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These 21 MTV VMAs Hair Moments Were the Best of the Night

The 2022 MTV Video Music Awards took place last night at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. Hosted by LL Cool J, Nicki Minaj, and Jack Harlow, the awards show was filled with all things music, glamour, and a dash of drama. From rapper Yung Gravy showing up with Addison Rae’s mom as his date to Taylor Swift (finally) announcing the release of her album Midnights on October 21, there was a lot to take in. And we didn’t even get to the best part yet—our favorite beauty and hair moments from the 2022 VMAs. Jack Harlow, Harry Styles, and Taylor Swift were all big winners of the night, taking home a Moon Person in various categories—but, there were some other major winners on the red carpet that we have to shout out. Scroll below for our favorite VMAs hair moments this year!

Latto’s Y2K Updo

Rapper Latto came with the big hair energy on the VMAs red carpet. The deep zig-zag part paired with that curly updo was every ’00s kid’s prom fantasy. Paired with subtle face-framing strands and laid-down baby hairs, there is nothing out of place with this hairstyle.

2022 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - AUGUST 28: Latto attends the 2022 MTV VMAs at Prudential Center on August 28, 2022 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Cindy Ord/WireImage)

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Olivia O’Brien’s Curly Updo

Another hairstyle that plays on the Y2K resurgence, we’re obsessed with Olivia O’Brien’s curly prom-like updo. Styled by Lovette Candice, this VMAs hair moment is one we will absolutely try to recreate ourselves.

2022 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - AUGUST 28: Olivia O'Brien attends the 2022 MTV VMAs at Prudential Center on August 28, 2022 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Cindy Ord/WireImage)

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Miss Peppermint’s Pastel Fantasy

Swirls of pastel pink and purple make drag performer Miss Peppermint’s curly half-updo the sweetest hair moment on the 2022 VMAs red carpet. We’re obsessed with the loose curls throughout and the perfectly-placed tighter ringlets around the face. And don’t even give us started on that bang.

2022 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - AUGUST 28: Miss Peppermint attends the 2022 MTV VMAs at Prudential Center on August 28, 2022 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Cindy Ord/WireImage)

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Alaya High’s Hair Bows

The star of Nickelodeon’s That Girl Lay Lay caught the attention of everyone on the VMAs red carpet with her intricate hair bows. We loved this look already for the color but quickly fell head over heels when we realized she was sporting hair bows. Take notes, everyone—this is how you do a VMAs red carpet.

2022 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - AUGUST 28: That Girl Lay Lay attends the 2022 MTV VMAs at Prudential Center on August 28, 2022 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Arturo Holmes/FilmMagic)

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Avril Lavigne’s Pops of Orange

We were already in the fall spirit (even though summer isn’t technically over), but now we’re full-on ready for it to be autumn after seeing Avril Lavigne’s orange strands. The hue really suits her and complements her current blonde hair color.

2022 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - AUGUST 28: Avril Lavigne attends the 2022 MTV VMAs at Prudential Center on August 28, 2022 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)

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Lil Nas X’s Crown

We audibly gasped when we saw Lil Nas X waltzing down the red carpet in this all-black number. No one is doing red carpet fashion like him these days, not even at the VMAs. And his giant feathered crown is one for the history books.

2022 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - AUGUST 28: Lil Nas X attends the 2022 MTV VMAs at Prudential Center on August 28, 2022 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)

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Chlöe Bailey’s Twist Ponytail

Living her alien superstar fantasy, it’s safe to say Chlöe Bailey made Beyoncé proud with not only this look but this elegant ponytail hairstyle, too. Her twists were expertly placed by hair artist Nicole Newland to complete the otherworldly look.

2022 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - AUGUST 28: Chlöe Bailey attends the 2022 MTV VMAs at Prudential Center on August 28, 2022 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)

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Anitta’s Wet Look

The wet look is back (for those of you who didn’t already know) and we’re loving it more than ever. Case in point? Anitta’s wet look bob on the VMAs red carpet. The way that strand is perfectly placed across her face really sells the hairstyle for us.

2022 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - AUGUST 28: Anitta attends the 2022 MTV VMAs at Prudential Center on August 28, 2022 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)

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Lizzo’s Slicked-Back Hair

Every part of Lizzo’s VMAs red carpet look came together to create the ultimate masterpiece. From the gown to the earrings to that blue lip, we could not get enough of it—especially the slicked-back hair by celebrity hairstylist Shelbeniece Swain. It was gorgeous enough on its own and also allowed the other elements of this ensemble to shine.

2022 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - AUGUST 28: Lizzo attends the 2022 MTV VMAs at Prudential Center on August 28, 2022 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)

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Dove Cameron’s Dark Pigtails

Actress and singer Dove Cameron took home the Moon Person for Best New Artist at the 2022 VMAs and has also made our list of the best hairstyles on the show’s red carpet. We’re sure the latter means more to her. Anyway, we’re obsessed with how these pigtails play with femininity and masculinity by exuding both softness and ferociousness.

