The stars were out in force for the 2024 Academy Awards, the biggest night in the showbiz calendar.

Posing on the red carpet, A-listers showed off glittering designer gowns styled with flawless make-up and some incredible hair looks.

"The Oscars hair overall had a really 'finished' feel to it, especially compared to the Baftas, which I thought was great," says Paul Edmonds.

"Even down to Billie Eilish looking chic in her Chanel with a big blowout, not that normal green-rooted look we're used to seeing."

From blonde bobs to braided updos, the host of sleek and sophisticated styles on the red carpet means lots of fabulous hair inspiration has flooded social media.

If you've got a glitzy event or big party coming up - remember, wedding season is not far away - we've picked out five Hollywood royalty-approved looks you'll love.

Here, Paul talks us through his favourite Oscars red carpet hair moments and how to get the look, either at home or with the help of a stylist in the salon…

Zendaya: The 50s curves

Fresh from the Dune 2 press tour, Zendaya chose an Old Hollywood-inspired look to complement her figure-hugging, one-shoulder gown by Armani Prive.

"Zendaya had a really strong look," Paul says. "It's a modern twist on a 50s hairstyle with a wave at the front, a side parting and a kick out at the ends."

He says this glam style wouldn't be too difficult to achieve at home by blowdrying with mousse then using rollers.

"What I'd recommend is that you put the rollers in, leave it for half an hour while you start doing your make-up and then take the rollers out," Paul explains.

"Put a bit of texture spray into a root then when you brush it out it will hold that fullness without you having to back comb it."

America Ferrera: The glossy bob

Nominated in the best supporting actress category for her role in the Barbie movie, America Ferrera was suitably attired in a metallic pink Versace gown. She kept it simple and chic with her brunette bob.

"She had a blunt bob that looked like it was blow-dried smooth," Paul says. "She's got naturally quite thick hair so it's kept smooth with a balm, and there was a slight kick at the ends."

The side-parted style still had more volume on the loose side, he adds: "It's pushed away from the face and that's done by putting a little bit of hair spray into the root before you finish it."

Emily Blunt: The fishtail updo

Another best supporting actress nominee, Oppenheimer star Emily Blunt topped her shimmering ivory Schiaparelli gown with a sculptural updo.

"It's a fishtail braid that's been pulled out slightly to make it a bit softer then wrapped around to create a twist," Paul explains.

Unless you're a really dab hand at plaits, you'll probably need to get some help for this one and you'll need to make sure to use the right combination of styling products.

"You need to give some texture to the hair, so I'd say use Oway Flux Potion before blow drying it, and then follow with Oway Volume & Texture Hair Puff, which is a powder, then finish off with a light spritz of hairspray."

Ava Duvernay: The twisted crown

Former Oscar nominee Ava Duvernay donned a Louis Vuitton gown for the 2024 ceremony, teaming her ice blue custom creation with her signature locs into a voluminous updo.

"I think it really suits her," Paul says. "It looks amazing with her dress, which is really elegant."

He explains how to look was styled: "She's had her hair sectioned off and twisted into dreads, then they've been twisted around the head and secured," a look which doesn't require the support of stronghold styling products: "If you produce the texture of the dreads really well it's fairly easy to twist them round themselves."

Florence Pugh: The textured bob

British actress Florence Pugh has been switching up her look on the red carpet ever since she got a super-short crop last year. For the Oscars, she wore her choppy, blonde, shoulder-skimming locks wavy and elegantly undone.

"This is a variation on the bob trend," Paul says, and it's easy to achieve at home.

"Shu Umera Ishi Sculpt, which is a wax, will help to get that broken-up look, it makes it slightly textured," he explains.

"Her hair stylist has flipped it out at the ends, which I think was done with a blow dryer and hair spray to hold the position."

Get the Oscars look

While some awards season hair looks require a whole glam squad to create, this year's Academy Awards red carpet delivered plenty of achievable styles.

Why not have a go at a Oscars-inspired 'do next time you want to get glam? All you need is the right styling products, tools and a bit of practice.

Alternatively, if you'd rather enjoy some A-list pampering, come into the salon and let one of the team give you a Hollywood hair makeover inspired by your favourite celeb look.


Do you have a black tie ball or important work event coming up? Book a celeb-worthy blow-dry with one of the team at Paul Edmonds London.