Bored of your barnet? From cut to colour, total transformation to simple styling tips, take inspiration from our favourite red carpet styles of 2014 so far...
Luckily for us, there is always something new going on in the world of celebrity to inspire our next trip to the salon. And you’ll be glad to know, that hairstyles in 2014 have seen a huge move towards simple, minimalistic looks that are easy to recreate at home.
In terms of length, it’s finally time to grow out the pixie crop that dominated Hollywood last year. ‘2014 is definitely the year of the midi, says Jodie Papworth of Headmasters. ‘We’ve seen so many clients asking for the just-below-shoulder length cuts which makes the hair look thicker and healthier.’
If you’re usually reaching for volumising products to achieve thickness and height, save you’re pennies this season, as straight and sleek is back – and stronger than ever. ‘The emphasis is on really healthy, shiny, full locks rather than overly styled layered hair, ‘ Jodie says. ‘Long hair is timeless and still as popular as ever.’
Up-dos are also big news this year. The key to this look is to keep it minimal: the zero-effort, scraped back look has been transformed to red carpet chic – but be sure to create volume up top to pull this look off. If you like a challenge and simple style just isn’t your thing, high impact plaits and full volume curls have been seen on our favourite celebs in 2014, too. Jodie predicts that we should expect to see more twists, buns and braids ‘which can be dressed up or down depending on how you wear them.’
As for colour, the red carpets have been awash with natural shades, with last summer’s chunky highlights swapped for more subtle lighter hues, added to the end sections of hair. ‘This year traditional foils have fallen by the wayside, making room for more bespoke colour techniques like balayage and tissue lights,’ explains Jodie. ‘It’s all about creating super natural, tailored colour’. This is the perfect look to try if you want to lighten you hair for summer, but don’t want to sign up for six-weekly root touches for years to come.
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No one does subtle retro glamour like Amy. At the premiere of her new film, Big Eyes, the actress showcased one of our favourite looks – old Hollywood waves – but this time with a centre parting to shake up the classic look. Understated, but beautiful.
Taylor Swift’s feminine ‘do flatters her delicate features and adds a boost to her fine hair. The combination of side parting, side-swept fringe and gently curled front sections make this a style that will work on any face shape, for any occasion.
Reese Witherspoon was a 60s siren at the LA premiere of Inherent Vice. Her low pony and high volume added a vintage twist to an otherwise classic ‘do.
Jourdan started the 2014 trend for bobs, lobs and crops and we still love her sharp take on the trend. Razored ends and a side parting shake up her short style and update her look for events and special occasions.
Trust Rihanna to take a classic ponytail to the next level. Her super long and low pony was one of our favourite updos from 2014. From the front, Rihanna’s slick side parting looked like she had chopped off all her locks and it was only from behind that her show piece – the seriously lengthly pony, was visible.
Alexa has always favourited shorter locks and after trying out a longer look earlier in the year, the fashion star chose to chop her locks off again into this season’s must-have style, the bob.
Jessica’s soft retro waves work well with her red carpet style and frame her pretty features. The natural waves are a departure from her previous perfectly coiffed event looks.
Rosie knows how to work a glamorous evening ‘do just as well as a paired-back off duty style. We love her modern twist on retro waves, which Rosie sported on the catwalk at Mexican Fashion Week.
Perfect for adding depth to long, straight hair, Victoria Beckham wore
her impossibly glossy locks pulled to the side at the Met Ball earlier
this year, creating texture with gentle waves at the ends.
Kristen Stewart shocked us all when she dared to go for the chop, but the results were gorgeous. The edgy cut only added to this star’s grungy style, but we’re pretty sure K. Stew would look good in just about anything…
Alexa Chung has got a seriously enviable fringe. We’re currently obsessing over the blunt style she’s rocking now, which is quite a departure from her usual, more subtle parted look. It’s a classic look that adds maturity and sophistication, and is great for people with fine hair.
Kate Bosworth’s milkmaid braids made headlines. Literally. Her labyrinthine locks were twisted in such a way, we became totally entranced, and reached for the kirby pins immediately.
A side plait is the easiest way to add a bit of edge to any hairstyle. Paired with a smokey eye, à la Jessica Alba, the look is transformed into rock-chic.
There’s a reason we keep returning to this classic centre-parted hairstyle; it looks good on everyone. Just ask Emma Watson, she’s mastered the art of turning simplicity into elegance.
Elle Fanning’s pin-straight locks are the envy of any frizz-head. We particularly love this side-parted style that drapes over her face slightly, adding drama to her whole red carpet look.
Kate Hudson’s top knot at the Armani Prive show was perfect. It has just the right amount of delicate wispy bits, and was ever-so-slightly off-kilter, giving this ‘do a totally effortless appeal.
Just when we thought dip-dying is over, Kylie Jenner goes and does this. And we can’t stop obsessing over that colour. Wow.
