This One Hair Trend Made Serious Waves on the 2018 Oscars Red Carpet

Updated 04/28/19
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This year's Oscars red carpet truly brought its A game, but one major trend seemed to show up over and over again: waves. (And in virtually every iteration of the style, no less.) From retro to voluminous and romantic to borderline disco, there didn't seem to be one decade missing. And after seeing so many sleek and straight looks within the last year, we couldn't help but rejoice.

While Jennifer Lawrence brought California flavor to the wave trend, Betty Gabriel and Salma Hayek went a bit softer and more medieval. Then Greta Gerwig and Allison Williams veered vintage with iconic glamour: undulating finger waves (Gerwig) and Veronica Lake–inspired strands (Williams).

Keep scrolling to see everyone who sported the wave trend at this year's Oscars.

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Greta Gerwig

Mastering a fusion between classic and modern, we're in love with the way Gerwig's super-fresh chop pairs with romantic waves, which came courtesy of Tresemmé stylist John Dahlstrom. In fact, it's almost giving us modern-day flapper vibes. To create the look, Dahlstrom added mousse to Gerwig's clean, towel-dried hair before combing through, creating a side part, and then scrunching and drying the hair with Dyson's Supersonic Hair Dryer ($399) and diffuser. To finish, he used a comb to create the subtle finger wave pattern, used small clips to secure, continued to dry the hair, and then sprayed with Tresemmé's Compressed Micro-Mist Hair Spray Level 2: Smooth ($5).

Once the clips were removed—voilà!

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Betty Gabriel

Get Out's Betty Gabriel epitomizes the ultimate half updo (in our eyes at least): bold waves, dramatic volume up top, and cheekbone-highlighting height.

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Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence is never afraid to make a statement, and her maximal California-inspired waves did just that on this year's red Oscars red carpet. Paired with her shimmering and metallic Dior gown, she kind of looked like an actual Oscar. And we mean that in the best way possible.

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Salma Hayek

Can Salma Hayek do any wrong? (No, the answer is no.) Thus, another Oscars red carpet, another covetable hair look. And though she opted for a low and windswept updo, we can't help but admire the soft wisps and tendrils that clue us in on her natural waves for a classically effortless look.

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Margot Robbie

According to Moroccanoil celebrity hairstylist Bryce Scarlett, Margot Robbie's demure waves were inspired entirely by her showstopping Chanel couture gown. "Her dress was extremely feminine and elegant, and we wanted to take the length of her hair up to make sure that it felt very classic and modern to go with her gorgeous dress," he said.

To get the look yourself, Scarlett says to use a dime-size amount of Moroccanoil's famed Treatment Light Hair Oil ($34) followed by the brand's Smoothing Lotion ($32) on mid-lengths through the ends. Next, blow out the hair and create a deep side part for some added drama. To finish, section hair off into one-inch pieces and use a flat iron to create bend by moving the tool "into the hair, out, and then in again" to create that ultimate S wave.

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Mary J. Blige

Demonstrating that waves are most definitely a thing even if you have a closer crop, Mary J. Blige epitomized the wave trend at this year's Oscars ceremony. A platinum-blonde pompadour? So good.

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Allison Williams

Last, but certainly not least, Allison Williams's Oscar's hairstyle gave us all the vintage feels with her glamourous Old Hollywood waves. Plus, with her Giorgio Armani dress and a glistening earful of Harry Winston diamonds, well, let's just say that we think Marilyn would be proud.

To create the look, celebrity hairstylist, Peter Lux began by spraying Goldwell's New Kerasilk Style Forming Shape Spray onto Williams towel-dried hair. Then, he styled the actress's hair with the Varis Hair Dryer ($250) and Nylon Brush ($28) to create a smooth and shiny texture. To finish, he curled small sections of Williams' hair in a strategic forwards motion to ensure ultimate movement, body, and glamorous shine.

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