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Kim Kardashian recreates her most controversial hairstyle to date - and fans are losing it

The star pressed rewind on her conversation-starting Met Gala look from 2022

Georgia Brown
Senior Lifestyle & Fashion Writer
28 April 2024
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The fashion world is busy gearing up for the most important night of the year, with just two weeks to go until the 2024 Met Gala

It seems Kim Kardashian is preparing early this year, as she revealed a revival of her platinum blonde hairstyle that almost broke the Internet at the 2022 Met Gala

The SKIMS founder, 43, made history when she became the first person to wear the late Marlyin Monroe's $4.8 million 'Happy Birthday, Mr President' dress after being granted special permission from the Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 02: Kim Kardashian attends the 2022 Costume Institute Benefit celebrating In America: An Anthology of Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 02, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Sean Zanni/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)© Getty
Kim Kardashian wears Marlylin Monroe's dress to the 2022 Met Gala

The occasion saw Kim's beloved hair stylist, Chris Appleton, taking her from jet black to peroxide blonde in a grueling 14-hour stint in the beauty chair.

Kim's Marlyin Monroe blonde moment looked nothing short of mesmerizing on the red carpet, but close-up photographs of the reality TV star's "real" hair, which appeared to be tinged with brassy patches and warm streaks throughout, caught the attention of fans on TikTok.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 02: Kim Kardashian attends "In America: An Anthology of Fashion," the 2022 Costume Institute Benefit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 02, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)© Getty
Kim turned her raven hair to platinum blonde in a matter of hours

At the time, hairstylist Zach Mesquit (@zachmesquit) said on TikTok: "I'm never going to diss another hairdresser's work, especially as somebody who specializes in platinum blonde, I fully am aware of what an insanely difficult process it is to take someone from black to platinum in a short span of time." 

However, Zach went on to point out the different shades in Kim's hair, explaining the disparity in blonde was due to a problem with her black hair lifting consistently throughout. 

Kim's platinum blonde hair proved divisive at the time© Getty
Kim's platinum blonde hair proved divisive at the time

He added that his theory on Kim wearing her hair in a tight bun, rather than a Marlyin-esque bouffant 'do was because her blonde ends simply didn't "lift" enough. 

In an unexpected move, Kim's hair stylist Chris revealed on Sunday that she has once again returned to the blonde side. "Back to blonde," he wrote on TikTok, adding an ice emoji. 

"BLONDE KIMMY IS BACK" quipped one fan in the comments, as another wrote: "PLATINUM KIM IS BACK!!!!" in excitement. 

Many others questioned whether Kim's hair was a wig, while several others were worried about the lasting damage on her hair after going platinum again. 

Kim stayed blonde for a long time after the Met Gala© Jon Kopaloff
Kim stayed blonde for a long time after the Met Gala

"I think a honey blonde would have been better!" chimed in a third fan. Who knew hair could be so divisive? 

Kim Kardashian at the GQ Men of the Year Party 2023 at Bar Marmont on November 16, 2023 in Los Angeles, California (Photo by Gilbert Flores/Variety via Getty Images)© Getty
The star has rocked a variety of different hairstyles through the years

Speaking to HELLO! in 2023, Chris Appleton weighed in on another controversial hair opinion, giving his take on whether the Princess of Wales' tumbling mane is down to hair extensions. 

"They're not extensions," he said with absolute certainty. "She's got great hair, she always has done. I can tell by the ends of her hair that they're not extensions. They have a softness to them and they're split in places. I think her new curtain bangs and addition of layers has made the back look longer, that's all."

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