Lauren Conrad’s Hairstyles & How to Do Them

The ultimate guide to Lauren Conrad’s hairstyles on The Hills. Step-by-step instructions and the products to get Lauren’s look.

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Lauren conrad side ponytail
Lauren Conrad rocking a chic ponytail hairstyle. Photo: Pacific Coast News

I got the following email recently and thought it would make a great article:

“I am starting college next January and I want to do a Lauren Conrad hairstyle. What are some of her hairstyles so I can get this look?” – Sandra

I like Lauren Conrad‘s many hairstyles on The Hills, and have wanted to write about them for a while, so here goes.  What’s great about Lauren’s look is that it’s always changing – it seems like LC does her hair differently in every episode, so there are many ways to get that Lauren Conrad hair for yourself.

Hair Styling Basics

Before we get into the tutorials, let’s go over a few basics that you need to remember when you’re working with heat and your hair and attempting these styles.  If you’re already a hair pro, feel free to skip this section.

  • Really Important: ANY and EVERY time you heat-style your hair, be it with a blow dryer, curling iron or flat iron, you need to use a heat protective product first!  If you don’t, you’ll fry your hair in the long-term.  This is doubly true if you have highlights or use permanent dye.  My favorite heat-styling product is Frederic Fekkai Glossing Cream but I have also heard good things about Oscar Blandi Jasmine Oil Serum.
  • Second, make sure you buy quality tools to use in your hair. Since a flat iron touches your hair on both sides, there is so much potential for split ends & breakage it’s not even funny. If you invest in a ceramic flat iron like the CHI Turbo Flat Iron or ghd styler you will save your hair from so much damage  Similarly, a good quality curling iron will do wonders.
  • Third, remember that these tutorials are for styles that are easiest to do if you have medium-length straight/wavy hair like Lauren’s.  Those of you with curly hair will need to blow-dry your hair straight before attempting these looks, so they might not be so practical for every day.

Now that you’ve got all that, on to the tutorials…

Twisted Pullback

Lauren Conrad with her hair twisted and pulled back

This hairstyle is super-easy to do.  All you need are some bobby pins, a little hairspray and a curling iron.  If your hair is naturally very curly, you will need to blow-dry it straight first.  Don’t worry about getting it perfect, this look works best if your hair has a little wave to it. 

Lauren Conrad curling her hair with a curling iron

Part your hair down the center and separate hair into sections.  I recommend doing the bottom layers of your hair first.  To curl, grab a one-inch section of hair, spray lightly with hairspray and then use a large barrel curling iron to make loose ringlets like Lauren’s.

Next, separate one-inch sections of hair from both sides of the front of your face,  loosely twist and pull them to the back of your head.  Secure with two bobby pins in an X or a cute clip, then spray to hold in place. 

Straight Chic Ponytail

Lauren Conrad wearing a Straight Ponytail with a headband
Photo: MTV’s The Hills

This is similar to the Gossip Girl style chic ponytail that I talked about  in the article on quick and easy hairstyles.  The difference here is that Lauren’s look is smoother and sleeker, and she sometimes adds her trademark headband or head scarf to finish it off.

Lauren Conrad wearing a Straight Ponytail
Photo: Pacific Coast News

To get the hairstyle, you’ll need a flat iron, brush, elastic and some hairspray.  I recommend this look for “second day hair” if you don’t wash your hair daily, but if you do, it will work just as well on clean hair that has been blow-dried straight. 

First, apply a heat-protecting product (see “Hair Styling Basics” above.)  Next, part your hair to the side if attempting the first look. Don’t worry about a part if attempting the second.  Then flat iron your hair in sections starting with the bottom layers until it is pin-straight.  Finally, tilt your head back and brush your hair into a ponytail.  Secure with an elastic slightly above the nape of the neck.

If you have side bangs like Lauren and want to get her look in the first photo, pull out your bangs from the ponytail and arrange them how you want.  If you are going for her second look, just slip on a headband and spray your hair down with some hairspray to secure. 

Pin-Straight & Shiny

Lauren conrad straight shiny hair
Photo: Pacific Coast News

You know Lauren definitely loves this look because we see her wearing it all the time on The Hills and to red-carpet events. Unless your hair is absolutely pin-straight, you’re going to need a good quality flat iron to get this look.

To create this hairstyle, you need a blow dryer, a flat iron, and either hairspray or shine spray depending on how easily your hair stays straight.

Step one is to use a heat-protecting product to damp hair (see “Hair Styling Basics” above.)  Then even if you have semi-straight hair, blow it out, aiming your dryer down, NOT up, the hair shaft to create extra-smoothness.

Once your hair is dry, flat-iron your whole head in sections until your locks are pin-straight.

