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ESSENCE Beauty Diary: Get Ready with Gabrielle Union for the 2024 Met Gala

ESSENCE Beauty Diary: Get Ready with Gabrielle Union for the 2024 Met Gala

ESSENCE Beauty Diary: Get Ready with Gabrielle Union for the 2024 Met Gala

Photos: Courtesy of Sara Bouwman / @sarabouwman

Gabrielle Union-Wade looked like a mermaid last night at the most iconic fashion event of the year, the Met Gala. THE We’re going to need more wine The author walked the red carpet with the help of celebrity hairstylist and co-founder of Flawless Hair Care, Larry Sims.

Inspiration? “Timeless yet futuristic,” Sims tells ESSENCE. More specifically, “when water and wind collide to create a cyclone of old Hollywood glamour.” They also wanted to pay homage to Union-Wade’s mermaid dress. “We knew we wanted to add a touch of that to the hair, adorned with a starfish hair accessory.”

Plus, he played on aquatic vibes with a conch-shaped bun. “I used a piece of polystyrene and cut it to the exact shape of the shell,” he shares. To bring it all to life, he used Flawless by Gabrielle Union Co-Wash Cleansing Conditioner and 3 Minute Repair Conditioner to create a hair canvas. Then he applied Flawless Styling Glaze and Restoring Exotic Oil Treatment to sculpt everything into place.

And after years of styling clients for big events like the Met Gala, Sims’ biggest takeaway is that “the Met sets the tone for fashion and beauty trends around the world, and this year was no exception,” he shares. “I love that we can use hair and makeup to complement the story that a dress or outfit is telling.” And beyond his passion, it also doesn’t hurt that clients like Union-Wade feel like best friends, too. “Every time she sits in the chair, I know we are having the best time together.”