6 Inspiring Wedding Day Hairstyles, Courtesy of Blake Lively
Blake Lively is well known for her blonde mane, and many a story has been written about the tricks she uses to keep it looking lush. (FYI, one such tip is making a homemade mayonnaise mask.) The actress' proficiency with braided styles (or at least modelling braided styles) makes her a popular go-to for hairspo, but if you ask us braids aren't even her strong point. The true magic of Lively's hair isn't specific to a certain technique, it's that no matter the style she consistently comes off looking both classic and modern. Want proof? Google the tousled updo Lively wore to the Hollywood premiere of Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants. Although that particular red carpet moment happened over a decade ago, her hair looks as fresh today as it did in 2005.
Since Lively is never not serving up pretty with a twist, it makes perfect sense that she stand out as a rich source of hairspo in the most difficult category of all—wedding day 'dos. In celebration of her birthday we're calling out six of the most inspiring bride-appropriate styles Lively has worn of late.
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Proof the humble ponytail can be pepped up enough for a formal occasion, like souped-up style is all about a soft wave and imperfect texture at the crown. If you don't have Lively's length, look into semi-permanent salon extensions or ask your hairstylist about a reputable brand of clip-in extensions you can remove yourself.
An updo for the ages—tousled texture plus a simple twisted bun in the back keeps this style from feeling too "done". Ordinarily we wouldn't recommend wearing both a headband and embellished clip at once, but on Lively it really works. (If you can't give glitz from all angles on your wedding day, then when can you?)
Lively's Met Gala look was, again, all about classic beauty with a twist. The actress went for a major twisted bun (see the back here), all the better for spotlighting her pendant earrings. We can just imagine this stunning style paired with a simple silk tulle veil.
If you're not keen on adding extensions to your hair for fullness ahead of your big day, this swept-to-the-side 'do is a good way to fake it. Styling the bulk of your hair over one shoulder visually makes it seem as if you have more of it than you really do. Add waves too, a la Lively, and you'll have a mane of serious envy.
A simple blowdry never goes out of style, but Lively's spin here is a subtle tuck behind one ear. The styling trick not only shows off her bling, it adds a casual element that prevents her hair from looking overly stiff and lacquered. (A flexible hairspray like Elnett, $11, also helps in that department.)