In honor of the star's 28th birthday, we're rounding up some of her most memorable mane moments

By Brittany Talarico
Updated August 25, 2015 03:30 PM
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It’s Blake Lively‘s 28th birthday! How are we celebrating? For starters, we’ll be refreshing her Instagram feed all day in hopes that she posts a photo from her “Blakery” or maybe an #OOTD birthday shot.

But while we wait, we’re looking back at some of her most memorable mane moments. (After all, her hair is the Holy Grail of Hollywood hair.)

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Andrea Lavinthal, Style and Beauty Director: I’m no Internet historian, but I’m fairly certain this braid (worn to the L.A. premiere of Green Lantern in 2011) was the reason Pinterest was invented. The messy, mermaid-y plait, adorned with a gold and diamond floral accessory, can be found on countless hair inspiration boards, whether it’s a bride who wants a boho-chic look on her big day or a beauty editor, who no matter how much texturizing spray she uses, can’t seem to recreate Lively’s tousled look (but I won’t ever stop trying!).

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Alex Apatoff, Senior Style Editor: This style, to me, is the epitome of “You’ll never have hair as good as Blake’s” — and I’m not even mad. The teeny braids and tousled locks give it a haphazard, just-rolled-out-of-bed-and-I-still-look-amazing vibe, but a second glance reveals that those waves are perfectly smooth, the braids elegantly executed and — oh yeah — you’ll never look as good in orange as she does. Happy birthday, Blake, you hair sorceress.

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Lindy Segal, Style Social Editor: If Blake Lively is going to be in the same room as Duchess Catherine (which she was at the 2011 BAFTA Brits To Watch Event in L.A.), you better believe she’s going to have princess-worthy hair. Her braided updo was just a touch boho, and the gorgeous rose-inspired bun was unlike any hairstyle we’ve ever seen on Blake–or anyone else, for that matter.

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Sarah Kinonen, Style & Beauty Editorial Assistant: When it comes to hair, I’m a no-fuss kind of girl. I air-dry my hair in the summer and usually just pull it back in a pony on most days. So like, I said, no fuss. Which is why this messy plait Blake wore to a Tiffany & Co. event in 2010 just speaks to me. It’s classic Blake: effortless with a whole lot of glam. (Seriously, how does she make a tousled braided mess look so chic?) If I had longer locks, I’m certain I’d pull my hair back like this every day.

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Lindsay Schallon, Senior Style Editor: Be honest, you totally forgot Blake was a redhead for a hot minute in 2011, didn’t you? Only a blip on the radar in her incredible hair history, she went this “Ariel” red for her role in Hick — only keeping it long enough to make it through filming (and to leave beauty bloggers everywhere slack-jawed), then it was back to her signature Serena blonde. No way S would have had any other color.

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Catherine Kast, Style Editor: Blake has mastered the red carpet art of dressing completely appropriately for the occasion– she’s never overdone and never under-dressed. This pale blue Chanel Couture has so much going on (sparkles, a cinched waist and a dramatic billowy scarf) that it called for nothing more and nothing less than what Blake provided with her effortless waves. The natural wind off the water in Cannes probably helped with the worn-in vibe she’s got going on, too. Don’t tell me that this isn’t enough of a “look” to warrant obsession, because I guarantee that if your average girl tried to make this happen on a regular day, it would be damn near impossible to achieve. Trust me, I’ve tried.

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Brittany Talarico, Style News Editor: Blake’s plait is so epic in this photo, it has to be revered from all angles. Last year, the actress kicked off the Cannes Film Festival at the Grace of Monaco premiere in a oxblood chiffon Gucci dress featuring a thigh-high slit and open back detailing. But it was that braid which managed to captivate all of my attention. Slick pony in the front, messy, textured plait in the back and 100% magic all around.

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