Braids, buns and big hair – the top looks seen at the BRIT Awards 2021

From bubble braids to relaxed up-dos and pretty plaits, discover the top looks celebs were sporting on the red carpet

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After months of anticipation, the 2021 BRIT Awards FINALLY took place on Tuesday 11 May at the O2 Arena, and with a IRL red carpet. As well as hailing the return to live music following a year of lockdowns, the awards also gave viewers the chance to get excited about some epic styling choices and plenty of major hair moments.

From statement bubble braids to to towering beehives, our much-loved celebrities served plenty of hair inspo, so we’ve rounded up our favourite looks, plus some behind the scenes snaps from the hairdressers who made it happen.

Braids of glory

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A monumental night for Little Mix, the trio made history as the first ever girl band to the win the Best Group category. Appearing on stage to accept the trophy, Jade, Leigh-Anne and Perrie looked amazing in white dresses with each rocking a different variation of plaid or braid. As their go-to glam squad member, Aaron Carlo styled Leigh-Anne and Perrie’s locks, while expert braider, Molecia George, recreated the braids Jade debuted in the confetti music video.

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For the extra-special occasion, Leigh-Anne’s look featured scalp braids, a towering plaited ponytail AND a faux-bob. A serious showstopper, Aaron created the blunt bob by brushing out the ponytail and rolling the ends outwards with a straightener to create a reverse bob. Meanwhile, Perrie’s incredible mermaid waves (which were created with a straightener) featured two face-framing micro plaits which were loosely braided before being locked in place with hairspray.

Big and beautiful braids were also the star of the show for Lianne La Havas’ red carpet look. Hairstylist Lauraine Bailey worked with Lianne to create a high, braided ponytail, which also featured two face-framing braids for some extra nineties nostalgia.

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Double bubble

As if you needed further proof that braids are hotter than ever, Rising Star winner Griff brought a big bubble braid moment to the Brits red carpet. Created by hair pro Tomi Roppongi, who regularly works with the singer, Tomi slicked back Griff’s hair into an extra-long bubble braid, which has recently become her go-to look. The braid was also embellished with jewels, which finished the look perfectly.

During Dua Lipa’s show-stopping performance, dancers were also seen sporting a bubble ponytail, which were created by Zoe Sugg’s go-to hairstylist Adam Cooke. Taking to Instagram Stories, the hairdresser shared a BTS snap during prep for the performance, and we were in awe of that volume and shape. If you’re looking to experiment with bubble braids this summer, we suggest adding some strong hair elastics or ties to your make-up bag, plus some strong-hold hair products, like the Redken Triple Take 32 Extreme High-Hold Hairspray.

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Big beehive energy

Speaking of Dua Lipa, the BRIT Awards were a big night for the star, for multiple reasons. As well as opening the ceremony and scooping two awards, Dua also showcased some BIG hair, created by award-winning hair supremo, Luke Hersheson. Reminiscent of Amy Winehouse’s iconic beehive, Luke described the look as a “punk meets ’90s supermodel chignon”. Created using Hershesons Almost Everything Cream and lots of back-combing, Luke worked with Dua to create an overall look which was an ode to everything British, in combination with the Vivienne Westwood outfit.

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Have you got buns, hun?

No awards night is complete without a glimpse of a timeless styling staple, the understated up-do. Luckily, the stunning Mabel delivered with help from her hairstylist, Rio Sreedharan. Coupled with a floor-length gown, the singer’s gorgeous curls were swept up into a loose bun, with a few cascading locks left free. Created using a mixture of products from Amika and OUAI, the finished look was effortlessly cool, especially when combined with an on-trend two-tone colour moment.

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Image via @rio_hair