Blake’s hot hair secrets

The actress reveals how she maintains her signature blonde, and why her hair is her safety net.

Blake Lively is as much known for her blonde hair as she is her former role as Serena Van der Woodsen in Gossip Girl. In front of the camera, with husband Ryan Reynolds by her side, she’s all smiles but the 26-year-old recently revealed some truths.

“Honestly I am a shy person and my hair is a safety net for me, so I love to have it down and full and relaxed,” Blake told Hello! Magazine. “Often you see people on the red carpet with tight-up dos, but that makes me feel stiff.”

Blake also revealed it doesn’t take much to get her hair looking so naturally glam (because we weren’t jealous of her enough already). She applies a hair mask – usually Kerastase Reflection Chroma Captive Hair Masque – and leaves a little in the ends when rinsing it out. When her hair is slightly damp she pulls it into a ballerina bun to create those heavenly waves she’s often snapped with.

Like most beauty junkies, she swears by rubbing extra virgin coconut oil into the ends of her hair before shampooing, to repair and moisturise her strands. While she prefers to skimp on her day-to-day makeup, Blake never leaves home without fragrance - usually Gucci Premiere, the luxury label she’s the face of.

She’s also the (stunning) face of L`Oréal Paris, so her makeup bag is crammed full of the brand’s cosmetics – alongside her Mason Pearson hair brush, per-fekt Skin Perfection Gel and Crème de la Mer The Body Crème.

In recent months, Blake’s wowed us with her red carpet form, from her Cannes conquests to those ‘70s-inspired Gucci looks at the CFDA Awards and Chime for Change event last month. One styling trick we weren’t expecting? She uses eyelash glue to stick her gowns to her skin (and prevent any wardrobe malfunctions). Laters, double-sided tape!

“I’m not happy wearing sweats, because I love dressing up so much,” she admitted. “I liken myself to a little girl having a tea party at the house all of the time. I actually dress up more in my home that I do walking down the street just because it is so much fun to play dress-up.” No wonder designers are clamouring to get her in their gowns.