If anyone’s not afraid to take risks it’s Mary Charteris. She tried out this edgy plaited look and totally nailed it.
This is a fashion hairstyle if we’ve ever seen one. Georgia May Jagger’s super long, super sleek and super slick plait looks as if it’s come straight from the catwalks. Très chic.
Nicole Richie, hair-colour trend pioneer recently switched it up again with this bold blue bob. And she’s proved that you don’t need to cut your hair to update your look. We love.
Jennifer Morrison did milkmaid plaits in a big way when she debuted this look. Her loosely plaited locks gave a soft, yet volumised impression. Plus an up-do always does wonders for the décolletage.
Jennifer Lawrence has been growing out her pixie cut for a while now. She’s recently been rocking this adorable wavy bob that’s bang on trend. How timely, Jennifer.
Sadie Calvano’s plaited style a hair masterpiece. We wonder how look it took to craft such a magnificent ‘do…
Rita Ora’s no stranger to switching up hairstyles, but we hope this one sticks around for a bit. The platinum style suits her skin tone and is so short, it’s easily manageable. Plus she’s said bye-bye to any split ends by going chin-length.
Kendall Jenner’s long locks were slicked back for the Teen Choice Awards. Proving the wet look’s not dead, this is one style we’ll be trying out ourselves.
Not quite a top knot, this relaxed hairstyle Katie Holmes is rocking is a lovely way to add casual appeal to your smarter wares.
Jessica Alba is currently owning the mid-length hairstyle. Her hair rests gracefully on her shoulders, which means her loose curls bounce cheerfully as she walks.
This look helped Emma Watson earn her title as one of our hair heros this year. Marking the side sweep as a strong look for 2014, Emma wore her locks with a gentle kink and a vampy purple lip. ‘Emma’s side-swept blow dry is still a big look on the red carpet,’ says British Hairdresser of the Year nominee, Mark Leeson. ‘It transforms an otherwise normal blow dry into something more attention grabbing.’
Super-straight and super-sleek hair is making a serious comeback this season. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley wore the style to perfection, smoothing the top section with serum, and focussing attention on her statement earrings and smouldering make-up.
Making a red carpert comeback, Kirsten Dunst looked stunning at The Two Faces Of January premiere in May. Her wavy, sideswept style works wonders for her fine hair, making it look thicker and fuller in an instant. ‘I really like the way Kirsten has injected some curl and texture to her side-swept look,’ says stylist Mark Leeson. ‘It’s a little more glamourous.’
This bold look was the perfect mix of class and edge for quirky singer Rita Ora. The slicked back, wet-look style is bang on trend, and looks super sexy teamed with a classic red lip.
‘This side plait is extremely relaxed and undone,’ says stylist Mark Leeson. ‘Emma has created lots of volume at the crown to give a more wow effect and kept the plait really rough and loose.’ Proving that any shade can work an ombre style, Ms Stone draws attention her constrasting hues with a neon pink dress. Gorgeous.
Soft curls are a red carpet favourite right now, and theyre not only flattering for heart shaped faces like Taylor’s, but look great on her virgin-blonde hair shade, too. Got bangs? Take inspiration from Taylor’s perfectly curled style, without being reminiscent of an eighties pop star.
Blonde beauty Kate Bosworth kept her hair super-simple to party in LA, with her sleek locks parted on the side. The actress added a punch of glamour to the look with a shimmering gold eye and fushcia-pink lip.
Diane wore her hair in an oversized, bow-like bun at The Costume Institute Gala in May – and we simply love her look. Recreating at home? Make sure you can see the detail front-on by pulling the style to either side of the neck.
It was a shock to us all when Jennifer Lawrence cut off her long, luxurious locks back in 2013, but she’s been proving ever since that she made an amazing choice. Daring yet elegant, her voluptuous slicked-back style is a red carpet winner.
Evoking old school hollywood glamour with retro waves, Jessica Alba’s honey brown hair looked stunning at the Annual Samsung Hope For Children Gala in New York.
At the Edge Of Tomorrow premiere in New York, Emily Blunt’s premiere hair look was simple yet stylish, with a low ballerina bun to the side, sitting just under one ear.
In case you hadn’t heard, plaits are BIG news this year. Celebrating the 45th NAACP Image Awards, Kerry Washington worked a loose fishtail plait around her head and over her left shoulder, teasing out her layers for a more relaxed finish.
We love Heidi Klum’s playful plait style. The supermodel mixed an updo and down ‘do by braiding her hair half way around her head, and letting the rest fall over her shoulder in waves.
At the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, Isla Fisher showed off her gorgeous glossy locks with a full-bodied, glamour-filled curly ‘do, swept gracefully over her left shoulder.
From embracing curls to sticking with straight, going au naturel on the red carpet is a smart move this season. Lupita kept a girly feel to her boyish cut by adding shape and volume up top. Good work.
