Why Blake Lively's Hair Always Looks So Damn Good

There’s no disputing that Blake Lively has one of the best hair games in town. Any town. Her sun-drenched strands seem to look right at home in every environment. She can kick back in a beachside bungalow or channeling Grace Kelly in a string of pearls without missing a beat. That's because the actress isn't married to a single style — or era. Yes, her hair is always golden and lush, but she alternates between new and vintage trends, taking classic silhouettes and injecting them with modern touches. The results are head-turning.
Read on to glean style secrets from the girl who never makes a misstep when it comes to hair (even on gym days) — and how to raise your own #hairgoals game.
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What’s not to love about the bronde color and classic, '40s-inspired styling on this vintage version of Blake (seen here in 2007)?
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The only thing we love more than Blake’s long-running IRL friendship with her The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants co-stars? The gorgeous Grecian-inspired braids she wore at the movie’s premiere in 2008.
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File this under "the perfect blowout." While Blake’s look surely involved the skills of a pro, we’ve got our own tricks for nailing next-level bounce and shine at home.
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It’s no secret that Lively’s hair has major superpowers (she’s even admitted as much). For proof, see these buttery, cascading waves with insanely high shine.
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Proof that Blake has never had a bad hair day: These enviable loose waves from 2009 are a look that we still want to emulate.
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This low chignon looks pretty straightforward from the front, but a textured maze of intricate braids and strategic pinning in back equals a look that we’d love to cop for ourselves.
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Offset by an aquamarine gown and rosy cheeks, 2011’s strawberry-blonde dye job gives Blake's standard flaxen hue a run for its money.
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Damn. This girl even makes a simple pony look lust-worthy! It's all about position. The hair is gathered smack in-between the crown and the nape. The result is effortless, sleek, and anything but basic.
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Does this messy-but-modern side-braid, worn at the Green Lantern premiere, look too complicated to replicate? Yep. But that won't stop us from trying. When we do, we’ll keep it from merging into bed-head territory by maintaining clean lines around the face.
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Blake seldom turns to the flat iron for public appearances. But when she does, she knocks it out of the park. Notice how she deftly avoids the stick-straight trap by creating lift at the roots and pulling her hair off of her face.
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It’s hard to choose a favorite of Blake absolutely owning Old Hollywood barrel curls. But this look rises above the rest for its sheer shine, volume, and tumbling softness.
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An Insta-worthy half updo that will look classic in years to come? Blake has got it on lock. Key styling elements: tease to create a little volume at the crown, pin back the hair low on the head, and let loose tendrils fly.
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Beach waves have been trending for years, so now the style has us all "meh." But a brushed-out version that perfectly frames the face and still looks effortless? Sign us up.
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We’ve waxed poetic about this loose fishtail braid that Blake wore to The Savages premiere before. Nearly five years later, it still gives us perfect summer-hair vibes. Even better? The tricky-looking plait is deceptively easy to pull off.
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The 2013 Met Gala’s Punk theme confounded Hollywood and fashion people. But Blake’s fauxhawk pony makes the grade as a style we’re stoked to replicate for any occasion.
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To keep her flat-ironed hair from looking too ‘90s, Lively employs a deep side part and face-skimming bend.
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This updo may be perfectly coiffed in back, but up front, it's tightly-pulled sides and faux-hawk top creates a look that’s not only a dead ringer for ScarJo but delivers a tough-as-nails vibe.
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In a nod to ‘40s glamour, Blake’s hair for the 2014 Met Gala combined a deep side part, victory rolls, and loose finger waves for a look that’s enviable in any decade.
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Like many of Blake’s trademark hairstyles, this high pony looks flawless in front, but boasts a slightly off-kilter braid in back, softening the look.
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Lively's signature rumpled waves keep this cool, '60s mod style from looking too retro.
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When a pregnant Blake lays off the peroxide, she emerges with an enviable ombré effect. Necessity truly is the mother of invention.
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The deep side part looks emphatically elegant when paired with tightlined eyes and rosy pink lips.
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This style may read pure Veronica Lake in front, but it’s pure punk party in the back, thanks to a couple of french braids that sweep everything to the side.
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"We were on this really beautiful cliff, with all these gorgeous leaves and branches, and thought, What if we create that with hair?" Lively's stylist Rod Ortega told us in November 2015. Turns out, the look isn't as complicated as it seems — he simply placed a knot between every full rotation of her French braid.
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Leave it to Lively to turn a simple low pony into a bombshell look. Loose barrel curls create volume, while face-framing bends add effortless appeal.
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For Lively's Jessie Spano curls (her words, not ours), Ortega revealed that he started with second-day hair with no product in a June 2016 Instagram caption. Then, "finger dry upside down flip back spray #ellenette Flexible hold -1/2 partings -#t3trio 1/2 inch barrel -wrap it twist it spray it- when finish flip over brush lightly here and there -separate the curls with fingers."
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Half-up styles will never be boring if you add a little texture to your bump, like she did in July 2016.
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Who needs heart-shaped chocolates when you can show love with your hair? Lively looked gorg with a themed braid on Valentine's Day 2017.
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