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Last updated: September 14, 2021

Met Gala 2021: See The Best Celebrity Hair & Beauty Looks!

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Lupita Nyong’o by Vernon François (@vernonfrancois) with Dyson + Redken / Photo courtesy Dyson.

The Best Of Hair & Beauty On The 2021 Met Gala Red Carpet

After a long hiatus, the Met Gala has officially made its return to New York City—and this year, fashion’s biggest night out which usually takes place on the first Monday in May was rescheduled to September, within the same 48 hours of the MTV Video Music Awards and NYFW’s final shows. For fashion and beauty junkies, it’s a dream… and for celebrity hairstylists, it’s truly the busiest time of the year. 


This year’s theme was “American Independence” to celebrate The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s new costume exhibit: “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion.” The red carpet did not disappoint with celebrities—and the designers and teams behind them—paying homage to Hollywood, making powerful social statements with their fashion choices and ushering in a new generation of young stars. 


Keep scrolling to read our best of beauty roundup of the 2021 Met Gala red carpet below, including how-to tutorials to recreate some of the celeb looks your clients have already saved to their camera rolls!



1. High Fashion Ponytails

It’s not your regular ponytail, it’s a haute couture ponytail. From Kim K’s 75-inch ponytail by Chris Appleton (YES, 75 INCHES!) to Ciara’s drop-dead pony that could give us whiplash anytime—dramatic ponies were all over the Met carpet. 


Kim K by Chris Appleton (@chrisappleton1) with Color Wow / Instagram via @chrisappleton1 by @pierresnaps


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2. Hair Accessories: Crowns, Bling + Beanies

Is it the Met Gala or the RiRi Gala? The event’s favorite attendee to watch showed up fashionably late (she is Rihanna...) in a beanie. The Met loves an accessory moment and we saw embellishments, crowns and headpieces galore. 


Rihanna by Yusef (@yusefhairnyc) with Dyson & British M (@britishm_usa) products / Photo courtesy Dyson.


The best hair accessory of the night goes to… IMAN! Hair by Oscar James (@oscarjameshair)

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3. Homage To Hollywood

From Billie Eilish’s Marilyn Monroe moment to nods to the iconic Diana RossTracee Ellis Ross channeled her mother’s iconic “Mahogany” look on the carpet—creative teams paid homage to Hollywood glamour.


Tracee Ellis Ross by Latisha Chong (@iam_thechong) / Instagram via @traceellisross


Megan Thee Stallion by Kellon Deryck (@kellonderyck)

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Billie Eilish by @salonbenjamin

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4. Retro Fringe

Bettie Page would approve of these ‘50s-inspired pinup girl bangs. 


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Megan Fox by Andrew Fitzsimons (@andrewfitzsimons) with Living Proof / Instagram via MUA @ash_kholm


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Kristen Stewart by Adir Abergel (@hairbyadir) with Virtue® / Instagram via @hairbyadir



5. Gen Z: The New Faces Of Hollywood

Keep your eyes on this next generation of trend-setters.


Storm Reid by Greg Gilmore (@greg_gilmore) / Instagram via MUA @paulyblanch


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6. Living Artwork: Hang It Up In The Met!

The Met Gala carpet is a walking exhibit in itself—creating a gallery floor for designers, stylists and artists to collaborate and tell unique stories through the beauty lens. These elaborate looks make a statement and each tell their own story, whether it’s paying homage to history or looking forward at the future.


Lupita Nyong’o by Vernon François (@vernonfrancois) with Dyson + Redken / Photo courtesy Dyson.



7. Ultra-Sleek Effect

A super sleek hairstyle allows the outfit to be the moment, so it’s no surprise that it’s a Met trend. We have to say, the technical work that goes into crafting that ultra-sleek look that’s laid perfectly flat to the head is an art form itself.


Olivia Rodrigo by Clayton Hawkins with Dyson + Oribe / Photo courtesy Dyson.


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8. Tailored Grooming 

Just like we love to see a perfectly tailored suit, men’s grooming is best when it looks personalized for the client wearing that style. A big round of applause for these men’s grooming Met carpet looks!


Simu Liu by Mira Chai Hyde (@mirachai) / Instagram via @simuliu


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