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February 29, 2016

Before any big awards show, it's almost a guarantee that at least one celebrity will hit the red carpet only moments after a big makeover, and for the 2016 Oscars, that star was Cate Blanchett. After rocking what was perhaps a faux bob to the Golden Globes, Blanchett decided to cut her strands into a bob that hit just above chin-level.

"I know what you're thinking: Did you discuss it beforehand or was it last-minute?" says her hairstylist Robert Vetica, who used the Olivia Garden Cara Shears to make the chop. "Absolutely, just like everything else in our world, it's a conversation and it just seemed like the perfect time—why not the day of the Oscars! It's one of the reasons why I love this woman so much. I mean, who cuts their hair the day of? She's bold."

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That's for sure. To create the look, Vetica took her hair up from the collarbone, then added soft, touchable layers, which he styled into an elegant side part. He used a setting hairspray on wet hair to form a solid foundation, then he blow-dried her hair using the Olivia Garden Eco Ceramic Round Brush ($14; ulta.com). Once her hair was completely dry, he formed the low side part, then applied a veil of a shine spray before winding individual sections around a 1-inch curling iron. "This just gave the hair some bend, then I used Velcro rollers all in the same size to set," he tells InStyle. "When using rollers, I always keep hair consistent with my part, and wrap it away from the face."

Blanchett then went over to the makeup chair, and after she was finished, Vetica combed through with the Olivia Garden Vented Finger Brush ($18; ulta.com) in tandem with some heat from his hair dryer to loosen the curl.