Soft, touchable and effortless. That's the dream hair most women hanker after. On the red carpet, it can be difficult to have hair that behaves and photographs well without looking too stiff, matronly and over-styled. How to prevent your hair from looking sprayed within an inch of its life? Go with the flow, with carefree, slightly messy 'dos. the other alternative? Opt for a slicked-back but interesting style that holds well no matter the weather or humidity. Here are five of our favourite looks.

The sculptural updo
Sarah Paulson's chic and clean updo has a glamorous spin. Ask your stylist for an updo with some height at the top to lengthen and slim your face. If your hair is short, fake this look and simply pin hair flat against the back of your head. 

Sarah Paulson

The milkmaid braid
On Fresh Off the Boat's Constance Wu, the braid is a tad windswept — think lots of loose pieces that look almost like you've danced the night away. Plaits on the crown of your head also make you look younger and lends an ethereal touch to a gown or dress.

Constance Wu

The tousled updo
Alicia Vikander is the critics' darling this awards season, and her textured, wavy updo is both the perfect bridal style and an über-relaxed 'do for the red carpet.

Alicia Vikander

The sleek updo
Actress Laura Haddock's interesting and cheeky style perfectly showcases her ombré colour — dark at the crown and blonde at the ends — and is cleverly accessorised with two gold combs.

Laura Haddock

The wavy bob
Rachel McAdam's wavy, almost crunchy-textured bob screams casually undone. Unlike other styles that are all about the gloss, a dry texturiser or powder seems to have been added to matte down her locks. 

Rachel McAdams