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The Story Behind Lady Gaga's Sculpted Oscars Hair

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Lady Gaga

A special hairstyle for a special night.

Lady Gaga had a big night at Sunday's Academy Awards. The show marked her very first Oscar nomination, and she also performed an emotional rendition of "Til It Happens to You," after an introduction by her "friend" Vice President Joe Biden.

"Since this is her first nomination for an Oscar, we wanted to create a hair look that was both timeless and glamorous," said her hairstylist Frederic Aspiras, adding that the flamboyant star's Brandon Maxwell jumpsuit-dress hybrid inspired him, particularly its "smoothness and the curves."

Aspiras translated that aesthetic into a sculpted, voluminous 'do that contoured her face and complemented her dress. His goal? "A lot of shine and bounce." Some of that came from his thoughtful prep, using Pai-Shau Hydrating Ritual Supreme Revitalizing Mask ($40) after washing her locks, and then Pai-Shau Biphasic Infusion ($33) and Royal Abundance Mousse ($28) on her wet hair.

He turned to that mousse again when it came time to create each of Gaga’s pin curls with ghd tools, which he set by putting her under a dryer and then allowing them to cool before brushing out her hair. The final styling steps: brushing out her platinum hair and sculpting it with Pai-Shau Style Souffle ($30) and a wide-tooth comb. Of course, hairspray ensured nothing drooped or fell, even as she poured her heart out on the piano.

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