You’ve never seen Mandy Moore like this before! The This Is Us actress stepped out with a headful of glorious curls in N.Y.C. on Tuesday, and we’ve got the exclusive scoop on the star’s gorgeous look from celebrity hairstylist Ted Gibson.

With a desire for a “romantic look,” Gibson decided to reference two actresses with iconic ringlets: Jennifer Beals — and Jennifer Grey of Dirty Dancing and Flashdance fame. “There’s all this kind of hair during that period that’s really kind of timely right now,” he tells PeopleStyle.

Another influence, the Big Apple itself. “I said [to Moore], ‘you’re in the fashion capital of the world. Let’s do something really fashionable!'” Then he two got down to transforming her naturally straight strands.