Seeing one celebrity in a particular standout beauty look on the Met Gala red carpet is nothing out of the ordinary (it is one of the most glamorous events of the year after all.) Spotting another star in a similar beauty look is happenstance, but three invitees all rocking the same beauty look definitely makes it a trend, and this year’s gala attendees are leaning towards all things sparkly and jeweled. Saweetie, Yara Shahidi, and Amanda Gorman (to name a few) all walked the red carpet with beautifully sparkling jewel embellishments incorporated into their hairstyles.
It’s not shocking to see celebrities draped in jewels at this iconic event but it is exciting to see the gems a little north of the neck and ears — “hair jewelry” is such a fun and unique way to incorporate a little glitz and glam into any look, not to mention headbands are so definitive of American style (think Blair Waldorf)
Ranging from very subtle with the tiny pearl drops in Saweetie’s platinum blonde bob, to striking with the thin ‘20s inspired jewel headband on top on Yara Shahidi’s curls, the trend took on many iterations on the red carpet showing just how versatile it can be.
Even if, actually especially if, you’re wearing jewels in your hair, it’s only right that they be high-end, ultra expensive and crystal clear. And Yara Shahidi understood the assignment in wearing an white gold and diamond jewels from Cartier.
Here are all the best, luxe takes on hair embellishment trend from the Met Gala 2021 red carpet.
Singer Lorde pulled out all the stops with her jaw-dropping headpiece. Keeping her makeup and hair fairly simple, the seemingly sun-goddess inspired crown is the clear pièce de résistance of her entire look.
“We went with a very mystical nymph-like look. We wanted it to be romantic and flirty but also have a little bit of a witch vibe. She is wearing a crown, so we wanted the hair to compliment it as well,” hair stylist Cameron Rains tells TZR in an email.
Playing up on her natural hair texture Rains used Matrix hair care products to prep the singer’s locks before adding in hair adornments from various antique trinkets and putting them into the hair at irregular lengths, and then finally placing the fit-for-a-pop-queen crown. To finish off the look, Rains applied Matrix Total Results High Amplify Flexible Hold Hairspray, which contains an anti-frizz ultra-fine mist that leaves hair static-free, shiny, and manageable — perfect for a long night of museum frolicking and A-list partying.
Inspired by ‘90s music and fashion icon Josephine Baker, Yara Shahidi’s dainty jewel headband pairs perfectly with her sparkly gown and regal veil.
Teyana Taylor’s abs are usually the most impressive accessory in most of her looks but this time, this snake-like silver chain wrapped around her perfectly messy updo takes the cake.
You can never go wrong with a flower crown (even worn backwards) and Amanda Gorman certainly hit the mark with this hair look. To make matters even sparklier Gorman’s glam team didn’t restrict the glitz to the top of her head with the crown but brought it all the way down with gems at the bottom of her jumbo braided ponytail.
For a second it looked like Goldilocks was on the MET red carpet but at second glance, it’s clearly Barbie Ferreira in all her strawberry blonde glory. The dainty silver and pearl charms in her hair add a beautifully feminine touch to the look and perfectly compliment her pearl-draped down.
Emily Blunt attended the ball as a celestial goddess complete with a blindingly sparkly constellation headband that fit perfectly with her equally bright jeweled gown. Not sure what planet she descended from but thankfully she decided to grace earth with her otherworldly presence.