SAG Awards ’12: The 5 major hair trends—from halo braids to pretty ponies

SAG Awards 2012 - Dianna Agron

So the Screen Actors Guild Awards happened on Sunday. (Or the SAGs, as most people like to call ‘em… I also use the very same term for what’s happening to my thighs.)

Moving on though—I think it’s safe to conclude that this was one of the most experimental red carpets in beauty memory. Not so much with makeup, but most definitely with hair. Surprisingly, there were only a few borderline-boring updos (of course Natalie Portman among them). Instead, I saw braids, I saw ponytails, I saw loose and flowing locks, and a bunch of amazing short crops. Exciting, non? Here are the five big trends:

TREND #1: PRETTY, POLISHED PONYTAILS

I love a pony on the red carpet. (You know, the hair kind… not the horse kind like Lindzi trotted in on on The Bachelor.) Sofia Vergara wore hers long and low:

SAG Awards 2012 Sofia Vergara SAG Awards 12: The 5 major hair trends—from halo braids to pretty ponies

It’s a nice change from her usual look (although I’m still having issues over those brows and that lipstick choice).

Diane Lane is so, so gorgeous, and I love that she went with a simple—but voluminous—pony to show off her great skin and fine features:

SAG Awards 2012 Diane Lane SAG Awards 12: The 5 major hair trends—from halo braids to pretty ponies

But it was Jayma Mays who had my favourite pony of all.

SAG Awards 2012 Jayma Mays SAG Awards 12: The 5 major hair trends—from halo braids to pretty ponies

The placement is way high on the head but the tousled texture and hair wrapped around the base save it from looking like a cheerleader.

Now here’s where the trend started to go a bit wrong.

SAG Awards 2012 Sarah Hyland SAG Awards 12: The 5 major hair trends—from halo braids to pretty ponies

Sarah Hyland is so pretty, but she is going to the prom here, not a Hollywood event. Girl needs to lose the curly tendrils (and that frosty makeup, while she’s at it).

Kelly Osbourne is also doing the curly tendril thing:

SAG Awards 2012 Kelly Osbourne SAG Awards 12: The 5 major hair trends—from halo braids to pretty ponies

However, if I had to choose I’d say the grey hair offends me far more. What is UP with that?

TREND #2: GLOSSY SHORT CROPS

Obviously, Michelle Williams is the reigning queen of short hair:

SAG Awards 2012 Michelle Williams SAG Awards 12: The 5 major hair trends—from halo braids to pretty ponies

Just perfect. (I really, really love this colour on her instead of that harsh platinum.)

Rose Byrne was also one of my faves:

SAG Awards 2012 Rose Byrne SAG Awards 12: The 5 major hair trends—from halo braids to pretty ponies

Adorbs! It’s like the old Katie Holmes style, which I totally miss. It’s definitely a “look,” and you really have to commit to it, but Rose really pulls it off. Notice also the super-subtle colour job, kind of a grown-up Ombré.

Then there is Ashlee Simpson. No idea what (if anything) is going on in her career at the moment—but putting that aside, isn’t this a great haircut? I wrote a short hair story a couple of months ago and one of the hairdressers I interviewed cited this as an excellent option. Take note:

SAG Awards 2012 Ashlee Simpson SAG Awards 12: The 5 major hair trends—from halo braids to pretty ponies

But yowza! Mind the boobage.

Finally, we have beauty eccentric Tilda Swinton

SAG Awards 2012 Tilda Swinton SAG Awards 12: The 5 major hair trends—from halo braids to pretty ponies

Nothing to say about the hair… but I just want to give this woman some mascara.

TREND #3: BRAIDS

Ding ding ding! We have a winner in this category, and it’s Dianna Agron:

SAG Awards 2012 Dianna Agron SAG Awards 12: The 5 major hair trends—from halo braids to pretty ponies

How great is this? Not only is it a halo braid, but it’s a FISHTAIL halo. Whoever did this got everything right: the placement, the colour, the slightly dry, messy texture. I love everything about it.

Now compare and contrast with Kaley Cuoco.

SAG Awards 2012 Kaley Cuoco SAG Awards 12: The 5 major hair trends—from halo braids to pretty ponies

Talk about a beauty WTF. It’s obvious that this isn’t her real hair, and making it even worse, it’s just kind of sitting there too perfectly on top of a Sarah Hyland-esque prom ‘do. Also hating the brows and heavy eye makeup.

Meanwhile, the braid trend also made its way into long ‘dos, here on Busy Philipps

SAG Awards 2012 Busy Philipps SAG Awards 12: The 5 major hair trends—from halo braids to pretty ponies

I thought this style (not to mention dress and necklace) were far too casual for a red carpet, but I do like the hair. In fact, I plan to try it myself—if, like me, you usually wear your hair down, this is a fun way to update it while still looking like “you.”

