Get the exclusive behind-the-scenes scoop on the star's dos

By now, you’ve probably heard all about Miley Cyrus’ scandalous, half-naked looks from the MTV Video Music Awards (and if you haven’t, you really need to get on that!), but her off-the-wall hair accessories still remain somewhat of a mystery. Where does one find a pig-nose bow? And how did she host a mini rave inside her rainbow ponytail? We’ve got the scoop straight from her mane man, pro hairstylist Gregory Russell for TIGI.

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To make the singer’s looks come to life, Russell began by slicking back Cyrus’ hair with TIGI Bed Head Hard Head Gel — using a comb to pull her hair as tight and flat as possible toward the crown. This created a smooth “base look” which he used to build her various crazy ponytails off of.

Then to create the dreaded texture, he sectioned off 2-to-3-inch pieces, adding a pearl-sized amount of texturizing paste from the base to the ends. He split each section in half, twisting it twice around itself, and teased them with a comb. The whole process took about an hour and a half to complete, he says.

As for her crazy hair accessories? “We picked [them] according to the wardrobe looks pulled,” Russell tells PEOPLE. “I brought a lot of options to try with each look, and [the accessory picked] depended on the length of our changes and outfits.”

A few of the big winners: Her aforementioned pig bow (which was created by jewelry designer Patricia Morales), metallic streamers, a neon flower crown and a party in a ponytail (all pictured above). “I used battery-packed wire lights to create a modern spacey vibe,” Russell says of the latter light-up look. Each was anchored in place with numerous hair pins — which we’re assuming was to prevent them from flying off if she got a little too sassy with her hair flips.

What did you think of Miley’s crazy hairdos? Which was your favorite? Share below!

–Sarah Kinonen

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