I’m a huge fan of Blake Lively, and I think you will all agree with me when I say I have serious ‘hair envy’! She gets it right everytime (minus the time she dyed her hair a strange orange, green colour) and so I thought it would be apt to dedicate a post entirely to her. I’ve tried to include everything you could possibly need in order to recreate her look. If you need more Gossip Girl style inspiration, a great place to look is Polyvore – as they have outfit inspiration sets for all cast members in character and out of character.
The Hair1 – Wavy Boho. I love this hairstyle, in fact it’s probably my favourite, especially on Blake as she has such healthy looking blonde hair! Despite appearances, it’s pretty easy to recreate. If you have naturally wavy or curly hair, add a little serum onto the ends (morrocan oil works well) and scrunch up, before blow drying or leaving to dry naturally. Spritzing hair with a little salt spray (often referred to as beach spray), will also assist you in creating casual waves. If you don’t have naturally wavy or curly hair, then you can still create waves with thick tongs (as you want the curls to be loose rather than ringlets). If you only have a thin set of tongs and do end up with tight curls, run your fingers through them to spread them out and leave them to drop. Then take two sections from the top of your head on each side and plait, making sure that the plait is small but still noticable. Fasten the plaits underneath your hair (around your ear) so that it looks like a hairband.
2 – Plaited Bun. You are going to need someone who can french plait for this one, which takes a lot of practice (trust me, I know!). If you can french plait, then you need to make sure you leave out a section of your hair at the front, so you still have a fringe on show. This makes the look feel much gentler. French plait both sides of your hair all the way across your scalp (this should be a loose french plait, however if your friend has plaited your hair tightly, you can always loosen it with your fingers). Pin up the ends of the plait to form a bun.
3 – Sixties Curls. Rough dry your hair with a hairdryer to make sure your hair is as glossy as it can be. If you have frizzy hair at the top of your head, straighten it roughly so that you have a blank canvas to work with. Start by curling your hair with tongs (not from the top of your hair but where your scalp finishes). Twist the hair around your finger after curling, and hairspray the curls into place. After you have finished this, gently backcomb the ends of your hair, maximizing volume.
4 – Slick Ponytail. You need straight hair for this look, so if you have naturally curly hair you need to do this prior to putting your hair up. Once its straight, simply comb all the hair to the back of your head and fasten with a strong elastic coated band. Hairspray the top of your head, so that it not only appears darker than the rest of your hair but so that it also stays in place for longer.
5 –Blake’s Signature Look. The best way to achieve such a look is to spray your hair with leave in conditioner and leave to dry. However, if this does not work for you you need to loosely curl your hair with tongs and leave them to drop. Alternatively you can use large rollers (which create looser curls/waves).