Hairstylist Danielle Priano Shares How She Created Vanessa Hudgens’ Chanel-Inspired Ballerina Bun for the 2023 Met Gala


Vanessa Hudgens always brings a strong hair game to any red carpet, but this time, she (and her hairstylist) really outdid herself.

With this year’s Met Gala honoring the late Karl Lagerfeld, Hudgens made sure to pay tribute to the legendary fashion designer by putting her own spin on Chanel’s signature camellia flower. The actress hit the red carpet donning a flower-shaped ballerina bun in full bloom with layers and layers of petals. 

“Our inspiration was a galactic ballerina—as an homage to Karl tonight, we modeled the structure of Vanessa’s hair on the iconic Chanel camellia flower,” hairstylist Danielle Priano shared via Instagram.

The Tease was lucky enough to get Priano to share the step-by-step details on how she created this dreamy bun using SexyHair products, T3 tools, and Great Lengths hair extensions. Keep scrolling for her complete breakdown.

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  1. Priano first prepped Hudgens’ hair by applying SexyHair Big Altitude Bodifying Blow Dry Mousse ($20.95) from the midshaft of her hair to the ends, leaving the roots bare. 
  2. She then blew out her hair using T3’s Featherweight StyleMax Hair Dryer ($199.99) to lock in the product and create shine.
  3. To add more length, body, and hair to shape, Priano used Great Lengths hair extensions. “We wanted her final style to resemble a full flower with many petals,” she explains. “We went with 22” length, tape-ins, and blended two shades: 1B (Espresso) and 02 (Cocoa Rich), for dimension. I first sectioned off very clean, ⅛” sections of her hair. Section by section, I placed one tape-in extension adhesive side up and pulled ⅛” of natural hair on top of the adhesive and pressed down. Then, I took another tape-in piece and secured the hair by placing it on top of this joined unit. I continued applying pieces until I had enough volume to begin constructing the camellia flower, iconic to Karl and his designs.” 
  4. From there, Priano pulled Hudgens’ hair into a ponytail then split the hair into two sections. “I braided each section and started wrapping each braid around itself, pinning as I went,” she explained. “I delicately pulled a bit of hair from the braids to create the look of flower petals, applying SexyHair Powder Play Lite Texture Powder ($19.95) gently into each petal. I pinned the resulting ends to the side of her head and fanned out the ends for a geometric finish. I sprayed her hair generously with SexyHair Spray & Play Harder Firm Volumizing Hairspray ($19.95) to ensure everything stayed in place.”
  5. For the last step, Priano used T3’s SinglePass Style Maxt Flat Iron ($149.99) to press the ends of Hudgens’ hair into a glassy leaf structure to resemble leaves of a flower.

If you recreate this look for your clients, or for yourself, be sure to tag @readthetease on Instagram or TikTok.

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Camille Nzengung

Camille Nzengung is a Features Editor at The Tease, where she covers all things hair. You can find her writing about the best hair products, the coolest hair trends, and all the exciting new hair launches. Send her a pitch:

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