How to Get Blake Lively's Hair
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By Ning Chao
CHECK OUT BLAKE'S NEW RED HAIR!Many stylists speculate on how to re-create December cover girl Blake Livelys perfectly tousled tresses. But for the real step-by-steps, MC went straight to the source (Blakes colorist in Beverly Hills and her Gossip Girl on-set stylist) to find out how to get her covetable hair.
Hollywood has bred a fair share of iconic blondes Harlow, Monroe, Aniston, and the newest must-have shade: the Lively. Blakes color is what I call a blushed blonde with flicks of ivory, and apricot and soft honey beige undertones. It radiates warmth and brings a glow to her skin, says Lukaro salon co-owner Rona OConnor, whos been in charge of the 22-year-old actresss blonde since she was a teenager (with traveling pants).
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When Lively made the move from Hollywood to Manhattan for her role as Serena Van Der Woodsen on Gossip Girl, OConnor tweaked her hue to look more Uptown. The New York Blonde is richer with more lowlights, OConnor explains. New York has more gray light than California. Blonde hair especially if its porous absorbs this light, making it look dull and flat. Adding the warm apricot lowlights complements paler winter skin, and a gloss is essential to seal the hair and reflect shine.
To maintain Livelys signature Gossip Girl blonde, OConnor lifts her base color one shade from her natural hue and does a gloss treatment every five to six weeks, paints in highlights every three months, and adds lowlights every three or four months. For the at-home colorist, OConnor recommends attempting this look only if your natural hair is within two shade levels of Livelys. And beware if you dont see your natural tone on the side of the hair color box. You could end up too gold or orange after processing.
Rona OConnors recommendations:
If you have light to medium blonde hair: LOréal Superior Preference in 9G
If you have medium to dark blonde hair: Garnier Nutrisse in 92 Light Beige Blonde or Clairol Perfect 10 in 9G
If you have dark blonde hair: LOréal Superior Preference in 8G
If you need to warm up your faded highlights: Clairol Natural Instincts in Sunflower 04
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