Zendaya Used These 6 Drugstore Beauty Products to Create Her Met Gala Hairstyle


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If you've been anywhere near a TV, movie, or runway lately, you know 22-year-old former Disney channel star, Zendaya, is a triple (quadruple?) threat. The actor/singer/dancer and radiant beauty has had her hands in an array of projects lately. From her captivating role as a trapeze artist in The Greatest Showman to the Zendaya x Tommy collab for Tommy Hilfiger's S/S 19 runway collection and the upcoming HBO series Euphoria, Zendaya's already bright star is even more on the rise. Which, of course, is why we were elated to have the opportunity to get the inside scoop on her fairytale-inspired hairstyle for tonight's Met Gala.

She's known for having fun with fashion and her chameleon-like hair and makeup looks, so it's no surprise that Zendaya aced this year's camp theme in true Disney princess fashion. Teaming up again with her longtime hairstylist, Ursula Stephen, and image architect, Law Roach, Zendaya's head-to-toe supercharged Cinderella look by Tommy Hilfiger fit in (or should we say, stood out!) perfectly on the pink carpet of the Met steps.

When asked how this dynamic duo of fairy godmothers helps to prepare Zendaya for a major event, Ursula noted, "With Zendaya, fashion really leads the way! The hairstyle is usually based on what she’s planning on wearing on the red carpet." She went on further to explain that Law's idea for the full look usually includes hair, so it's really a team effort to bring that vision to life. We've gotta say: This electrified homage to one of Disney's original ingénues is proof that Zendaya and her team always give 110%.


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While last year's Joan of Arc–themed ensemble included a blunt bob and mini bangs (a favorite of Ursula's), this year's inspo was a literal translation of the Met Gala's over-the-top theme, which encouraged Ursula and her team to push the envelope even more than usual. She explains, "Given this year's Costume Institute exhibit, 'Camp: Notes on Fashion,' we really tried to step outside of the boundaries of what society typically expects. So, with that said, this year's inspiration is something we're all very familiar with—Cinderella!" 

Even more remarkable is that Ursula achieved this voluminous bouffant using six drugstore products, including hairspray, dry shampoo, and super-moisturizing shampoo and conditioner formulated especially for natural hair. 

Read on below for the step-by-step how-to, plus the totally affordable products used to achieve Zendaya's truly enchanting Met Gala hairstyle. 


(Image credit: Courtesy of Unilever Hair Expert Ursula Stephen)


(Image credit: Courtesy of Unilever Hair Expert Ursula Stephen)

First, she shampooed and conditioned an amazing blonde hairpiece from HairSoFab with Suave Professionals shampoo and conditioner for natural hair. After the hairpiece was properly cleansed, she added Love Beauty and Planet Hair Milk, a heat protectant, before drying it. Once it was dry, Ursula curled large sections of Zendaya's natural hair and then applied Dove Care dry shampoo to create volume before brushing it out with a Tangle Teezer detangling brush.

To build the French twist, Ursula teased Zendaya's hair at the root and brushed it into the twist, securing with bobby pins. Once the twist was where they wanted it, Ursula pulled out Zendaya's natural bang a bit and played with it to frame her face perfectly. Ursula locked the look in place with TRESemmé hairspray before adding Zendaya's headband and sending her off to the ball. Magical! 

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Drew Elovitz
Director of Content Strategy

Drew Elovitz is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but has spent the last decade living and working in New York City. She earned a master's degree in media and popular culture from New York University, then began her career on the internet as the Twitter voice of Barbie. She worked previously at Who What Wear as the director of content strategy and also spent several years leading the social media teams at Teen Vogue and Entertainment Weekly. You'll find her byline on the site around topics such as celebrity fashion, must-have basics, beauty favorites (particularly nail polish), and wellness tips and tricks. Her personal style tends to favor the classics: She loves crisp white button-downs, sneakers, and skinny jeans—and no look is complete without a great pair of oversize sunglasses and a trusty leather jacket. After she finishes reading the entire internet every day, she can be found dining out at her favorite restaurants, trying new beauty treatments, or indulging her historical-fiction habit.