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A Night to Remember: Our Favourite Hair Looks at the 2023 Met Gala

May 03, 2023

The 2023 Met Gala was a night to remember, check out some of our favourite looks below and what some of the greatest names in hairdressing had to say about them…

Ainsley Gray, F&M Hairdressing

Karlie Kloss 


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I could not have loved Karlie Kloss’s look at the Met anymore if I tried. Wearing a high neck full LOEWE gown, her hair was styled into a simple yet stunning mid-height ponytail – the perfect style for this dress. With the look featuring a high neck, taking the hair away from the face allowed Karlie to show off each of the different styles, and the mid-rise ponytail was the perfect choice. Kept very simple and sleek, the ponytail itself was slightly waved, with the hair flowing down her back. The addition of the oversized bow finished this look perfectly. 

To recreate this look: Part the hair into the centre whilst bringing it back to mid-height – between the crown and the nape of the neck – and secure with a hair band (make sure the hair is as sleek as possible). Next, with the loose flowing hair, use a large barrel tong to create the flowing wave effect – be careful not to over tong. Allow to cool, then brush out. To finish, use some beautiful shine spray and attach your oversized bow.

Darrel Starkey, Hair by Darrel

Cardi B 


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I am a huge fan of using wigs to channel inner creativity and bring visions to life, so seeing this at last night’s Met Gala was INCREDIBLE! Cardi B is known for her love of wigs, and she has once again shown their ability to change the overall perception of a look in an instant. The black PVC gown was paired with a long, silver wig parted to the side – this created a lot of height at the crown. The look channeled something of the sixties, with bouffant-style volume at the crown which then flowed down her back. The style was brought together with a simple black hair band.

Suzie McGill, Artistic Director at Rainbow Room International

Amanda Seyfried


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I loved Amanda Seyfried’s look at this year’s Met. It was the epitome of the elegance and glamour from the 1930s when tight, voluminous curls were super on trend. Today, this tight, diffused, textured curl is back in the spotlight – particularly for those with naturally wavy/curly/textured hair. 

To create this look on clients: I would always go in with a tight barrel curler, curling in small sections for added body and volume. Next, comb through to break up the curls and add further body, before misting with a texturising sea salt spray like OSiS+ Session Label Salt Spray – spritz this through the hair in sections, scrunching in with your hands to add further texture and hold. For those with already curly/textured hair, a diffuser is one of my favourite tools for enhancing the hair whilst avoiding frizz. A texturising spray can then be applied to make the hair full-bodied and give it that gritty, sexy finish.

Alex Thaddeus, Owner of Alex Thaddeus Hairdressing

Dua Lipa 

Dua Lipa stepped onto the red carpet at the Met Gala looking like a real-life princess. From the vintage Chanel gown to the incredible statement diamond necklace and soft waves through her hair, the look for me was just extraordinary. To really show off the necklace and bring an air of carefree glamour to her overall look, she allowed the hair to fall freely down the back and off the shoulders. 

To create this look: The hair needs to be perfectly primed before styling. A scalp treatment would help to remove any product build up and allow for a clean style, whilst a conditioning treatment would help improve the appearance and texture of the hair before drying and styling into this soft wave. As her hair was gently tousled, to create this finish I would recommend using a curling wand – always ensuring you alternate directions to avoid the hair looking over-styled. To finish, apply a glossing serum and strong-hold hairspray in a light mist.

Tina Farey, Editorial Director at RUSH

Anne Hathaway 


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Anne Hathaway channeled a 1990s supermodel at this year’s Met Gala to replicate Karl Lagerfeld’s most famous muses – and she looked incredible doing so! Her beehive half-updo with loose tendrils at the front looked super classy, with a vintage hair piece (the signature flower of Chanel) at the back to complete the look – this brought the hair together and gave it a further feminine feel. 

To create this look: I would start by tousling the hair in sections with a heated styling iron to create flowing waves, before brushing through to emphasise the softness. I would then take a section at the front of the hair, leaving out two small pieces to recreate Anne’s loose tendrils and to frame her face for a more modern take on the 1990s look. Then, backcomb underneath the section using a backcombing brush to create texture and body. With the section you moved away, bring this back over the backcombed area to smooth over and pin into place at the back of the head before inserting the flower hair accessory. Finish by misting a light hold hairspray like the KMS Hairstay Working Hairspray over the hair to add hold and a soft shine.

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