Kirsten Dunst wore a classic bun to the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala on Monday night to celebrate Charles James, British born fashion icon who reigned supreme within the mid-twentieth century. Dunst’s Met Gala celebrity hairstyle more than fit the theme of the evening. The L’Oréal Professionnel artist responsible for the elegant “galactic ballerina bun” provided a step-by-step hair tutorial on how he recreated old Hollywood glamour.
Last year’s Met Gala was a celebration of “PUNK: Chaos to Couture” and celebrities dressed according to the theme. This year saw a return to old Hollywood and the “iconic ball gowns of the late 1940s and early 1950s” of which Charles James was renowned for. Hailed as “one of the greatest designers in America to work in the tradition of Haute Couture,” fashion’s whose who came out to witness the Met Gala’s exhibit, “Charles James: Beyond Fashion.”
Among the abundance of celebrities in attendance was Kirsten Dunst, who in January had become L'Oreal Professionnel's first global spokesperson. As the beauty brand’s ambassadress, Cervando Maldonado crafted the 32-year-old actress’ 30s era “galactic ballerina bun” with styling products from the hair care company. The celebrity hairstylist took inspiration form Marlene Dietrich, Helmut Newton and of course, Charles James in order to complement Kirsten Dunst’s Death Star gown by Rodarte. Maldonado accented her bun with a diamond and ribbon headpiece from Van Cleef & Arpels.
Cervando Maldonado, the Los Angeles-based celebrity hairstylist for L’Oréal Professionnel, applied L’Oréal Professionnel Mousse Volupté to Kirsten Dunst’s damp hair for the Met Gala and then and sprayed L’Oréal Professionnel Volumetry Root Spray to add volume at the base.
Kirsten Dunst’s stylist created soft finger waves at the crown with a three-inch section swept towards the right side of her head and secured the dips with bobby pins to set the waves throughout. Cervando suggested using a one and a half inch curling iron horizontally on straight hair to easily fashion soft finger waves on your own, and then fasten pulled back hair by the ear with a decorative pin. The Long Island Hair Care Examiner has used duck bill hair clips to create the same effect, manipulating dry hair with the clips and hairspray and allow to set.
As Dunst’s finger waves set, Moldanado dried the rest of Kirsten’s hair in sections from the bottom up with a medium size round brush. Once her hair was dry, the celebrity hairstylist brushed it into a ponytail. To create the bun, he secured it right above the occipital bone and twisted the hair tightly. The “galactic ballerina bun” for the Met Gala was put in place with hair and bobby pins.
After the front finger waves have dried the bobby pins were removed. Maldonado then gently brushed the hair and loosely secured the wave into the bun. L’Oréal Professionnel Volumetry Powder Fresh SOS Refreshing Spray was applied along with L’Oréal Professionnel Mythic Oil Reinforcing Milk to give Kirsten Dunst red carpet Met Gala sheen.
Kirsten Dunst can be seen in the upcoming film "The Two Faces of January." The L’Oréal Professionnel products used on the actress for the Met Gala are available only in professional salons.