Although her Pretty Little Liars character, Emily Fields, played it relatively safe when it came to her hair MO (think lengthy, subtle body with breezy bends and waves), Shay Mitchell consistently rocks our world when it comes to her red carpet hair looks. In fact, from braided ponytails spanning the length of our arm (no really—just wait) to undulating Old Hollywood waves, the actress's strands are some of the most versatile in the land. And since we're consistently inspired, and, okay, a tad bit envious, we thought we'd gather 14 of Shay Mitchell's most unforgettable hair moments. Ready? Keep clicking to see our top picks.
Shay Mitchell's raven-hued hair is known for its impeccable gloss. Styled in sleek, Old Hollywood–inspired waves, her gorgeous shine (not to mention that bone structure) is on full display.
During New York Fashion Week, the actress embraced her curly side and was spotted leaving the Anna Sui show with ultra-curly locks. Combined with gorgeous russet eyes, the look has us mesmerized with major '70s-inspired vibes.
Shay Mitchell has worn a long cascading braid numerous times on the red carpet, but we're especially partial to this version. The wet yet voluminous texture is the quintessential complement to her glowing skin and sky-high lashes. Plus, that highlight has us spellbound.
If we had to pick, we'd say loose bends and barely there waves are the actress's signature. Earlier this year, however, she wowed us with this slightly more polished take.
Last February, Shay Mitchell kicked up the edge with a super-high, (and super-long) twisted braid. Hoops, black nail polish, and a sultry wash of black under her eyes made for moody finishing touches.
In 2016, Shay Mitchell updated her iconic black strands with rich, caramel color. Bronzed skin and a perfectly nude lip make her ombré tresses pop.
Not quite wavy, but not quite straight, the actress's hair is a lesson in '60s-esque volume done right.
In celebration of the final season of Pretty Little Liars, Shay Mitchell traded in her character's sleek, straight strands for imperfect bends and waves boasting plenty of body
The wet hair trend is admittedly hard to pull off. (It can quickly verge more drowned-rat than dreamy mermaid.) However, Shay Mitchell succeeds epically, off-setting a glossy pink lip and smoldering eye with damp, deeply parted strands.
Just when we thought the actress was committed to her ultra-long length, she showed-off a comparably cropped look at the 12th annual Outfest Legacy Awards back in 2016.
Although she usually opts for one long, cascading braid, here, Shay Mitchell switched up her go-to look with a whimsical milkmaid braid. She kept it relaxed (and not too perfect) with elegant tendrils for a subtle, face-framing touch.
A polished top-knot (with a few pretty wisps) keeps the focus on fluttery lashes and the actress's radiant, virtually pore-less complexion.
Sleek, straight, and parted down the center, this red carpet–stealing look is one of our absolute favorites. Plus, it's the perfect pairing with her stunning backless dress.
To celebrate Pretty Little Liars' 100th episode, Shay Mitchell showed off a beautiful ombré hair look featuring dark chocolate roots and tinged with butterscotch tips. Tossed, beachy waves kept the aesthetic relaxed.