My original intent for this post was to do a simple “Best and Worst,” but as usual, I found there were many more hairstyles worth mentioning than just a top and bottom three!  But it’s a nice place to start:

BEST HAIR: Kates Winslet and Beckinsale showed that an imperfect or semi-casual updo can be clean, dressy and classy.  Salma Hayek led the trend of full, bouncy curls and waves with nary a frizz in sight.  Her extensions blend well in terms of color, texture and curl, giving her a super-glam look even with her hair down (above)!

WORST HAIR: Jessica Chastain’s attempt at “big hair” fell flat…or should I say, parts of it did, leaving the final look boxy, uneven and visibly teased. Otherwise beautiful Rooney Mara looked gorgeous from the front, but a profile view reveals a stumpy little ponytail that is just not Golden Globe-worthy. Better options?  Add extra hair to make a long pony or updo, or make a small french twist or bun out of what she’s got–there’s plenty there.  Michelle Williams…oh, Michelle Williams…short, blonde hair can be so chic and lovely.  But something about the shape of her cut and the shape of her head, makes her crown look a little conehead-y, which was only accentuated by the thick, black headband flattening the front.  That said, I absolutely loved her acceptance speech!

Honorable Mention:  Beautiful mother/daughter duo Andie MacDowell and her daughter Rainey Qualley, who was this year’s Miss Golden Globes.

Dishonorable Mention: Stacy Keibler and Kelly Osborne, for some off-color color. Stacy’s messy (and old-looking) updo was brassy in some lights, with very conspicuous roots. She could have used a fresh base, highlight and toner before her first big event with Clooney.  And Kelly…well, she looked like she got her toner done at a nursing home, but only the front half. Bizarre, and not in a fun way.

Quick note on headbands: Charlize=yes, Michelle=no.

Technical difficulties occurred in two sub-categories: upstyling, and downstyling:

Charlize was SO CLOSE to my Best Hair list–and if I had seen the show only, she would have made it. It was so pretty, as was everything else about her!  But sadly, Charlize walked the red carpet with a random piece hanging out the side of her disheveled updo.  Luckily, it was fixed before showtime, but for me anyway, it kept her out of the Top 3 (but nowhere near the bottom 3.)  Nicole Richie and Zooey Deschanel went for 60’s bombshell looks; or, more accurately, Zooey stunned as a “Brunette Bardot,” while Nicole’s would-be glam bouffant pony pretty much looked like she had done it herself.  After coloring her hair herself.  On the top only. Those little pieces hanging out, dark bottom half and mis-matched ponytail extension just scream “I did my color in the bathroom last night, and found this awesome clip-on ponytail at the mall. Now who’s ready to hit the clubs?”

I am generally not a fan of hair being left down for a formal event.  Nicole Kidman, Heidi Klum and Sofia Vergara all had nice hair…for a dinner out, but not for the Golden Globes.  Don’t get me wrong; Sofia’s hair was shiny, healthy and silky, and I was very pleased to see Nicole back in the red zone.  And her extensions were a very good match, which is not easy to nail in strawberry blonde. But their stylists could take a cue a from the those for Salma Hayek and Diane Lane, whose full and lustrous locks flowed and flounced.  Even those of Jessica Biel and Reese Witherspoon, both of whom had nicely-curled hair with more “oomph” than we’re used to seeing on them.  As a glowing example of the hair-down exception, short hair, Jodie Foster looked perfectly groomed and lovely.

Overall, it was a beautiful night for clothes, jewelry, skin, make-up…and yes, hair!  Whose look will you invoke for your next party??

Contributed by:
Jordana Lorraine
Los Angeles, CA (Marina Del Rey)
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