Forever working the beach-babe vibe, Sienna Miller updated her boho blonde ‘do by injecting added volume through the ends, giving a laid-back, undone finish.
Blake Lively (and her hair in particular) has had a series of red carpet wins in 2014. Keeping her iconic bouncy waves in check, the Gossip Girl updated her look for the red carpet with an alice band and hoop earrings.
At the Dior Cruise show, bad girl Rihanna rocked a high ponytail with pretty, cascading waves. An unexpectedly soft look compared to her usually punky style, we love this feminine style all the same.
We’re used to seeing Gwyneth’s bleach blonde hair poker straight, so we loved this curly change at the Golden Camera Awards in Berlin this year. Teamed with her glowing bronzed complexion, she looked radiant and sunkissed. A more natural shade for Gwyneth, as Colour Ambassador at Headmasters Siobhan Jones explains: ‘This all over colour is kept bang up to date by adding gentle, transclucent tones like soft gold, making the colour appear more natural and luminous.’
Putting her grey ombre hair up in a super-high plaited top knot and teaming with chunky gold Chanel earrings, Vanessa Hudgens gave off a hip-hop vibe at an LA launch party this summer. Stylist Mark Leeson comments: ‘I suspect Vanessa has used a hair piece to help her out here. It’s hardly classic, but in 2014 anything goes.’
Joan Smalls’ chocolate brown shade looked oh-so-stunning at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year. The Super gave character to straight hair with lighter strands around her ears and several loose curls at the ends. Siobhan Jones branded the look a ‘nod to neutral’, explaining: ‘This is all about creating colour that has the perfect balance.’
At the Cannes Film Festival in France back earlier this year, Nicole Kidman was the picture of elegance. The Australian actress pulls off the parting-less hairstyle by boosting her roosts and adding bouncy waves to the ends. A beauty win.
Pulling her pixie crop to a side parting and teaming with drop earrings and a berry-red lip made for a sophisicated look from Anne Hathaway at the Costume Institute Gala.
At the 56th Grammy Awards, Katy Perry went super-sized with her plait, wearing it braided and piled on top of her head. Slicking the rest of her hair down in place made the look more dramatic, and added a mirror-like shine.
Girly and playful, we love Poppy Delevingne’s power-pony. To move this from workout to night out, Poppy wrapped her own hair around the band for an added volume boost.
The messy, scraped back updo is the new ‘Bed Head’ this year. Made to look like you’ve made no effect at all (but you still look amazing á la Scarlett) the key to is to create sections of volume on top by pulling the hair slightly undone. And it doesn’t look like this look is going anywhere, as Mark Leeson predicts: ‘The trend for more relaxed and ‘undone’ hair on the red carpet seems to be showing no signs of slowing down.’ Right then…
Auburn with hints of caramel running down, we’re in love with this hair shade on Elizabeth Oslen. This neutral hue is ideal for brunettes who want to add a summery touch to their hair without making the switch to blonde. Siobhan Jones describes it as ‘Burnished Blush’; ‘A gorgeous hue that compliments all skin tones.’
If you’re a fan of stand-out-from-the-crowd style, you’ll love Sarah Jessica-Parker’s quirky look. To soften the high impact up-do, she slide a flower pin behind her ear.
Like so many celebrities this season, Jessica Biel is a fan of the messy updo trend, too. It perfectly complemented her open back halterneck dress, and, teamed with an eye-catching pink lip, it’s a winning 2014 look.
Not her usual approach, but we love this red carpet make under from Kate Hudson. Not only does this wrap around bun make light of her ombre hair, it also shows off her glowing complexion, too. Beautiful.
Lily Allen looked chic and fresh faced at the Costume Institute Gala Benefit in New York earlier this year, wearing a high-impact updo, consisting of a textured braid wrapped around her head and pinned. Just gorgeous.
January Jones looked stunning with her hair in a side braid at the Man Men Series 7 premiere in April. If you usually wear you hair down but want to try an on-trend braid, pull strands from the front of your parting to frame your face like January, as the change will seem less severe.
Going back to her roots, Keira Knightley still looked striking wearing her hair in natural loose waves, which work great on mid-length looks. This style is perfect for softening chisled features like Keira’s for a relaxed style.
To ensure she pulls off the minimal-effort updo perfectly, Daisy pulled strands from her messy high-top bun and leaves strands falling down each side of her face.
Not to distract from her detailed dress, Reese wore her hair up with wisps falling behind her ears at the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards. A shade darker from her usual champagne blonde, the honey-hues flattered her peachy skin tone.
Known for her incredibly long and glossy locks, Glee girl Lea Michele looked just as glamourous with a chic updo, pulling her parting across her face so we see her signature shine.
Not a look we’re used to seeing from queen of casual style Fearne Cotton, but this XXL volume curly bob looked amazing at the EE British Academy Film Awards in February. The icing on the cake of her full length gold embroidered gown.