The much awaited 2012 Oscars or 84th Academy Awards didn’t disappoint as celebrity A-listers strolled down the red carpet donning the best of the best when it comes to fashion, hair and makeup. This is one of the most awaited red carpet events in Hollywood and if you’re looking for a style inspiration, check out the best celebrity hairstyles from the 2012 Oscars and draw inspiration for your next super stylish look.

Glam Hairstyles

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When it comes to red carpet events, glamorous hairstyles are never absent and headmasters tried to put a modern spin on some classic looks from the fifties. Glam waves can help create some of the most sultry ‘dos that are perfect for special events. Whether well defined, sculpted waves or brushed-out curls, the high dose of elegance behind these looks is ever-present, so no wonder that celebs such as Penelope Cruz, Mila Jovovich, Kate Mara and Natalie Portman captured all the attention as soon as they stepped on the 2012 Oscar’s red carpet.

Classic Updos

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Certain hairstyles are always a perfect match for formal occasion and the timeless, classic updos are definitely a part of this category. Loose chignons, oversized buns, intricate woven styles are only a few of the updos that helped underline the stylish, sophisticated and ultra-seductive allure put on display by some of the most talented A-listers in Hollywood. Whether loose or with a perfectly polished finish, classy updos never fail their purpose to underline the timeless elegance of a woman, so draw inspiration from the angelic styles displayed by Octavia Spencer, Jennifer Lopez, Emma Stone or Maria Menounos at the 2012 Oscars.

A sassy yet laid back look can be easily achieved by a loose curled hairstyle allowed to ‘work its magic’ while styled loose or gathered up into a half up/half down hairstyle, just like Jessica Chastain, who opted for simple looks with a hint of glamor. Simplicity has always been considered a safe option when it comes to formal events but that doesn’t mean that they lack that ‘je ne sais quoi’ that makes heads turn. Sandra Bullock demonstrated that a simple ponytail hairstyle can do wonders, as long as it is styled with a high-shine finish. Sleek, perfectly polished strands gathered to glamorous heights can do wonders to cheekbones, opening up the face and giving it a certain freshness that will never go out of style.

Simple & Chic Hairstyles

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