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How to Get Cynthia Rowley's Colorful Met Gala Updo

"The models Charles used always had clean parts in the front and slicked-back hair with '40s-style waves," explained Cutler Salon senior stylist Heather Packer of the fashion designer's Charles James-inspired 'do.
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If there was any doubt in your mind about whether rainbow-hued locks are having a moment, look no further than fashion designer Cynthia Rowley’s pastel-hued updo spotted on the red carpet at the Met Gala Monday night.

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Created by Cutler Salon senior stylist Heather Packer and colorist Rachel Bodt, the style was inspired by the evening’s theme via the Charles James looks depicted on the event's formal invitation. Riffing on the romantic, dusty shades of the gowns, Bodt dyed 18-inch-long extensions in similar hues, using Redken Shades EQ. Packer then reinterpreted the elegant updos worn by the models, with her own modern twist.

"The models Charles used always had clean parts in the front and slicked-back hair with '40s-style waves," explained Packer. "This style had a lot of structure and hard construction that allowed it to stand out from the head. The ornate nature of the styling keeps it in the vein of the Old Hollywood glamour. The doorknocker-shaped construction adds a ‘gentle toughness.' "

Together with Bodt, Packer spent three hours transforming Rowley’s signature brown bob into the edgy, colorful knotted updo. "Rather than have anything being soft and voluminous, we wanted to be more structured," Packer explained of Rowley’s locks, which she kept high in back to accommodate the bow around Rowley’s neck on her self-designed gown. Color us impressed.