The Met Gala is the pinnacle of fashion and drama… and the hair and beauty looks are a huge part of that impact.
Here are the top Met Gala 2022 hair trends we spotted
This year’s Met Gala event asked attendees to take inspiration from the gilded age – a period of rapid US economic growth in the late 19th Century – set by the annual exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. While its exhibit is called ‘In America: An Anthology of Fashion”, the theme for the Gala was “Gilded Glamour and White Tie”.
While adherence to the theme can be a little loose at times (we’re looking at you Sebastian Stan…), the night is still the best place to see art and fashion fuse in real time. Looking to take inspiration from these gilded lilies? Here are the five Met Gala hair trends to take note of…
From Lizzo’s finger waves to Caroline Trentini’s lacquered, bow-like updo, a bold and sculptural shape made hair the focal point for a lot of attendees.
Joana Neves, editorial director at ALTERNA Haircare, highlighted Gigi Hadid’s spiky top-knot as a great example of how high-fashion meets current trends. “Although her gown and puffy coat for the evening were extravagant, I loved that she teamed this with a more subtle yet chic hairstyle that brought all eyes into her stunning face,” she says. “We will see more looks like this as we head into 2022, with clients looking to try contemporary top knot styles that takes inspiration from the ’90s. This is a very ‘off duty model’ look and Gigi wore it to perfection.”
A high-shine finish is essential for these sculptural looks. Investing in a lightweight oil or shine spray is essential when creating such a high-impact design, as celebrity hairdresser Jay Birmingham explains. “Paired with her extravagant and sexy dress, Vanessa Hudgen’s braided updo stole the show for me. Her hair was twisted and braided upwards and secured at the crown of her head. To complete this style, her hair was pulled tight against her scalp to create a seriously sleek finish with a mirror-like shine.”
Of course all eyes were on Kim Kardashian, who went full Marilyn Monroe with a 14-hour lightening job (courtesy of her go-to stylist Chris Appleton) to leave her locks platinum to match Monroe’s iconic dress. “Having witnessed Kim with gorgeous flowing, deep brunette locks on Sunday evening at the White House Correspondents Dinner, we did not expect the platinum blonde locks to make a comeback the following night,” laughs Paul Watts, owner of Paul Watts Hairdressing and JOICO European design team member. “Pulled into a tight, low level bun at the nape of the neck, the hair was kept simple to ensure no attention was taken away from her incredibly stunning gown. This was the perfect look for not only the dress but the hair’s health – any excessive styling would seriously damage the hair after such a dramatic transformation.”
Other golden goddesses that caught our eye were the newly-married Nicola Peltz Beckham and Emma Chamberlain. “Although simple, Emma’s hair and full look really made a statement,” agrees Suzie McGill, artistic director at Rainbow Room International in Glasgow. “Emma sported her new, soft and milky blonde hair colour with a blunt long bob, which complimented her outfit and makeup choices magnificently. Her blonde looked luxe and soft to touch, which is key to blondes this Spring/Summer.”
Looking to emulate Emma? “To avoid hair looking like one block colour, and to give it a more natural feel just like Emma’s, I would add some babylights throughout the hair and finish with an ash or pearl blonde toner, to give the hair that milky and clean finish,” Suzie advises.
Given the theme, accessories were a sure-fire hit. We saw everything from diadems (Blake Lively’s homage to the Statue of Liberty being a classic example) to butterflies, lengths of architectural sparkle and some stunning turbans and hats. Kaia Gerber rocked ALL of the hair and a pair of bejewelled clips close to the root to accentuate her middle parting and the flowing curls. Cynthia Erivo, in particular, drew attention to 1800s slave women who were required to wear a tignon to cover their hair.
While the gentlemen generally play it safe at the Met Gala, we were thrilled to see multiple men adding hair accessories to their looks! Twinning it up, Jared Leto and Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele wore matching bejewelled barrettes in their long locks. Will we be seeing more of this? “I love the use of ‘mencezories’ and I’m sure we will see a rise in this over the summer months,” affirms Jośe Domene, a member of London’s Hare & Bone’s art team.
Singer Conan Gray also let his natural hair texture shine through with the help of a few hair gems. “Natural curls, curly shags with fringes and bobs are proving extremely popular for summer. This is because they are both low maintenance and stylish!” says Chris Merrick, stylist at Blue Tit Crouch Hill. Throw in some clips or gems to add some individual flair to these shorter styles with ease.
Sleek ‘n’ Chic
We’re seeing a lot of slicked back looks across social media currently, and the Met Gala attendees certainly tapped into this trend too. Emma Stone’s ballet bun paired perfectly with her Louis Vuitton slip dress, and she wasn’t the only one keeping hair slicked back; Glenn Close, Simone Ashley and more also kept their hair shaped close to the shape of the head.
The other colour trend we couldn’t miss were the deep red tones sported by the likes of Kendall Jenner, Phoebe Dynevor and Sophie Turner. Sophie, in particular, used her long lengths to really help vamp up her look, and was one of the favourite looks of Karen Thomson, owner of KAM Hair and Body Spa. “Her crimson-coloured red locks were worn super long, touching just above her bump and styled into super glossy, mermaid style waves – a huge trend as we come into the summer season,” she explains.
When creating this look, day two hair is always best to ensure locks are not too soft and to avoid the waves from loosening. “Always start by prepping the hair with a heat protection spray like Matrix StyleLink Heat Buffer Thermal Styling Spray, and use a waver working in sections to give the hair that almost crimped, S-shape wave finish,” says Karen. “Once you’ve worked your way round the hair, use a hair oil or serum to give the hair a high shine finish, gently distributing this throughout the waves without loosening them. Finish by spritzing through some sea salt spray like Matrix Rock It Texture Sea Salt Spray to enhance the waves further and give them hold.”