With meticulous planning, expert stylists, and adventurous clients, some of the best celebrity hair moments of 2020 were born. Yes, award season was on pause for a bit, with virtual versions slowly starting back up again this fall, but trust us when we say that there have been some incredible hairstyles on and off the red carpet this year. Award season at the start of 2020 welcomed some of the most impressive and experimental looks yet. We were blown away by Zendaya's ultralong braids at the Critics' Choice Awards, as well as Florence Pugh's swooped, looped, and twisted updo, which - along with all of the other intricate hairstyles she's tried - marked her queen of the updo in our books. When it came to the Grammys, no one held back with their beauty and no detail was spared (right down to the nails). One of our favorite hairstyles from the night had to be Dua Lipa's '90s-inspired piecey tendrils hairstyle, a look we saw take off at the SAG Awards. And finally, at the virtual 2020 Emmy Awards, 36-year-old American-Nigerian actor Yvonne Orji showed off one of the most powerful and important celebrity hairstyles of the year: a raised fist symbol shaved into one side of her buzz cut (by Atlanta-based men's grooming expert Mickey West-Potts) in honor of the Black Lives Matter movement. But that's just the beginning of the best hairstyles of the year. Read on to see some of our favorite celebrity hair moments from the year (and decade, for that matter), ahead.
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Cardboard cutouts of nominees, over 100+ attendees on-screen at the Staples Center, and hand sanitizer in a statue are just a few of the ways the socially-distanced Emmy Awards played out this year. Still, celebrities like Yvonne Orji made it clear that one thing remains the same: The annual award show is always an opportunity to dress up and make bold statements with your outfits and glam (even from your couch). The Insecure actress and first-time nominee got ready for her big night with a gorgeous and powerful hairstyle: a Black Power fist carved into her tapered fro. “NUFF✊🏾 SAID🖤,” Orji captioned the photo, revealing her final award show look. Professional groomer Mickey West-Potts was responsible for Orji’s statement-making buzzcut and celebrity stylist Mary Daniels styled it to perfection. > View this post on Instagram> > A post shared by Yvonne Orji (@yvonneorji) on Sep 20, 2020 at 4:48pm PDTFans immediately took to Orji’s Instagram to show love for her new look and its meaning, with thousands of Black Power fists flooding her comments. “Already a winner! Beautiful ✊🏿✊🏿,” one supporter wrote. “When you go to the Emmys looking like an award!!!! Yasssss,” wrote another. Orji’s look is proof that while circumstances are different this year, there’s always an opportunity to show pride and deliver a message — especially for Black lives and racial justice — making her Emmys beauty look the ultimate winner in our book.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?
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Ever since the pandemic took hold, a number of interesting fashion trends have come to light. There was the QuarantinePillowChallenge, which involved influencers swapping out mini dresses for pillows and accessorizing with Gucci and Chanel belts and bags. Next up: JacquemusAtHome, a strangely satisfying viral trend, coined by designer Simon Porte Jacquemus, that involved making bras out of croissants and heels out of tropical fruit and toilet rolls. Then there was the nightgown dress trend, as if we needed yet another excuse not to get dressed in the morning. But the latest fashion item to garner attention during the pandemic is not entirely surprising: mask accessories. If you’ve spent time on Instagram lately, you’ve probably noticed an uptick in face masks that aren’t just protective and fashionable, but also feature additional accessories, from éliou's glass-beaded chains reminiscent of Croakies to oversize ribbons that come with Collina Strada's version. Scrunchie-like "ties," chunky acetate chains, and beaded designs that go over the masks are some of the other accessories that have come to decorate this essential item lately. Ahead, see accessories that are giving masks — that we should all continue to wear to curb the spread of the virus — a stylish twist. COVID-19 has been declared a global pandemic. Go to the CDC website for the latest information on symptoms, prevention, and other resources. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Society6's New Face Masks Support Black ArtHow To Wash Your Cloth Face Mask17 Bandanas To Shop Now For DIY Face Masks
