We love Shailene Woodley for many reasons — she’s an amazing actress and seems super laid back, for starters — but her carefree approach to hair has always been one of her coolest qualities, if you ask us. And after watching her in last year’s box office hit Divergent, our love for the actress has only grown. As we count the days until the film’s sequel, Insurgent, hits theaters this month, we’re taking a look back at some of Shailene’s best hair moments with the best Shailene Woodley hairstyles of all time.
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It seems like just yesterday that Shailene debuted her pretty pixie, but these days it looks like the actress is growing out her short locks a bit. Get the look: With a pixie that’s growing out, hold is key so start by pulling a wide headband over your head (try Scunci’s Flexible Construction Headbands) and spritzing locks with a strong hold spray like Kerastase’s Couture Styling Fix Fabulous. Comb hair backwards and pin in place, then pull your headband into position.
Over the course of her pixie flirtation, Shailene has impressed us with the diverse ways she’s styled her cropped ‘do. This sleek style definitely tops the list of her best looks! Get the look: Wash locks with a shine-enhancing shampoo like Jason Naturals Super Shine Apricot Shampoo. On damp strands, work in a shine-based product (we love Herbal Essences Wild Naturals Illuminating Dry Oil!) and blow dry partially so you maintain that shiny, wet look.
For last year’s Met Gala, Shailene took the punk theme seriously, showing up in a feathery pixie that definitely caught our attention. Get the look: The key to this look is its tousled, sexy texture, so start by spritzing wet hair with a sea salt spray (like Alterna Bamboo Style Boho Waves Tousled Texture Mist) to add sexy grit. Then, rough dry and style to your liking!
We loved it when Shailene brought her A game to an awards show in London and opted for a high topknot with loads of shine. Get the look: Start with second day hair to give locks better hold. Working in a shine-enhancing product like Ouidad Shine Glaze Serum, twist hair high up on your head into a topknot. Secure and add another touch of glaze.
Before she made the cut to a pixie, Shailene was famous for her long, straight locks. And we always loved it when she wore them shiny with just a touch of movement! Get the look: Blow dry hair smooth then polish things off with a straightener (we recommend Artizen MyStyler Iron). For added body and movement, you can add slight flips to your straight strands with the same iron. For even more help achieving Shailene’s long, luscious locks, try a hair-boosting vitamin like Nature’s Bounty Optimal Solutions Hair, Skin and Nails Gummies.
When it comes time for special events, Shailene has always had fun with her hair, and we won’t soon forget this sassy fishtail braid she rocked to the 2010 MTV Movie Awards. Get the look: Fishtail braids can seem pretty intimidating at first, we know, but they’re not as complex as you might think. In fact, you can copy Shailene’s flirty style in 10 simple steps! Just watch our instructional video to get started.
Elegance was the word du jour at a film gala Shailene attended in 2012. Her glossy sideswept curls stepped up her style game in a major way, if you ask us. Get the look: On freshly washed and dried hair, prep locks with a curl-enhancing product like Oribe’s Curl Gloss. Next, take a medium-sized curling iron and curl from the mid shaft down. Let curls cool then sweep hair over to one side!
Ponytails have always looked fab on Shailene, especially when she wears them super shiny. Get the look: On freshly washed hair, blow dry smooth, making sure to use a shine-enhancing product like Keratin Complex Sparkle and Shine Copper. Next, pull hair into a medium height ponytail, secure and comb through (try Sonia Kashuk’s new Art of Makeup Small Hair Brush) to polish things off.
Shailene briefly experimented with face-framing sideswept bangs, and we’ve always thought the look suited her well. Get the look: Aussie Celebrity Stylist Sarah Potempa has the perfect tips for copying Shailene’s cute updo: “The key to this look is sectioning and adding Aussie Hair Insurance Heat Protectant Shine Spray while your hair is wet to achieve the sweeping side bang. Blow dry bang down and the rest back. Then smooth the bang forward with a flat iron, like the Sarah Potempa Ceramic Styling Iron with Blow Out Attachments. To get texture in the top and sides, roll the hair over the attachments! Pin sections back to define the texture.”
Back in her The Secret Life of the American Teenager days, Shailene had a very signature ‘do, and rarely strayed from the style. Get the look: Just a touch of height at the roots and with the long fringe helps set this look apart, so you’ll want to use a round brush (try Conair Mega Ceramic Round Boar Bristle Hair Brush) while blow drying. Targeting those two areas, lift hair upwards slightly while drying, leaving the rest of locks straight and piecey. Voila, you’re done!