Lady Gaga’s many face masks and over-the-top fashions may have been the focus of the 2020 VMAs, but her hair also held a hidden meaning.
The pop star, 34, made her entrance on the virtual red carpet in New York City on Sunday wearing an intergalactic silver couture look by Area accessorized with a custom clear headpiece by Conrad. Though she changed multiple times throughout the night, her baby blue hair stayed fresh, thanks to her longtime hairstylist Frederic Aspiras.
Gaga’s hair hues actually reflected the philosophy behind the superstar’s new album “Chromatica,” according to Aspiras. “Love inspired the looks,” he told Page Six Style after the awards show. “Bringing all the elements of earth, wind and fire.”
Both her shimmering blue-gray red carpet tresses and lavender performance look were meant to represent the sky at different times of the day; in the earliest morning hours before the sun comes out and at dusk, respectively.
“Gaga was there for me during a hard time in my life when my mother passed away this June. I remember one day when I was at her house in Malibu, she asked me to look into the sky and [said I’d] find the spirit of my mom still with me,” Aspiras said. He also created a custom green color for Gaga to sport while watching the show at home, which she sweetly named “Suzie’s Ocean Blond” after Aspiras’ late mother Suzie L. Nguyen, who was also a hairstylist and his inspiration.
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To create Gaga’s silvery red carpet strands, Aspiras mixed Joico’s Color Intensity in True Blue and Clear to create a baby blue hue and, separately, Silver Ice and Violet Pearl to create a chrome effect. To style the wig, Aspiras used a hot brush to bring out shine, then created a water ripple effect — a nod to Gaga and Ariana Grande’s hit “Rain On Me” — using a flat iron.
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For the pop star’s performance with Grande, Aspiras mixed Joico’s Color Intensity in Mermaid Blue and Clear for all-over color, then blended Blush and Violet Pearl in a separate bowl, taking care not to thoroughly mix the two to create a marbled pink and purple effect. For a second look during the performance, Aspiras added hot pink at Gaga’s roots to “mimic the sun going down and the pink becoming more intense in the sky.”
“Lady Gaga’s journey through the years has inspired me to create hairstyles and color combinations that encapsulate this journey,” Aspiras said. “She is tough, brave, a musical genius, a visionary and an overall kind human being that believes in love and kindness in the world.”
And don’t expect the queen of dramatic looks to stop evolving any time soon; Aspiras says she’s hardly done exploring various colors and styles while living in “Chromatica.”
“Expect the unexpected! It’s all about celebration and liberation this era,” he told us.