Halle Berry’s choice of hairstyle for Sunday’s 89th Annual Academy Awards was quite the hot topic.
Some loved it, some hated it. Some didn’t even care.
Her longtime stylist Castillo gave a little bit of insight as to what they were going for.
“I would say I cut off at least 5 inches. It created a whole new shape,” Castillo tells InStyle. “It’s definitely a new look for her—we went for a very natural, curly, powerful asymmetrical ‘fro. This is something she’e never done before and it’s just ridiculous how good she looks.”
Although we’re getting some serious Studio 54 vibes, Castillo didn’t use a reference point in creating her voluminous curls. According to the pro, Berry prefers that imperfect, undone effect, so he started with her natural texture as a base, and used his product arsenal to bring out even more movement. The style was almost two weeks in the making, as the duo had a few test-runs leading up to the big night. “As much as it’s unlike anything she’s ever worn—because we all know her short pixie or long wavy hair—it just brought this glow and happiness to her. I was like, I love this hair on you,” he adds. “I deconstructed it in a way that was whimsical and organic, but also balanced the graphic nature of the dress.”
We love you Halle…but that wig is a ‘hell to the nah’ for us.