Time 100 Gala 2018 best red carpet hair looks

The hair was always going to be fabulous really, wasn't it?

Last night, New York City played host to the 2018 Time 100 Gala, Time magazine’s annual celebration of the most influential figures from all over the world. And obviously, with so many of the world’s leading ladies all in one place, there was some pretty showstopping hair on show.

If you’re yet to see the looks for yourself, cast your eyes on some of our favourites from the night right here.

Time 100 Gala 2018: Best red carpet hairstyles

Iranian-American actress, model, and activist Yara Shahidi at the time 100 gala with her natural hair in a twisted side set updo
Yara took inspiration from 1940s style. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Yara Shahidi’s side set twisted updo

Yara Shahidi took a retro 1940s approach to her red carpet look, pairing a twisted pin-updo with a silk tied neck scarf and embellished shift dress. Her naturally curly hair was slicked back into the immaculate side set bun, letting her natural beauty radiate through.

Editor’s tip: The trick to slicking back natural hair? All you need is some of the VO5 Wet Look Styling Gel, which gives the hair a long-lasting, controlled hold that dries to a shiny, wet look finish.

this is us actress susan kelechi at the time 100 gala with her braids in a half up half down hairstyle
Side-swept braids and a half-up detail made up Susan’s stunning style. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Susan Kelechi Watson’s half-up twists

This Is Us star Susan Kelechi Watson stepped out onto the red carpet with her box twists worn in a simple but ultra feminine half-up, half-down look, flashing some shoulder by sweeping all of her hair over to one side.

american tv host and author padma lakshmi at the time 100 gala with straight sleek medium length hair
When the shine is this good, you don’t need a fancy style. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Padma Lakshmi’s super-straight hair

Straight, glossy hair is always gorgeous, but there’s something about Padma Lakshmi’s blunt cut lob and defined middle parting that looks really fresh and modern.

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Editor’s tip: Protect your hair from the heat of your straighteners while also adding shine by spritzing the TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Heat Protection Shine Spray throughout your hair before styling.

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actress emily blunt on the red carpet at the time 100 gala with her honey blonde hair in a braided updo
We almost missed Emily’s dainty gold leaf hair jewellery. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Emily Blunt’s crown braid

If Disney princesses were to come to life, we imagine they’d rock up with a look pretty similar to Emily Blunt’s. With a loose, romantic crown braid, complete with an intricate gold leaf hair chain, the Oscar-winning actress looked a total vision.

indian actress Deepika Padukone at the time 100 gala wearing a cream embellished dress with her long dark hair in a sleek center parted low ponytail
A picture perfect pony. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Deepika Padukone’s perfect low

Indian actress Deepika Padukone balanced out the incredible intricate embroidery of her cream sari with a low-key low ponytail. The look is giving off major Kardashian vibes and it’s a red carpet hairstyle we see time and time again because it always looks great.

Now you’re up to speed, shall we take a look back at last year’s best looks?

The best hairstyles from last year’s 2017 Time 100 Gala event

viola davis with wavy long bob and blue dress on the time gala red carpet
Viola Davis channelled the old school Hollywood vibes. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Viola Davis’ flirty curly lob

American actress Viola Davis rocked up to the Time‘s Gala event with her signature Marilyn Monroe-esque long bob. This vintage-inspired hairstyle makes for a timeless, elegant look and complements her royal blue frock like a dream! Honestly, what more could a girl ask for?

sarah paulson with long sleek pixie and black dress at the time gala event
Sarah Paulson serving up all our short hair inspiration with this look. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Sarah Paulson’s sleek long pixie

Let’s face it, Sarah Paulson’s long pixie cut always looks flawless, and last night was certainly no exception. The American Horror Story star walked down the Time Gala red carpet with a sleek runway-worthy ‘do, proving that you don’t always have to have long hair to look glamorous!

We also love how she paired her sleek style with a side parting, which helped add a touch of interest to this otherwise simple style.

fan bing bing with twisted updo and red dress at time gala event
Fan Bingbing looking positively angelic with this halo braid. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Fan Bingbing’s twisted halo

Chinese actress Fan Bingbing graced the red carpet looking like a real-life fairy, thanks to her stunning embellished Marchesa gown. The beauty complemented her dazzling dress by styling her long, brunette tresses into an ethereal, loosely twisted halo updo.

lindsey von with sleek back hairstyle at the time gala event
Skier Lindsey opted for a slicked back look similar to that loved by stars like Gigi and J-Lo. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Lindsey Vonn’s slicked-back ‘do

We’re used to seeing Lindsey Vonn on the slopes with her hair tucked away under a hat, so we almost didn’t recognise her in this glamorous, sexy get-up!

For the event, her platinum tresses were slicked back in a fresh-out-of-water manner, exuding tonnes of sultry vibes.


Editor’s tip: To learn how to create this look at home, get your VO5 Ultimate Hold Hairspray at the ready and check out our step-by-step tutorial for this stunning style, here.

blake lively with messy updo at the time gala event wearing patterned dress
Only Blake Lively could make a messy pony look this flawless. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Blake Lively’s messy low ponytail

Gossip Girl actress Blake Lively channelled major Serena Van Der Woodsen vibes with this romantic, messy low pony, proving that ponytails aren’t just reserved for bad hair days!

Editor’s tip: To get this tousled look, spray the VO5 Wave Creation Hairspray all over your locks, before curling. Then, gather your hair into a low pony, gently pulling a few tendrils of hair free from the front for an ultra face-flattering finish.

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