At any given award show, you're bound to see your fair share of blowouts, bouncy curls, and sky-high buns. But at the 2018 Emmy Awards, some of the strongest hair trends featured elements that we couldn't totally see: the hair accessories. And they were in abundance: Nestled in the natural texture worn by Yvonne Orji (who plays Molly on HBO's Insecure); in the sleek center-parted chignon on Sadie Sink (of Netflix's Stranger Things), or tucked into the curly pineapple worn by Atlanta's Zazie Beetz (who's nominated for Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series). All of those glittering pins and clips added shine to the hairstyles — without taking the shine away from them.
This year's Emmy Awards, in its seventieth year, features the most diverse group of nominees in history: 36. That means that viewers and fans get to see a wider range of textures, lengths, and styles during the show. But one thing that all of the stars below have in common? Good taste, and the inherent knowledge that "less is more" never applies to good accessories. See how Orji, Beetz, Sink, and more stars styled theirs — and get insight on some of the hair products that they used, too.
Superstar hairstylist Lacy Redway called her client, who wore an elegent curly updo and chunky front braid along with her Lelet NY barette, an "ethereal '70s goddess."
"I was inspired by the beautiful neckline and color of the dress and the warm tones of the makeup," superstar hairstylist Lacy Redway tells TZR. "Because Zazie has a natural 4B hair type, I wanted to cocktail a few products in moderation that would help add moisture back into her hair, including Nexxus Diametress Volumizing Leave-In Conditioner Crème. Once her hair was dry, I added braids in the front of her hair, pinned it up, and added smoothness to the braids."
Check Nicky B.'s Instastory (before it disappears!) to see the full glory of the Insecure actress' glimmering bow, hidden underneath her natural-textured high bun.
Ryan Richman swept Sink's vibrant red lob into a center-parted messy chignon, and finished it off with a bit of material.
While presenting awards and (wo)manning the Weekend Update desk, Rudolph dazzled with a ladder of bejeweled bobby pins.
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“We chose Sydney’s hair look to complement her dress, which was very modern and pretty," hairstylist Richard Collins said in a release. After using Living Proof Full Dry Volume Blast for texture, and the brand's Control Hairspray for freeze, he fastened four diamond pins to the bun "for extra sparkle."
Nikki Wright assembled the Black Panther actress' box braids into a gorgeous half bun, studding it with rhinestone pins all throughout. Honorobal mntion goes to her impecably laid baby hairs, because obviously.
Paulson's dragonfly bun takes on the same concept as a mullet: business in the front, party in the back.
According to a release, hairstylist Mara Rozak was "inspired by the elegant, goddess-like features of Maddie’s dress, which was a black version of her own wedding dress." To prep, she washed The Handmaid's Tale actress' hair with John Freida Radiant Red Red Boosting Shampoo and Conditioner to enhance her color. A little bit of the brand's Original 6 Serum controlled frizz and flyaways, and used the Luxurious Volume Forever Full Hairspray for shine and hold after pinning a few flowers in.