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Last updated: January 31, 2018

Ariana Grande’s 2016 VMAs Look

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Ariana Grande always #slays on the red carpet, and the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards were no exception. Ariana’s stylist, Aaron Light, used Matrix’s NEW Style Link Blow Out Queen Cream line to blow dry her bangs, as well as the rest of the Style Link line to achieve her look! Here’s Aaron’s how-to.


Artist: Aaron Light
Manufacturer: Matrix, @matrix



Start by applying a small amount of Matrix Style Link Blow Out Big Queen Cream (arriving Sept. 1) to damp hair. Blow-dry bangs with a 1-inch round brush, then place them in a 1-inch roller. Blow-dry the rest of the hair so it’s silky and smooth.


Brush hair into a high ponytail on the top of the head, and secure with a hook bungee. This will create a tight ponytail with no slippage. For thick hair, use two bungees.


Spread a dime-sized amount of Matrix Style Link Shape Switcher onto your fingertips, and brush your hands backward from the hairline to the pony tail to smooth any bumps and secure flyaways. Repeat with a barbering brush for extra smoothness.


Wrap a small piece of hair around the bungee, and secure with a bobby pin. Spray the ponytail with Matrix Style Link Mineral Rough Me Up Salt Infused Spray for texture. Remove roller from bangs, and smooth as desired.


To finish the look, take a few random pieces from the pony and, using a crimping iron, crimp the hair from top to bottom.


Pro Tip: Dust fingertips with Matrix Style Link Mineral Booster Texture Booster and lightly run through sections before crimping for extra texture and volume.

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