If your hair is naturally wavy and turns back to frizz a few hours after you straighten, you need to finish this look with hairspray.  Make sure to get one that doesn’t list water as the main ingredient – these will turn your hair back to waves in an instant.

If your hair is pretty straight naturally or stays straight for a while after you flat iron, use a shine spray to finish the look off.  I love Beyond Shine Mist; it makes your hair incredibly glossy!

Wavy With Side-Bangs

Photo: MTV’s The Hills

Here’s the look that Lauren wears on The Hills Season 3.  If you’ve seen the first episode, it looks like Lauren pretty much wore her hair wavy the whole time she was in Paris.  Don’t let her Paris disaster happen to you though: remember to keep your curling iron away from your designer dresses at all times!

Lauren Conrad wearing her hair wavy with side-bangs
Photo: MTV’s The Hills

For this hairstyle, you will need hairspray and a large barrel curling iron.  If your hair is curly, blow dry it straight first.  If your hair is straight or wavy, let it air-dry if possible.

First, part your hair slightly to the side.  Starting with the bottom layers, grab 1 to 2 inch pieces of hair, spray each piece with hairspray, then curl.  Stop winding the hair around the iron a few inches from the root – you want to keep those semi-straight. 

For Lauren’s first look above, section out your bangs from the rest of your hair once you’ve curled everything, then use your curling iron to “wing” the ends out, so the piece moves away from your face.  Use a little hairspray to hold.

For Lauren’s second look, slip on a stretchy headband over your finished hair, then arrange the front sections so that your bangs are tucked behind your ear.  Again, spray with hairspray to keep everything in place!

What do you think?

So there you have it: Lauren Conrad’s hairstyles in an easy step-by-step guide.  If you have any questions about any of this, just leave a comment and I’ll answer as soon as I can!  Which hairstyle is your favorite?  Would you wear these looks?

131 thoughts on “Lauren Conrad’s Hairstyles & How to Do Them”

  1. i love lauren , and shes my idol , some people say i look like her lmaooo i have no idea why i really love her and yes she does look perfect in every single picture ,, i wish one day i could meet her:). love cs <3

  2. You you could edit the blog name title Lauren Conrad&#8217s Hairstyles & How to Do Them &#8211 College Fashion to more generic for your webpage you create. I loved the the writing however.

  3. Wow thankyouu sooo much!!! i love her hair and have wanted to style mine like hers for ages…i have the same kind of hair as her so i think with these tips i will be able to make mine look like hers! :Dx x

  4. Do you really have to blow dry your hair before you do any of these hairstyles?
    That might sound stupid, but I have never been able to blow dry my hair straight.

  5. Hi, love this website, been looking for how to do lauren’s hair styles for ages. does anyone know what curling irons lauren uses? i really wana get some good ones, but don’t know which ones, any suggestions.

  6. i just wanted to let you know again how amazing this is
    i used the twist pullback with my curly unmanageable hair and it looked amazing..i blew dried it, straightend it and curled the bottom and i have never had more compliments in my entire life

    thank you =]

  7. Hiii, I need to buy a new curling iron but I don’t know which one is good, help? I have a gdh IV styler but it doesn’t make big curls like Lauren’s.

  8. hey i was wondering if the twist is gonna work with really short die bangs and maybe you can do a tutorial about how to der her french braid to the side i love that! aka the french braid head band

  9. hey thanks so much for these! I love lauren conrad’s hairstyles…they’re so unique and beautiful. Do you think you’ll be posting more how-to’s on her hairstyles in the future? that would be much appreciated!

  10. i love this i have really frizzy curly hair and i just love how she does this.. ughhh thank you so much…now only if my printer worked…

  11. i rele want laurens hair but my hair is very curly so i was gonna get it chemically straightened should i do this?

  12. Melissa – I covered the braid in another article – search for “easy hairstyles college fashion” on Google, and it should come up! If you want a step-by-step tutorial, I can work on that too!

  13. I have naturally long straight and shiny, and when i try to curl my hair, i can use hairspray and my hair still only stays for maybe 5 minutes. Is there a certain hairspray i need or is there another trick to get my hair to stay in place?

  14. i absolutely LOVE laurens hair when its cut short (shoulder length) and she has side bangs…however i’m not very smart when i talk to my hairdresser about cutting my hair and i want my hair to look just like laurens short cut. so if anyone has any tips on what i should tell my hairdresser it would be greatly appreciated!

  15. Christina – You might need to get your hair wet and set it in hot rollers to get it to curl. Also, lots of an extra strong hold hairspray and a hot, hot curling iron might do the trick too! Also, I like Hot Tools curling irons – you can get them at Hope that helps!

