Blake's hairstylist reveals how he gave her nearly 10 different looks in just one day.

By Jackie Fields
April 29, 2015 01:00 PM

There’s nothing quite like our love affair with Blake Lively’s hair. So when
The Age of Adaline
star debuted more than 10 looks in one single day — complete with multiple hair switch-ups — we were sure she must have had an army of hairstylists tag-teaming her locks throughout the day. Nope!

In this week’s issue of PEOPLE, Lively reveals there was only one “magician” behind her whirlwind transformations — her longtime mane man Rod Ortega. For obvious reasons, we reached out to the pro to learn the secrets behind his magic (hair) tricks.

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If you’re wondering exactly how he had enough time to do an updated do for every outfit, the answer is, well, he didn’t. “Everything was really quick,” says Ortega. “We didn’t have time to sit there and re-curl, re-set, hairspray. It was, ‘Okay, do it!'” Still, he managed to put a few of the styles together in as little as five minutes.

Another big challenge? Ortega didn’t see any of her clothing before it was go-time that morning. He depended only on his encyclopedic knowledge of retro hairstyles (he also keeps an iPad on-hand full of inspiration). “I am constantly researching what [people] wore in the 1920s, 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s,” he says. “It helps me when I have to think very quickly on the spot.”

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As far as styling itself goes, Ortega credits his Nimbus 2000-like speed to his “very collaborative” relationship with Lively and his ability to create gorgeous hairstyles in unconventional places. “I’ve done hair everywhere: in a closet, on a plane. It’s just from practice,” he explains. He essentially set up a mini salon in Lively’s car in order to re-style her hair between appearances.

“I have a canvas J.Crew bag, it’s my go-to because it lays flat, so you can lay out hot [tools] and combs,” he says, revealing how he set up his workspace in the car. (Cordless butane irons are a must too, because they can “click on” in a pinch.) He also used his T3 Wand and L’Oréal Paris’s Elnett hairspray to get her hair “full and thick.”

Okay, so it’s not quite like Lively had a glam squad of magical creatures à la Snow White, but the big reveal behind Ortega’s tricks is still pretty spectacular, no?


For more on Lively’s style, pick up the 5/11 issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands now.

Where’s the wildest place you’ve ever done your hair? Tell us in the comments below.

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–Jackie Fields

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