Whose hair is on song for the Grammys 2022? We look at the standout styling being served on the red carpet
We’re kicking it old school with Doja Cat, who was channelling some serious ‘90s vibes with two nostalgic hits, switching it up between the red carpet and the ceremony. showcasing baby bangs, face framing tendrils and spiky Bantu knots. “I prepped Doja’s blonde wig using the JOICO Color Balance Purple Shampoo and conditioned it before blow-drying,” JOICO celebrity hairstylist, Jared Henderson, told us. “I used my ghd Helios dryer to dry the hair super straight and give me a good base. After sectioning the hair from temple to temple, I twisted in some JoiGel Firm Styling Gel to allow me to create the Bantu knots and spiky ends.”
It certainly won fans. “I was in love with Doja Cats up-do which was very dramatic,” coos Rebecca Dickenson, from Rebecca Dickenson in Doncaster. “A nicely put together knot with fans for drama, and the detail around the hairline with cute edging was the finishing touch.”
“Barbie blonde was adopted by star of the night, Doja Cat, who gave us Gwen Stefani vibes with her spiky updo and micro fringe,” says Andrea Daley from Barbara Daley in Liverpool. “Love that every time we see her she has a different style, always keeping us fashion spotters on our toes.”
Defying all trends as per usual, Billie Eilish went back to the dark side with a look harking back to Lydia Deetz, Winona Ryder’s iconic Beetlejuice character. “A tough look to pull off but chameleon Billie does it effortlessly. Everything she touches turns to cool,” admits Andrea Daley. “Billie Eilish gave us gorgeous goth glamour, opting for a long fringe and with a messy, spiky bun and face-framing pieces, which is a nod to rock and roll. We adore this,” adds Saivo Ierna at The Bohemians in Deptford.
Full-on ‘70s glam – and we love to see it. H.E.R was out to make a statement, from her citrusy embellished jumpsuit (inspired by a 1976 gown worn by Aretha Franklin) to her maxed-out, voluminous waves.
We weren’t the only ones with heart-eyes for this look either, with Salon Sloane stylist Emmanuel Esteban picking her out as a star look. “She was likely wearing a wig, but her hair was styled really naturally,” he explains. “With the rise of curls this year, these tight waves are so on trend. This look could be created with the micro wand attachment on the Diva Multi-Wand.”
“The centre parting and flatness on top gives it a modern edge to the brushed ringlets,” agrees colour expert Carolyn Newman. “This season is all about texture and curls, so this look is a perfect ‘70s revival with a modern twist.”
Sometimes the simplest looks are the trickiest to pull off. These loose, luxe curls may be easy to create but they’re also prone to dropping and falling quickly. For a look like this, it’s all about that base.
“Olivia Rodrigo’s look was playful yet elegant at the 2022 Grammys. Her hair was pared back and complemented her ‘90s-style choker and off-the-shoulder ensemble perfectly. Preparation is paramount for a simplistic red carpet look like this,” agrees Simon Hill, owner of SESH Hairdressing. “Use a nourishing mask to condition the hair and reduce frizz. Ensure you apply heat from the dryer using a nozzle and downward action to smooth the cuticle of the hair fully before adding in the subtle waves. Style the hair away from the face to create the shape and to add a little volume. Finally, finish with a shine spray to dazzle under the lights.”
It’s no secret that blonde locks are everywhere at the moment. First there was Gigi Hadid and Eiza Gonzalez daring to go platinum, but now Dua Lipa has joined the lighter locks gang with help from celebrity hairdresser Chris Appleton. Showcasing her flowing bleach blonde strands for the first time, Dua was seriously channelling a Donatella Versace vibe, and the look was a big hit on social media with fans flocking to show support. “Dua Lipa is my ‘Queen of Execution’. Whenever I hear she’s appearing at any awards, I stalk her Instagram,” exclaims Rebecca Dickenson of Rebecca Dickenson in Doncaster. “I certainly wasn’t disappointed as she absolutely stole the show with her waterfall platinum locks.”
Andrea Daley, creative director at Barbara Daley, certainly agrees. “Dua Lipa was channelling her inner Donnatella Versace and serving inches with her bleach blonde tresses. Super straight, super sleek, it was the ultimate ’90s edgy, sexy and cool look.
Channeling ’20s glamour with a modern twist, Lady Gaga also set the red carpet alight with an elegant and uderstated up-do. “The Queen of all queens! Lady Gaga was giving us retro ’20s vibes, while still keeping it modern and relevant,” says award-winning hairdresser Anne Veck. “I never get tired of seeing how she presents herself anywhere, anytime! With the classic cat eye make-up and her uniquely stylish dress, it was probably my favourite look of the whole event!”
Certain hair looks are timeless for a reason, and Gaga’s red carpet style was certainly proof. “Lady Gaga’s intricate up-do was a work of art, the style was iconic in its stunningly chic elegance,” says Saivo Ierna at The Bohemians “This style proves that there’s nothing like an up-do to bring Hollywood glamour to an awards show.”
And don’t forget the boys…
You couldn’t help but notice how more guys upped their hair game this year, and with plenty of colour to boot (Justin Bieber’s pink beanie doesn’t count, sorry!). “From The Kid Laroi’s multi tonal pink and purple and soft texture to Diplo with his vibrant blue, The Grammy’s really packed a punch,” says Stacey White from Cheveux Salon.
“We love that Diplo went for the trendiest shade this summer, pastel blue. The frosty look caught our attention and adds a fun style to his slick suit,” says Saivo Ierna. “J Balvin also went for a frosty blue shade but added a fun element with a red heart at the back of his head.”
It was also a way of taking a political stand. “I love the support Diplo and J Balvin showed by colouring their hair blue in support of the Ukraine,” adds Luca Jones from Kitch Hair.