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Flaunt Your Star Power: Looks From the Oscars Red Carpet

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Flaunt Your Star Power: Looks From the Oscars Red Carpet

Oscars Hair Inspiration

The 2018 Oscars is one award show which set the stage for activism and gorgeous hair inspiration. This article is not about politics nor activism, but I think it will be safe to say these two topics influenced a lot of the style choices for this year’s production. As with any great outfit, the hair has to match the overall look, and I must admit those who walked the red carpet, for the most part, got it right! You may not watch the entire show but, if you are like me, you want to know who wore what on the Oscars red carpet. It’s that time of the year that we get to see what’s trending and predictions of what will be hot for the upcoming season. The Oscars give us a glimpse into the style evolution of many of the celebrities we adore and seek to emulate their style. Whether it’s Zendaya, Mary J. Blige, or Helen Mirren Hollywood leaves no one out during the festivities. I love that there is a representation of every woman. The beauty of fashion is it can bring people together, increase awareness, and make a statement. You know what you have to do! Go ahead and press play on your favorite playlist and let's get started!

Black Panther Inspiration on The Red Carpet

A cultural phenomenon hit the movie theatres and the Oscars red carpet this year. Can we just applaud the melanin magic that is Black Panther? Can we celebrate the success of the movie and the fact it has grossed over $1,000,000,000 in less than one month of its’ release date? This movie has ignited a higher sense of pride, and the cast exhibited it on the red carpet. Let's get into some of the hairstyles worn by some of the cast members from the movie.

Danai Gurira

Danai Gurira is stunning on the Oscars red carpet! When they say “less is more” they have to be referring to her because she slayed with a shaved head! The intricate white design on her scalp added to the regal beauty she exudes on the red carpet. I have to tell you when she tosses that wig in Black Panther it reminded me of how I throw mine as soon as I hit the door to my house after a long day! It was hilarious! If you have been thinking about shaving it all off, think about a few of the pros and cons before you do it. Check out my list below and then let me know if you are going to shave your hair or not.

Pros and Cons of Shaved Head

Pros

  • You will get a lot of attention (but if you don’t like a lot of attention this may be a con for you)
  • This style is effortless because you don’t have to style it at all
  • You will be the first one ready to go because you don’t have to “style” your hair
  • It saves you money due to not having to purchase tons of products
  • It will make you feel empowered
  • You get to start over and grow your hair out (if you want)

Cons

  • People will want to rub your head
  • Some people will stare at you (but if you like the attention this may be a pro for you)
  • You may need to shave your head once a week
  • It will take a while for your hair to grow back

Angela Bassett

Angela Bassett gets it right every time! The half-up-half-down style she rocks at the Oscars After Party is ageless and she shows a woman of age how to wear it effortlessly. The entire look is everything, and I definitely will be trying this style out. If you have a wig, you can recreate this look easily and in under 20 minutes. Here’s how to recreate the look and break necks this spring!

Supplies

  • Rat tail comb
  • Fabric covered twisties
  • Wide-toothed comb
  • Brush
  • Curly wig
  • Eco-style gel
  • Stocking cap
  • Bobby pins

Steps to Create This Look

Once you have all your supplies, it’s time to get started.

Step #1

Part your hair straight across from ear to ear

Step #2

Braid the back portion of your hair in cornrows and secure the braids

Step #3

Comb through the front section of the hair

Step #4

Brush the front section of the hair after applying eco-style gel to the hairline

Step #5

Secure the top section of the hair with a twistie

Step #6

Separate the top section into two parts

Step #7

Twist each part and secure with a rubber band Note: At this point, you should have one ponytail separated into two twisted sections at the top of your head.

Step #8

Use more eco-style or edge control and smooth your edges

Step #9

Put on a stocking cap on the back portion of your head Note: The cap should cover your cornrows only

Step #10

Grab your wig (even if it’s a full wig you can still use it as a half-wig)

Step #11

Attach the wig evenly with your part over the stocking cap Note: You should be able to see your part after attaching the wig

Step #12

Pull out a portion of the wig from behind the ponytail to cover it

Step #13

Combine the wig hair and your ponytail using a twistie

Step #14

Grab your natural hair ponytail and wrap it around the base

Step #15

Pin it in place

Step #16

Take the hair from the wig and create a loose twist

Step #17

Wrap it around your natural hair’s ponytail to cover it properly

Step #18

Secure it with bobby pins Okay! You did it! Isn’t this the cutest and quickest way to channel Angela’s style without the hassle? Tag us in your photo on Instagram @privatelabelextensions!

Lupita Nyongo

Lupita Nyong’o keeps giving us beautiful hairstyles which exhibit her natural tresses versatility when she shows up on any carpet. This year at the Oscars, she looks radiant in her metallic dress and her regal Goddess Braided style. Women who are rocking natural or relaxed hair can easily recreate this hairstyle for a special occasion. The gold thread adds the perfect touch to it. I like to think this style is a take on the Goddess Braids. Lupita’s style is a looser look, but you can recreate this look based on your preference. If you’ve been seeking a different style to wear, this is the one you should try right now!