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On Monday night, Zendaya became the youngest woman to win an Emmy Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series (and only the second Black woman to ever come away with the award, after Viola Davis’ 2015 win). In characteristic fashion, she made history in style.Surrounded by her team and family while accepting the honor, Zendaya — who, as some fans pointed out, bore more than a passing resemblance to Selena Quintanilla — stunned in a two-piece set styled by Law Roach. Even more stunning was the actress’ tousled top-knot bun and ’70s-inspired eyeshadow. Makeup artist Sheika Daley used Lancôme products to perfect Zendaya’s glowy skin and statement eye, while celebrity stylist Larry Sims was responsible for her curtain-banged bun.To achieve his client’s Emmys look, Sims used just two products, both from Flawless by Gabrielle Union. “I started by spraying the Flawless by Gabrielle Union Shine Heat Protection Spray and Flawless by Gabrielle Union Detangling Leave-In Conditioner on her damp hair,” he explains. After protecting Zendaya’s strands from heat, Sims carefully round-brushed her hair and secured each section with rollers for volume. Once her curls were set, Sims tied it all up into a high ponytail, which he then back-combed for volume and a faux bangs effect. > YESSSSSSSSS @Zendaya 🖤🖤🖤> > — Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) September 21, 2020Union herself took to Twitter to congratulate the star on her win. “YESSSSSSSSS @Zendaya,” she wrote. Zendaya and Sims make for an unbeatable pair in the beauty department as is, but add some Gabrielle Union on the mix and we have what may be the best look — and team — of the night.At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?
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Will all the sneaker stans in the house please raise their hands? Oh, wow — that’s a lot of you. From fresh white kicks to sought-after collectible drops to super-sustainable tennies, sneaker categories are proliferating as the footwear’s popularity continues to snowball with seemingly unstoppable momentum. However, this is one type of footwear that might just be rivaling in sheer fan-favorite force (especially for fall): the hiking boot. We’ve watched these outdoorsy shoes prance down the designer runways and indie brands endlessly riff on the classic utility-style throughout these past few seasons. Although popular, not everyone is ready to commit to the hiking-boot lifestyle. So, what's a shoe to do? Make a baby with its more casual counterpart, the sneaker — or, at least, this is how we imagine the hiking sneaker was born. We went ahead and wrangled up all of these hybrid-shoe styles that we could find. Scroll on to pick your perfect fall shoe that borrows from the best of both boot and sneaker worlds. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?16 Sturdy & Stylish Hiking Boots Shoppers Swear ByRunning Shorts You'll Love (With Pockets!)Back-In-Stock: Pantone x Cariuma's Sneaker Collab
Why spend hours, if not days, pondering your next haircut when you can let the universe decide for you? (We're not being sarcastic, we really mean it.) If you're an astrology-lover, chances are you already let your zodiac sign and monthly/weekly/daily horoscope guide plenty of choices you make, so what's one more? Your zodiac sign can be a very telling thing - it reveals your strengths, your weaknesses, what your key personality traits are, and more. With this in mind, it's easy to understand how a particular sign can match up with a particular haircut trend for fall. Buzz cuts are bold and rebellious like an Aquarius, while textured layers with bangs scream carefree and fun-loving, which perfectly sums up Leos. If you're contemplating what haircut trend to try this season, let the stars guide you by picking a hairstyle based on your zodiac sign.
