Last updated: June 04, 2024


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Met Gala 2024 Best of Beauty Recap

The night our industry lives for, The Met Gala 2024, showed up and showed OUT with endless hairstyling inspiration and on-trend looks. This year’s exhibit? Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion. The dress code? The Garden of Time


Scroll through our must-see list of A-list looks (PLUS, the how-to’s to recreate them) the hairstylists behind the artistry and the products that held them together on the carpet.


#1. Zendaya’s Ethereal Low Bun

After a five year hiatus, Zendaya stunned the Met’s carpet with a delicate low bun by celebrity hairstylist Ursula Stephen (@ursulastephen). Recreate Zendaya’s look, GET THE STEP-BY-STEP HERE


Products used:

Dyson Supersonic™ Professional Hairdryer and Corrale™ Hair Styler Straightener

Living Proof.® Triple Bond Complex, 5-in-1 Styling Treatment and Proof Flex Hairspray


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#2. Kerry Washington’s Sleek Pixie

“Short and sweet on the Met Gala Carpet,” says Takisha Sturdivant-Drew (@takishahair), Kerry’s hairstylist for fashion’s biggest night. Recreate Kerry’s wet, sexy pixie here: GET THE LOOK.


Products used:

Schwarzkopf Professional® OSiS+ Volume and Body Grip Extra Strong Mousse, OSiS+ Texture Craft Dry Texture Spray, OSiS+ Glow Anti-Frizz Shine Serum and OSiS+ Hold Elastic Light Hold Hairspray


Photo credit: Instagram via @takishahair


#3. Penelope Cruz’s Chocolate Copper Hair Color

Moroccanoil® Global Celebrity Hair Colorist Matt Rez (@colorbymattrez) and celebrity hairstylist Pablo Iglesias (@pabloidbeauty) brought Penelope Cruz‘s chocolate copper-inspired hair to life for fashion’s biggest night.


Matt shares Penelope’s COLOR FORMULA HERE while Pablo shared the Moroccanoil® products used for the look below. 


Products used:

  • Moroccanoil® Moisture Repair Shampoo
  • Weightless Hydrating Mask
  • Treatment Light
  • Root Boost
  • Volumizing Mousse
  • Everlasting Curl Titanium Curling Iron
  • Dry Texture Spray
  • Luminous Hairspray Extra Strong
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#4. Willow Smith’s African Royalty-Inspired Look

THIS is what the Met Gala is all about. Celebrity hairstylist Vernon François (@vernonfrancois) says, “The look is inspired by the beauty of Mangbetu Tribe hairstyles.” GET THE STEP-BY-STEP BREAKDOWN OF WILLOW’S LOOK.


“When crafting this look, I didn’t adhere strictly to transient trends. Instead, I focused on accentuating specific features to ensure a timeless appeal while infusing an element of allure and sophistication. The intention was to evoke a sense of tradition intertwined with seduction, ultimately embodying elegance and romance,” says Vernon.


Products used:

OLAPLEX No.3 Hair Perfector, No.6 Bond Smoother, No.7 Bonding Oil and No.4D Clean Volume Detox Dry Shampoo


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#5. Lana Del Rey’s Healthy Deep Blonde Hair Color

For the first time since 2018, Lana Del Rey takes the Met Gala red carpet dressed custom Alexander McQueen and draped in custom Tracey Cunningham (@traceycunningham1) hair color and Anna Cofone (@annacofone) hairstyling.

Tracey says the inspiration behind Lana’s blonde is, “Desert sand. This color will definitely be a trend this summer! It’s the perfect honey blonde, but with a new twist that gives it more depth than traditionally seen in past iterations.”


Hair color products used:

“To take Lana from dark to light, it took a lot of OLAPLEX because we wanted to be really careful in order to protect her hair. Even though Lana is naturally blonde, you still need a base color for more depth to get the final right look,” Tracey explains.

  • OLAPLEX No.1 Bond Multiplier
  • No.2 Bond Perfector
  • 4-in-1 Moisture Mask
  • No.6 Bond Smoother
  • No. 7 Bonding Oil
  • No.9 Bond Protector Nourishing Hair Serum


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#6. Sabrina Carpenter’s Icy Blonde Half-Updo

Making a Met Gala debut together, superstar Sabrina Carpenter and hairstylist Scott King (@scottkinghair) nailed a stunning half-up-half-down icy blonde look using only Redken products and Dyson styling tools. 


Sabrina’s blonde specialist, Laurie Heaps (@_hairbylaurie) SHARES HER FORMULA HERE for the A-lister-approved hair color.