2022 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - AUGUST 28: Dove Cameron attends the 2022 MTV VMAs at Prudential Center on August 28, 2022 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Arturo Holmes/FilmMagic)

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Monet X Change’s Oversized Afro Puffs

Legendary drag star Monet X Change was an illustration come to life on the VMAs red carpet. Looking absolutely gorgeous from head to toe, those oversized afro puffs had quite the pull on us. Styled by Edward Smith, they have us convinced every afro puff hairstyle now has to be oversized.

2022 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - AUGUST 28: Monet X Change attends the 2022 MTV VMAs at Prudential Center on August 28, 2022 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Arturo Holmes/FilmMagic)

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J Balvin’s Tiger Stripes

Who says buzz cuts have to be boring? Not us, and definitely not J Balvin. His tiger-striped cut was all the rage on the red carpet.

2022 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - AUGUST 28: J Balvin attends the 2022 MTV VMAs at Prudential Center on August 28, 2022 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Arturo Holmes/FilmMagic)

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Sabrina Carpenter’s Retro Waves

Sabrina Carpenter always brings a bit of a retro feel to the red carpet with her looks. This year’s VMAs were no exception. The songstress sported soft waves and curtain bangs, then topped it off with a padded black headband. Simple? Yes. Stunning? Also, yes.

2022 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - AUGUST 28: Sabrina Carpenter attends the 2022 MTV VMAs at Prudential Center on August 28, 2022 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Cindy Ord/WireImage)

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Lauren Spencer Smith’s Green Baseball Hat

Yes, the mile-long braid is enough to secure singer Lauren Spencer Smith’s place on our list of best VMAs hair moments. But, it’s really the hat that seals the deal. It shouldn’t work, but it does.

2022 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - AUGUST 28: Lauren Spencer-Smith attends the 2022 MTV VMAs at Prudential Center on August 28, 2022 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Cindy Ord/WireImage)

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Doechii’s Emo Updo

Crafted by hairstylist Dhairius Thomas, rapper Doechii’s emo updo has us ready to enter our scene phase once again. Can we get a round of applause for that blunt side bang?

2022 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - AUGUST 28: Doechii attends the 2022 MTV VMAs at Prudential Center on August 28, 2022 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)

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Remi Wolf’s Colorful Curls

The expertly-placed pops of color in singer Remi Wolf’s hair make her curls all the more radiant. We can thank hair artist Netty Jordan for this VMAs hair moment.

2022 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - AUGUST 28: Remi Wolf attends the 2022 MTV VMAs at Prudential Center on August 28, 2022 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Cindy Ord/WireImage)

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Cyn Santana’s Bold Money Piece Highlights

The money piece highlight is still one of our favorite ways to play with color. And artist Cyn Santana got it so right with her bright orange highlights created by Tyra Briggs on this year’s VMAs red carpet.

2022 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - AUGUST 28: Cyn Santana attends the 2022 MTV VMAs at Prudential Center on August 28, 2022 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)

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Kamie Crawford’s Floor-Length Braid

The only thing we love more than a slicked-back braid is one that extends all the way to the floor. The Catfish host really does have a superior braid game, one not many can complete with.

2022 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - AUGUST 28: Kamie Crawford attends the 2022 MTV VMAs at Prudential Center on August 28, 2022 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Arturo Holmes/FilmMagic)

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Prince Derek Doll’s Hot Pink Afro

Performing artist and model Prince Derek Doll put everyone in their place when he stepped onto the VMAs red carpet this year in a gold ensemble and hot pink afro. The shaved sides with hints of gold pull everything together.

2022 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - AUGUST 28: Prince Derek Doll attends the 2022 MTV VMAs at Prudential Center on August 28, 2022 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Arturo Holmes/FilmMagic)

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Chloe Flower’s Dramatic Beret

Classical artist Chloe Flower stepped onto the VMAs red carpet in thigh-length, jet black hair adorned with a dramatic beret. Styled by Danielle Priano, this VMAs hair moment proves you don’t need to be over-the-top to still draw all the attention.

2022 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - AUGUST 28: Chloe Flower attends the 2022 MTV VMAs at Prudential Center on August 28, 2022 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Arturo Holmes/FilmMagic)

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Kerri Colby’s Red Hair

We saved the best for last. Drag performer Kerri Colby was a vision in red at the 2022 VMAs. Red hair of all shades has been trending as of late, though we have a feeling that everyone will be trying out fire engine red after seeing this hairstyle walk the red carpet.

2022 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - AUGUST 28: Kerri Colby attends the 2022 MTV VMAs at Prudential Center on August 28, 2022 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Cindy Ord/WireImage)

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While you’re at it, enjoy the 14 best VMAs looks of all time HERE!



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