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Bella Hadid's Hairstylist Explains Her "Dirty" and "Frozen" Grammys Hair

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Because when you're standing next to The Weeknd, you need a knockout look.

For her first red-carpet outing with boyfriend The Weeknd at Monday night's Grammy Awards, Bella Hadid had hair that almost rivaled the pop singer’s famously sculpted locks.

Hadid’s hairstylist Yusef Williams (he also does Bella’s sister, Gigi, and of course, his main client, Rihanna, who was a no show at last night’s awards due to a case of bronchitis) gave Hadid the supremely slicked back look to mirror the liquid effect of her Alexander Vauthier gown.

“She was really excited to get a little 'dirty' and take the ultimate hair risk!” said Williams of Hadid being game to go for a directional hair look at the Grammys.

The dirty style started simply with water spritzed on the front of the hair from ear to ear. He then added Matrix StyleLink Super Fixer Gel mixed in with some water and used his fingers to comb it though as opposed to a brush to get that natural textured look.

“Once the hair was dry, I added another layer of gel for shine," said Williams. "I then applied something called Mehron Hair Paint for the cracked effect and Streaks and Tips Temporary Color Highlight Spray in arctic white to break the hair up and give the arctic, frozen feel. The combination of gel, hair paint and the temporary highlight spray helped to give hair a crackled look.”

Sounds fairly simple for such a dramatic effect — but Williams is used to getting maximum look with little time and a hectic schedule. As Rihanna’s mane man, he claims that working with someone like the pop star is always a busy time. “I try to get lots of rest when I can and I really have an amazing team, so they make everything go so much smoother,” he said. Williams added that the two tools he can’t live without for achieving performance-ready hair are Matrix StyleLink Texture Builder and a ghd flat iron.

Rihanna’s daring sense of style doesn’t seem to hurt, either. “We get inspired from everything we see,” says Williams. “Rihanna is such a creative spirit, and we always bounce ideas off each other.”

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