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Met Gala 2018: Styling the Heavenly Hair

Behind the scenes with hairstylist Lacy Redway.

"The first element is the dress," explains hairstylist Lacy Redway as she talks about the inspiration behind coiffing her celebrity clientele for this year's Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute Gala. The second element? A good relationship with the hotel doorman.

On Monday, Redway and a small squad of assistants buzzed in and out of New York's chic uptown hotels to style four stars: Tessa Thompson, Ruth Negga, Jourdan Dunn, and John Boyega. "The elevator situations in those hotels can be intense," Redway says good-naturedly of the crowded lifts. (Hence, the doorman befriending.)

But Redway has been preparing for this night for weeks, meeting with clients, looking at dress sketches and fabric swatches, discussing makeup and nail ideas, and crafting mood boards. Sometimes even a dry run is necessary, depending on how intricate the design is.

With the stars out in full force for the Met Gala's "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination," a look at Redway's divine handiwork.

JOURDAN DUNN Sean Zanni/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images JOURDAN DUNN The British model's hands-on prep began a few days before the Gala, when Redway and an assistant arrived to put in dozens of faux dreadlocks. It took the pair some 10 hours. "It's quite a process but it's a beautiful outcome," says Redway. "It's worth the wait." The final styling and accessorizing then took place Monday afternoon. According to Redway, the design's inspiration stemmed, in part, from Dunn's family tree. "Being that it is about religion, there are Rastafarians who also religiously grow their locks and have dreadlocks, and I think it's her granddad [who] is a Rastafarian. So that was also part of our inspiration, as well, to incorporate something personal as part of the vibe." JOURDAN DUNN FROM THE SIDE Dia Dipasupil/WireImage JOURDAN DUNN FROM THE SIDE RUTH NEGGA Ray Tamarra/GC Images RUTH NEGGA Whereas Dunn's hair was intricately set in place, Dunn opted for subtlety with "Preacher" actress Ruth Negga. "Her hair is pretty short so we really don't ever go too crazy," says Redway. "The dress is pretty stunning on its own so we [kept] her hair closer to what it normally is and just allowed the dress to speak." TESSA THOMPSON Frazer Harrison/FilmMagic TESSA THOMPSON Redway also worked with "Westworld" actress Tessa Thompson to create this modern twist on the beehive. You know what they say, the higher the hair, the closer to God... TESSA THOMPSON FROM THE BACK Taylor Hill/Getty Images TESSA THOMPSON FROM THE BACK JOHN BOYEGA Dia Dipasupil/WireImage JOHN BOYEGA It's not just women who need a little pampering before the Met Gala. Redway made sure John Boyega of "Star Wars" fame had a style that was out of this world.