Supplies

  • Wide-toothed comb
  • Braiding hair
  • Brush
  • Scissors
  • Hair clip
  • Rattail comb
  • Edge control

Steps to Create This Look

Okay! Let us get started on this hairstyle!

Step #1

Open your pack of braiding hair

Step #2

Grab the hair at one end and shake the hair out

Step #3

Taper the end of the hair, so the hair gets longer at an angle

Step #4

Use scissors to taper the ends, at an angle, if you need to

Step #5

Detangle the hair to make it easy to use the hair

Step #6

Take about ⅓ to a ¼ section of braid hair out of the bundle of braid hair

Step #7

Wrap the smaller section around the bigger section

Step #8

Section off your hair into equal sections

Step #9

Detangle the hair

Step #10

Apply some edge control to the front section of your hair

Step #11

Divide a small section in the front

Step #12

Take the smaller section and put it right on the part

Step #13

Grab the section of hair and add it to the smaller section

Step #14

With your dominant hand hold down the smaller section

Step #15

Hook your index finger to the hair to your right

Step #16

Pinch off a small bit of hair that is behind the smaller section to the left of your hand

Step #17

Grab the section and add it in

Step #18

Rotate your dominant hand so you can hook the outer section with your index finger

Step #19

Repeat this step until you braid all the way down the braid and add edge control to your hairline I hope these three Oscars red carpet styles give you star inspiration! Remember, #wakandaforever!

Zendaya

Zendaya killed the carpet with her magical topknot! She never can go wrong and is a style influencer for her generation. She keeps it classy and simple on the Oscars red carpet. Try this quick and easy hairstyle the next time you are short on time but want to look put together.

Supplies

Steps to Create This Look

It’s time to create this look, so let's get started!

Step #1

Comb through your hair to detangle it

Step #2

Use a fabric covered twistie to pull your hair up into a ponytail high on top of your head

Step #3

Apply edge control to your hairline

Step #4

Remove your twistie to reposition your ponytail

Step #5

Apply oil to the hair

Step #6

Use your twistie and wrap it around the ponytail, so it’s secure

Step #7

Split your hair into two halves

Step #8

Wrap one side around the base of the ponytail and pin it behind the ponytail on the opposite side

Step #9

Wrap the other side and wrap it in the same direction around the front of the ponytail

Step #10

Secure with bobby pins

Step #11

Tame any flyaways

Helen Mirren

Helen Mirren represents for all women over fifty who know how to celebrate their beauty without making it look hard. Her confidence is on a million as she walks the red carpet and, not only does she look amazing in her dress, but her hair is the perfect contrast. The simplicity of her hairstyle makes it easy for anyone to recreate it. I think the key to this hairstyle is to make sure you get a good haircut to show the hair correctly. Get a trim on a regular basis if you are growing out your pixie cut.
If you read my other articles, you will know I think @gorgeousingrey is the bomb! In a recent blog, she gives tips on how to get rid of the yellowish tint in gray hair. Take a read and let me know if it helps you with your hair. Check out this article, "Home Remedies For Yellowing Gray Hair".

Taraji P. Henson

Taraji P. Henson strolled the Oscars red carpet giving us the leg, face, and her signature bob hairstyle! I just want to scream “Yes Taraji! Serve boo!” The thing about style is once you find what works you stick with it. Taraji rocks a bob like no one else, and I love how she will switch it up by adding color or volume. You can easily rock this look by purchasing a wig from Private Label Extensions and customize it to the length and color you desire. In my opinion, the key to making sure your wig looks natural is to follow a few rules. The following list will help you look as if you are about to walk your red carpet event. Let's get this wig together!

Supplies

  • Tweezers
  • Concealer
  • Concealer brush
  • Stocking cap
  • Edge control
  • Eco-style gel

Steps to Create This Look

Step #1

Braid your hair

Step #2

Cut the lace from the front of the wig

Step #3

Tweeze the part to make it look more realistic

Step #4

Put on a stocking cap but leave a portion of your hairline out

Step #5

Line your wig’s part with your natural part

Step #6

Secure the wig with the combs inside the wig

Step #7

Use your concealer on the part to give it a more natural color

Step #8

Extend the concealer past the edge of the wig to blend it

Step #9

Apply eco-style gel to smooth your edges You now know how to slay your wig and make it look as natural as your hair! Congratulations!

Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence never gets uptight about her style. I think she stays true to who she is while still looking amazing on the Oscars red carpet. Hollywood usually sets the standards, but she doesn't pay much attention to them and does her own thing. I love a rebel! Her hair is giving me waves for days! Honestly, I love it when she gives us a softer side of her because I always picture her as the tough chick. She reminds us that she is the perfect combination of tough and soft at the same time. I love it! If you want to get the same body waves she’s wearing on the red carpet; it’s as simple as purchasing a curling wand and adding as many waves as you want! Make sure you use a holding spray to keep your waves in place.

You Are a Star

With the pressures of social media, we tend to forget we can be the best version of ourselves while wearing some of the styles we love on our favorite celebrities. It's not about being just like a celebrity but accentuating your style by finding the perfect hairstyle that is just right for you. It's all about loving yourself and being fearless enough to try something new! Let us know how it goes! Tag us on Instagram and follow us on Facebook.