MTV EMAs Hair 2020: The Hair Looks Hairdressers Loved

by eleanor / last updated November 9, 2020

MTV EMAs hair 2020

The MTV EMAs may have looked different this year compared to 2019’s EMAs, but the hair was still out in full force while the event was hosted virtually.

“This was far from your normal award show where hair and fashion kick off the show on the red carpet,” says AJ Maud from AJ Maud, Brighton. “This time you had to look to the presenters and performers.”

Here, we walk through the best looks from the night…



Perrie Edwards, Little Mix

“Perrie Edwards from Little Mix was a big hair winner for me as far as on trend looks of the moment with her curtain style fringe and face framing layers which offers the versatility to style smooth and sleek or shaggy and waved for the lived-in look,” says AJ.

“Simplicity itself was Perrie Edwards with exaggerated length – beautiful blonde – and what a great heavy fringe,” says Desmond Murray from Atherton Cox.

Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Little Mix

“Let’s hear it for the girls at the EMAs – got to say that Little Mix have come a long way – hair wise and each supported one of the most prevalent trends in hair,” says Desmond. “Big cheer for Leigh-Anne who wore dreads in such a good way – there is going to be a total influx of girls wearing braids following this.”

Jade Thirlwall, Little Mix

“The simplicity and movement of this hairstyle complements what she is wearing. The suit is bright and bold and her hair needed to be simple to avoid clashing with the design,” says Sharon Malcolm from Sharon Malcolm Hairdressing, Newtownards, Northern Ireland.

“To achieve this look you can use a large barrel tong, gently brush it out and style. It is elegant and glamorous and oozes femininity.”

Alicia Keys

“Super-long hair is on trend right now and Alicia Keys epitomises this trend,” says Jasmine Hunsley from Jasmine Hunsley Hair, Banstead, Surrey. “Alicia is wearing 24” extensions which have been pulled back to the nape and tightly braided. It has been secured with a piece of ribbon and the ends fanned out. The long braid is perfect for a special event, and can be as structured or dishevelled as you want it to be.”

Rita Ora

“Less is definitely more for Rita Ora, who wore a lace-mesh Alice band with a 90s-style fringe,” says David Corbett from David Corbett Hairdressing, Bothwell, Glasgow.

“The dress she wore was certainly big and bold and did all the talking so the hair needed to be as simple as possible. Nineties fashion is big news right now and this was a great style for Rita. Her hair was pulled back and a 90s-style poker-straight fringe was worn under a lace mesh which matched the ribbon on her dress. Simple and understated hair to go with her flamboyant and over-the-top frills – only Rita could have got away with this!”

Winnie Harlow

“Simply stunning – Winnie Harlow can do no wrong with this look,” says Corey Taylor and Noel Halligan from NOCO Hair, Bristol. “The MTV EMAs are traditionally a bit more rock and roll, but Winnie brings some old school glamour with her super-long hair set in soft waves which contrast with her modern, sassy dress. To achieve the look, I would have tonged sections with a large wand then gently brushed through to create soft waves and finished with a shine spray for a classy finish.”

Doja Cat

“Doja Cat looked super cute with her take on the shag haircut, which is seeing a real resurgence this year,” says Sam Ashcroft from Brooks & Brooks, London.

“The look is cool and casual, but styled and effortless. For me, a softer, more razored fringe would take this look to the next level, but a sharp fringe is timeless. This look suits almost every age group, especially heart or oval-shaped faces. For styling I would rough-dry the hair with a bit of mousse, then refine fluffy areas with a medium-style tong to create an undone look, using a bit of shine spray to finish.”

Zara Larrsson 

“This is a classy and glam style that transcends from an everyday look to red carpet glamour and one that is never out of fashion,” says Beckie Eaton from Room 97 Creative, Leeds.

“Zara Larsson gives it an edge by using a wet look gel to give her smooth straight hair a super-shiny finish. Apply gel or spray and brush into a high ponytail, then take a small section of the ponytail to wrap around the bobble, using a Bobby pin to secure. The shine from the ponytail complements the sequins on her dress for a truly party feel.”

David Guetta

“David’s style is a typical short back and side, messy choppy on top,” says Rino Riccio, head of education at Manifesto London and session stylist. “This look works well with natural growth patterns and hair that has texture –the best product to use on this kind of look is a matte clay.”

Sam Smith

“The buzz cut is a very short haircut that can be tapered or faded on the sides and back to create contrast with the short hair on top,” says Rino. “This is an excellent choice for guys with receding hairlines or thin hair as it adds volume by making your hair appear thicker.”


“Spiky hairstyles are back in vogue for men, and these casually unkempt presentations get straight to the point; this is a cool boy’s style that requires minimal effort,” says Rino. “Brushed forward, tousled to the left, to the right, straight up… no matter the direction of the spikes, it all works well with this messy cut.”

Jack Harlow

“This look gives a sort of 80s vibe while also keeping it fresh,” says Rino. “It’s a natural and soft look, as the style is designed to showcase both the length and texture of hair.”

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