Get your popcorn ready because the 90th annual Academy Awards are just days away. While we never get tired of speculating who will wear what (and how…) let’s take this time to reflect on who’s already done it, oh, so right. Here is our definitive list of ladies who have completely nailed it over the last century—we’re talking wow. Will a 2018 look make it to the list? And if so, who? We can’t wait to find out, but until then, feast your eyes on the best Oscar hair of all time, like, seriously ever.
Flapper finger waves took center stage during one of the first Oscar’s ever, courtesy of Norma Shearer.
Leigh’s lob is still stylish today—there’s timelessness to effortless beauty, see above.
Loretta is speaking our language with these glamour waves. We're about to bust out the rollers.
America’s sweetheart, aka Hepburn, elevates chic to the next level—all these years later she is still our bang-spo.
The princess is carrying this side-swept blonde up-do, which is elegantly accented for added flair.
Never underestimate the power of a tiara. The diamond-loving icon reminds us hair bling for evening is a must. Baby hair wisps add a tactile softness and romantic quality, making the look far from pretentious.
Bigger is sometimes better, especially when it comes to larger-than-life Oscar hair. Loren’s style is bold, sexy, fearless...And now we're holding our hairspray like it's an Oscar.
Streisand’s bob—teased out, layered and in motion, was an ultimate style of the times, and she was the poster girl for it.
These bouncy waves are the embodiment of California disco. We’re sure Fonda danced the night away after her big win, in this glitzy look.
We believe in...curls. Cher stuns with dark, natural locks at the biggest ceremony in Hollywood.
This hairpiece by Bob Mackie was a definitive moment in Oscar hair history. We’re hoping someone is bold enough to opt for a Show Girls-esque moment this year.
Winona’s perf pixie proves there’s a way to style at any length
Paltrow was the beacon of the sleek, super clean look of the late ‘90s, early aughts. Here she is, killing the game with the tidiest chignon in Oscar history.
Pinto’s two-part up-do is giving us major see-it, do-it vibes. We may have to try this at the next wedding…
Bullock serves the ultimate blowout at the 2010 Oscars. Hair is voluminous, straight, long and a rich shade of mocha.
Side parted waves are a bombshell must-do. The style is a modern take on vintage that Portman wears with ease.
The classic up-do gets some much-needed breathing room on Seyfried. The look is perfectly undone and totally unfussy.
We can’t have the Oscar’s without Meryl Streep, and the same goes for her Oscar looks. Face-framing strands make this up-do (and Meryl!) stand out.
J. Law proved she was a force to reckoned with, stealing the show in a majorly elegant swept-back style. Also, those highlights are everything.
Forget the Rachel, it’s all about the Jen. The actress is as known for her locks as she is her movies, and it’s easy to see why. Aniston is our hair icon, then, now and tomorrow.
Lupita could have been born with that blinged out hairband, she wears it so well. The accessory is a seamless accent on this fresh red carpet look.
Take our breath away, Ms. Stone. The red head is every bit the glamazon with asymmetric, polished waves.
We love hair that’s left loose on the red carpet, especially when it looks like actual gold. Rapunzel’sReese’s gilded strands give Oscar a run for his money.
Perfect center part, check. Half-up, half-down, check. A mini bun, check. A hint of wave; check. To say Vikander’s style has everything is an understatement—and she totally pulls every piece of it off.
The headband meets short cut is a trend we are so on board for. We love how Monae dresses up her look with this go-to accessory.
Taraji P. Henson
This, my friends, is Vixen hair. Taraji’s style is volume goals—request this cut to keep the thin, and the boring, away.