Beyoncé's Much-Admired Met Gala Ponytail Was Totally Unplanned, Created in an Elevator


Beyonce Red Carpet High Ponytail
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Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter, goer to wherever the wind blows, changed her mind.

On her way down to the car that would whisk her away to the Met Gala, to party with other couture-clad famous people, the nonchalant thrower of wrenches into plans vetoed the "Asian-inspired" chignon she was originally supposed to wear, hairstylist Neal Farinahtold Us Weekly.

"She looks at me and says 'Neal, I want to change my hair, will you change my hair?' And I said, 'Honey, there could be cameras in the elevator.'" [Editor's note: Farinah mentally packed a go-bag and moved to Montana shortly after those words left his lips.] "She says, 'You have five minutes.' And I said, 'Girl, what do you want me to do with the hair?' And she wanted a high ponytail. With Beyoncé, she looks at herself and she says, 'This isn't right, let's change it.'"

And Beyoncé said, "Let there be the highest, bounciest, longest-lasting ponytail in follicular history," and there was the highest, bounciest, longest-lasting ponytail in follicular history.

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