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 partly 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.
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. Photo: Ray Tamarra/Getty Images. More
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. Photo: Demis Maryannakis/Star Max/GC Images. More
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. Photo: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images. More
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. Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage. More
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 feeling a little "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. Over seven years later, it still gives us perfect summer-hair vibes. Even better? The tricky-looking plait is deceptively easy to pull off. Photo: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images. More
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 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
rooted citrine effect. Necessity truly is the mother of invention. Photo: Rob Kim/Getty Images. More
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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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),
hairstylist Rod 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 [Elnett Satin Hair Spray], a [ T3 Barrel Curling Iron], wrap it twist it spray it. When [finished] flip over brush lightly here and there, separate the curls with fingers." Photo: ESBP/Star Max/GC Images. More
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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Lively, of course, arrived to the 69th Cannes Film Festival looking like a modern-day Cinderella. Who's to say if the Disney princess was
really her inspiration, but between the pale-blue ballgown, bubblegum pink lip, and romantic updo, it's safe to say she probably was. Photo: Mustafa Yalcin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images. More
A year later, Lively arrived to the Met Gala in the kind of high-society ponytail you'd expect to see on
Serena van der Woodsen sitting front row during New York Fashion Week. Photo: James Devaney/GC Images. More
Naturally, Lively's look for the
2019 Met Gala was the pièce de résistance of the night. Looking like a literal saint, the A Simple Favor actress arrived in a gilded halo that put all of our hair accessories to shame. As if her look couldn't get any better, she used a $10 lipstick to top it off. Photo: James Devaney/GC Images. More
Lively is a known fan of
playful nail art, which is why we weren't surprised when she showed up to the Pokémon Detective Pikachu U.S. premiere in May with a yellow ombré manicure stamped with tiny Detective Pikachu decals. Better still, her curly hair — and pregnancy announcement — were a focal point, too. It may have been her husband's premiere, but she clearly stole the show. Photo: John Lamparski/WireImage. More Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here? Taylor Swift Talks Self-Love & Says Fans Don’t Need To “Look Like A Filter” One Man, 6 Hours, & 1,000 Braids: What It Took To Create Missy Elliott's Iconology Cover Hailey Bieber Gets A Mysterious Neck Tattoo A Month Before Her Wedding