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The Story Behind Emily Blunt's 'Mad Max'-Inspired Met Gala Hairstyle

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Her hair got (semiprecious) stoned.

All eyes were on Emily Blunt’s and her partner-in-Michael Kors, Olivia Wilde’s baby bumps on Monday at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, but from the back, the Brit actress’s hair made a statement, too. Because the Met Gala calls for creativity, hairstylist Laini Reeves wanted to do something a bit different, but because Blunt is pregnant, she didn’t want to go too crazy. "I wanted it to look very tasteful and clean, because it’s a lot of dress," says Reeves.

Her inspiration began with the heavily beaded midnight-blue gown, which sparked the idea to keep the makeup and hair in natural tones. "I wanted to make sure I used this string of stones that are a pewter type of color," says the hair master, who arrived at a double-ponytail look that looks "quite futuristic and almost tribal at the same time — a bit Mad Max."

For super sleek hair, Reeves says she added ABBA Pure Performance Smoothing Blow Dry Lotion ($18) and Firm Hold Hairspray ($22) to Blunt’s wet hair, which allowed her to get the hair really tight to the actress's head. She secured two ponytails: one with the top half of the hair, and one at the nape of her neck.

Reeves then wrapped the long strand of semiprecious pewter and copper stones tightly down the top ponytail, covering it completely and connecting it to the bottom pony. Finally, she twisted the end into a tight chignon, securing it with pins. Voila — a strong-looking 'do that tapped into the night's big hair accessory trend.   

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