From beachy waves to ultra-glamorous Hollywood curls, Blake Lively has worn her gorgeous blonde hair in a variety of awe-inspiring styles. In this article, we trace this L'Oréal Spokesmodel's hairstyle evolution and revive some of the best hairstyles that she has sported over the years – starting with her Upper East Side hairdos from Gossip Girl days to chic and easy-to-maintain hairstyles during her pregnancy and motherhood months as well as her recent dramatic hair makeover for upcoming projects.
1. Tousled Hair
Known for her iconic beachy waves, Blake Lively is rightfully the queen of tousled hairstyles. She sported tousled hair even before it was in trend!
Blake's textured hair not only looks super cool but also oozes a youthful and sexy appeal.
To recreate this hairstyle, simply mist your damp hair with Advanced Hairstyle TXT IT Tousle Waves Spray and blow dry your tresses in large chunks.
2. Half up Waves
Whenever you're in need of a beautiful hairstyle that you can create in minutes and wear just about anywhere, you can always look up to Blake for inspiration. In the image above, the former Gossip Girl is wearing her voluminous wavy hair in a half-up, which is easily the 'go-to' hairstyle for any girl who wants to look pretty in an effortless manner.
You can recreate this hairstyle with or without a hair part as well as with or without bangs! Half-up waves make for a very versatile hairstyle and suit all women, irrespective of their face shape.
If you're going for the look, do remember to coat your hair with a generous amount of Advanced Hairstyle BLOW DRY IT Thermal Smoother Cream before rolling it loosely on a curling iron. This product will protect your strands from the damages caused by heat styling.
3. Braided Updo
Not only does Blake Lively have one of the most gorgeous blonde manes in Hollywood, but this fashionista also knows how to style her lovely locks for the red carpet. With a neat braid, a few wisps of loose face-framing hair and a slightly disheveled finish, this updo has all the elements to complete a relaxed yet romantic look.
You too can create a braided updo like Blake's with 2nd day hair. Make a soft side part, plait about an inch of face-framing hair on one side and merge it with a loose chignon at the back of your head or at the nape of your neck. Pull out a few wisps of hair to lend a delicate appeal and finish off with a generous spritz of fine control hairspray to set your braided updo for longer wear!
4. Bubble Ponytail
Leave it to Miss Lively to upgrade a boring hairstyle and ignite a new trend! With this bubble pony, At Met Gala 2013, Blake showed us how we can transform our usual hairdos into glamorous ones with a dash of creativity and a little imagination.
Creating a bubble ponytail is very simple. All you need is frizz free hair and lots of hair elastics. Work in a dab of Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Frizz Vanisher Cream through your tresses to make your hair smooth, soft and shiny. Comb your hair and secure it in a ponytail at the back of head; make bubbles along your pony by tying a few hair elastics at 2-3" intervals. That's it – you have a party-ready hairstyle in seconds!
We saw many variations of bubble ponytails at this season's Fashion Week and are pretty sure that they'll stay in trend for some time. Create your own version for a night out with friends or wear it to a party. You can go for a relaxed low pony or a sporty high one, depending on the kind of look you're after.
5. Fishtail Braid
Blake looks like a showstopper in all of her hairstyles but the one 'do that we really love is her fishtail braid. Blake has sported a long and beautiful fishtail braid on many occasions, including at the Chime for Change event held at Macy's in New York last year.
You too can turn on your hair's wow factor by plaiting your medium-length to long hair in a chunky fishtail braid. Go for a neat style to wear to work or tug at hair pieces to create a slightly messy look to wear to a party.
6. Chunky High Braid
Blake is an all-rounder when it comes to long, textured hairstyles. Although we usually see the actress flaunting her gorgeous blonde mane let loose, every once in a while, she does experiment with an updo and makes her fans' hearts flutter!
Take this chunky high braid for example, which she sported last year at Cannes Film Festival. Who could have thought that a regular braided hairstyle could be made to look so good? Just braid your high ponytail and you have a brand new hairstyle!