TREND #4: LONG AND LOOSE

I’m a huge fan of the high-low in fashion, and I think the beauty equivalent is undone hair with a fancy dress. Hence this category, which was huge at the SAGs. Angelina Jolie looked totally ano in her dress (and I mean that in a bad way, FYI). But her hair (and makeup) were awesome.

SAG Awards 2012 Angelina Jolie SAG Awards 12: The 5 major hair trends—from halo braids to pretty ponies

Rawrrr. I’m totes digging this pushed back off the face style.

Lea Michele was also lookin’ good:

SAG Awards 2012 Lea Michele SAG Awards 12: The 5 major hair trends—from halo braids to pretty ponies

Looks like her bangs are almost grown out and she can do more tousled-looking styles now.

Roots aside, Katrina Bowden has pretty hair here:

SAG Awards 2012 Katrina Bowden SAG Awards 12: The 5 major hair trends—from halo braids to pretty ponies

Same with Kyra Sedgwick:

SAG Awards 2012 Kyra Sedgwick SAG Awards 12: The 5 major hair trends—from halo braids to pretty ponies

It’s standard Hollywood hair, but the waves are softer and more solid-looking than the piecey bits of seasons past.

Finally, rocking the total opposite look was newcomer Jessica Chastain:

SAG Awards 2012 Jessica Chastain SAG Awards 12: The 5 major hair trends—from halo braids to pretty ponies

She was the only one to go for a retro style (which was really big last year). I think it still looks great, since the waves are soft and touchable and her makeup’s very light.

TREND #5: UPDOS

There were a whole bunch of interesting updos on Sunday night. Unfortch, like I said, Natalie Portman’s was one of the least interesting.

SAG Awards 2012 Natalie Portman SAG Awards 12: The 5 major hair trends—from halo braids to pretty ponies

It’s pretty, she’s pretty… but would it kill her to mix it up a bit for us? Come on, Nat.

Zoe Saldana also did a fairly unremarkable updo, although the texture is kind of nice:

SAG Awards 2012 Zoe Saldana SAG Awards 12: The 5 major hair trends—from halo braids to pretty ponies

Then there was my girl Emma Stone.

SAG Awards 2012 Emma Stone SAG Awards 12: The 5 major hair trends—from halo braids to pretty ponies

I have to say, I wasn’t crazy about her look, although maybe it was because I just don’t like those ’50s-style poufy dresses. This is fine—I just prefer something a little softer, messier, less polished on Emma.

That said, I like it heaps better than Emily Blunt’s hair:

SAG Awards 2012 Emily Blunt SAG Awards 12: The 5 major hair trends—from halo braids to pretty ponies

This is SO not doing her any favours. I think it’s both the colour (which is far too dark for her) and the style (which is almost Victorian—kind of flat and hanging there). Yikes.

What a contrast to Amber Heard

SAG Awards 2012 Amber Heard SAG Awards 12: The 5 major hair trends—from halo braids to pretty ponies

You know what? I’m down with this. It’s young, edgy and Amber’s got the ‘tude to pull it off. (I, on the other hand, could nevah evah wear this.) I’m not sure how I feel about her eye makeup though.

Lastly we have Octavia Spencer:

SAG Awards 2012 Octavia Spencer SAG Awards 12: The 5 major hair trends—from halo braids to pretty ponies

I’m into this. (Although would have preferred it all one colour instead of those contrasting bits in the bun.) Not everyone can wear the high, tight ballerina bun on the top of the crown, but if you have the features for it, and a round hairline, it’s one of the prettiest red carpet ‘dos. Pretty sure this requires a sock bun—anyone tried one?

Tell me:

Which were your favourite SAGs hairstyles?
Which ‘dos should these celebs ditch?
Are you inspired to try any of these styles? (I think Busy’s braid is in my future this weekend.)

14 Comments

Lauren
Tuesday, January 31/2012 at 8:09 pm

My favorite is Dianna Agron, I adore her hair. Ashlee Simpson has pretty eyes. Kaley Cuoco needs an eyebrow intervention.

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Jenna
Wednesday, February 1/2012 at 1:43 am

I agree with your excellent assessments (cept Ms Stone, I liked her look). Would love to bottle Dianna’s dress colour in a nail polish! I can’t believe that’s Ashlee Simpson, she looks so different to how I remember. And Rose Byrne! Like that you gave a shout out to my compatriot! The girl always looks stunning (some googling is worthwhile there for anyone interested).

