After taking nearly a two-year hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic, fashion’s biggest night—aka the Met Gala— finally made it’s epic return last night. Co-chaired by singer Billie Eilish, actor Timothee Chalamet, tennis star Naomi Osaka, and poet Amanda Gorman, the star-studded annual fundraiser for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute brought designers, models, and some of Hollywood’s biggest stars together to celebrate the opening of newest fashion exhibition, “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion.”
With this year’s dress code centered around celebrating American fashion—a theme that can honestly be interpreted in so many different ways, the red carpet was pretty chaotic to say the least. In terms of hair, we saw quite the range: old Hollywood ringlets, retro hairstyles that channeled the ’60s and ‘70s, custom colored buzzcuts, sculptural updos, and a whole lot of hair accessories. Regardless of the direction that each attendee took with their hair look, everyone totally slayed the red carpet in their own special way.
Ahead, we rounded up some of the 2021 Met Gala hairstyles that we can’t stop thinking about.
Megan Fox rocked the most perfect pin-up fringe and braided pony thanks to her stylist Andrew Fitzsimons. According to Fitzsimons, the star’s blunt bangs were inspired by the American pin-up queen, Bettie Page.
Teyana Taylor brought straight elegance sporting gorgeous goddess locs from locsmith, Wild.Flow.Her. Her stunning updo was styled by hairstylist Ky Johnson who wove a super blinged-out diamond chain through her locs.
Amanda Gorman channeled Lady Liberty last night, rocking a super fierce high braided pony by hairstylist LaRae. The star accessorized the stunning look with a diamond laurel wreath from Vera Wang—a nod to her experience as a National Youth Poet Laureate.
Amandla Stenberg looked cool as ever rocking a durag made completely out of cornrows—a first for her hairstylist Vernon Francois. According to Francois, who used Dyson hair tools and Redken haircare products to create this look, her braided durag “complements, elevates, and balances her overall look, while reflecting the theme of the night.”
Dune may not be out in theaters yet, but that didn’t stop Grimes from being inspired by the sci-fi film. The star turned to hairstylist Owen Gould to dream up this futuristic spiral ponytail for her metallic pink dyed locks.
Forget Jenny from the block—last night, Jennifer Lopez totally served us Jenny from the Wild Wild West sporting a cowboy hat on top of a super long, tousled pony by hairstylist Lorenzo Martin for Wella Professionals.
To create this pony, Martin added Great Lengths 20” Tape-ins and teased the hair with GHD Tail Comb at the roots before clipping in for an extra hold. After that, he curled the hair with GHD Curve Soft Curl Iron and then mixed Wella EIMI Dry Me Shampoo along with the Wella Shape Shift Molding Gum with Shine Finish for texture, before securing the hair into a tight pony. Lastly, he misted with Wella EIMI Glam Mist to complete the look!
With Carey Mulligan’s bright pink Valentino dress making such a statement on its own, hairstylist and Olivia Garden Ambassador Kylee Heath decided to keep the hair classic yet modern, opting for a ponytail inspired by Audrey Hepburn.
To create this look, Heath first prepped the hair with Hair Ritual by Sisley-Paris products before drying Mulligan’s hair with the Olivia Garden Ceramic + Ion Hair Dryer and Olivia Garden ThermoVent Round Brush in size 2 ½ . Next, starting at the bangs and the tops section of the hair, she used the Olivia Garden ThermoVent Brush in size 1 ¾ to add bend to Mulligan’s bangs so they laid across her forehead.
After that, she sectioned the remaining hair with the Olivia Garden CarboSilk Comb before pulling the back section into a ponytail with an elastic and smoothing the side parts into the ponytail. She followed up by teasing the ponytail all over to ensure volume.
Lupita Nyong’o’s asymmetrical sculpted afro styled by hairstylist Vernon Francois totally left us speechless. According to Francois, the star’s hair was inspired by the works of Brooklyn-born conceptual artist Lorna Simpson. “Her take on hair textures is powerful, and I wanted to imitate the effortless wave and movement that she conveys in her work,” said the stylist.
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Frank Ocean turned heads sporting a lime-green buzzcut that perfectly matched his slime green robot baby—one of the weirdest plus ones we’ve ever seen in Met Gala history.
For fashion’s biggest night, Gossip Girl star Evan Mock opted for a spiked full leather face mask. He eventually revealed that hiding underneath the mask was his signature pink short buzzcut.
Maisie Williams ditched her blonde hair and eyebrows to channel The Matrix with her look. We’re totally living for her for glossy black sculptural hair.
Our jaws totally dropped when we saw this gravity-defying, sculptural hair that hairstylist Marty Harper dreamed up for Naomi Osaka. To create this look which melded Osaka’s Haitian and Japanese background, Harper used Dyson hair technology to build the sculpture shapes while layering the Natural Lab Tokyo conditioning and smoothing line for the high shine. And all of those fabulous red hair jewels? They came courtesy of Jennifer Behr.
Gigi Hadid has us all wanting to dye our hair red when she debuted her fiery new hair color on the red carpet. The new look came courtesy of hairstylist Esther Langham who styled the model’s locks in a flirty high ponytail.
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