How To Recreate The Red Carpet Hairstyles From The 2019 VMAs


Despite its numerous steamy musical performances and controversial public displays over the years, the VMAs’ main event for the beauty world will always be the red carpet. Check out some of the best looks from this year's show and learn how to recreate them. 

Bella Hadid’s Sleek Pony 

photo via Getty Images 



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  1. Start off by prepping the hair with Biolage Airdry Glotion, which helps boost shine, protects hair from heat and repels against frizz 
  2. Section out the fringe area and clip it aside. 
  3. Then, pull all of the hair back and spray with Biolage Complete Control Fast Drying Hairspray while gathering all of the hair for the ponytail and secure the hair with a small black elastic. 
  4. Next, take a small section of hair and wrap it around the ponytail to cover the elastic. 
  5. Using a two inch iron, bend the end of the ponytail inward. Place the fringe to the desired placement, and use the Biolage Freeze Fix Humidity Resistant Hairspray to keep the hair in place and rub a little bit of Biolage Gelee Styler to keep the hair held behind the ears. 

Keke Palmer’s Twisted Top Knot 

photo via Getty Images 


  1. Start by using a quarter size of the Matrix Total Results Miracle Creator Multi-Tasking Hair Treatment all over the hair and blow dry. 
  2. Once dry, apply Matrix Total Results Curl Please Contouring Lotion on the ends of the hair for light definition and nourishment. 
  3. Use Matrix Total Results High Amplify Wonder Boost Root Lifter in the root area for a flexible hold. 
  4. To add extra shine to the hair cuticles, use ½ inch flatiron for the edges to create sleekness for the clean bun. 
  5. Pull the hair back into a tight pony tail with a black elastic. Twist and wrap the ponytail into a bun and secure with bobby pins. 
  6. Finish with Matrix Total Results High Amplify Flexible Hold Hairspray to hold the hair in place all night and eliminate flyaways. 

Adriana Lima’s Wet Waves 

photo via @robertsesnek


  1. Prep the hair with @beauty_worksonline Heat Protection Spray.  
  2. Spray @bedheadbytigi Headrush Shine Spray starting at the root, then set roots with TIGI Catwalk Firm Hold Hairspray. 
  3. Apply @naturelabtokyo Perfect Smooth Hair Oil with hands to mid-length and ends.  
  4. Curl the hair section by section with @hottoolspro Signature Series Gold 1” Curling Iron in alternating directions.  
  5. Create a deep and uneven side part, as if the hair has been flipped over.  

Camila Cabello’s Natural Tresses 

photo via @dimitrishair


  1. To prep Camila’s hair, Dimitris washed it with L’Oréal Paris Elvive Total Repair 5 Rapid Reviver Deep Conditioner and Elvive Extraordinary Oil Curls Shampoo. 
  2. The first styling step Dimitris did was he diffused her strands with a hairdryer and added a few drops of L’Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Oil Treatment. 
  3. Once Camila’s hair was dry, Dimitris used two different sized curling irons to define Camila’s natural curls. 
  4. To finish, Dimitris sprayed L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray Strong Hold for added shine and maximum hold, so that her hair would stay in place on the red carpet and during her performance. 
  5. Inspiration: Longtime personal stylist to Cabello Dimitri Giannetos (@dimitrishair) said, “We decided to make Camila’s look very ethereal, but at the same time effortlessly sexy. I wanted to highlight her natural curls against her beautiful Balmain gown, which made her look like a Grecian goddess.”