Cannes 2016: the top 5 hair trends to hit the red carpet

Cannes 2016: the top 5 hair trends to hit the red carpet

by Paige Exell -

At this year's Cannes Film Festival, celebs and L'Oreal muses weren't afraid to take risks on the red carpet – especially when it comes to hair. While Miss Fame rocked an electric red bob to the premiere of The BFG last week, Luma Grothe tried out a different hair colour, rocking turquoise highlights that were sprinkled throughout her beautiful brunette locks.

Despite seeing a plethora of different hair colours and styles on the red carpet, there are a few specific looks that prevail no matter what. The first week of the 69th Cannes Film Festival saw Eva Longoria and Doutzen Kroes step out wearing half ponytails that were made to appear as if they had achieved the look themselves – effortless, yet sophisticated. And as the festival goes on, we've been introduced to more and more hairstyles that we can't wait to recreate for ourselves.

Without further ado, we give you the top 5 hair trends at Cannes so far.


From the very beginning of the Cannes Film Festival, the half ponytail established itself as one of the top trends on the red carpet. Our first encounter with the hairstyle came when Doutzen Kroes stepped out at the premiere of Café Society wearing a simple black cut-out gown, minimal makeup, and an effortlessly cool half ponytail that can be easily re-created whether you're a beauty fanatic or not.

L'Oreal ambassadors Eva Longoria and Bianca Balti seemed to have the same idea, donning their own effortless versions of the half ponytail. While Eva Longoria opted for a twisted version of the trend, creating the illusion of a braided, half ponytail, Bianca accessorized hers with a pretty velvet ribbon for a more feminine look.

But fortunately, the hairstyle didn't stop there. This casual look made a not-so casual appearance at the premiere of The BFG, when Ola Al Fares sported a volumized half pony. So there you have it. The half ponytail has proven itself to be one of the season's most effortless, and versatile hairstyles, depending on your mood or your evening.


Different from the half ponytail, a full ponytail requires you to pull all of your hair back for a chic and sophisticated style shows off the details of your outfit. This year, L'Oreal muses like Blake Lively , Cheryl Cole , Natasha Poly , and Barbara Palvin rocked the simple look, but some of our other favourite celebs, including Bella Hadid, also showed off the look on the red carpet.

Cheryl Cole and Blake Lively wore low, curled ponytails for their red carpet appearances, while Barbara Palvin opted for a more tousled, romantic look. Meanwhile, Bella Hadid and Natasha Poly wore sleek, completely straight ponytails that gave them an added air of sophistication and elegance.


It's no surprise that volumized hairstyles made their way onto the Cannes red carpet this year. Big hair tends to add fun and life to an otherwise simple makeup look or ensemble, not to mention it easily grabs our attention – every time!

Barbara Palvin paired her soft pink romantic gown with a volumized ponytail that offered her a more tousled, natural look. Meanwhile, Luma Grothe opted for loose, volumized curls that accompanied her blue highlights.

The latest volumized look? Karlie Kloss' cute, amped up curls that she paired with a black bow for an ultra feminine look.

The best way to achieve a volumized look is to start off by backcombing the top of your hair, then gently brushing it down to your desired height. Don't forget to use hairspray to ensure a look that lasts!


If there's one trend that dominated this year's red carpet, it's buns. Yes, buns. Small buns, tousled buns, Cinderella buns, low-key buns – any kind of buns!

For her second appearance at the 69th Cannes Film Festival, Julianne Moore toned things down a notch from her day 1 look with her low-key, minimalist bun. The L'Oreal muse opted for a messy bun that sat low on her neck, and claimed that it was the perfect look for avoiding hair-in-the-face on a windy day. Blake Lively had a similar idea, throwing her hair back into a princess-inspired bun for the Day 3 premiere of Slack Bay. The messy blonde locks, and embellished headband gave her the perfect Cinderella look.

Soo Joo Park and Xiao Wen Ju also rocked buns of their own. Xiao opted for a simpler, messy top knot style while Soo Joo's look was pinned back and sleek.


After L'Oreal's Blue Obsession party, we can't help but to be mesmerized by the colourful locks on Miss Fame and Luma Grothe this year. Whether you prefer a full-on electric red, or more toned down blue highlights, we urge you to find your inner daredevil and test out a fun new hair colour for spring-summer 2016!

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