2018 SAG Awards: how the updo got a new lease of life

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Daniela Morosini
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Buns, chignons and ponytails sometimes feel a bit ‘meh’. So often stiff and uninspiring (and with unwanted bridesmaid connotations), ‘hair up’ is hard to make exciting. But the 2018 SAG Awards brought a bevy of clever, quirky, cool styles that have us reconsidering the updo altogether…

Beachy waves and ‘undone’ (aka took forty-five minutes, tongs, a hairdryer and four products) hair have been ruling the red carpet lately. But if the 2018 SAG Awards are anything to go by, the tide is finally turning. There was a veritable updo movement starting, with stars like Natalia Dyer and Halle Berry all sporting subversive takes on ‘hair up’.

Most of us haven’t worn an updo (other than a Monday messy bun or speedy gym ponytail) since secondary school – and why would you? No one wants to be transported back to the time of Aquanet and having to sit still for an interminably long time while a hairdressers pushes millions of bobby pins into your scalp. Well, think again – we already want to try Millie Bobby Brown’s space buns…

Millie Bobby Brown is working on a new Netflix film.
Millie Bobby Brown is working on a new Netflix film.


Millie might have been born in the Noughties, but this look is straight out of 1995. The Stranger Things actress (who has also rocked a shaved head, NBD) teamed two space buns with Converse low-tops on the red carpet and looked every bit the starlet.

Halle Berry 


There’s so many layers to this look. Halle worked a high pony up top, secured with multiple ties and wavy lengths for a textured finish, and underneath THAT, she sported an undercut at the nape of her neck. Equal parts pretty and subversive.

Natalia Dyer  


A class example of business in the front, party in the back. Natalia’s style was sleek and polished, but this was no ordinary chignon. Looped and folded onto itself, Natalia had a playful, chic twist on the classic bun.

Images: REX