Plaits and updos don't have to be mutually exclusive ideas in the world of hair. Pretty plaits have a place alongside chignons, while box braids can look edgy mixed into an over-the-top bun. Or just take a nod from Kelly Osbourne (above), and braid a ponytail before twisting it into a bun. Talk about a perfect marriage! We've rounded up four more styles that are even sweeter when you add a plait (or many). For instant inspiration, just keep scrolling!
It turns out that Jennifer Aniston — aka one of the biggest hairstyle icons of our day — has a few celebrity hair crushes of her own. In an interview with Parade magazine, she said, "I think Gisele [Bündchen] has exquisite hair. That's a pretty envious head of hair. I love Kate Moss. She always has great hair."
Perhaps Jennifer misses her long locks since she recently chopped off her length in favour of a chic bob Jennifer, Gisele, and Kate all have some of the best hair in Hollywood, but we want you to fess up and tell us whose mane you love the most in the poll below!
Put down the glitter! This party season, there are far more stylish ways to show your festive spirit. These celebrity beauty looks run the gamut from soft and sophisticated to bright, bold, and beautiful, but they all have one thing in common; they'd be perfect for your next Christmas party. Whether you're a fan of false lashes and big hair, or smoky eyes and sleek locks, you'll find something to suit. These looks are striking, modern, and easy to re-create at home.
Say what you will about Lady Gaga, but the girl has the best wigs in show business — better than Cher and Liza Minnelli combined. This year, she kicked off her ARTPOP album tour, giving us the best hair Gaga had to offer. For her performance at the VMAs, she sang and danced while changing her look five times. We don't know how much of her touring budget is devoted to hair, but there's no doubt that she is the queen of hairpieces. See the most gorgeous (and ghastly) of Gaga's wigs ahead.
When it comes to big red carpet moments, many stars look to the past for inspiration. Nothing says glamour like a classic '30s- or '40s-inspired hair set, which is, no doubt, why retro waves and curly sets are still popular at every big event, decades after the golden age of Hollywood. The good news is that modern styling tools and products make these styles much easier to re-create than you may think. If our grandmothers and great-grandmothers could do it in the '40s, we can do it now! There are just a few tricks to learn for the authentic vintage look: use a strong setting lotion, always set your hair in the parting you want at the end, and curl toward the face, rather than away. Click through now for some photo inspiration to plan your own red carpet hairstyle.
Paloma Faith cut her teeth in the world of burlesque and cabaret, so it's no surprise that her beauty looks are bold, dramatic, and often influenced by the past. This is not a star who you'd ever see at a film premiere with a sleek ponytail and simple makeup. Paloma's looks are powerful and intricate and probably take hours to create. Pin curls, quiffs, pompadours, victory rolls, hairpieces, and hats all feature heavily, and she often sees her hair as just another area to add accessories. From oversize sausage rolls to unexpected fishtail plaits, here are some of Paloma's most memorable beauty looks.
Even though Gravity has already debuted in the UK, Sandra Bullock has been out promoting the film in Tokyo this week. For the press conference, she wore her hair straight and loose with a centre parting framing her face. Then, she switched it up for the red carpet premiere, wearing an updo with curled layers in the front. For both looks, she kept her makeup soft with metallic shadows on her lids and a nude lip. She looked great for both appearances, but which of Sandra's styles do you like best?
Although our heads explode every time The Duchess of Cambridge makes an appearance, she had a surprisingly different hairdo for a red carpet appearance in London last night. Kate actually swept her headline-making mane into a loose yet gorgeous ponytail. Instead of the sleek, slicked-back ponytails we tend to see on the red carpet, Kate's was elegantly loose and accented with a black velvet ribbon. Is this a sign that Kate is pushing the envelope with her red carpet styles? We're not sure, but it's definitely not stopping us from looking at her royal ponytail from all angles.
2013 will go down in beauty history as the year of the It haircut, and we've got plenty of them to choose from. Jennifer Lawrence recently drove the star power of the pixie up a few notches, but there were plenty of pixies before her. Jada Pinkett Smith also knows a thing or two about It haircuts, as she's recently been sporting 2013's edgy style: the undercut. But 2013's first It haircut was somewhere between edgy and sweet, and it was the lob or its sister, the clavicut. Nicole Richie was one of the first ladies to rock this style, and she's kept it all year. All three of these styles are synonymous with 2013, but which was your favorite cut of the year?
We've been obsessing over Julianne Hough's many beauty looks for a while now, and her versatile long bob is one of our favourite things about her. But last night she was at the Boohoo.com event in LA sporting a much longer look. She captioned her new look on Instagram with a variety of hashtags, including #changeisgood and #longhairdon'tcare, and she definitely seems happy with her new lengths. Julianne's extensions seamlessly blend with her shorter layers, and we like how she styled the new length with sideswept layers, but we can't help but miss her lob. What do you think of Julianne with long hair?