Best Heads of Hair From the Oscars 2019
Between the unpredictable stars to mind-blowing snubs, we can always count on the The Academy Awards sparking controversy and conversation, and this year was no exception. However, there’s one thing everyone can agree on about the 2019 ceremony—unbelievable style.
There were some amazing looks including tons of amazing hair. From classic Hollywood coifs to groundbreaking trends, let’s take a peek at some of this year’s most memorable Oscar Night 2019 hairstyles and the stars embracing today’s best Hollywood fashion.
Classic Red Carpet Hair Trends
Though some men used Oscar night as a way to push fashion boundaries, most found a way to balance classic elegance with modern flair. This year, most guys rocked the red carpet with clean-cut, tight and perfectly manicured heads of hair.
One great example was the always prim-and-proper Chris Evans, better known as Marvel’s Captain America. With that role on his shoulders, is it really surprising that Chris chose to stick with tradition? By sporting impeccably slicked back hair with a subtle side part, his hair certainly did his country proud.
Rami Malek, previously of Mr. Robot fame, took home the coveted statue for his turn as Queen front man and songwriter Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody. Rami chose to leave much of Freddie’s flamboyance at home, and instead dazzled with a simple bowtie-adorned tux which contrasted well with a clean and classic, yet also modern coif.
A new look for a new Oscar winner. Usually seen wearing longer locks, Olivia Colman rocked both her now-legendary speech and a sleek pixie cut. Clearly surprised by her Best Actress win for her incredible portrayal of Queen Anne in The Favourite, Colman’s look maintained elegance as she shuffled onstage, wide-eyed with disbelief. The transforming hairdo coupled with her stunning emerald dress kept all attention deservedly on her. She owned the look—not the other way around.
A Scruffier Red Carpet
Though the women mostly stuck with classic Hollywood elegance, many men decided to put over styled hair to the side and push some boundaries of Oscar hair fashion.
There’s no doubt that heartthrob Aquaman star Jason Momoa made people swoon in his blush pink, velvet suit. However, from the neck up, he appeared to have just rinsed off after a surf session. With his signature beachy curls and long, unkempt beard, Jason wasn’t going overboard with his hairstyle for anyone or any event. Not to mention that matching Fendi scrunchie around his wrist. Few movie stars could pull off that hair accessory so well.
Though he didn’t take it quite to the extreme of Momoa, A Star Is Born actor and director Bradley Cooper also kept his look on the scruffy side.
Still, he always makes women swoon. Even with his casually slicked-back, long textured quiff, we don’t even blink when he mixed his style on-stage with the exquisitely manicured Lady Gaga. That’s how well Bradley Cooper carries any look. After all, Cooper is the epitome of what men want to look like—and women want to look at.
While Cooper could’ve looked great all on his own, Lady Gaga helped heighten both stars’ status to Couple of the Night—despite the fact they aren’t actually a couple. Their performance of A Star is Born Academy Award-winning song “Shallow” found them channeling their characters and wowed a captive audience.
Lady Gaga’s look was among the best of anyone at the Oscars and people were even more captivated by Gaga than usual. With a meandering bun of platinum blonde locks resting atop her head, her hairstyle gorgeously balanced her bare shoulders and elegant black, structured gown.
The Risk Takers
Overall, the largest trend was contrasting a simpler coif against a dramatic outfit. For the women, several looks—like Kacey Musgraves dramatically pink, puffy gown (though compared to a loofah)—managed to balance well against a slick, low ponytail parted down the middle.
Hunger Games star Amandla Stenberg easily had one of the most memorable looks of the night. She showed off a beautifully executed set of finger wave braids on her head. The intricacies of each precise element worked together perfectly to create this complex look. On a night where people take risks for better or for worse, it’s immediately apparent when something different works this well.
If you follow any edgy, head-turning Oscar fashion, you’ve no doubt seen shots of Billy Porter in a hybrid tuxedo/ballroom gown designed by Christian Siriano. While his hair took the backseat to his trendsetting look, Porter’s short, curly do was the perfect contrast that added a touch of extra flair.
Overall, it wouldn’t be a great show without great style—and amazing hair. Thankfully for us, the 2019 Oscars had that in spades. We didn’t have a host to laugh along with—or laugh at—throughout the evening, but that gave us an incredible opportunity to appreciate Hollywood’s incredible locks and unforgettable fashion.
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