Here’s how you can create your own heart-shaped hairstyle similar to Blake Lively’s

Not a day goes by that I don’t try to imitate Blake Lively (aka Serena van der Woodsen). While I am more of a Blair Waldorf at heart (I’m a Scorpio so I love revenge), no one can rock an effortless, I-woke-up-like-this makeup and hair look like the blonde bombshell herself. She is #goals!

That’s why when Blake wore a totally glam heart-shaped hairstyle at the L’Oréal Colorista launch event in NYC, I was quick to figure out a way to recreate the look — even if it meant not totally being able to do the hairstyle precisely. While I wish I looked just as fabulous as the actress, I will say that this alternative hairdo is perfect for days when you want to look like you’re put together, but really, you’re just lazy.

It’s Valentine’s Day after all, so why not get in the spirit of love? If you want to skip the sexy tousled waves today (although, there’s nothing wrong with that), this simple, “love bun” updo will add a little bit of charm to your beauty look.

This is the hairstyle Blake Lively rocked that inspired this post:

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Let’s get started!

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Here’s what you’re going to need to create this look:

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From left to right: Hair Love Bun Heart Shaped Donut Maker Kit, $10 and a hair brush (mine is similar to Revlon’s Signature Series Hair Brush, $4.77)

Side note: While the love bun donut maker kit that I purchased on Amazon is currently unavailable, there is a similar product on Ebay, the Heart Shaped Magic Sponge Foam Donut Hair Styling Bun Clip Set ($1.59). If you don’t feel like going the Ebay route, you can use a basic donut bun style set ($3.58) and just wrap three hair ties in a way that it resembles the “heart shape” of the love bun! It should look more like a triangle, though.

Step 1: Brush your hair and put it in a ponytail

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You can create a high or low pony for this look. I decided to go right in the middle.

This is going to sound very Mean Girls-esque and kinda ridiculous, but my hair always changes when it’s going to rain, so I’m able to predict the weather.

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In this case, the muggy weather changed the texture of my hair and it was very difficult to work with. As you can see, my hair looks frizzy and unbrushed. I applied a small amount of Garnier Fructis Strong Hold Styling Gel ($2.99) to keep it in place, but I decided not to fight Mother Nature, so I’m doing an effortless, messy bun look.

If you want a more sleek bun style, spray the L’Oréal’s Satin Hairspray Extra Strong Hold ($14.99) and it will do the trick!

Step 2: Twist your hair and roll the bun up

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If you have thick hair like me, it will be easier to get the bun in place if you twist your hair.

Step 3: Make sure the bun is placed in the middle, (unlike mine in this photo)

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Before you wrap your hair around the bun, make sure to brush your hair once more! Also, double check the bun is placed in the center.

Step 4: Place your head down and wrap your hair around the bun

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First, place your head down. Then, pull all of your hair from the pony and wrap it all around the bun. Make sure your hair completely hides it! Once you’ve laid your hair flat and around the bun, grab your hair tie and slide it down to hold your bun and hair in place. This might take a few tries, so you might want to grab your roomate, BFF, or S.O. and ask them to double check your hair covers your bun and that there aren’t any flyaways!

Step 5: Wrap your hair around and pin it

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Grab the remaining hair from your pony, and start wrapping it around as if you’re putting your hair into a normal bun. Because I have long hair, I had to wrap it around like three times! To make it easier, wrap you hair in sections. I split my pony into two big parts, twisted my hair, and wrapped it around the opposite side. So for my left part, I twisted my hair and started wrapping it around from the right side. Once you’ve wrapped the first section, bobby pin it. Then, repeat and add as many bobby pins as your hair needs! This might take a few tries too!

Last minute touchups

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I decided to add more bobby pins since my hair was falling apart.

Step 6: The finished look

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Here is the completed look! Again, I went with an effortless, messy hair look, but strong hold hairspray and gel will give it a sleek look if that’s what you’re feeling! Add a clip or bow for an extra cute touch. My hair might not look as glam as Blake Lively’s but it’s definitely a hairstyle I can rock when I’m feeling a bit lazy with my ‘do.

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