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The 2022 Oscars Prove Prom Hair Is Back

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Undone hair and beachy waves have ruled red carpet hairstyles in the recent era. Once a look that helped to modernize stuffy formalwear has become so ubiquitous that it has also become mundane. With award shows finally back in full swing in 2022, it seems that what was familiar now needs a change up. This year, more is more when it comes to beauty, with many celebrities choosing to elevate their gowns with meticulously styled updos. Whether the styles are low and wispy or tall and structured, they all call to mind the looks of ’90s and ’00s high school dances past when wearing your hair up was the only way to signify elegance and a special occasion.

Up ahead the best updos of the 2022 Oscars that prove prom hair is back.

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Kirsten Dunst

Kirsten’s low bun and softly waved bangs look effortlessly chic.

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Zoë Kravitz

Zoë’s sleek double buns and short bangs make her look like a modern Audrey Hepburn.


Zendaya pulled back her curls into a messy updo as to not have her hair compete with her collared blouse.

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Megan Thee Stallion

We love Meg’s voluminous bun and perfectly laid baby hairs.

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Lupita Nyong’o

Lupita won tallest updo of the night with her architectural and braided style.

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Maddie Ziegler

Maddie tried out the original prom hair look with a high messy bun and face-framing tendrils.

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Vanessa Hudgens

Vanessa’s ballerina-esque high and tight bun took her whole look to the next level.

Nicole Kidman

With loose face-framing stands and a piece-y bun, Nicole’s updo is relaxed yet refined.

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Tracee Ellis Ross

Tracee’s slicked back hair puts all of the attention on her bold red lip color.

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Halle Bailey

Halle had her long braids swirled up into a mega prom updo.

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H.E.R.’s ringlets poked out of her high bun to create a soft, wispy effect.

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Laverne Cox

’90s Pamela Anderson appears to be the inspiration for Laverne’s tousled bun with wavy bangs.

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Saniyya Sidney

Saniyya looked every bit the ingenue with a tidy bun and straight bangs.

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