Whoever said that short hair tends to fall flat clearly hasn’t seen the versatile looks Lupita Nyong’o has been working on the red carpet! Second to her fashion-forward ensembles and daring makeup choices, we’ve also taken note of the star’s many hairstyles, which prove that switching up your part, or playing with volume can create completely different effects as evidenced by the mini-pompadour she wore to the NAACP Image Awards, and her rocker-chic ‘do at the Non-Stop premiere. Our favorite look by far has to be the dainty Fred Leighton hair accessory she wore to the 2014 Oscars, which even gained its own Twitter account only moments after we spotted it on the red carpet.
To create the elegant look, the star’s hairstylist Larry Sims worked a quarter-sized amount of the Smooth ‘N Shine Go Pro Curls Gelle Parfait ($13; smoothnshine.com for locations) into her damp strands, then diffused her hair with a dryer to bring out her natural curls. After slicking back the front and sides of her hairline with the Smooth ‘N Shine Go Pro Creme Oil ($12; smoothnshine.com for locations), Sims pushed the Fred Leighton headband into place, and shaped the hair at the crown around the accessory. A veil of the Göt2b Rise and Shine Luminous Lift Hairspray ($7; ulta.com) provided the finishing touch. “The product has an added glossy hold that will keep her hair in place throughout a night of star-studded after parties,” Sims adds.