Reader Request Week: How To: Inspired by Jessica Chastain's Oscar Hair

Today on Reader Request Week, we're featuring an inspired celeb hairstyle. It's so pretty and a fave of mine. The lovely Jenny at Spry on the Wall requested this beautiful hairstyle, worn by Jessica Chastain at the Oscars.

It's a classic, easy-to-achieve look. Let's get started:

T O O L S:
  • 2 inch curling iron
  • bobby pins
  • teasing comb/brush
  • hair spray
  • heat protectant
  • styling paste 
M E T H O D:
  • Spray heat protectant on dry/damp hair and allow to dry.

  • Begin wrapping 1 in sections around the barrel and hold for 10 seconds.
  • Once curls have cooled, put your thumbs right above both ears and scoop up hair.
  • Using a teasing comb/brush, tease that section.
  • Separate pieces in the front, around the face.
  • Take a piece from the teased section and wrap it around the rest of the teased section, like in the photo. It's similar to a mini-French twist.
  • Pin it all back with bobby pins. I used 3.
  • Rub some styling paste in your hands and run it through curls--I would pick a few pieces to define them.
  • Spray down flyaways and pat down hair with hair spray.
  • Use a curling iron to curl the two pieces in the front, away from the face, if needed.
Me, trying to recreate Jessica's pose, but looking like a Glamour Shot instead!

Have a request you'd like to see? Let me know, below.


  1. OMG, it's perfect!! Yay, yay! You did a great job! Thank you!

  2. Your hair is beautiful, as usual, and you always give me good ideas on how to dress up a look

  3. what a great tutorial! I love the hairstyle!

    Little Petite

  4. loved jessica's oscar hair! good job

  5. loved jessica's oscar hair! good job

  6. You are really good Elle AND you have beautiful hair. My hair is about 1 1/2 inches long.

  7. Once again, so stinking pretty!! Have I told you that I love your hair? Yup...I think I did ;) haha

  8. so pretty! i have a curling wand and it's the best $34 i ever spent.

  9. Purrrrrty! And the colour of your hair...sigh....

  10. You have insanely gorgeous hair - love this how-to! :)

  11. What a pretty style! I love it!

  12. This is gorgeous- I actually like yours better than the inspiration pics! :)

  13. So gorrrrrrgeous. Absolutely love this; you nailed the look!

    Similar to how I'm planning on wearing my hair at my wedding reception- a bit more beachy texture (if left to it's own wavy devices, with a little coaxing from product) to my style, though.


  14. This is so pretty. Now that my hair is long I really need to try it.

  15. You did a great job! Your hair looks fab!!

    Jayme @ Her Late Night Cravings

  16. It's beautiful! Love it on both you and her

    xoxo Sootjeelina <3

  17. I like your version much more! More natural, less hair spray :)

  18. That is so pretty! You make it look so easy :)

  19. Jessica's hair was a masterpiece, thanks for teaching us how to recreate it. Cant wait for an event I can wear this to.

  20. Great tutorial! Your hair looks fantastic :)

  21. A simple and effortless look made simple and effortless! Thanks!! xo style, she wrote

  22. She's an amazing girl! xoxo

  23. Her hair was beautiful. Thanks for the tutorial.

  24. awesome tutorial!
    obsessed with her oscar look--well done!
    following you now :)
    would love for you to check out my blog!

  25. I love the look of her curls and I feel like I need a thicker barreled curling iron!

  26. This is a perfect hair tutorial! I definitely need to try it.

  27. great work! that really is a beautiful style!

  28. You make everything look (and sound) so easy!


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