These Hair Accessories Saved The Oscars Red Carpet From Beauty Boredom

The Academy Awards might be the entertainment industry’s biggest, most important night of the year, but the red carpet doesn’t always lend itself to particularly adventurous beauty moments. Classic Hollywood glitz and glamour is one thing; out-there hair and makeup is another, and with so many meaningful cultural shifts and weighty topics to focus on this year, playing it safe has never been… safer.

But because it’s not an Oscars ceremony without at least some beauty inspiration to fuel our next hair appointments, a handful of stars opted for luxe, statement-making, and, in some cases, fresh-from-the-garden accessories to top off their award-winning looks. Ahead, the eye-catching hair accessories that made the 90th Annual Academy Awards worth watching, if only up to the part toward the end of the show where Maya Rudolph and Tiffany Haddish get to present an award together. (That’s the best part.)

As a general rule, hair accessories do not exist in nature — but in this particular case, celebrity hairstylist Mara Roszak placed individual flowers into Haley Bennett’s hair to bring her whimsical look to life.

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Tiffany Haddish wore a gravity-defying updo topped off with elegant gold jewelry to complete her look. It was an homage to her late father and was inspired by the traditional dress of northeast African country Eritrea.

Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage.

Lupita Nyong’o and hairstylist Vernon François were inspired by images of Amasunzu hairstyles, which are traditional to Rwandan culture. To finish off the clean, sculpted look, François wove gold thread through Nyong’o’s hair using a classic stitch technique.

St. Vincent, in true St. Vincent form, wore a large black flower perched atop her blunt bob.

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Singer-songwriter Andra Day wore tiny pink flowers throughout a major ponytail, thanks to the handiwork of L.A.-based hairstylist Tony Medina.

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Celebrity hairstylist Vernon Scott crafted this incredible intricate design on Black Panther star Danai Gurira.

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