Blake Lively’s Hair Is the New ‘Rachel’

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Blake Lively is so pretty and wonderful! Her flawless "I don't work out" figure, her creamy smooth skin, her radiant smile. She is the same species of human as Heidi Klum — somehow they're always photographed looking perfect. But perhaps the most wonderful thing about Blake Lively is her hair, which hairstylists across the city agree is the new "Rachel." Everyone wants her "extra long, ultra-shiny blond with a mussed-up tussle [sic] frolicking through the ends," according to the Times.


“It’s aspirational hair,” said John Barrett, whose salon sits atop Bergdorf Goodman in Midtown Manhattan.

Clients, Mr. Barrett said, “don’t just want the hair, they want the life.”

The ever-gracious Blake is relatively modest about what "the life" is like.


“I didn’t really realize the extent of it,” Ms. Lively said of her hair’s popularity, though she had an inkling: fashion forerunners like Vogue staffers routinely approach her at events and fixate on her hair, she said.

And we thought Vogue staffers only ran around petting the furs on their own backs!

Jennifer Johnson, who styles Blake's hair for Gossip Girl, said all she does is frequently apply a conditioning masque and let Blake's hair "dry in a simple chignon." Except there is no way that is all that goes into it. We've seen the show — there is definitely product in there, and probably some curling iron action, too.

If you want Blake Lively's signature Gossip Girl style, you can buy it. Bumble and bumble. can style you wavy for $35. Or you can go to John Bartlett's salon, where he'll add removable extensions for $1,200 to $1,500 per piece, give you a cut for $500, and provide you with other various conditioning treatments and heat styling for around $1,200 a month. But what no one expressly tells the Times is, if you don't have the genes for naturally wavy hair, getting the look will not be easy. If you don't have $2,000 to $3,000 a month to spend on hair styling, you could always try not showering or brushing for a few days. Bedhead is better than dated straight hair (like what Olivia Palermo had on The City last night — we hope we're not the only ones who remember that).

A ‘Gossip Girl’ Look, Pronto! [NYT]