The best 2019 red carpet hairstyles (with Grammys update)

All Things Hair | 11 February 2019
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Red carpet hairstyles you can actually create IRL! 

With this year’s Grammy Awards 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 special occasion. So, what are you waiting for?



The best red carpet hairstyles of 2019 (so far)



 

Red carpet hairstyles: Dua Lipa with dark brown straight blunt bob on red carpet wearing a strapless pale blue dress and diamond necklace.
The blunt bob we all love made an appearance. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Dua Lipa’s blunt bob

Spotted at: The Grammy Awards

It was a big night for singer Dua Lipa who picked up two Grammy Awards at the 2019 ceremony. Wearing her dark brown hair in a straight and sharp bob, Dua completed her look by tucking some of her hair behind her ear for a faux asymmetrical finish.

 

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Editor’s tip: Straight hairstyles, whether natural or the result of heated styling, take serious work to achieve. So, make sure you’ve got a heat protecting primer spray, like the TRESemmé Biotin + Repair 7 Primer Sprayin your beauty kit.

Red carpet hairstyles: Miley Cyrus with softly swept waves on her blonde hair with a black blazer jacket.
Softly styled waves give Miley top spot. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Miley Cyrus’ soft waves

Spotted at: The Grammy Awards

We all know Miley is never afraid of trying a daring style or two, so when the singer and actress arrived on the red carpet, parents in tow, we had to do a double take.

Wearing her long blonde hair in soft waves swept over the side, Miley went for a pared down look with simple make-up and a black blazer.

Red carpet hairstyles: H.E.R with long dark brown curly hair with centre parting wearing sunglasses and purple glitter dress at the Grammy Awards 2019.
It’s got to be H.E.R. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

H.E.R’s long curls

Spotted at: The Grammy Awards

Singer and songwriter H.E.R went for gorgeous fluffy curls on her Rapunzel-length dark brown hair. From her jewelled parting to her rock chic sunglasses, more is always better for this star.

Red carpet hairstyles: Lady Gaga with platinum blonde wavy medium length hair with dark roots wearing a silver dress at the Grammy awards 2019.
We can’t get enough of this simple style on Lady Gaga. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Lady Gaga’s tousled waves

Spotted at: The Grammy Awards

The Grammys 2019 was full of red carpet surprises and Lady Gaga‘s tousled waves might just be the biggest surprise of the night.

Like Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga stripped it back for the night with bleach blonde tousled waves and dark roots.

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Editor’s tip: No matter which hair colour you are thinking of trying, be sure to use a wash and care system formulated with coloured tresses in mind.

We love the Love Beauty and Planet Blooming Colour Shampoo and Conditioner for keeping colour treated hair vibrant.

Red carpet hairstyles: Tracee Ellis Ross with very long braided hair wearing a green suit and snake belt at the Grammy Awards 2019 red carpet.
We are all green with envy at Tracee Eliss Ross’ red carpet look. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Tracee Eliss Ross’ braids

Spotted at: The Grammy Awards

With a striking green suit and thigh length braids, there was no missing Tracee Ellis Ross when she arrived on the Grammys red carpet.

We’ve seen natural hair and braided styles like cornrows all over the runway this season so it comes as no surprise that natural hair champion Tracee Ellis Ross went for this look on the red carpet.

Red carpet hairstyles: Laura Whitmore with long wavy blonde hair pinned back with hair slides at the Baftas.
Make your hair your best accessory like Laura Whitmore. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Laura Whitmore’s pinned waves

Spotted at: The BAFTAs

When it comes to hair trends for 2019, hair slides are right up there. Taking the trend to the red carpet was TV presenter Laura Whitmore who teamed hers with loose waves.

Red carpet hairstyles: Irina Shayk with brown hair styled in side parted smooth bun updo wearing a black smart jacket.
Irina Shayk’s sleek updo is great for all hair types. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Irina Shayk’s sleek updo

Spotted at: The BAFTAs

Want a red carpet hairstyle that works for everyone? Then you’ll love Irina Shayk’s sleek bun updo.

Whether you have a mass of curls or poker straight locks, a long bob or waist length hair, try smoothing your hair into a low bun with a sharp side parting to get this red carpet look.

 

VO5 Tame & Shine Spray

 

Editor’s tip: Looking for a glossy, silky finish to your updo? We suggest using VO5 Tame & Shine Spray to help tame fly-aways and add shine.

Can be used before straightening or curling, and as a finishing touch afterwards.

 



The best red carpet hairstyles from 2018



 

Red carpet hairstyles: 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!

Red carpet hairstyles: 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!

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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.

Red carpet hairstyles: 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.

Red carpet hairstyles: 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.

Next read: 8 inspiring purple ombre looks from Instagram

Red carpet hairstyles: 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?).

Red carpet hairstyles: 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.

Red carpet hairstyles: 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



 

Red carpet hairstyles: Rihanna with black hair styled into 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.

Red carpet hairstyles: Adele with light brown hair styled into a 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.

Red carpet hairstyles: Emma Roberts fiery red hair colour with loose curls Oscars 2017
Emma Roberts wowed with her fiery red hue at the Vanity Fair Oscar 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.

Red carpet hairstyles: Zendaya with curly shag dark and 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!

Red carpet hairstyles: Hailey Baldwin with blonde hair styled into a 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?

Red carpet hairstyles: 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.

Red carpet hairstyles: Janelle Monae with a 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!

Red carpet hairstyles: Cara Delevingne silver at the Met Gala 2017
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.

Red carpet hairstyles: Holly Willoughby with light blonde styled into a milkmaid braid
Holly Willoughby looked beautiful at the Glamour awards with her milkmaid braid. 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.

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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.

Red carpet hairstyles: Sienna Miller with straight blonde hair in low ponytail with loose long bangs wearing a striped jumper.
This simple ponytail hairstyle is on to screenshot. 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: Elle Fanning with straight blonde shoulder length hair parted down the side wearing a black dress.
Long bob are continuing to be the cut of the year. 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: Milla Jovovich with wavy short bob brown hair with bangs.
Milla Jovovich’s red carpet hairstyle is the perfect combination. 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: Coco King with long brown hair styled in soft waves wearing a green blue dress.
Coco Konig understated waves are beautiful. 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: Felicity Jones with medium brown hair in updo with full bangs.
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.