Award season’s just started and already there’s one big hair trend that’s leading the pack: the bedhead up-do. Think of it as the enviable texture of our favorite French girl style, made appropriate for the red carpet. Everyone’s trying it out: Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Mara, and Amber Heard all wore versions to the Golden Globes. Will this be the “It-style” of the season? Stay tuned for our Grammy and Academy Award coverage to find out! In the meantime, take a look at how Julia Roberts, Allison Williams, and more have interpreted the trend, above.
It may look like a messy French braid, but hairstylist Riawna Capri actually created over 100 little knots in the actress’ locks for the People’s Choice Awards. For extra grip, Capri prepped The Vampire Diaries actress’ tresses with KMS California’s Hair Play Sea Salt Spray ($17).
The Girls actress wore her locks in a messy chignon at the W magazine pre-Golden Globes party in Los Angeles. To get the look, blast your day-two hair with a texture spray that also soaks up oil—like Sachajuan’s Volume Powder ($32)—and don’t even think about using a brush!
Your hair needn’t be long to pull off this look. The Masters of Sex actress wore her bob in a classic French twist with tons of texture to a luncheon in Los Angeles. Try Prive’s Finishing Texture Spray ($22) for a similar finish.
We’d like to think we inspired the effortless hair Marling wore to the British Academy of Film and Television Arts annual tea party in Los Angeles. How? Check out the second look from our editorial with the actress.
Watts sported beachy texture at a gala in Los Angeles, proving that the messy style can work for even the dressiest occasion. (Try Philip B’s Maui Wowie Beach Mist ($22)—and don’t forget the red lip to add polish.)
Try a side-parted version: Roberts hit the red carpet at the Palm Springs International Film Festival with side-swept locks and a messy bun. For movement around the face, add a slight bend to the front section with a 2-inch curling iron. And the bun? The more haphazard the better!
Blanchett can do no wrong on the red carpet, and this messy—but shiny—twist is no exception. Since many texture sprays add a matte finish, use a root powder and shine-inducing hairspray for texture and lift instead. We like Sexy Hair’s Big Sexy Hair Powder Play Volumizing and Texturizing Powder ($17) and Dove’s Strength and Shine Extra Hold Hairspray ($5).
Make a ladylike ensemble and retro cat eye look cool with a messy ‘do, like the Masters of Sex actress did at the American Film Institute Awards Luncheon in Los Angeles.
The actress wore her hair effortlessly pulled back for a press event in Los Angeles. Try adding large waves with a 2-inch iron at the roots before pulling your locks into a bun to get her look.