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Traditionally, celebrities have shown up at music awards in outfits that are anything but traditional; after all, the musical genre typically allows for the most “creative” and rule-breaking types of artistic expression.

But where outlandishness was once the norm at these events, the stars seem to be moving more toward Old School glam, with a healthy dose of individual panache for good measure.

Or such was the case at the American Music Awards 2016, which were doled out Sunday night at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. For the most part, the performers in attendance stuck to classic silhouettes that showed a lot of skin, with subdued, flattering makeup and hair that could only be described as “party hair.”

Notable hairstyle trends included super-long hair (achieved with the aid of wigs or extensions), big updos (hello, Sweet Definition texturizing spray and curling iron!), ponytails and braided looks (still going strong), and metallic embellishments (one of the biggest hair trends for this holiday season).

Here are more details on the hair and makeup that grabbed our attention at the 2016 AMAs:

Ariana Grande hairAll photos by PR Photos

Ariana Grande

The petite Nickelodeon star-turned pop singer (who took home the coveted artist-of-the-year trophy) wore her trademark ponytail pulled high on her head, with hair wrapped around it and the tail reaching her white-satin-trousered butt. She paired the slim, dressy pants with a sheer lace crop top and diamonds at neck and ears. The look was completed with vampy makeup, including thick, long lashes and a dark maroon lip color.

Bella Thorne hair

Bella Thorne

This young actress-singer had one of the most striking looks of the night, which while definitely buzz-worthy, also garnered her a place on several worst-dressed lists! Her wild, tousled locks were a neon-bright ombre that went from red-orange into lime-green at the ends, and, for good measure, was sprinkled liberally with glitter (a look that we expect to be big for the holiday season—especially glitter placed at the roots). Bella’s Anthony Franco outfit was a black leather bra, black sequined skinny pants, and a black satin blazer, set off with chunky gold jewelry and dramatic makeup that included bright red lips.

Ciara hair


The singer showed up in a black gown by Stephane Rolland, a body-skimming turtleneck dress that showed off her growing baby bump before falling into a black-and-white puffy bottom that showed off her lithe legs. She wore her hair in a loose, high, thick ponytail, with long, face-framing bangs, set off with light makeup and nude lips.

Gigi Hadid hair

Gigi Hadid

As co-host of the show, the supermodel wore six different outfits during the evening. Each was accompanied by one hairstyle, an of-the-moment look that was brushed back, with volume at the crown and long, elegant waves. On the red carpet with her debut look, Gigi exhibited Old Hollywood glam from head to toe. Her lacy white, strapless Roberto Cavalli dress and silver choker were 70s-inspired, hugging her curves and showing off her long neck and lovely shoulders. She complemented her olive complexion with bronze shadow, smoky eyes and bright pink lips.

Nina Dobrev hair

Nina Dobrev

The Vampire Diaries hottie slayed in a Zuhair Murad black-and-silver-studded blazer over a black corset, paired with matching studded shorts. Nina wore silver glitter cornrows (another big holiday trend) on one side of her head, letting her hair fall becomingly to the other side. Pewter eye shadow completed the metallic look.

Selena Gomez hair

Selena Gomez

Pop star Selena (winner for favorite female artist pop/rock) kept her look soft and neutral, letting her red Prada sleeveless ballgown take the spotlight. She wore a sleek, center-parted low ponytail, dangly diamond earrings, and smoky eyes and neutral lip.

Taraji P. Henson hair

Taraji P. Henson

Another sleek ponytail could be found on the Mama Lyon of Empire. Taraji’s mane fell to almost her knees, and she chose a bold purple lipstick and diamonds to go with her unique look of a large, white overshirt “dress” by Celine, unbuttoned to reveal a lacy black bustier bra.

Tinashe hair


Acting as a host for the E! Live From the Red Carpet coverage of the award show, the singer stunned in a flirty topknot and tight curls that brought new wonders to the phrase “natural texture.” Tinashe’s Michael Costello gown was a filmy, floaty black-and-white number that showed plenty of skin via the strapless neckline and thigh-high slit.

How’s that for some holiday hair inspiration? For more insights on the season’s biggest hair trends, stay tuned for our Q&A with Deb Gavin, Keratin Complex® International Artistic Director for Color Therapy™.