Blake Lively Just Showed Us the Coolest Way to Wear a Plait

Updated 04/13/19

Blake Lively has brilliant hair. Like truly mesmerising. She has long hair, which means she can be pretty experimental when it comes to styling, from retro glam waves to playing with texture and accessories, Lively isn't afraid to try something new. Which is why we thought we'd take this moment to look back at her most covetable hair looks.

Keep scrolling to see the actress's very best hairstyles throughout the years.

Blake Lively best hair looks: Slicked Back Plait
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Blake loves a plait, and when it suits her this much why wouldn't she. We love this slicked-back high ponytail plait she wore to the New York premier of 'A Simple Favor.' Sweeping her blonde hair off her face in a secure up-do means all the focus is on that long plait and rusty smokey eye, and we're into it. 

Blake Lively best hair looks: Messy ponytail

Blake is the queen of beachy texture and this mussed-up ponytail is no exception. We love the loose tendrils at the front too. Use Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray (£20) to create that same vibe. 

Blake Lively best hair looks: Updo
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Here Blake shows that a pretty up 'do doesn't have to be too perfect. She still has that texture but has tamed it slightly with an elegant headband. 

Blake Lively best hair looks: Glam, retro waves

Channeling Veronica Lake is something Lively does a lot, and it's easy to see why: Old-school Hollywood glamour clearly suits her, as seen on the red carpet at the Met Gala in 2014. Getting those quintessential waves does require some skill with a curling iron, but your real secret weapon is a shine spray that won't mess up your 'do. Try Aveda Brilliant Medium Hold Shine Spray (£18).

Blake Lively best hair looks: Blake with straight hair

In one of her first public appearances after giving birth to her daughter, the actress attended the Gabriela Cadena runway presentation at New York Fashion Week in February, sporting a hairstyle that takes minimal effort but still looks great. Simply straighten your hair and use some of that dry texture spray to get the look. 

Blake Lively best hair looks: Blake with a plait

Another Lively go-to: the red carpet braid. This one,—which she donned at the Grace of Monaco premiere at Cannes in 2014—was high and dramatic, but so easy to mimic. Just tie your hair into a high pony, braid it, and secure it at the bottom. Finish by liberally spraying Sachajuan Strong Hold Hair Spray (£20) around your crown and slicking flyaways back toward the braid.

Blake Lively best hair looks: Blake with a low chignon

For another Cannes 2014 premiere, Lively paid homage to Grace Kelly with a perfectly coiffed bun that would do the late princess proud. 

Blake Lively best hair looks: Blake with glam waves

Here's another nod to Veronica—this time, at the premiere of Savages in 2012. The difference, however, is that rather than leaving Lively's curls ultra-defined, her stylist brushed them out. It's a subtle change that adds a different kind of drama.

Blake Lively best hair looks: Blake with sixties hair

Sorry, Blair Waldorf: At the 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards, Lively copped her old frenemy's go-to hair accessory, and it looked good. Headbands are big for fall, so why not follow the actress's lead? 

Blake Lively best hair looks: Blake with beachy waves

Lest we forget Lively's California roots, we had to give a nod to the beachy waves she does so well. Spray on Herbivore Botanicals Sea Mist (£10) to get the same tousled look. 

Blake Lively best hair looks: Blake with straight hair

We're so used to seeing her with curls or waves that sometimes we forget that Lively can do sleek like no one's business. (Shocking!) To nab the glossy look seen at the Gucci S/S 14 presentation, work in Bumble and bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil (£35) before drying and straightening. 

Blake Lively best hair looks: Blake with a fishtail braid

This mega-fishtail, seen at the New York premiere of Savages in 2012, will go down in history as one of our all-time favorite Lively looks. Why? It's simple enough, yet the texture adds a little something without being over-the-top messy.

Blake Lively best hair looks: Blake with half-up hair

One of our favorite variations on Lively's signature waves is a half-back 'do. It's easy, too: Just grab a chunk of face-framing hair on each side, pull it back, and fasten with kirby grips.

Blake Lively best hair looks: Blake with a bubble ponytail

For the punk-themed Met Gala in 2013, Lively's tricked-out pony struck the perfect balance between her classic red carpet style and a little bit of edge. To get the look, start with a half ponytail and fasten it back. Gather half of the rest of your hair, combine it with the ponytail, and fasten it in the middle of the back of your head. Then, gather the rest of your hair, combine it into the ponytail, and tie it all at the nape of your neck. Add one more tie halfway down the ponytail, et voilà!

 Which is your favorite look? DM us on Instagram and let us know.

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