Errol Douglas' Oscar Winning Styles

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Errol Douglas MBE talks us through his top six Oscar winning styles.

Lupita Nyong'o 

The lady of the moment goes bold by channeling Grace Jones and nails it, again! There'll be much "what about that Alice band" talk, and that in itself shows her red carpet presence this season.

I love the contrast between the very feminine blue (that Lupita said reminds her of her home city of Nairobi) of the Prada gown and its dramatic, slightly punk crop finish with futuristic band that almost stands alone.

To recreate Lupita's hairstyle, use a treatment mask the night before to ensure maximum hydration. On the day, work in a hydrating product before a very gentle rough dry. Her short Afro hair is tonged in sections, clockwise and anti-clockwise, to build in texture - created by flicking the wrist each way with a straightener in an upwards direction. My Treat&Style (available in Boots) works particularly well on Afro hair, delivering the straight whilst infusing the hair with Keratin from the capsule system to keep shine and minimise damage.

Gently rake out the hair in each section using your fingers (don’t brush) and pat to join them. Spray a non-sticky hairspray onto the hands and pat for hold.

Amy Adams

My favourite up-do of the night. Such incredible shine, beautifully pinned to give that glossy rolled chignon with a little lift to the front that fits her age. The overall finish really gives that sense of flow and connection from front to back.

To recreate, prep the hair whilst wet with a good hydrating product to build in shine pre blow-dry, drying in four sections before smoothing over with a straightener to build in that sleek finish. Separate a section from front to back from the middle, taking it to the side for the parting to style later.

Using a paddle brush, sweep one side section to meet the other at the back. Slightly off centre, roll once vertically and use a few hair colour matching pins to secure at the nape of the neck, midpoint and just below the crown. Once secure, roll the loose hair back in on itself and pin again.

Take the last section front to back and gently brush back with a bias to the side. Pin more loosely as you join it to the top of the chignon at the back, leaving it slack to tease a little lift at the front with placement that allows a very subtle wave en route to the back. This is how to avoid a separated sectioned up-do. Finish with a fine mist of a light reflecting product. To avoid weighing the hair down, spray the mist and walk into it.

Naomi Watts

A simple, slightly rock n roll, great condition comb-back/side sweep combo on long hair – love it. For me this is just enough polish for the occasion whilst allowing a relaxed vibe that gives personality to an Oscar red carpet pro.

A good root lifting blow-dry with a large barrel brush is key. A little hairspray on wet hair pre blow-dry will help to build in enough hold and shape to avoid it looking like messy beach hair.

Once dry, spray a tiny amount of shine enhancing product onto a wide toothed comb and comb front to back in three sections, side, middle, side, before very gently finger combing the front section for lift. Don't back comb! 

Cate Blanchett

Classic movie star styling yes, but stunningly executed. Dramatic side parting on mid-length hair with softly tonged ends that kiss the shoulders, what's not to like?

Gloss is everything, so choose moisture infusing products right from the wash through to the styling, and a hairspray that allows movement. Opt for a sectioned root lifting blow-dry before using large rollers (3 - 4inch) from just below the ear to the ends, leaving in until the last minute.

Finish the ends with a wide barrel tong so that once brushed out they are loose and have bounce as opposed to a tighter ringlet finish.

Jennifer Lawrence

Great styling as Jennifer Lawrence grows out her crop. Big lift at the roots, and movement built in with a dramatic comb back that shows off her blonde highlights and root contrast for a little rock n roll that completely suits her personality.

A gentle backcomb to the front hints at a quiff but doesn't separate itself from the 'up and backwards' movement of the overall look. A good tension blow-dry from the roots in sections with a large barrel brush, using the cold blast function on the dryer once the hair is dry and with the hair briefly upside down, will deliver this.

A strong hold hairspray to finish will ensure it lasts the night too.

Viola Davies

I love this classic pin-curled crop from a former Oscar winner. Very Gatsby, incredibly sophisticated and age appropriate.

This really shows off Viola's features and allows the dress to shine. Hydration is key with relaxed Afro hair so a treatment mask the night before is the best prep. Blow-dry quickly and gently with a large barrel brush focusing on lifting the root. My Infrared Dryer (available in Boots) delivers speed and an 'inside out' dry to really lock in moisture.

Point the nozzle down and follow the brush to the end of each section (4-5 sections). Pin each section inwards as it's dried before taking each down and using a straightener as a subtle curler by wrapping the section once clockwise and once anti clockwise around the tool.

Finish with a non-sticky hairspray sprayed onto the hands and gently patted onto the finished style.

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