  16. so i totally added this page to my favs!
    the explanations are so simple and easy to follow. i will def try it out in the new year.


  17. lauren.. its.. so .. jajaj i dont have word really¡¡ my got she has a beutyful hair and i love her outfits she is so¡¡ fashionnn seriuslyyy i want her outfistss

  18. OMG, ive been looking for a website that shows me how to do her hairstyles and im soo happy i’ve finally found one!! She’s so pretty!
    thanx x infinity


  19. I have a CHI and I love it but my hair gets a little wavy after I straighten it so what can I use to prevent this from happening?

  20. Hi, just seen your tip about Hot Tools curling iron, do you know what size is best to make the loose curls? thanks.

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  22. I so enjoy the LC hair tips! I think my favorite is the last one – the wavy curls. Such a soft and pretty look. I pretty much bought hair extensions just to achieve this one! 🙂

  23. Hi there,
    I have a GHD styler but or waves like Lauren has in the picture above, what brand or specific type/ size of barrell would you reccomend?
    Really want a good one for waves.
    Thanks for the tips

  24. Speaking as a guy… LC has hot hair. I’m not ashamed to admit I’ve seen the show a few times and I’m always impressed by how classy she is amongst the rest of them. I’m liking all these hair styles.

  25. I really loved the tips you have givin me. I really love how lauren’s hair is so PERFECT!! and I’ve been trying to learn how she does it for so long. This has showed me and it’s easier than you thinnk! This is a fantastic article.

    Thanks A LOT!!

    Briana [=

  26. i love this website!! I it’s totally helped me with a lot of hairstyles and everything especially because i like Lauren Conrad! Thanks a lot!!!!!!!!!

  27. Hey,
    i was just wondering for the last hairstyle, the ones in paris.. i was wondering for the second picture, how lauren got that volume at the back of her head, like a little pouf? thanks!

  28. I am trying to find a picture of Lauren’s bun she wore in Paris to the event she and Whitney worked. Anyone have a pic of this? I want my hair done like that for my friend’s wedding next week.

  29. thank you for the great tips they really helped. you are a great hairstylest. i love you on the hills!!!!!!!!!! thanx again. hope your ok. lots of luv jess

  30. i love the twisted pullback! i am doing my hair that way for a wedding i am going to tonight, can’t wait to see how it looks! 😉 <3

  31. Sandra – I’m glad you liked the article! Much love to you too and let me know if you have any more questions! 🙂

    Shar – Hmm, that article was okay but it kinda seemed like a really negative take on things. Also, it failed to recognize that trends as people report them are from the runways, obviously women have been wearing things for a long time and fashion is cyclical. Nothing is ever truly original – everything has to come from somewhere. Anyway, that article didn’t do it for me, sorry.

  32. In the last style, the first photo, how would you wing it out? and could you use like hair straightners to acheive the same style?

  33. someone please tell me how lauren looks so perfect at ALL times!?
    just not fair!
    even when she’s out running errands or at the airport she looks perfect.
    so jealous!

  34. Thank you so much for these hair styles i have been like going to all these different websites for hair styles and i found this one and i was like thank goodness!!!!! I just wanna say thank you and btw i still watch the hills (: Favorite TV show <3

  35. well i love my hair and i love finding new ways to disply it. ii have tried a lot of things but i want to find something new and exsiting …. help me.

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  38. One thing you didn’t mention was the classic side braid! That is a Lauren Conrad essential! I was wondering if you could do her other hairstyle where she has her hair french braided to the side and then all straight. It is my favourite hair style of her’s by far!

  39. i like lauren’s hairstyle..but the problem is that the surly/wavy hairstyles requires curling irons..DON’T really want my hair to be damaged.

  40. Wow. If only I could afford a curling iron at the moment I would love to give some of these a try.. Some of them are exactly what I do for family dinners except my hair isn’t half as beautiful !!

  41. i used sun-in in my hair to make my hair blonde and i hate the color on me and my mom wont let me dye it any suggestions? also the sun-in made my hair very dry lately and wavy and i hate it any way to get rid of it? Thanks:)!!

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  43. Hi! on da last 1 u could just use straighteners!!!
    but u can just use curlers for a curlier afect!!!
    they work realy well and has any1 tried da twisted pullback on 1 side
    cos it lookes real cute and attracts LOADS of cute boys in my case!!!!

  44. Allison – Are you using a good quality curling iron? You need to spend a little more money on a good ceramic curling iron that goes up to REALLY high heat. Ulta sells some good ones. I’d say you should spend at LEAST $30 on an iron, ideally $50 or more. That’s probably what your stylist uses and why your curls hold at the salon. Also, use a good hairspray.

