz cut hair is anything but boring, Cara took her mane game up a notch and totally stole the show with this bold, glittering look at the Met Gala.

Holly Willoughby light blonde milkmaid braid
Holly Willoughby looked beautiful at the Glamour awards with her boho braids. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Holly Willoughby’s boho braided updo

This Morning presenter Holly Willoughby always looks fab, but we’re sure you’ll agree she looked a real vision with her floor-length floral gown and romantic French braided updo at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards.

VO5 Dry Texture Spray

Editor’s tip: If you’re as besotted with Holly’s look as we are, and want to try recreating her ‘do yourself, don’t forget to prep your hair before styling.

We suggest using a texturising spray, such as the VO5 Dry Texturising Spray, to give your hair extra grip and make it easier for you to create your braids.

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Sienna Miller at the Live By Night premiere. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Sienna Miller’s pretty ponytail

Looking for sweet and simple party hair ideas? Well, Sienna Miller‘s pretty and formal ponytail is perfect for those with medium-length hair, and looked utterly effortless as she rocked it at the Live By Night premiere. Sometimes simplicity really is the key!

Red carpet hairstyles: All Things Hair - IMAGE - Elle Fanning Live by Night premiere
Elle Fanning at the Live By Night premiere. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Elle Fanning’s lovely long bob

Can’t decide if you want short or long hair? Don’t worry, the long bob is the perfect answer to that hair quandary and Elle Fanning is the perfect poster girl for it!

The long bob (AKA the lob) has fast become the ‘It’ cut to be spotted in this year, with the likes of Kim Kardashian, Bella Hadid and Chrissy Teigen all going for the chop.

Red carpet hairstyles: All Things Hair - IMAGE - Milla Jovovich Resident Evil The Final Chapter premiere
Milla Jovovich at the Resident Evil The Final Chapter premiere. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Milla Jovovich’s tousled waves

Nothing says red carpet-ready like waves, right? So, we weren’t surprised when Milla Jovovich stepped out with this wonderful wavy updo for the Resident Evil: The Final Chapter premiere.

Just don’t forget to apply a heat protectant before grabbing your heated styling tools. Trust us, your tresses will thank you for it!

Red carpet hairstyles: All Things Hair - IMAGE - Coco Konig Assassin's Creed premiere
Coco Konig at the Assassin’s Creed premiere. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Coco Konig’s barely-there waves

We just love, love, love the subtleness of Coco Konig’s waves! These barely-there waves are the epitome of understated glamour, ideal for those who want to look like they’ve made little to no effort at all.

Red carpet hairstyles: All Things Hair - IMAGE - Felicity Jones Rogue One A Star Wars Story
Felicity Jones at the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story premiere. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Felicity Jones’ beautiful bangs

Felicity Jones practically took our breath away when she teamed her lovely lilac gown with a chic and simple updo at the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story premiere.

But the hair pièce de résistance to this style was the brow-skimming Bardot fringe with soft, feminine wisps of hair perfectly frames her face.




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