The exact steps to recreate Lauren Conrad’s tousled waves

Lauren Conrad Tousled Lob

Her hairstylist tells us how in an exclusive interview

Beauty Crew Beauty Writer / October 30 2018

Lauren Conrad has been rocking her trademark loose waves for as long as we can remember. And although we love it when celebrities experiment with their beauty look, we’re also firm believers that if something isn’t broken, you don’t need to fix it. While we’ve tried our hand at replicating her beachy waves many times before, it never quite comes out as effortlessly flawless as Lauren’s signature look. So when we sat down with Lauren’s long-time hairstylist Kristin Ess in an exclusive interview, the first thing we asked her was how to recreate Lauren’s tousled lob *exactly*. And she gladly obliged!


Create texture

The secret to the perfect tousled lob lies in creating texture. “If you don’t have natural texture in your hair or your hair is dead straight, I recommend waving it first with a curling iron,” says Ess. To keep your waves looking soft and subtle rather than tight and curly, opt for a wand with a larger barrel and wrap small sections of hair loosely around the iron. Ess also suggests curling each section in the same direction.   

Try: Babyliss Pro Ceramic Curling Iron 25mm

Babyliss Pro Ceramic Curling Iron 25mm


Drag out the ends

Another way to avoid making your hair look too curly is to drag out the ends. After you’ve created your wave and before you release your hair from within the curling wand, pull the curl down so it straightens out the ends, says Ess. “Dragging out the ends is kind of my signature move and I think that’s what gives the hair that I do that specific look,” she adds.


Combine your styling products

“My favourite way to perfectly finish off any tousled look is to combine texture spray on top and beach spray on the underside of your hair,” shares Ess. “The texture spray is able to give you the volume and texture you need throughout your roots, and the beach spray creates the separation and shine through the ends. It’s this blend of the two styling products that enables you to create that perfect ‘second-day’ texture.”

Try: Eleven Australia I Want Body Texture Spray and Sachajuan Ocean Mist

Did you know: Kristin Ess is set to launch her own cult range of products into Priceline before the end of the year. Watch this space for updates!

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How do you achieve effortless waves? What are your favourite texturising hair products? Let us know in the comments below.

Main image credit: @kristin_ess

Kate started working for BEAUTYcrew in early 2016, first as a contributor, and was then named Beauty Writer in 2017. She loves picking the brains of the industry's top experts to get to the bottom of beauty's toughest questions. Bronze eyeshadow palettes are her weakness and she's forever on the hunt for the perfect nude nail polish to suit her fair skin. Her words can also be found in Men's Health magazine, and she now works in PR.