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Marina(Makeup4all)
Wednesday, February 1/2012 at 6:41 am

1)I have a girl crush on Emily Blunt so for me she looked perfect. She (almost) always does :)
2) I like Angelina’s hair/makeup as well but you just can’t go wrong with such choice.
3) Oh, yes, I like Ashlee Simpson’s haircut, too.

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Iconiclook.com
Wednesday, February 1/2012 at 7:54 am

Rose Byrne looks like Anna Wintour. I like these romantic, boho looks but I kinda miss the golden era of Hollywood.

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Latoya
Wednesday, February 1/2012 at 11:18 am

I pretty much agree with all your assessments:
Sofia – agree!! I think she’d be oodles prettier if she’d stop with the heavy lipliner/lipstick.
Jayma – LOVED her look, everything about it – it was so cute and fitting for her.
Love Ashlee’s hair though I’m just sorta over her as a whole.
Tilda…yes, please, some mascara! I can’t think of much else when I see her except that thought. I have to assume she has uber sensitive eyes or something.
Diana – gorgeous as per usual.
Kaley is all sorts of scary.

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Gina
Wednesday, February 1/2012 at 12:52 pm

Apparently Rose Byrne’s make-up is all Joe Fresh!
I think that is pretty cool.

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Kat
Wednesday, February 1/2012 at 6:41 pm

The Glee girls really came out with a bang!!! Loving Lea and Diana’s looks, especially Lea! I’m also really digging Emily Blunt’s look, somehow. It’s classic, and although I will admit it’s kinda dark and could perhaps use a downgrade of one or two shades, I still think it looks amaze! She has the complexion and look to pull it off, and it makes her eyes pop! My WTF moments were:
-Amber Heard. Is it me or is her forehead like 3-4 shades darker/gold-er than the rest of her face? I’m loving the eyes, LOVE me some copper, and she can pull it off, her face is like.. perfect, but her forehead looks like it’s been dipped (yes, DIPPED) in MAC Mineralize powder, it’s all shimmery n shitz… Not cute.
-Kaley Cuoco.. Whatever happened to the cute-as-a-button Penny?!? WE WANT HER BACK!!!! Drop that hag back in the doppelganger pile and get us Kaley back NOW! Gawd, if makeup can make you look gorgeous, she’s the living proof that it can also make you look difformed..

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QuiteLight
Thursday, February 2/2012 at 12:01 pm

I think if you switched Emily Blunt’s part to the side, it would look really nice, understated.

And I never, EVER thought I would do this (or admit it in public) but I saved Ashley’s pic to my “hair inspiration” file. I will probably never cut it that short (doesn’t work for my body proportions), but you never know… And I loved her dress.

Although I don’t get the wrapped braid thing… why is everyone trying to channel milkmaid Heidi on the red carpet?!? Sorry, all yours, Michelle!

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Mariana
Thursday, February 2/2012 at 10:40 pm

HA! Oh man this post cracked me up.. you are one witty woman. Any who, I think my favs were Diana Argon ( I LOVE fishtail braids so much..probably due to the fact that I’m not capable of creating even a semi pretty one) and Amber Heard, very runway-esque..looks good on her.

Now off to try my hand at another fishtail braid..

http://www.beautynthingsblog.com

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Mariana
Thursday, February 2/2012 at 10:45 pm

Just noticed I Called Dianna Agron, Dianna Argon..mixing her name up with argan..too much beauty blog reading..

http://www.beautynthingsblog.com

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Amberly Charter
Friday, February 3/2012 at 11:37 am

Wow I am loving Amber Heard’s look. She’s no doubt a gorgeous gal but something about her look totally grabbed my attention in a good way.

Other faves: Michelle Williams (of course), Ashlee Simpson, Angelina and Dianna Agron. I am totally digging Ashlee’s haircut!

I’m not into Katrina and Kyra so much… something about the middle part and what look like grown out bangs (to me). Just kinda blah.

Great post, I always love reading your take on celeb style!

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Samantha
Friday, February 3/2012 at 3:19 pm

My favorites were Ashlee Simpson and Jessica Chastain. They both looked beautiful.

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Leyla
Monday, February 6/2012 at 9:30 am

For me, it has to be Ashlee Simpson. This is a unique moment where everything is working for her all at once: the hair, the make-up, the accessories and the dress. The shade and the cut of the style are both stunning and a real transistion from teen pop star to adulthood. Well done Ashlee.

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Lisa
Wednesday, February 8/2012 at 4:19 pm

I love Tilda Swinton with no mascara. It’s all part of her slightly odd, alien-esque look which I adore. I was imagining her with mascara in the photo here, and it would almost make her look too “done up”. I appreciate the mascara restraint!

On the opposite end of things, loving Amber Heard’s eye makeup. With the hair and earring and neckline of her dress…. perfection.

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