Red Carpet Updos: Blonde Ambition

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Red Carpet Updos: Blonde Ambition
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Hairstyles can make or break an outfit just as easily as the wrong heel or lipstick shade -- particularly at formal events like awards shows, when a million flashing light bulbs will document a sloppy chignon or French twist. Here’s a look at some blonde celebrities’ stunning updos.

Sarah Michelle Gellar
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Sarah Michelle Gellar

Sometimes simple is best. For instance, former slayer (and current “Ringer”) Sarah Michelle Gellar let her fun-loving, blue-and-white Monique Lhuillier gown do most of the work and kept it no-fuss up top with a young-looking high ponytail at the 2012 Golden Globes.

Related: How to do a front twist ponytail

Kelly Osbourne
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Kelly Osbourne

Reformed wild child Kelly Osbourne decided to go conservative -- at least as far as her hair was concerned -- at the 2011 Emmy Awards, opting to pull her silvery-blonde hair back into a French roll. This kept all the attention focused on her body-hugging J. Mendel gown with its chic one-shoulder strap.

Related: Tips for more French roll hairstyles

Missi Pyle
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Missi Pyle

Perhaps as an homage to her film “The Artist,” which is set in classic Tinseltown, character actress Missi Pyle wore old Hollywood-style finger waves at the 2012 Golden Globes.

Related: How to create finger waves

Claire Danes
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Claire Danes

While her 2012 Golden Globes hairstyle was rather simple in the back, Claire Danes’ stylist was right on to give the “Homeland” star some volume at the roots so that her hair could still flatter her face -- instead of pulling it taunt, which could look too severe for her face shape. Instead, she looks elegant with her slightly puffed chignon.

Related: How to create a chignon hairstyle

Heidi Klum
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Heidi Klum

The Emmy Awards often take place in the sweltering late-summer, early-fall heat. But it seemed “Project Runway” host Heidi Klum made the most of the awards show in 2011 when she wore her hair slicked back and pulled into an intricately woven bun.

Related: How to do braided updos

Piper Perabo
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Piper Perabo

While it was simple wispy bangs and a voluminous crown up front, the back of “Covert Affairs” star Piper Perabo’s 2012 Golden Globes mane was beautifully structured, organized chaos. There was no traditional bun to speak of, which is the route most actresses take. Instead, her hair was pinned and knotted into a twisted, romantic web.

Related: How to do a nape knot hairstyle

Dianna Agron
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Dianna Agron

Yes, even short hair can get an updo. Just witness “Glee” actress Dianna Agron at the 2011 Emmy Awards: Her normal shaggy bob was pinned back -- except for the top, which was teased for a bit of lift, and her bangs, which were sculpted to frame her face.

Related: Check out more cute ways to style a bob

Julie Bowen
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Julie Bowen

Brigitte Bardot, anyone? “Modern Family” mom Julie Bowen was a retro-inspired coiffed, yet tousled, bedroom hair at the 2011 American Music Awards.

Related: How to create tousled curls

Katherine Heigl
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Katherine Heigl

While former “Grey’s Anatomy” star Katherine Heigl’s 2011 American Music Awards hairstyle looked rather simple in front (in an effort to keep attention on those bright lips and plunging V-neck, we suppose), a glimpse at the back showed an intricately woven, complex chignon.

Related: How to make a french chignon

January Jones
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January Jones

“Mad Men” actress January Jones had a lot of personality in her 2011 Screen Actors Guild hairstyle: Everything from her high-volume bangs to high bun demanded attention.

Related: How to curl bangs to the side

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