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The Oscars are fairly conservative in regards to hair and makeup, which allows the gowns to shine. Unlike fashion week, most of the styles seen at award shows are wearable in real life. It’s a good place to get a sense of the trends for the coming year. Many of the styles confirmed established trends: beach waves (seen on Margot Robbie and Kate Winslet), old Hollywood glamour (on Lady Gaga and Emily Blunt) and pretty ponytails (on Amy Adams and Sofia Varagara). But there were also some surprises that signaled exciting things to come. Brie Larson’s embellished half up style, Rooney Mara’s sleek twisted updo and Rachel McAdams wet-look pleat were standouts. Click the notes to learn more about each look. ––  Laura Martin

Brie Larson’s half-up look featured a number of emerging trends: a crisp center part, smooth glossy finish, and half-up. The elegant diamond comb framed with swirls of hair completed the glamorous look.

Rooney Mara often wears sleek updos, but her three-tiered style at the Oscars was a standout. Low-volume, ultra-sleek looks with strong architecture were also seen on Daisy Ridley and Tina Fey.

Rachel McAdams chose clean lines for her Oscars look, and her hairstyle was tidy and simple, but the shiny, slightly-wet texture gave the shape a slightly grungy feeling reminiscent of the nineties.

Special thanks to Laura Martin for this post. Laura is a professional hair stylist, former senior educator at ARROJO cosmetology school, and a creative non-fiction MFA student at Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA. Follow her inspirations on twitter  @LarMarStyle

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