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Janelle Monáe Just Wore the Most Eye-Catching Hairstyle You've Ever Seen

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Carly Cardellino

Dec 21, 2016

Janelle Monáe wanted to make sure all eyes were on her during her NBC appearances on Today (posing with Drew and Jonathan from the Property Brothers) and the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and then again at AOL’s Build Live Chat, in googly eye-coated space buns, complete with gorgeous natural finger waves.

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The singer, who’s no stranger to stepping outside of the box and also switching up her strands on the regular, teased her crafty look on Instagram before taping the show yesterday with the caption: “👀 KEEPING THAT 8th EYE OPEN.”

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She then went on to post another pic, flaunting her playfully cool style — not to mention a killer cat-eye, teal liner, and hot pink lip look — because googly eyes are fun at any age: “👀👀👀’EVEN WHEN I’M SLEEPING I KEEP 20 eyes open.'”

Janelle then posted a video next to her hairstylist Nikki Nelms (or as her Insta bio states: “Hair MacGyver” — I’d have to agree) responsible for the 👀 look, saying, “I see you. All these eyes around my head, I see you.” I called up the hair-gician, who told Cosmopolitan.com she “loves finding more than one purpose for things,” and that she’s obsessed with Michael’s arts and crafts store. “I could literally hang out there for hours,” she said.

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So when I asked her if she was inspired by a certain designer or what it was exactly that drew her to use the googly eyes, she said:

I just felt like I should use them. I had a shoot with Janelle the day before yesterday, so I went to Michael’s before it to look around. I was feeling a little pop art-ish at the time, saw the eyes, and I thought they were really cool, but I wanted to get different sizes so they didn’t come off polka dot-ish. So I bought different sizes, grabbed some flexible “U” hair pins, and super glue – I keep the most random of things I my kit – and glued the eyes to the tops of the pins. Then, I popped them in her hair and she loved it. It worked so well for the shoot we did that day, and it looked so, so cool that we just decided to do it again yesterday.

Nelms, who’s no stranger to creating buzzy styles (she’s also Solange’s longtime hairstylist and was behind the looks in her “Don’t Touch My Hair” video), referred to Janelle’s look as “EYEconic… Honestly… Truly ….,👀 😜 #janellemonae #HairByNikkiNelms 👀.” Seriously though, she’s not wrong; only Janelle could pull off this look and look cute and chic AF.

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Cut to today, Janelle posted another pic captioned: “GOTTA KEEP MY EYES ON EM.”

We should be thanking you, Janelle and Nikki, for creating such a fun, kitschy style that everyone clearly can’t get enough of!

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