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Melissa Barrera at the ‘In the Heights’ premiere

June 11, 2021: In The Heights is easily one of the most-hyped movies of the summer, and as a sort-of metaphor for how long fans have been waiting to see the movie, star Melissa Barrera arrived to the film’s premiere with an extra-long, mega-sleek ponytail that grazed her hip. Okay, so maybe it’s not an intentional metaphor, but bare with me—I’m obsessed.

Barrera walked the gold carpet in stunning shimmering blue eyeshadow from Clinique  (she was recently named the brand’s Global Brand Ambassador) by makeup artist Talia Sparrow. The look was perfectly topped off with a never-ending ponytail brought to life by hairstylist Clayton Hawkins. The 1970s are a massive trend right now, and this ponytail, per Hawkins, is inspired by the late disco nights at Studio 54. Iconic.

To create the ponytail, Hawkins defined a center part, and then snatched her ponytail back at the nape of her neck—likely using a clip in extension ponytail to create the length and style. He then used a strong finish hairspray from Bumble & Bumble to smooth the hair and banish flyaways from the sleek style. “Pro tip: Gently use the actual can for the perfect finish,” he shared in an Instagram Reel. As seen in the clip, he finished by spritzing her strands with dry oil spray, gently brushing it through with a wide paddle brush.

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