The top red carpet hair looks to inspire your next style

The red carpet is officially back and bigger than ever, with celebrities serving endless hair inspo on our feeds and IRL

After so long of virtual celebrations, it’s been good to see the return of red carpet hair during the recent awards and galas with actual audiences. While most of us are still adjusting to life beyond loungewear and messy buns, celebrities have hailed the return of gowns, glamour and more Hollywood waves than ever before. From the National Television Awards to the iconic Met Gala, in recent days our feeds have been blessed with SO much good hair. In case you’ve missed some of the standout styles, we caught up with some hair pros to find out their favourites, along with some top tips on recreating the looks for yourself.

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The Met Gala

Forget the first Monday in May, this year it was all about the second Monday in September as The Met Gala made its return to the red carpet schedule. This year’s theme, In America: A Lexicon of Fashion, celebrated homegrown fashion and the celebrities brought their A-game… well, most of them anyway.

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For Christopher Laird, November Collective co-owner, it was Megan and Fox and Billie Eilish who stole the show. “I love Megan Fox’s pin-up vibe, complete with micro bangs,” he says. “Billie Eilish’s old Hollywood look, comprising of a peach Oscar De La Renta gown and platinum blonde bob, oozed modern day Marilyn Monroe glamour; you can really see how her style has evolved from teen pop star to show-stopping, confident young woman.”

As well as some great colour and styling choices, the red carpet also saw a lot of incredible styling details and accessories. “There were some great variations on ponytails and some really strong hair looks, says Andy Smith, session stylist and founder of Hairslydz. “There were also a lot of incredible hair accessories that added interest and excitement to what could have been quite average hairstyles without them – Gigi’s Prada pony cuff was a particular favourite!”

Gigi Hadid with red hair at the Met Gala 2021
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The MTV VMAs

A more understated occasion, at the VMAs it was all about effortlessly chic styling, with Olivia Rodrigo’s look being a favourite of celebrity hairdresser Jay Birmingham. “Her hair was perfectly parted down the centre of her face which brought a gorgeous symmetry to her face, he explains. “With her hair pinned back behind her ears, it allowed Olivias stunning frame and jawline do the talking.”

Equally impressed by the gorgeous shine of her brunette locks, Jay believes preparation is key to ensure strands look their best. “Prepare the hair properly to reduce unwanted texture and fly-aways — my go-to product for this has to be Color Wow Dream Coat.” To achieve the same tousled wave worn by Olivia, Jay suggests using a straightening ironic to gently bend the hair into place. “This is a look that I love to create on my celebrity clients for special occasions and events, it is fail proof.”

The National Television Awards

Returning to London’s O2 Arena, the NTA’s brought together all the top TV talents from across the UK, plus a jam-packed audience looking equally as glamorous! After the success of this year’s Love Island, winner Millie Court wowed on social media with her effortlessly cool up-do and green dress. “Millie wore her hair in one of her signature looks, a slicked back bun with the end of the bun left out for extra drama and a trendy finish,” says Mark McCarthy, owner of MARKDAVID. “Millie also paired her look with a middle parting to create more of a statement look.” When creating this look, Mark says it’s all about the products you use to ensue the hair looks as smooth as possible. “Use a backcombing brush and some hair gel to ensure all the hair is slicked back, including babyhairs, and that there are no flyaways.”

Millie Court with hair up for red carpet hair look at the NTA's 2021
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Image: Ben Pope

Also seen sporting a relaxed up-do was the oh-so-cool Maya Jama. “Maya looked incredibly chic, wearing her hair in a high bun teamed with a full fringe and some longer pieces of hair left out at the side of her face to add softness,” comments Dylan Brittain, director of Rainbow Room International’s George Square salon. To create this look, Dylan says to start by creating a high ponytail and securing this into place. Next, spritz some volumising spray or a texture spray into the ponytail “to give it body and grit prior to styling into your bun,” then begin to twist the ponytail into a bun to create your desired bun shape. Dylan advises to not twist a section of the hair at the end but secure this with pins to create that undone look. “Finish by using a serum or shine spray to give the hair mirror-like shine.”

Backstage, the Sebastian Professional team were also busy at work creating show-stopping looks for VIPs and dancers appearing on stage. Hairstylist Ben Pope used Sebastian Professional products to “achieve a high-shine performance look,”  with Zero Gravity Hairspray being essential for final touch-ups. Ghd tools were also used on the night to create sleek ponytails and relaxed curls.

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