  45. heyyy,i was so xited to try my ney look and i tryed it and it looked awsome thnx i am not the dorky girl i used to be .

    thanx sincerly Chelsea daniels

  46. hejjj

    Just another question.. how thick is Lauren’s curl iron? because she hasn’t got the small ones.. 🙂

    thnx greetzzzz

  47. My hair is naturally super thick, super blond, and super wavy!! But believe me, I couldn’t do half of that even if I had a pro stylist! All I need is a brush, bobby pins, and hairspray to look like the holiday barbie! Ponytails for me. 80’s revival anyone?

  48. my hair is wavy at the bottom and strait at the top but my baby bangs havn`t grown out yet so when I put it in a pony tail my baby bangs stick out and it looks really bad. What do i do?

  49. I was wondering how Lauren always looks so put together even with just a ponytail? It must be natural! Yea I have been trying to do the little braid thing on the side of my hair but it has not been working..

  50. I absolutely LOVE your website, I’ve looked for videos on how to do on youtube, but to be quite frank, your descriptions have helped way more! Thanks so much for the great tips! I’d love more Lauren Conrad hair style descriptions too if you have time! Other Reese Witherspoon’s hair is great too! 🙂

    Thanks again,

  51. YAYA !
    lovethiss webb + thiss womann shess
    a insparationn ,
    I HATE how speancer bullyss heidii too but i think
    that she should leave himm + move bk in with lauren
    loveyouu lauren my insparation x

  52. This was really great, I love the advice! I am going to try every one of these looks! Usually, it sounds so complicated, but this explained it enough where it sounds simple! Thanks so much!

  53. I’m trying to do Lauren’s hairstyles on myself.. especially since grad is is 5 days!
    I was wondering if you could do her other hairstyle where she has her hair french braided to the side and then all straight. It is my favourite hair style of her’s by far!
    Anyways, thanks for the other tips.. they’ll help 🙂

  54. I loved the way you handled with Heidi you deserved a better friend than her last or two years for me I used to have a friend that almost souned liked Lo and you knew eachother and grew up with eachother since the second or third grade. But her and I grew apart she have a real so called true love who sounded like or should I say almost looks liked Spencer. Maybe you and I, we both had comment about tried to trusted and testified about whose the real friend. I haved watched your show the laguna beach 2004 and the Hills. And I loved your hairstyle and your fashioned tips about being so classy and being very elegant

    Mika Wright
    P.S my first name is in japanese and it pronouced ( mee-ka)

  55. Manda – You’d just use your curler to pull the hair away from your face and concentrate on the ends to get the curl. Also, you could do it with a straightener, just pull away from your face and slightly up. Then spray with hairspray.

    Llalala – I talked about that hairstyle in another article: . I called it “sideways french braid” and that’s basically what it is! You need to know how to french braid, but it’s easy once you get it down!

  56. Sarah – Oh no! Sorry to hear about your CHI. I have never heard of the Solia, but I did have a CHI turbo and it was soo fabulous, so I’m a little biased. I actually ended up breaking my CHI too (brought it to England and tried to use it with an adapter – bad move.) So now I have a HAI which is really great. I’d recommend either the HAI or CHI. Haha, I feel like I’m talking in code here…

  57. Lauren has the prettiest hair. I love the straight hair look, I do it almost everyday. The problem though is that I just broke my flat iron this morning. My brother left the toilet open and in it went… I had a CHI and I was thinking about ordering another one, but then I saw really good reviews on the Solia. Do you know anything about either, and which one is better?

  58. Megan – Yeah, it’s definitely different, huh? It’s super-cute though and one of the easiest styles to do too!

    Apresenta – Thanks 🙂

    Shar – Oh no it’s fine, it wasn’t offensive or anything like that! I just didn’t really get it! You don’t have to apologize, it’s totally fine 🙂

    Lauren – Yeah, I like it too – very chic! And I know, I think she must spend extra time to get her hair super-straight, but a really good flat iron works wonders too.

  59. i love lauren’s new shorter hair on the Hills! I feel like I can never get my hair as pin straight as hers but I’m going to attempt haha. love the tips:)

  60. I’m so sorry, I didn’t mean for it (the link and my comment) to be offending to anyone because i really do love this site and all the tips on it . . . i guess i should try wording my comment better.

    What i laughed about was how true fashion get recycled over and over (bell bottoms for instance.)

    Again sorry, and i hope you accept my apology. (Great job on the hairstyle article too, i’ve been dying to try out some new styles on my–boring–hair.)

  61. I really love finding new hairstyles so I’m pretty excited you posted this. My favorite one is the Twisted Pullback because I’ve never seen anything like that before. I’ll have to try that out sometime.

  62. Thanks for the information its exactly what I needed I want to completly redo my look for college and this is a great start
    Lots Of Love


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