16 Met Gala Hairstyles That Won The Red Carpet

From finger waves to spiral braids.

A look at the best Met Gala 2022 hairstyles that graced the red carpet.
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From Rihanna’s red mermaid braid to Lily Collins’ bold bouffant and Gigi Hadid’s elaborate crimson pony, the first Monday in May has never failed to make hairstory. And the hairstyles at the 2022 Met Gala has proven to be no different — if not even more of a spectacle than the star-studded celebration usually is. This year’s theme was “Gilded Glamour,” after all, and so attendees will have paid homage to 19th century-era decadence and prestige with unique and modern twists. In other words: They’ve pulled out all the stops this year, because the theme is basically to go big or go home.

Some stars, such as Laura Harrier and Euphoria’s Maude Apatow, took a literal approach to the theme with flapper-era finger waves. Others, like supermodel Kaia Garber, went the avant-garde route by trading in old Hollywood glamour for full-throttle volume. Then there’s Camila Cabello, who donned an effortlessly tousled updo adorned with floral components. Others... well, you’ll just have to take a look for yourself.

Below, see the most memorable hairstyles from the 2022 Met Gala red carpet, which range from metallic accents to retro-inspired bobs.


Teyana Taylor’s Avant-Garde Tiara

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Teyana Taylor gave old-fashioned tiaras a run for their money with this avant-garde headpiece.


Kaia Gerber’s Larger-Than-Life Curls

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Kaia Gerber traded in last year’s more subdued hairstyle for this show-stopping take on voluminous curls, which she adorned with silver hair clps that match her Alexander McQueen gown.


Camila Cabello’s Floral Topknot

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Camila Cabello wore her hair in an effortlessly tousled updo, featuring floral components and face-framing tendrils.


Maude Apatow’s Finger Waves

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Maude Apatow donned classic Old Hollywood-style finger waves, which the actor paired perfectly with a plum lip and diamond choker.


Normani’s Side-Swept Updo

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Normani wore her hair in a side-swept beehive updo, complete with an extravagant hat.


Megan Thee Stallion’s Sleek Bun

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Megan Thee Stallion looked like a gilded goddess in her head-to-toe golden ensemble. She wore her hair back into a sleek bun complete with subtle waves for more retro vibes.


Rachel Brosnahan’s Baby Bangs

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Rachel Brosnahan rocked baby bangs on the red carpet with the rest of her hair slicked back into a partial bun.


Winnie Harlow’s Show-Stopping Headpiece

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Supermodel Winnie Harlow turned heads in this intricately captivating white-and-gold headpiece.


Kris Jenner’s ’60s-Style Bob

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Kris Jenner’s flipped bob gave major ’60s vibes. She even wore the retro ‘do with side-swept bangs.


Caroline Trentini’s Structural Updo

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Model Carole Trentini’s unique updo was a fan favorite, and not without good reason. It took the sleek bun to new heights (literally).


SZA’s Regency-Era Curls

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SZA rocked regency-era ringlets at the Met Gala, giving the Bridgerton cast a run for their money.


Dove Cameron’s Y2K-Style Half-Updo

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Dove Cameron paid homage to the early aughts with her spiky half updo which she wore in a middle part.


Laura Harrier’s Flipped Ends


Laura Harrier’s flipped bob-slash-finger wave hairstyle gave all the Old Hollywood glamour vibes.


Alicia Keys’ Spiral Braid

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Talk about a whole new take on an updo: Alicia Keys wore her hair in one long braid, tied through disc-like spirals for a futuristic aesthetic.


Olivia Rodrigo’s Butterfly Clips

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Olivia Rodrigo, the unofficial princess of Y2K trends, rocked early 2000s-era purple butterfly clips that matched her sparkling gown.


Cardi B’s Classic Updo

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Cardi B evoked pure Old Hollywood elegance with this classic updo.