Straight-backs, baby bangs, and buzzcuts – the Met Gala gave us so much more than “Hollywood mermaid waves” this year. And we appreciate the creativity. Scroll for our favorite hairstyles from the 2023 Met Gala, and save your faves for your next wedding, prom, or special occasion.
Hairstylist Alexander Armand made our formal updo dreams come true with Quinta Brunson’s show-stopping, sculptural updo. Strategic hairpieces and products from Maui Moisture made Brunson’s Met Gala debut a memorable one.
Michaela Cole’s straight-back cornrows are all the prom hairstyle inspo we need this season.
Anyone looking for curly bridal hairstyle inspo? Imaan rocked gorgeous, gorgeous curls that stood out against her simple white gown.
Finger waves were all over the beige carpet at last night’s Met Gala, and we’re partial to Whitney Peak’s glossy take on the 1920’s hairstyle.
Another 1920’s nod with the chic blunt bob, Adut Akech adds an edge with her black lipstick.
Looking to dress up your ponytail for a special occasion? Salma Hayek add red rosettes for a bubble bow style.
Olivia Rodrigo was channeling Audrey Hepburn with her soft baby bangs last night.
The wolf cut is everywhere this year, including the Met Gala red carpet.
Tems knows how to make a statement on a red carpet, and this feathered headpiece is no exception.
Florence’s feathered headpiece certainly had everyone talking, and below it? A freshly shaven buzzcut. We know how empowering it can feel to go short, and we’re excited to see Florence Pugh in this new hair phase.
Let’s be honest, Rita Ora’s beauty look was really all about the nails. But the waist length waves caught our eye too.
Gigi Hadid wore a half-up, half-down ponytail – along with many other celebs including Emily Ratajkowski and Anne Hathaway. This wavy take is our favorite.
Save Erika Woods’ updo and stunning hair accessory look for your next special occasion or event.
Gen Z environmental climate activist Maya Penn caught our attention with a stunning hairstyle by Lacy Redway. Pictured here with Quinta Brunson, Julius Tennon, and Viola Davis.
Quannah Chasinghorse’s hairstyle by Paul Mitchell Artistic Director Paula Peralta celebrated her indigenous heritage.
We’d like a full tutorial from stylist Tinisha “Sparkle” Meeks on the magic behind this hairstyle.
Lil Nas X
Lil Nas X was completely encrusted in silver body paint and rhinestones – except for his hair. Which naturally, we love.
Lizzo’s stylist Shelby Swain paired an updo with the Lush Wig Hair Trainer and customized hair pieces with spiked micro-bangs.
Gabrielle Union wore waist-length goddess braids, a popular style in the NC community.
Janelle Monae’s super tall, structural top knot by celebrity hairstylist Nikki Nelms was inspired by her exaggerated tweed tuxedo. Nelms used the Mielle Pomegranate & Honey Blend Super Hold Edge Gel to get those edges laid down.
It’s rare to see natural waves on the red carpet – they’re so often heat styled beyond recognition. That’s why we love to see Julia Garner’s naturally wavy pixie at none other than the Met Gala.
Stylist Louis Souvestre created art with FKA Twigs’ intricate, sculptured updo.
The signature ginger curls were pressed straight for Ice Spice’s debut at the Met Gala. We love the way the color pops against her white dress.
Amanda Seyfreid gave us all the volume with her 70’s inspired disco waves.
Cardi B wore not one, but two completely different outfits and hairstyles to the Met Gala last night. One featured an auburn red low bun and the second was a silver 60’s inspired look with a headband. Which was your favorite?
Expect to see more of the pixie mullet now that Teyana Taylor brought it to the Met Gala.
Keke Palmer’s voluminous Hollywood hairstyle was the perfect accompaniment to her Sergio Hudson tweed gown.
Men with Braids
It’s not just about the ladies, we’re here for all the men with braids at the Met Gala.
Trevor Noah in straight back cornrows.
He wasn’t named the most stylish player in the NBA for nothing.
Closing out with A$AP Rocky, who shut down the Met Gala carpet alongside Rihanna with their late arrival. It did not disappoint.
Which were your favorite hairstyles at the Met Gala?