Some things never get old—and bows are definitely one of them. From runway to red carpet, the feminine embellishment continues to reinvent itself season after season. Whether tied loosely around a low-slung, laid-back ponytail (seen at Monique Lhuillier's Fall 2017 show) or wrapped around Michelle Williams’ swanlike neck in lieu of a diamond choker at this year's Golden Globes, adding a strategic snippet of ribbon is as simple as it is chic.
Leave it to Janelle Monáe and hair MacGyver Nikki Nelms to put a new spin on the classic accessory and standard buns. The Hidden Figures star opted for bows on bows. Perhaps after watching the Super Bowl halftime show alongside P. Diddy (as one does), she was inspired by Lady Gaga (the early years) and her platinum hair bow. Instead of just one, Nelms crafted double hair bows on either side of Monáe’s head (because if we’ve learned anything from Beyoncé’s recent announcement, it’s that two makes more of a splash than one), then capped off the look with bitty bows tied out of silver string. She told Conan O’Brien that she wanted to have a “hair off” with the him and sport her signature “Monáe” (i.e., her go-to pompadour), but opted for “something different.” While we love Monáe’s voluminous pouf, we’re glad she saved O’Brien the embarrassment (obviously she would have won that hair battle hands down) and blessed us with these not-so-basic bows that are meant to be admired from afar. “I don’t like people touching my hair,” Monáe told the late night host. Like Solange Knowles sings in “Don’t Touch My Hair,” Monáe’s hair is also her shit so don’t touch her always-on-point pride.
Watch Monáe run her hands through O’Brien’s ginger swoop, which the actress confirmed is “soft” and “not a lace-front.”