By Allegra Gallian –
A woman’s hair is one of her defining features. Whether you wear it long, short or in between, your hair makes a statement. If you’re stuck in a hair rut or you’re ready for a change, check out these 2017 Oscar Nominees “best” hairstyles.
Look no further than the amazing women nominated for best actress in a leading role at the 2017 Oscars. Not only are Emma Stone, Isabelle Huppert, Ruth Negga, Natalie Portman and Meryl Streep incredible actresses, but they have some of the most enviable hair in Hollywood. These actresses’ hairstyles are sure to give you some great ideas for your new ‘do.
Emma Stone, who is nominated for her role in La La Land, is best known for her signature red hair. Emma usually wears a side part with her bangs gently swept across her forehead. Her long bob, or lob, is worn straight or in loose wavy curls. Get beachy waves by curling your hair with a large-barrel curling iron. Let the curls cool, then tousle the curls by combing through them with your fingers. Set your hair with a bit of hairspray. For a sophisticated evening look, try the loose chignon Emma recently wore at the 2017 Golden Globe Awards. After blow drying your hair with a round brush, set your hair in Velcro curlers and spritz them with hairspray. After you remove the curlers, roll sections of your hair upward to the nape of your neck and secure with bobby pins. Leave out a few pieces to frame your face.
Nominated for her role in Elle, Isabelle Huppert’s medium-length hair is ideal for older women with thinner hair. The dark auburn color complements a range of skin tones, and the length works well with different face shapes. Like Emma, Isabelle starts her look with a side part. Blow dry your hair with a round or paddle brush. To add a bit if wavy drama, you can add a few curls to the bottom with a large-barrel curling iron.
Women looking for a stylish short look can turn to Ruth Negga, who is nominated for her role in Loving. Shorter, pixie-style cuts are very complementary for women over the age of 50. This cut requires less styling time but still looks fun and fresh. There are many ways to wear a pixie, as Ruth has shown us. For a more polished look, part your hair to one side and dry it straight. Finish the look with a bit of pomade or styling wax to hold the hair in place. If your hair has a bit of natural wave or curl to it, you can also let your hair air dry for a tousled style. Add a bit of texture with styling wax.
These days Natalie Portman, who is nominated for her role in Jackie, is wearing her hair longer and straight. To get her casual long hair look, you can simply blow dry it straight with a paddle or round brush. Add a bit of hair serum to give the finished look some serious shine. If you’re looking for a fun night out ‘do, Natalie recently wore a beautiful curled French twist at the 2017 SAG Awards. To recreate this look, curl quarter-inch sections of your hair with a smaller-barreled curling iron. Run your fingers through your hair to break up the curls, the sweep your hair up in a twist and secure with bobby pins. Don’t worry about making this hairdo look perfect. The curls add a stylishly tousled quality. Set the finished look with hairspray.
Who wouldn’t want to look like the iconic Meryl Streep, who’s nominated for her role in Florence Foster Jenkins? She’s aged beautifully and continues to carry herself with a grace both on and off red carpets. Meryl is another wonderful example of how to style thin hair. Her blonde tresses are often seen in a longer, sideswept style that can be parted down the middle or to the side. At the recent SAG Awards, Meryl wore her shoulder-length hair sleek and straight, and it was brushed back off her face slightly. If you have fine, shoulder-length hair, you can get this look by blowing your hair straight. Then brush your hair back slightly so it’s off your face and keep it in place with a bit of hairspray or pomade.
Allegra Gallian is a freelance writer and blogger who specializes in lifestyle, health, wellness and fitness. She lives in the southwest suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. When she’s not writing, Allegra enjoys reading, cooking and spending time with friends and family.