You know that feeling you get when someone says they've never heard of your favorite band or they're just "not into" your all-time most beloved book? It feels like a personal insult, a slight toward artistry, an injustice. Don't even get me started on the time someone told me they didn't think Leonardo DiCaprio was "that talented." (I may have vehemently proclaimed him to be a national treasure, but I digress.) That's kind of how we feel about the lack of recognition surrounding Mandy Moore and her long, varied history of chic hairstyles.
You see, for years, even before she starred opposite Anne Hathaway in The Princess Diaries, she's been sporting some of the trendiest, coolest hairstyles around. Back then, that meant butterfly clips and crimped hair. Now that means sleek updos and a modern lob. She has style. There's no denying it. Now that she has become an ambassador for Garnier Fructis, she's only upped the ante. That's why we thought it was high time we collect a few of our favorite Mandy Moore hairstyles. You know, to gawk, stare, and strike inspiration.
At the 2018 Golden Globes, Moore wore her hair in a perfect center part, slicked all the way down into a low bun situated at the nape of her neck. It's so sleek and refined and has a hint of that wet-look sheen that we know and love.
We can't decide what we like more, the side-parted crown braid or the throwback makeup that consists of a frosty pink lip and icy blue shadow. It's a close one, but we have to go with the braid. We like how Moore's flyaways aren't gelled down and hidden. The tousled texture gives it an effortless vibe.
Here, Moore proves that all it takes to amp up a traditional ponytail is a berry lip and a standout hair accessory. She opted for a velvet scrunchie (which you can snag on Amazon for less than $5 apiece). Lately, though, we've been loving Slip's Large Slipsilk Scrunchies ($39), which protect hair from breakage and avoid those annoying crimps that result from other hair ties. Plus, they're big and eye-catching but feel weightless while you wear them.
Making a red carpet appearance for her hit show This Is Us, Moore wore her hair in a traditional half-up-half-down hairstyle that was made modern with beach waves and fiery red eye shadow. It's a look that's easy enough to replicate. All you need is a couple of bobby pins, a curling iron, and red/pink eye shadow, like the shades that come in Urban Decay's Naked Petite Heat Palette ($29).
See? Moore loves the wet look just as much as we do. Here she's pictured at a movie premiere, wearing her damp-looking strands slicked back behind each ear. It's equal parts chic and beachy. Although it looks effortless, it's a style that can be tricky to achieve on your own if you've never tried it before, which is why we asked celeb hairstylist Chris Appleton to film an easy-to-follow tutorial.
This is one of our all-time favorite hair looks from Moore. She proves that the expression "simplicity is elegance" is true by opting for a soft wavy lob that's tucked behind each ear and behind her shoulders. To us, it looks like the type of wave that results from the Beachwaver Pro Iron ($199).
We're also partial to the dramatic side swoop and low bun combo Moore wore to walk the 2017 Emmy Awards red carpet. It's sophisticated and glamorous but not dated or boring thanks to her bright pop of neon pink lip color.
Hair rule number one: You can't ever go wrong with a wavy lob. It remains as one of the most popular hairstyles in Hollywood, with celebs like Vanessa Hudgens, Kristen Bell, Jenna Dewan, and, of course, Mandy Moore sporting it regularly. It's a low-maintenance look that requires quick alternating turns of a flat iron to achieve. Just take a one-inch piece of hair, clamp it between the iron, and bevel it back and forth all the way down to the ends.
At 2018's Screen Actors Guild Awards, Moore went for sky-high volume, complete with a sleek side part and giant barrel curls. To get curls that are as big and fluffy as these, we'll use hot rollers in lieu of a traditional curling iron. We like T3's Volumizing Hot Rollers Luxe ($119) because they're basically foolproof for using on your own hair.
The shine on this Old Hollywood style that Moore wore to a This Is Us event is out of this world. Please excuse us while we douse our hair with Sachajuan Shine Serum ($33) in the hopes of replicating even a third of her sheen.
Clearly, a beachy, wavy lob is kind of Moore's signature style, and we're not mad at all. This look gets an honorable mention on our list due to her hair color, which is complemented with soft undulating gold highlights.
If a wavy lob is also your signature, do as Moore does and switch up the norm by styling it in a half-up-half-down bun. It takes all of two minutes to accomplish and makes for a cute and casual take on a classic.
Now that you're inspired by her best hairstyles, make sure you catch up on the rest of her beauty routine by reading our exclusive interview with the actress and singer.