Selena Gomez wrote an open letter in the New York Times to thank her rare beauty team, which includes makeup artist Hung Vanngo and hairstylist Sarah Potempa. The “Sorry Not Sorry” singer kicked off this year with a bang when her instantly iconic Met Gala look made its way onto almost every major fashion site on Tuesday. The dress by Coach, the boots by Vetements and the ponytail were praised to no end on social media, but what got lost in all of this was how Gomez looked before she was adorned in Louis Vuitton’s glorious couture.
Vanngo posted a photo of his final handiwork with this caption: “@selenagomez hair for #MetGala & @coach Ready to go whenever you are.” The team had been working on the look since early Tuesday morning (and started Saturday night, but that’s a story for another time).
But the real question is: How does one achieve this look? Vanngo said it was a simple two-step process. The first step is to create the character of this ponytail by teasing the hair at the crown, clipping it down and then taking small sections of hair from below the clipped part and twisting them around the base of that section. Then you just have to bobby pin everything into place.
But there’s a little more to it than that. For instance, the ponytail isn’t actually the exact same length all around (which is nearly impossible unless you use extensions). “I like to give [a ponytail] an asymmetrical line,” Vanngo said. “It’s more interesting that way.” The key is to visualize the crown of Gomez’s head and then create a line that follows the natural curve of her skull.
As for how long it took, well, let’s just say this was an all-day process. Vanngo started teasing Gomez at 8 in the morning and then worked on her hair until around 9 p.m. that night.
— Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) January 9, 2022
The team was just as excited about the finished look as everyone else, with Potempa writing “My lady 🔥#MetGala” in her Instagram Story. Vanngo simply captioned his photo of Gomez with an emoji of a diamond.