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In between Rihanna’s killer opening performance, Kanye’s relatively tame rant (which was sadly lacking in #Kanye4president2020 content), and Britney’s comeback gig, we’ve got you covered on the VMA front. From the must-see red carpet looks, to your next go-to night out look, hold onto your hot rollers because there’s a hair battle brewing in the waters. Yes, Taylor Hill looked great in her glammed-up signature winged eye and topknot look, and Beyonce remained neutral in a half-up, half-down situation, but there were definitely two distinct hair tribes taking centre stage accumulating into the ultimate #longhairdontcare faceoff.

On one hand we have the flowing locks of Kimmy K, Britney aka The Comeback Kid, Nicki Minaj, Joan Smalls, and Hailee Steinfeld, however the spunky high pony proved ample competition to its feminine and timeless counterpart – here’s to you Rihanna, Jasmine Tookes, Heidi Klum, Arianna Grande, and Stella Maxwell.

Scroll through for the best hair face offs, and cast your ballets in the comment box below.

Stella Maxwell vs Britney Spears

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Granted Spears’ hair extensions were in need of a little bit of TLC, Britney still bought her original flare to the night. Meanwhile Stella ticks all the boxes in a textured ponytail worthy of a Hadid sister.

Ariana Grande vs Kim Kardashian

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Kim puts the Kardashian touch on a classic with the addition of hair oil and relaxed waves in an altogether know-out worthy ensemble, however Grande’s does what she does best with a sleek high pony and barely-there crimping.

Rihanna vs Hailee Steinfeld

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Steinfeld brings the youthful exuberance with tousled waves and a quiff that’s a little bit reminiscent of 2008, while Rihanna takes the stage and whips her hair back and forth during a throwback mix of her greatest hits.

Jasmine Tookes vs Naomi Campbell

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Although Tookes rocks her spunky, fresh high pony effortlessly, no one can the awe-inspiring shine of Campbell’s pin straight, back grazing locks. Extra points for her glitter-encrusted pout done by makeup mastermind Pat McGrath.

Heidi Klum vs Nicki Minaj

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Both Klum and Minaj prove that the high pony and poker straight hair should be in any girl’s repertoire in a tried and tested look that always wins.