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How It's Done: Blake Lively's Pinterest-Worthy Beachy Braid


Do you want Blake Lively‘s hair? We thought so. Thanks to the many braids she’s rocked over the years, she’s earned official Pinterest-inspo status: According to Rod Ortega, Lively’s hairstylist, the undone look he constructed for the Green Lantern Los Angeles premiere back in 2011 is one of the most pinned braids of all time. And we think it’s time to bring it back.

Blake Lively Green Lantern

We were lucky enough to have Ortega in our studio to show us the braiding process, and it turns out that whether he’s doing a dramatic red carpet look or a super-tousled sea-swept braid for her upcoming shark thriller 
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, his overall vision is similar: It doesn’t have to be perfect.

To achieve what Ortega calls the “kind of messy, kind of beachy and airy” vibe Lively is known for he uses lots and lots of L’Oréal Elnett hair spray and a product that won’t break your budget: A disposable mascara wand. “All I do is just grab a tiny bit [of hair] and just pull,” he says.

Tell us: Will you try Blake’s easy, beachy braid? 

–Catherine Kast