The trick to perfect this chunky high braid is to spritz your roots with Advanced Hairstyle BOOST IT Volume Inject Mousse before tying the ponytail. This will give your hair a boost and make it look more voluminous. Don't make a very tight braid. Plait your hair a little loosely so that you can tug at hair pieces later and make your braid look slightly disheveled and chunky.
7. Vintage Hair with Headband
If someone knows how to rock a cute vintage hairstyle, it's be Blake Lively. At the 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards, Blake sported a modish retro hairstyle with a small beehive and a satin headband. Her vintage waves induced a lot of texture and movement to the hairstyle and helped to complete the chic look.
The great thing about this Blake Lively inspired hairstyle is that you can wear it to work or to a date night! Spritz the roots around the crown of your head with Advanced Hairstyle BOOST IT Volume Inject Mousse and tease the hair section in this area by back brushing your strands. Once you're happy with the volume and height, set the beehive with a generous spritz of bold control hairspray.
Smooth the rest of your front hair over the teased section to cover it and give your hairstyle a perfect finish. Accessorize your loose retro hairstyle by tying a satin headband or wear a thin Alice band to break the monotony of the beehive and keep flyways and cowlicks under control!
8. Chic Updo
Blake might have a super busy schedule, but she never compromises on her hairstyle, especially when she has to make special appearances to promote her films or go on whirlwind press tours. Now that is a trait of a style icon! Blake sported a chic evening updo at a party while promoting her movie The Age of Adaline in April this year.
We love this hairstyle for many reasons. It is sleek, sophisticated, shows off Blake's gorgeous facial features and keeps her hair in control. The front section also appears to have a small quiff, which elevates this updo to a whole new level of chic!
If you love beautiful updos, you can try this style with your medium length or long hair. It doesn't matter whether your tresses are straight, wavy or curly; just spritz some Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Strand Smoother Serum Spray on your hair to pull off a polished hairdo.
9. Long, Textured Waves and Natural Color Roots
Did you know that the blonde bombshell stopped coloring her hair during her pregnancy and started growing out her natural brown roots? In fact, the style worked really well for her! The lack of a strong demarcation between the lighter shade of blonde and darker roots helped Blake to avoid a color-blocked hair phase. In fact, it gave Blake an on trend style of double processed base color with highlights. Blake went on to call this trend a sombré (subtle ombré) effect.
Even with a cute baby bump, Blake was well ahead in the fashion game and looked stunning at the L'Oreal Women of Worth event held in New York last December, with her long hair styled with textured waves and tumbling down her back.
10. Gorgeous Blowout - Straight Ombré Hair
If you too wish to recreate Blake's low-key but super glamorous hairstyle, apply some Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Iron Straight Heatspray through the lengths of your hair before blow drying your tresses. Use a paddle brush and guide each hair section straight and downwards as your blow dry it. Once done, spritz some Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Strand Smoother Serum Spray on your hair to tame flyways and lend a soft shine to your strands.
11. Sleek Wet Look
Blake not only sets hairstyle trends, but also loves to follow the most vogueish leanings. She was spotted at New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015 earlier this year in a posh and uber glamorous wet look hairstyle. But Blake being Blake, gave the popular trend her own rendition by slicking back only her front hair section and leaving the rest of her gorgeous blonde tresses dry.
The new mom also wore her slicked back hair with a side part and paired her hairstyle with a peachy make-up to complete her FROW look.
If you wish to replicate Blake Lively's sleek wet look hairstyle, work in a small amount of Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Clean Style Gel through your front hair sections, create a side part, comb your hair and secure it behind the ears using bobby pins. Spritz some Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Strand Smoother Serum Spray on your dry hair and brush it thoroughly to create a picture-perfect, salon-styled hairstyle!
12. Bob Hairstyle
Drop whatever you're doing and listen to this – Blake Lively has traded her beautiful long hair for an on trend bob! Yes, the actress has cut her hair! Not that we mind, because she's looking as smashing as ever in her new short hairstyle.
Whether Blake got this short retro bob just to 'look the part' in Woody Allen's upcoming movie or will this be a more permanent hair makeover, only time will tell!
In the meantime, if you're a Blake Lively fan or are planning to cut your long hair and sport a short hairstyle, a wavy bob sounds like a wonderful idea!