It may be the Academy Awards, but Kristen Bell, Olivia Wilde, and Jenna Dewan-Tatum are all giving off serious prom vibes with their low chignons and wispy tendrils. We love how each style incorporates the subtle volume and loose flyaways we rocked to formal dances of years past, with each star putting her own modern spin on the look. While Bell’s style was more of a traditional prom updo, Wilde paired her chignon with an off-center part and soft curls, while Dewan-Tatum went for a classic middle part with a slight beachy twist. “The Oscars are a great time for my clients to get glam. Jenna’s dress had so much detail and texture, that I wanted to make sure to show off the collar and the neckline,” says her hairstylist Jen Atkin. “I wanted her hair to look breeze blown, but still keep it up and off the dress.”
A solid foundation is key to perfecting an updo like this one, so Atkin prepped the star’s strands by lathering up with Clear Scalp & Hair’s Strong Lengths Shampoo and Conditioner ($5 each; drugstores nationwide), which gave Dewan-Tatum’s hair extra insurance against all the heat tools. Once the star’s hair was dry, Atkin formed a precise center part, touched up any kinks with a flat iron, then pulled the length into a low ponytail, allowing loose tendrils to fall out and frame the face. “Tease the ponytail for fullness and pin into a bun,” she adds. “You can use a brush to lightly tease at the crown for soft flyaways.” After anchoring the style with hair pins, a few spritzes of Oribe Superfine Hairspray ($32; oribe.com) locked out the unseasonably rainy elements.
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