A-list looks to inspire your next night out

Searching for some hair inspo ahead of going out-out, for reals? Discover the top looks being sported by the stars, with need-to-know styling tips from hair pros

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With 21 June fast approaching and bottomless brunches back on the menu, it’s time to start prepping your strands for the return of real nights out. After a year spent indoors, the messy bun has become our go-to, but as restrictions lift many of us will be looking to ditch the dry shampoo and loungewear. Does the thought of statement accessories or styling tools fill you with fear? Worry not! We’ve rounded up some of the top celebrity hairstyles which are sure to inspire, along with tips from hair pros.

A modern twist on half-up, half-down

With the 2021 BAFTA’s taking place last week, so many A-list stars served up hair inspo. For Molly-Mae Hague’s stylist, Jay Birmingham, it was Billie Piper who wowed on the red carpet. “From her hair to her make-up and styling, she looked edgy and cool. Her hair style was super modern and suited her dress perfectly,” says Jay. “The classic half-up, half-down style has been so popular in recent years. Billie updated this look by contrasting the sleek finish on her hair pulled back towards the hair tie, with the face-framing pieces pulled loose at her face. Pair this with the textured, beachy waves throughout the length of her hair, and it just set the style off beautifully.”

Billie Piper at the BAFTA awards 2021
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BaByliss 9000 cordless straightener
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To recreate this look, Jay advises prepping the hair properly for heated styling in order to create the waves. In addition, use a hardworking gel to slick the hair on top back into the hair tie. Celebrity hairstylist Halley Brisker styled Billie’s strands for the awards, using the BaByliss 9000 cordless straightener to create the mermaid waves. “Adding an accessory, like Billie has with the scrunchie, brings another dimension to your style and is perfect for 2021,” adds Jay.

Another celebrity who has been sporting the timeless style is Bridgerton star, Phoebe Dynevor. Created by Dayaruci, who regularly works with Phoebe, the super-snatched half pony was giving us serious Ariana Grande vibes. A switch up from the regular waves we’ve seen her wearing, this sleek, slicked look was very high glamour – perfect for when we can make a safe return to dancefloors. Like with Billie’s style, be sure to invest in hair gel and hairspray to keep strands in place.

Phoebe Dynevor hairstyle

Slicked-back sensation

Another star who looked amazing at the BAFTAs was Michaela Coel Web. Callum Standee-May, creative stylist at Bond Shoreditch, says Michaela’s was “one of the most eye-catching hair looks of the night”. Featuring a blunt bob with hair slicked-back off her face and behind her ears, it channelled red carpet glamour with a modern twist. “The blunt bob is one of the most popular haircuts for 2021. It’s so versatile, as it can be tailored to suit the individual and their face shape,” says Callum. “I love that Michaela has paired this look with a sleeker finish.” To channel Michaela’s style, Callum suggests using a serum and hairspray to “tame any frizz and flyaways, and provide further glass like shine”.

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Michaela’s style on the night was created by Christelle Siewe, who suggested on Instagram that she used a lace front wig for the look.

The wonder wave

Soft waves aren’t exactly a new style, but like any good LBD or trusty heels, it’s a fail-safe option when last minutes plans arise. Don’t believe us? Take one look at Stacey Dooley on the red carpet and you’ll see exactly what we mean. “I was completely drawn to the fabulous Stacey Dooley. With her fiery red locks she always looks fantastic,” says Kevin Paul Finnell, creative director at F&M Hairdressing. “Sectioned into a middle parting, Stacey opted for loose, relaxed waves, giving a very relaxed feel to her overall look.”

Stacey Dooley's hair
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When recreating this style, Kevin advises using a medium barrel tong, working around the hair and leaving it to cool. Once cool, “lightly brush the waves with a large tooth comb and finish with a light hold hairspray and shine spray”. On the night, hairdresser Eamonn Hughes styled Stacey’s strands, using Hair By Sam McKnight Cool Girl texture mist for added movement.