Every time Adele steps onto a red carpet or stage, the story is the same: We can’t get over her perfect cat-eye, amazing hair and the dress she’s wearing. And as expected, her appearance at the 2017 Grammy Awards left us with not one but three (!) gorgeous hairstyles to swoon over — and her hairstylist, Chris Appleton, took a break from the chaos backstage to tell us all about her looks.
The singer stepped onto Sunday night’s red carpet in a green Givenchy gown and glamorous-yet-modern chignon, which Appleton tells PeopleStyle exclusively was inspired by a “[Old] Hollywood icon but [in] 2017.”
“I wanted it to have a classic Adele glamorous look, but I wanted it to have a modern finish,” Appleton says. “The look was effortless and glam, but I wanted it to have a polish to it.”
To create her red carpet look, the stylist used the Color Wow Coconut Cocktail “to smooth the hair fiber and help give it a real red carpet polish.” Then, he says, he blew her hair smooth using the Dyson Supersonic hair dryer to create a “glamorous finish, so the hair looked super glossy and healthy.”
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Once the hair was dry, Appleton backcombed it used a large curling iron to add more volume before pulling it back into a chic chignon.
“Because the look was very glam, I wanted to keep a looseness to it,” Appleton explains, adding that he simply used his fingers to pull the hair back, aiming to keep it very natural-looking. “At no point did I use a comb or a brush, which was an integral part of the look to keep it really natural. I didn’t want it to look too stiff. I love it when Adele looks glamorous.”
He then wrapped the hair into two french twists on the right and left side. “That gives you that really nice volume at the back. And then I just textured out the curl to let the front fall out into wispy sections using a toothbrush and some hairspray to make it fun and natural.”
For her first performance, Appleton took the singer’s hair down and tousled it into loose waves. “I’m all about change. Everybody knows “Hello” and the beautiful hair she’s got so I wanted to show it off with a tousled finish. I went for more of a beachy, undone, slightly wet-looking texture.”
He used a 2-in. and a 1-in. curling iron and wrapped the hair into different directions to create an uneven wave, and then flipped her hair upside down and roughed it up with a blow dryer, creating a natural finish.
The trick for bringing her hair from up to down, he says? “The trick is, putting it up first. It gives amazing texture. Some people like their hair a couple days old, and its great when you put your hair up because it gives it that few days old, rock and roll finish.”
And last but not least, Appleton went with an effortless-looking, wispy topknot for the singer’s George Michael tribute performance. “I wanted it to be romantic to complement the tribute,” he says, adding that he wanted to show volume and height — which is why a textured topknot “worked perfectly.”
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