22 March 2010

How To Get Hair Like...Blake Lively (Gossip Girl)

Ever watched Gossip Girl and thought to yourself..."how do they get their hair to look so good all of the time?". Us too! But fret not, they might have a professional team working on them all of the time they are on set but we are here to take your hand and be your own personal hair care expert! So, Blake Lively, with your luscious locks of wavy blonde hair, we are going to crack the secrets behind your look!

  • Step 1: Get it Clean!

    Wavy hair is all about body, and so it is imperritive that you add body to your hair at the earliest stage of styling. To set your hair so that is ready for a light and weightless wavy look you will need to use a suitable shampoo that will add a good amount of moisture withough weighing your hair down. Hair will also need to be strong and protected so that you have no split ends that will ruin the wavy look that Blake Lively's character, Serena van der Woodsen achieves.

    For the shampoo stage of this style we have chosen to use a professional shampoo that is made specially to help you obtain perfect, gentle waves. We have chosen to use Montibello Densi Volume shampoo (see end of article for links to products!). Densi Volume Shampoo is used by our friends who work in salons and they swear by it. If you have been following our blog you will know that we are big fans of Montibello Hair Products and Densi volume is a shampoo that is specifically designed to give your hair weightless body. Montibello will leave your hair moisturised and protected as well as light and a breeze to style, the perfect condition to work the best waves!

  • Step 2: Condition, condition, condition

    Ok, ok, this is becoming a bit of an obsession for me, but if there is one thing you should do propely it is to condition your hair with a high quality and suitable conditioner. As I have said in previous articles, it is usually worth while spending more time and money on a good conditioner than a shampoo, and this is still true when you are trying to get light waves.

    Your conditioner will need to be a light conditioner that won't add too much moisture to your hair but rather add a protective element to your hair to eliminate the risk of frizz; remember, frizz is your number one enemy when you want to get wavy hair. We have decided to use Milkshake Conditioning Whipped Cream. There are two reasons for this choice, one, we love the natural ingredients that make this conditioner, two, it is a beautiful, lightweight conditioner that will protect your hair from split ends and frizz.

    Work the conditioner through your hair and allow it to work its magic for a minute or two. Make sure that you wash the conditioner out of your hair thoroughly before moving onto the next stage. We are getting closer to getting hair like Serena from Gossip Girl!

  • Step 3: Dry Gently

    Next you have to dry your hair, but STOP! Don't just get the hair dryer on it and go mad until your hair is a steaming mess that is the same temperature as the sun. The temptation is to often use tools like a blow dryer too much, but be careful, using this too much can undo all of your hard work before now.

    Before you pick up the hairdryer there are a couple of careful steps you need to take. The first is to add a good quality volumising spray to the roots of your hair. We have chosen to use Milkshake Open Air Hairspray. Another Milkshake product, and again we have chosen it becuase it is quite light and gentle. Apply the spray directly to your roots, you don't need to use too much but enough to add the required lift from the root.

    Next you need to apply a mousse to your locks. We have chosen to use Montibello Densi volume treatment mousse. The treatment mousse is part of the Montibello TREAT range and it is great for adding a lift and full bodied volume. Apply the mousse by gently working through the length of your hair, you don't need to add it to your roots!

    Now you have a volumising spray on the roots and a full bodied mousse on your hair you can gently blow dry using a mixed bristle paddle brush to add volume whilst you dry.

  • Step 4: Styling

    The next stage to achive the Gossip Girl hair look is to using the curling irons. We find it easiest to separate your hair into three sections so that the hair you aren't styling at the time is kept out of the way. The trick to achieving loose curls is to wrap about 1 or 2 inches of hair around the barrell of the curling iron. You can alternate the direction of the curl as you work from the root to the tip.

  • Step 5: Finish Your Blake Lively Look!

    Finally, once you have curled all three sections of your hair, add a small amount of hair finishing cream to stop any frizz in its tracks! We use Macadamia's Curl Reviving Cream, which provides hold and amazing form to curls or waves without leaving any oily residue. Only use a small amount and gently work it through your hair to finish off your style.

    Now you have weightless curls that wouldn't look out of place on the set of Gossip Girl! Below are a few links to all of the products we used in this hair tips article and if you have anything to add please leave us a comment,we'd love to hear from you, oh...and we do requests! Also while you're here I'd like to ask you to subscribe to our newsletter because it's great! and it's written by me!!

Hair Products we Used:

Montibello Densi Volume Shampoo

Milkshake Conditioning Whipped Cream

Milkshake Open Air Hairspray

Montibello Densi Volume Treatment Mousse 

Macadamia Reviving Curl Cream

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