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It was halos and crowns aplenty at this year’s Met Ball in New York, with a theme of ‘Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination’.

On hand to create several of the stunning looks seen on the red carpet was Takisha Sturdivant-Drew and Christian Wood for ghd. See how to create the heavenly looks below…

Amanda Seyfried

Hair by: Celebrity hairstylist Christian Wood

Tips and Techniques
  1. Apply Wella Professionals EIMI Extra Volume Mousse to wet hair from mid-lengths to ends. Using a ghd air® Hairdryer (£99), tip the head upside down and dry the hair completely. Christian’s tip: “Drying upside down helps create tons of volume and encourages natural texture and waves”
  2. Using a pintail comb, add a sharp middle parting.
  3. Once the hair is dry, starting at the nape of the neck take small sections of hair, and section-by-section spray Wella Professionals EIMI Stay Firm Hairspray and brush through. Then wrap the hair around a ghd curve® soft curl tong (£120), hold for 8-10 seconds and release leaving each section to cool.
  4. Once all the hair is cooled, spray Wella Professionals EIMI Dry Me throughout the entire hair to add texture and fullness to the waves.
  5. Using a Mason and Pearson brush, completely brush out the waves. Then starting at the nape of the neck, section-by-section back-brush the waves to create softness and volume. Spray each section with Wella Professionals EIMI Stay Firm Hairspray for long lasting results.
  6. To finish, use your fingers and shake out any remaining waves to create a loose, soft texture.


Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

Hair by: Celebrity hairstylist Christian Wood

Tips and Techniques
  1. Start by applying Wella Professionals Oil Reflections Light Luminous Reflective Oil to wet hair. Blow-dry smooth section-by-section using the ghd air® Hairdryer (£99) and a round brush.
  2. Once dry, part the hair in the middle using a pintail comb. Then, run the ghd gold® styler (£139) over the top layer of the hair to achieve an extra shiny, smooth base for pulling the hair back.
  3. Brush the hair into a low ponytail and spritz with Wella Professionals EIMI Stay Firm Hairspray while brushing to remove flyways and add hold. Secure the ponytail with an elastic band.
  4. Using a ghd curve® soft curl tong (£120), curl a few sections of hair to add a loose wave to the ponytail. Christian’s tip: “This helps when pining the hair into a chignon giving you more manageability when styling.”
  5. Wrap the ponytail around the ponytail’s base in a circular motion, pinning with large hairpins as you go to create a large sleek chignon. Mist with Wella Professionals EIMI Stay Firm Hairspray for extra hold.
  6. Spray the entire head with Wella Professionals EIMI Glam Mist to add extra shine to the entire look.
  7. Finish by applying a small amount of Wella Professionals EIMI Sculpt Force to your fingertips and smooth over any flyaways.


Kerry Washington

Hair by: Takisha Sturdivant-Drew

Tips and Techniques
  1. To start, I shampooed hair with Neutrogena Shampoo and Conditioner. I left the conditioner in her hair for moisture. Next, I added kinky, curly hair extensions for added drama and volume.
  2. While the hair was still wet, I used my ghd air® Hairdryer and ghd air diffuser to expand her textured hair into a more voluminous Afro. Once dried, I curled certain pieces using the ghd curve® creative curl wand to give the look more dimension. It’s so important to use heat safe tools like ghd because it will help preserve the natural texture of Afro hair.
  3. Next, I used a detangling brush to loosen up curls and then I teased her roots all around to shape her thick curly hair into place. To finish, I added the Loraine Schwartz brooch to the left side towards the front of her face to finish off her look. I secured the brooch with pins.

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