Easy ways to pull off red carpet hair.

By Heather Muir / RealSimple.com
January 11, 2017

This story originally appeared on Realsimple.com. 

While most of us spent the weekend cozying up inside to escape freezing temperatures, Hollywood’s hottest celebrities showed off some serious skin (read: crazy plunging necklines) on the red carpet at the 74th Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills. While the glitzy dresses and sleek suits (seen on Octavia Spencer and Evan Rachel Wood) served as major fashion eye candy, the hairstyles stole our hearts. For three easy trends you can incorporate into your everyday life (no hairstylist or third arm needed), Siobhan Quinlan (@sassysio on Instagram), hairstylist at Art + Autonomy in New York City breaks it down below.

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Sleek Shortcuts

Seen on Michelle Williams, Kristen Wiig, Sarah Paulson, and Carrie Underwood From a side-swept lob to one super chic pixie, short hair has never looked sexier. In fact, all the cool girls are doing it. Even those not willing to make the chop are faking it by rolling long strands up to mimic a short cut; cue Emily Ratajkowski’s faux bob. The key to pulling off this style, Quinlan points out, is keeping hair smooth and sleek. Here’s how you can recreate the look IRL:

  1. Apply a smoothing cream through damp hair. Quinlan’s rec: R+Co Park Ave Blow Out Balm ($28; randco.com).
  2. Use a comb to create a deep side part.
  3. With the help of a boar bristle paddle brush, blow dry hair in a downward motion to ensure a sleek finish. Pro tip: Hold the dryer’s nozzle above the section of hair to prevent flyaways from forming and add shine.

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Girly Accessories 

Seen on Jessica Biel, Chrissy Teigen, Sienna Miller, and Janelle Monáe

Typically, hair accessories have a childish, girly vibe. You probably wore them in dance class and haven’t busted them out since Gossip Girl was cool. But the red carpet was speckled in them, worn in sophisticated ways that looked ageless. What better way to dress up a ho hum ponytail than simply wrapping a black ribbon around the base like Sienna Miller, or sliding in a detailed pin just above the elastic to mimic Chrissy Teigen’s look. The best part? Both hacks are super easy to do at home (visit your craft drawer for a velvet ribbon). Have a special event? Pop a few pearl adorned pins (Pearl and Silver Bobby Pins, $6, amazon.com) into a high bun like Janelle Monáe or secure in a jeweled clip á la Jessica Biel.

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And if you want to recreate Sienna Miller’s low maintenance ponytail, follow these steps:

  1. Spritz a texturizing or sea salt spray into dry, clean hair. Try Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray ($44; oribe.com).
  2. Use a brush to smooth hair into a ponytail. A good rule of thumb for placement: diagonal from your chin. Secure with a clear elastic.

Rub the hair pieces in the ponytail to rough it up a bit, then add the ribbon, tying it over the top of the elastic.

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Intricate Buns 

Lily Collins, Jessica Biel, Jessica Chastain, Reese Witherspoon, Blake Lively, and Janelle Monáe Worn high and low, the red carpet was covered in buns. Though you might reserve the messy version of this style for when you wash your face or workout, make a few easy tweaks and you’ll be work, dinner, or event ready. Adding a braid makes it look interesting and elegant, says Quinlan. An easy way to pull it off:

  1. Create a ponytail using the steps above.
  2. Separate the ponytail into two sections, one bigger than the other. Braid each section (a regular three-strand braid will do the trick).
  3. Using your fingers, loosen the big braid (this will make your bun look bigger). Wrap the big braid to form a circle on the head and pin.
  4. Weave the smaller braid in and out of the bun, pin, and spray.
  5. To make your bun look bigger (like Lily Collins’ style), use a hair donut (Conair 6 Piece Bun Maker ($5; bedbathandbeyond.com).