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Katie Holmes Debuts Short Hair for Met Gala

Yahoo! Beauty
By Noël Duan

Way to make a statement on fashion’s biggest night. Katie Holmes, a.k.a. America’s Sweetheart, appears to have chopped off her hair for the 2015 Met Gala. It is actually a wig, as confirmed by Alterna Haircare to Yahoo Beauty — but the stunt left many of us fooled. Alterna Haircare Instagrammed a photo of Katie’s #hairtransformation with hairstylist DJ Quintero holding her iconic long brunette tresses high into the air against the Manhattan skyline. His scissors were ready to cut. According to Quintero himself, here’s how to get the sharp bob with razored ends and a heavy fringe, if you dare:

  • On damp hair, apply a dab of Alterna Haircare Caviar CC Cream ($25) to the ends only.
  • Blow dry using a medium-sized YS Park round brush, keeping the front and side pieces straight and the back of the hair beveled inward.
  • Run a 1 ½ inch Harry Josh flatiron through hair, from root to tip.
  • Shake hair and spray Alterna Haircare Caviar Perfect Texture Finishing Spray ($28) throughout for body and texture.
  • Spray Alterna Haircare Bamboo Beach Summer Sun Shine Spray ($22) throughout for smoothness and shine

    Quintero tells Yahoo Beauty that the inspiration came from Anna May Wong, the first Chinese American movie star, well known for her iconic femme fatale short hair. “We started with the idea of just doing a fringe, but then we started looking at old pictures of Katie with a bob,” he says. “When we did the test, Katie was like, ‘Just let me put the wig on,’ and it worked perfectly.” It was the last hair look they tried before putting on the gown. Colorist Gina Gilbert had dyed the wig three times to match it exactly to Holmes’ hair color.

    Holmes arrived at the Met Gala sporting her angular bob, a look that’s definitely going to land the actress a ton of buzz. Zac Posen was her date and she donned a black gown with embroidered clouds. The actress definitely knows how to get people talking, even with the long tresses safely tucked under her wig.“Katie was in a super playful mood and was listening to Beyoncé when we got to the hotel room,” Quintero tells Yahoo Beauty. “We wrapped her real hair up and pinned it down really tightly under her wig. I’d have nightmares if it fell.”