Red carpet hair highlights: from Vanessa Hudgens' slick ponytail to Kristen Stewart's undone updo

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Sarah Biddlecombe

Whenever we're on the hunt for some hair inspiration, the A-listers never fail to disappoint.

From detailed and intricate updos to artfully messy beach waves, the stars (and their hair stylists) are always coming up with new ideas for how to create the hottest looks.

We've turned to the red carpet to cherry pick the very best hairstyles from the week so far; simply click the images below to see all the latest and greatest looks.

  • Jennifer Aniston

    Jennifer Aniston has almost returned to our favourite ever Rachel from Friends haircut with this sleek look on the red carpet of We Are Your Friends.

  • Britney Spears

    Britney shows us how to work the rainbow coloured hair trend at the Teen Choice Awards.

  • Mena Suvari

    We love Mena Suvari's seriously slicked back, low ponytail at the film premiere of She's Funny That Way.

  • Kristen Stewart

    Kristen Stewart's undone updo at the American Ultra premiere is the perfect casual hairstyle. Dress it up with dramatic makeup or keep it simple with a more subtle beauty look.

  • Gabrielle Union

    Gabrielle Union gave us serious hair envy with these voluminous loose curls on the red carpet for a Samsung launch.

  • Vanessa Hudgens

    Vanessa Hudgens styles her low pony with plenty of delicate earrings at the Industry Dance Awards.

  • Melanie Brown

    Melanie Brown leaves her corkscrew curls beautifully natural on the red carpet for America's Got Talent.

  • Gemma Chan

    Beach waves and a messy parting keep Gemma Chan's beauty look natural at the Bad Education premiere.

  • Taylor Schilling

    Taylor Schilling keeps her lob poker straight for the W Amsterdam event in New York.

  • Emma Roberts

    Emma Roberts balances out her loose curls by slicking her hair down on the crown of her head at the Teen Choice Awards.

  • Emily Ratajkowski

    Backcomb the crown of your hair before pulling it into a pony to give it plenty of height, a la Emily Ratajkowski at the We Are Your Friends premiere.

  • Emmy Rossum

    A few loose tendrils of hair make Emmy Rossum's low bun at a CBS party in Los Angeles perfectly messy. 

  • Alicia Vikander

    Alicia Vikander works long, tumbling curls at The Man from U.N.K.L.E premiere.

  • Olivia Palermo

    A blunt hair cut gives beachy waves an edge, as demonstrated by Olivia Palermo at a watch event in New York.

  • Lily James

    Lily James keeps her red carpet hair simple with a low mid pony at the Downton Abbey BAFTA tribute evening in London.

  • Taylor Schilling

    Taylor Schilling lets her dramatic eye makeup do the talking with casual waves on the red carpet at an Orange is the New Black screening in New York.

  • Michelle Dockery

    Michelle Dockery's voluminous curls and bold red lipstick are a perfect combination on the red carpet for the Downton Abbey BAFTA tribute.

  • Jamie King

    Jaime King works a slicked back low pony that is perfect for hot summer months at the CBS summer party in Los Angeles.

  • Malin Ackerman

    We love this choppy look with a full side fringe that Malin Ackerman rocked on the red carpet of the CBS party in Los Angeles.

  • Christy Turlington

    This simple, pulled back bun is a flawless look at the premiere of Public Morals in New York.

  • Gemma Arterton

    Gemma worked a messy low bun for the premiere of Gemma Bovery in London.

  • Sarah Jessica Parker

    Loose beach waves complimented SJP's sparkling emerald gown perfectly for the opening of Hamilton on Broadway.

  • Kate Mara

    Kate Mara brought plenty of attitude to the New York premiere of Fantastic Four with this choppy, messy pixie crop. 

  • Salma Hayek

    Salma keeps it natural with soft curls for The Prophet event in New York.

  • Kerry Washington

    Kerry Washington opts for a sweeping side fringe and loose ringlets in Los Angeles.

  • Emma Roberts

    Emma Roberts channels old Hollywood glamour with smokey eyes and loose waves for the TCA Fox Party in Los Angeles.

  • Beth Behrs

    Beth Behr's intricate twisted updo is balanced out with plenty of backcombing for the red carpet of the Oceana SeaChange Summer Party in Los Angeles.

  • Nikki Reed

    We love artfully messy looks, and Nikki Reed nails it with this unstructured updo in Los Angeles.

  • Gwyneth Paltrow

    Gwyneth Paltrow's rocks poker straight blonde locks and middle parting at a charity event in the Hamptons.

  • Diane Kruger

    We love Diane Kruger's slick curls at a Ralph Lauren charity event in New York Central Park Zoo.

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