Leighton Meester on Her Willingness to Go Bald for a Role (and Other Beauty Secrets)

07/16/2010 at 01:30 PM ET

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As it turns out, Blair Waldorf and Leighton Meester probably wouldn’t be BFFs in real life. While the Gossip Girl actress’s character is known for her designer wardrobe and flawless beauty, in real life, Meester couldn’t care less about keeping up with the trends or taming her tresses. “I’m not super OCD when it comes to every little flyaway,” Meester told PEOPLE. “I like being a little undone.” And while the 24-year-old star recently became global spokeswoman for hair care brand Herbal Essences, she wouldn’t hesitate to chop off her signature long locks if for the right role. “I know it’s just hair and I can change it however I want. I haven’t shaved my head or anything like that. But, you know if I needed to! It’s part of my job to change my hair.” For Meester, embracing change is part of her routine, admitting to “playing a part” when she’s on a red carpet. And she turns to her dream team, including makeup artist Chris Colbeck and hairstylist Charles Baker Strahan, to help create her image. “It’s all about individuality and making a big statement. I leave it to the pros, they’re artists. I’ll be like, ‘just do your thing.’” For more on Meester’s style, hair hang ups and beauty saves and splurges, check out this week’s issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands now. –Jackie Fields

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Jae on

Don’t wait for a role. Do it for LOCKS OF LOVE! It’s a great cause. I’ve done it twice and am working on my 3rd time.

carl on

she is soo beautiful, she would look great without hair. one of the best actresses out there. and she is way sexy!

JF on

While reading the article I thought of the same thing… Locks of Love :):) I’ve done it twice myself and can’t wait for it to be long enough to donate again!

sd on

Her hair’s been processed, I don’t think she can donate.

Lynne on

In case nobody knew, Locks of Love charges cancer victims for their wigs: more than $50 each. Pantene Beautiful Lengths gives them away for free. They also take 8 inches, while Locks of Love will only take 10 or more.

Jae on

“Her hair’s been processed, I don’t think she can donate.”
I thought that at first too, but their site says the except color treated hair.

Shannon on

It is true, Locks of Love does charge cancer victims a fee for wigs. Do the research & donate to the organization that doesn’t charge cancer victims. They have been through enough & shouldn’t be charged.

Jon on

That’s interesting to hear! Also, I’m so thrilled to hear that Meryl Streep & Tina Fey will be teaming up for a Movie called Mothers & Daughters, with Stanley Tucci directing!

Joanna on

I can totally picture Leighton bald or boyshort-haired as a Star Trek girl or pirate….or some dramatic/serious role. She would rock it!

Nessie on

Yeah, I’m sure you are, Jon….why can’t people.com leave the comments to the people outside the company? It’s not like we’re not gonna click on it on the front page anyway!

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