Our Favorite Short Hair Stunners From The 2017 Oscars
Last night, our favorite stunners vied for their chance to hold sometimes elusive Oscar golden statue. The incomparable Viola Davis took home her first Oscar for her performance in Fences, and Janelle Monae shook her hands in celebration after Moonlight was found to be the rightful winner of the Best Picture award. Unfortunately, our other favs from Hidden Figures didn’t take home any awards, but they shared a special and inspiring moment onstage with Katherine Johnson — the last living heroine from the original story.
But, whether they won or lost, each of our favorite short hair stunners commanded the red carpet and the stage, and served some truly unforgettable looks.
Janelle Monae took the No. 1 spot on many best-dressed lists, and rightly so! She glowed in a couture Elie Saab dress that perfectly complimented her unique style and personality.
Although Janelle is known for her large fros, buns, and bouffants, she opted for a sleek, piecey pixie that paired with her dress perfectly.
Nikki Nelms, Janelle’s long-time stylist, created the look which, believe it or not, is a wig!
This piecey pixie looks best on oval and heart shaped faces, and ladies with round faces can make this look work by lengthening the bangs to give a little more structure to the face.
In order to create this look, make sure you have a small width (1/2–1 inch) flat iron and a bomb heat protectant to prevent damage.
Taraji has been SLAYING each and every award show with a versatile bob that can go from sleek to edgy in a snap! Tym Wallace created Taraji’s look with Dove’s Quench and Style+Care lines, which made sure her hair stayed lustrous and in place.
Taraji’s wispy, asymmetrical bob is best for a number of face shapes including round, heart, oval, square and diamond. For round face shapes, this style adds structure to the face by sharpening a soft jawline. For heart and square face shapes, this cut softens a prominent chin and jawline. This look works for diamond face shapes by camouflaging a narrow hairline with a deep side part.
To create this look, use a barrel curler in a variety of sizes to get this wispy-yet-done look, and finish it off with a firm hold hairspray. Also, don’t forget the caramel-brown highlights to add dimension to the look!
Ruth Negga, the star of Loving, pulled her pixie back into lightly tousled curls topped off with a headband to complete her modern Victorian look. Later in the night, her stylist Vernon Francois, took away the headband to reveal a sweet, chic perfect curly pixie.
“She really loves her curls. To be completely honest, the way she wakes up, she loves it,” Francois said in an interview with Madame Noire. “But I’m like, ‘Okay, let me just take it and do something [laughs].’ You can’t just walk out, which is what she would do if she could.”
“But she’s all about embracing her natural texture, which falls in line with everything I do and what I’m about. We just go with the moment and really explore,” he added. “We just have a ball and we’re building a really good relationship and I think honesty helps that. She knows I can create pretty much anything, just tell me what you want and I’ll figure it out.”
Ruth’s pulled back look works best for heart and diamond shaped faces — it allows room for those killer cheekbones to stand out.
To recreate Ruth’s natural pixie, check out Francois’ line of products for natural hair available at Sephora. Score!
Francois also styled songbird Cynthia Erivo’s Storm-esque tapered fro. Erivo usually rocks a honey/platinum twa, but this icy, grown-out fro looks equally as gorgeous!
Tapered cuts work for a variety of face shapes, but the extra height transforms a round face into a more lengthened, oval silhouette.
Which look will you rock? Let us know in the comments!