Lauren Conrad is the human embodiment of #hairgoals. From her long, beachy blonde waves to her chin-grazing, blunt bob, the former The Hills star is constantly offering up new and refreshing ways to switch up your signature style (then showing us how to do it on The Beauty Department). And her latest look, a sleek, straight style paired with an equally gorgeous embellished hair comb, has us thinking we may have found this year’s soon-to-be-seen-everywhere-at-Coachella version of the flower crown. Which is why we reached out to the star’s hairstylist, Kristin Ess, for all the scoop on her look, plus three tips to master your own festival-inspired style this spring!
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Ess, who styled Conrad’s hair for the launch of the star’s new lifestyle book, Celebrate, opted to frame Conrad’s sleek strands with a bejeweled Lelet NY Heart Crystal Topknot reverse headband. “Lauren’s outfit was simple and chic and we wanted her hair look to be aligned,” Ess tells PeopleStyle. “However, if you know us, we love a little sparkle, so when I saw this reverse headband, I couldn’t resist! I tried it on her and then we never took it off!”
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While Ess insists there are “no rules” when it comes to sporting hair accessories like Conrad’s, here are the hairstylist’s top three tips for pulling off a delicately dressed-up tress look:
1. “Look at the vibe of your outfit and figure out which hair look would be best — with or without an accessory. Then pop one in to see if it looks right. You never want to try too hard to make something work.”
2. “Always make sure your hair accessory is secure. For example, we had to slide a couple bobby pins in behind Lauren’s ear to create an anchor so that the comb on the end of the headband wouldn’t just slide out of her sleek, straight hair. If you’re using something with a bobby pin or clip on the end, you can always hit it with a little bit of stronghold hairspray (we like this one!) before sliding it in, which creates an extra bit of security.”
3. “Keep the look subtle. Let an accessory be a nice surprise.”
If you really are looking for a Coachella-friendly locks look (where subtlety is not really on order), Ess suggests trying out an updated flower crown for an breezily romantic look. “I always love incorporating necklaces and thin chain into braids, but I love tiny baby’s breath clusters in super messy braids right now, too — it’s so durable and lasts all day and night,” she tells PeopleStyle. “It takes little effort, so it’s great for festival days when you just want to be outside and not styling your hair in the bathroom for an hour.”
What do you think of Lauren’s hair jewelry? Have you ever worn hair jewels? Would you try out the trend now? Share below!
–Sarah Kinonen, with reporting by Jackie Fields