In a sea of pin-straight strands and tousled waves on the black carpet at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards, three stars stood out with their creative coifs.
Selena Gomez went for a sophisticated, swept-back updo with small twists that showed off the high-neck on her dramatic black lace Julien Macdonald gown.
Mommy-to-be Beyonce took a cue from her one-shoulder orange Lanvin dress and gathered her two-toned tresses into a loose side ponytail. The singer let her hair down (and debuted her baby bump) during her performance of "Love on Top" later that evening.
Vanessa Hudgens, who chopped off her hair into a pixie cut back in July, looked retro-glam at an after-party with 1930s-inspired finger waves.