2012 Oscar Hair

We had yet another red carpet Sunday with the 84th Annual Academy Awards. I love looking at the gowns, but the hair always stands out too. Here are some trends from this year.

Sleek Ponytail

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Whether it was high on the head like Sandra Bullock or at the nape of the neck like Gwyneth Paltrow, ponytails are one of the easiest Oscar hair looks to get at home.

Step 1. After towel-drying hair, apply thermal protectant to protect and add shine.

Step 2. Divide the hair into sections to dry with a paddle brush and nozzle attachment on the dryer to direct the airflow.

Step 3. Lightly spray with hairspray and brush back into place, tying off with a coated hair band.

Step 4. For Sandra's hair-covered pony, take a small section of hair and wrap around the hair band, securing with bobby pins.

Step 5. To get a super sleek finish, put hair oil and/or hairspray in the palm of your hands and work throughout the ponytail.

Blunt Bangs

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Bangs are in this year, on or off the red carpet. Rose Byrne and Mara Rooney gave us two options to consider.

The eye-grazing fringe on the left is affectionately known as "Botox Bangs". Any woman that would like to hide a few forehead lines can wear this look, but be warned. Wearing bangs this low draws attention to the nose. If you're not happy with that feature, try a side-swept fringe instead.

The adorable Betty Page-esque bangs on the right remind me a bit of Audrey Hepburn. If you go for this short of a fringe, take a good look in the mirror and size up your face. Those with super-symmetrical features look best with this bang. And always make sure your brows are impeccably groomed.

High Buns

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The ballerina bun is classic and allows the wearer to have all eyes on the face. Whether sculptured like Tina Fey's or classically wound like Shailene Woodley's, the bun is the ponytail's fancy cousin.

I love that it can be messy or prim, depending on the look your going for. It's one of my go-to styles when I'm having a bad hair day.

Which 'do would you recreate?