Ever since Julia Roberts’ breakout role as a vivacious redhead in Pretty Women, people have been bringing pictures of the actress to her longtime hairstylist, Serge Normant, to get the same treatment. From rich auburn updos to buttery blonde waves, Normant has been there through it all — and then some. Here, he opens up to Refinery29 about how his styling career took off, his one secret to great hair, and what Julia Roberts is really like to work with. The following interview was told to Megan Decker and edited for length and clarity.It All Started In Paris My career as a stylist began in France, where I was fortunate enough to work with Bruno Pittini. When I was hired to work in his salons, that was it for me; I was in Paris, the fashion capital of the world, and working with hair, which was always my dream. While I was there, I [did] a photoshoot for French Elle. The photos were at the back of the book and it wasn’t my best work, but that was the first time I was truly part of a creative process and it changed the way I looked at hair forever.Then in ’89, I moved from Paris to New York, and I actually lived with [makeup artist] Laura Mercier. She introduced me to the editorial fashion and beauty world in America. I say that my big break, of sorts, came about because of the doors she opened for me in the industry. Through her, I met Steven Meisel, and worked with him on the Dolce & Gabbana campaign in ’91, and then in photo spreads in Italian Vogue and Glamour.Southern Charm I was asked to work on a photoshoot for Vanity Fair with Herb Ritts, the iconic fashion photographer, and Julia Roberts was the cover star. At the time, she was working on The Pelican Brief, and Herb wanted to shoot her in Louisiana at this huge Victorian mansion. She was in the middle of shooting the movie, so she had been up all night filming, and we hit it off immediately. I wan’t expecting it at all, but our energies were so in sync.I remember that Vanity Fair shoot like it was yesterday. We were at this big, old house in Louisiana; it was a little run-down and abandoned, but the property was exquisite. Julia arrived and was so gorgeous, even though she hadn’t slept, with this incredible mane of hair. I remember Julia’s big fluffy dress, her sprawled across the grass in the front yard, with this intricate updo. I’ve been working with Julia ever since that day.The Julia Effect There’s no doubt that Julia’s hair is iconic. After her breakout role in Pretty Woman in the early ’90s, everyone wanted that curly, wavy red hair — it was emblematic of the decade. So, of course, when I started working with her regularly, my other clients asked me to give them “Julia Roberts” hair. She’s been a brunette, a redhead, a blonde, and has had long hair and short cuts — she’s not afraid to experiment. Her hairstyle has to be something that’s easy and effortless, not contrived.> View this post on Instagram> > tbt bts fun moment with Julia Roberts ❤️ at the cannes film festival 2016 ? @elizabethstewart1 sergenormantmusthaves> > A post shared by Serge Normant (@sergenormant) on May 17, 2018 at 11:21am PDTThe magic of Julia’s hair is that people catch a feeling from it. They look at a picture of her — whether it’s bright blonde and sleek or messy and held up with a claw clip — and there’s something that people identify with. It’s her glow, and it’s infectious. You might love her blonde and think that the color is amazing, but then the next day she could be back to red and you forget about the blonde. She’s magical that way.It’s All In The Prep I always say that good hair starts with a good haircut. You need a style that suits you and works with your natural texture. You have to have a good rapport with your stylist, because they’re the expert and can help you find the right products for your hair cut and texture. Always bring photos to your stylist, because it will give them a vision of what you’re looking for. Even if they can’t achieve the exact look on your hair, a photo can convey a feeling and that feeling is so important.> View this post on Instagram> > First day in Toronto! @juliaroberts ✨for @homecomingtv press Styling @elizabethstewart1 Makeup @jilliandempsey nails @mazzhanna @engelmanandco TIFF> > A post shared by Serge Normant (@sergenormant) on Sep 7, 2018 at 9:44am PDTFor Julia’s hair, and on almost all of my clients, I’ll use my hair repair treatment. I think of hair treatments like moisturizer for the skin: They help your hair regain any lost elasticity and rehab any dryness. Then, there’s the volumizing mousse, which doesn’t dry hard so you can use it on hair that you’re air drying or blow drying to elevate the volume. I always use the spray from my Dream Big line — it gives your hair a little extra texture and hold. Then, I finish with either a dry oil for some extra shine or some hairspray. I always advise not to use too many products, and to layer them very lightly. It’s really easy to have great hair — it’s all about how you wear it.At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?These Hair Glosses Will Keep Your Color Fresh16 Halloween Costumes That Are All About The HairThe Best New Hair Products At Sephora This Fall
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