The Story Behind Madonna's "Future Road Warrior" Met Gala Hair

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Someone has been taking notes while watching 'Game of Thrones.'

Madonna’s Met Gala ensemble — a butt-and-breast-baring Givenchy look — surely raised lots of eyebrows on Monday at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Her intricate hairstyle, too, caught attention, but for better reasons. Topped with a giant jeweled headpiece, her long blonde locks seemed to channel a certain Game of Thrones favorite, Khaleesi.

The actual inspiration, however, according to star hairstylist Andy LeCompte, had roots in the event's "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology," directive. “The theme is all about technology, and we interpreted that to be very futuristic," he says, "so we created this android look and styled Madonna as a future road warrior — we wrapped her up in tape to create this bold, wiry look” (thus the bandaged look on her arms).


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LeCompte says the Material Girl loves the “braided warrior-queen look” — ahem, Khaleesi — so "we played into her natural texture and created these sexy waves with a braid crown, and topped it off with this awesome tech-inspired headpiece.” He applied Wella Professionals EIMI Just Brilliant to Madonna’s hair before braiding and blow drying it for that romantic, wavy texture. (He also used Wella Professionals EIMI Sugar Lift and Dry Me for hold.) 

Further solidifying comparisons to the mother of dragons, LeCompte reveals he and Madonna spent a good amount of last week coloring her hair to go even blonder. He sees the futuristic warrior-queen look as the perfect counterpart to her Givenchy ensemble.

“Everyone typically goes for a sleek, close-to-the-head look for the Met Gala, but we wanted to change it up with a more flowing, natural and romantic look," says LeCompte. "I loved the way the dress paired with the hair — Madonna always makes a bold red-carpet appearance, and this year was no different.”