Styling products used:

Redken Full Volume Mousse, Thermal Spray, Dry Texture Finishing Spray, Root Tease Spray, Brushable Hairspray and Max Hold Hairspray

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#7. Gigi Hadid’s Marilyn Monroe Inspired Sculpted Bob

With the exhibit theme, Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion, supermodel Gigi Hadid paid tribute to Marilyn Monroe with this chic, retro-inspired bob styled by celebrity hairstylist Laura Polko (@laurapolko)


Grab the list of Joico products below to RECREATE GIGI’S LOOK from the Met Gala through Laura’s step-by-step process. 


Products used:

Joico Defy Damage KBOND20 Power Masque, Defy Damage Shampoo, JoiWhip, Body Shake Texturizing Finisher, Power Spray and Flip Turn


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#8. Emma Chamberlain’s Editorial Top Knot

These days, is there even a Met Gala without Emma Chamberlain‘s witty commentary, warm interviews and conversation-starting style?


The Gen-Z It Girl captivated the Met’s carpet in custom couture paired with an editorial, ethereal-inspired updo from LA-based hairstylist Sami Knight (@samiknighthair) who gave us EMMA’S STEP-BY-STEP TUTORIAL of the look.

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#9. Ayo Edebiri’s Sculptural Floral Updo

Ayo’s go-to celebrity hairstylist Miles Jeffries (@milesjeffrieshair) shares the tools used to create the actress’ low bun adorned with florals. “The inspiration was sensorial craft of the sleeping beauty theme to create a dreamy updo,” says Miles.


Styling tools used:

Olivia Garden Super HP Dryer (with comb attachment) and Ceramic + Ion Flat Iron


Alo Edebiri 2024 Met Gala look by Miles Jeffries
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Miles captioned this behind the scenes moment, “AYO in motion.”


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#10. Da’Vine Joy Randolph’s Custom Ginger Unit

We know you paused the TV when this look hit the carpet! Da’Vine Joy Randolph turned out a royal-inspired look for the ’24 Met Gala with the help of celebrity hairstylist Tai Simon (@lovetaije).


“For Da’Vine’s big night we wanted to accomplish one main objective—showcase her utmost ICONIC and ROYAL form,” Tai says. The result? A stunning ginger unit custom colored for Da’Vine. Tai shares THE COLOR FORMULA HERE using exclusively Wella Professionals Koleston Perfect color line.


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#11. Brie Larson’s Natural-Looking Micro Highlights

Who better to walk the Met Gala carpet looking effortlessly natural with a radiant glow than Brie Larson? Celebrity hair colorist Jacob Scwhartz (@jacobschwartzhair) is behind some of the best blondes in the business—and Brie’s Met Gala look was no exception. 


The inspiration? “My version of the Expensive “Monday Blonde”, I call “Spun with Gold” and it involves a meticulously thorough amount of micro highlights throughout the entire hair,” Jacob explains. “It’s the perfect amount of light and dark blended to give extra life to the hair.’ RECREATE THE LOOK WITH JACOB’S CUSTOM FORMULA.


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12. Kendall Jenner’s Twisted Back Half-Up Style

This simple twist-back is everything. Kendall Jenner stunned the red carpet in an archival, never-been-worn piece from Givenchy’s 1999 archive. While almost impossible to upstage the couture, celebrity hairstylist Tamás Tüzes (@tamastuzes) accentuated the one-of-a-kind look with a perfectly placed twist-back style that gave major ethereal energy.


The subtle style exploded with eye-catching allurement, making this look a trend forecast for Summer 2024 hair styling. 


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Backstage moments—we’ll never get enough of seeing a peek into these hairstylists’ behind the scenes memories.


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#13. Kelsea Ballerini’s Floral Enchanting Updo

This country star turned social media It Girl took the Met Gala carpet by storm drenched in custom Michael Kors florals. Beloved celebrity hairstylist Peter Lux (@peterluxhair) adorned Kelsea’s blonde updo with stunning florals, contoured sculptures and a deep waved side part. Dying to try this on your client? GET THE FULL STEP-BY-STEP LOOK from Peter!


Kelsea’s Met Gala debut was nothing short of the exhibition theme, with a fun, vibrant and flirty twist. Check out some behind the scenes moments below:


Kelsea Ballerina Met Gala 2024 hair by Peter Lux
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#14. Cardi B’s Avant-Garde Head Wrap & Sleek Extensions

Leave it to Cardi B to not only produce a jaw-dropping Met Gala look, but to need the help of seven men to execute the full effect of the larger-than-life train on her custom gown. The rap music sensation arrived in an avant-garde gown and matching head piece by up and coming label, Windowsen.


Cardi’s longtime celebrity hairstylist Mia Jackson or @tokyostylez to her 1MM+ Instagram followers, created some major sleek length underneath a perfectly placed head piece. From the intricate wig installation to the final executed look, this may go down as one of our must-see Met Gala looks of all time. 


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