5 Hairstyles Lauren Conrad Always Wore On The Hills

When it comes to top trendsetters of the early 2000s, it’s impossible not to include Lauren Conrad. At the time, the 20-something from Laguna Beach was a budding MTV princess, making moves in the apparel industry, and cultivating a lifestyle brand that would live on well past her last episode. Sure, Conrad left Laguna Beach and The Hills to start a family, develop her brand, and build an apparel empire, but even today, after the on-screen reign has officially ended, we’re still fascinated by her golden touch on the beauty zeitgeist.

A few months ago, Conrad chopped her hair, again. Suddenly, the internet was abuzz with chatter. It’s a pattern we see infrequently since Conrad is rarely in the public eye, but it’s one that remains even after years of keeping a relatively low profile. Therefore, there’s no better way to celebrate Conrad’s birthday tomorrow than by taking a look back on the styles that birthed thousands of haircuts — or more. A lot more.

While Conrad dipped her toes into many now-deceased trends (hello, jumbo sunglasses and distressed jeans), these are the five hair trends LC always wore — and we copied without fail. HBD, LC, here’s to more trends to come.

1. The Bump

Even before we followed Conrad to the Hollywood Hills, we were watching her high school life unfold in Laguna Beach – you know, the real O.C. Being an upperclassmen making her way through TV-produced love triangles, Conrad often chose to keep her hair out of her face to look out for drama.

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If you forgot — or are to young to remember — this hairstyle was deemed ‘the bump’. It was so popular among teens that some even called upon Bumpits, an infomercial favorite that you insert into your hair, for more lift.

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Conrad rocked the bump any time she could in the early 2000s. But didn’t we all?

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2. Black Headbands

Right around the same time we were introduced to Blair Waldorf, our resident, TV headband queen, we were also getting a real life dose of the trend from Conrad.

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If you binge the entire The Hills series, you’ll notice Conrad reaching for this black, plastic option a lot. In fact, you barely see her without it in the early seasons. We get the obsession: There was something so attractive about the trendy hair accessory because it made you feel instantly put together, no matter what your hair was doing.

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Conrad ditched the accessory eventually, but the memory of the aching pain behind our ears lives on.

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3. Side-Swept Bangs

Arguably this is the most iconic look Conrad loved — and the longest lasting, too. The side-swept bang was more popular in the 2000s than the bob was in 2017, and we partially have Conrad to thank for that. Was it even a Hills episode if Conrad wasn’t brushing her bangs out of her hair while gripping her LG Shine? (Hint: No.)

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The real beauty of the side-swept bang was that it could be paired with any length haircut or updo, like this half-up look.

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But even more often, Conrad was a fan of pairing her side-swept bangs with a low, loose updo.

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4. The Choppy Lob

In 2o14, Conrad did something drastic: She asked her hair BFF Kristin Ess to chop her hair to lightly graze the top of her shoulders. But in the chaos of the move, everyone seemed to forget that Conrad had gone short before, in 2007.

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Before the world was infatuated with the lob, Conrad was making it a staple on her show. Conrad often added clip-in extensions to her look, but it was still refreshing to get a glimpse of her healthier ends every once in a (super) blue moon.

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Eventually, it grew out (as hair normally does). However, we’ll always remember the original trendy lob that had us wondering if we should go for the chop, too.

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5. The Single Braid

Necessity is the mother of invention, right? Back in 2008, Conrad called upon a small, delicate side braid to keep her fringe out of the way as it grew out. And, you know, so did we.

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If you weren’t braiding your bangs then you probably weren’t watching The Hills. And if you weren’t watching The Hills, how were you spending your Monday nights? The key part of this hairstyle: It was always non-symmetrical.

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Here’s the thing: This look was versatile AF. Not only could Conrad use this look to complement her barrel curls, but she could also turn any lazy updo into a black-tie style with one quick plait.

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Tom Hardy Got A Tattoo That Says "Leo Knows All" After Losing A Bet To Leonardo DiCaprio

“Leo knows all.”

Here’s Tom Hardy. Actor. Producer. Former rapper. Hot.

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And here’s Leonardo DiCaprio. Actor. Producer. Environmental Activist. Hot.

Instagram: @leonardodicaprio

The two developed a real bromance while filming The Revenant together.

Leo won a ~long overdue~ Oscar for his leading role as Hugh Glass in the film.

In a 2016 interview with Esquire, Tom said during filming Leo bet him he would get an Oscar nomination for his supporting role as John Fitzgerald.

In a 2016 interview with Esquire, Tom said during filming Leo bet him he would get an Oscar nomination for his supporting role as John Fitzgerald.

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And Tom (being the humble peach that he is) disagreed with Leo, so he bet a tattoo of the winner’s choosing he wouldn’t.

And Tom (being the humble peach that he is) disagreed with Leo, so he bet a tattoo of the winner's choosing he wouldn't.

Tom said Leo wrote the tattoo “design” on a Post-it note. “He wrote, in this really shitty handwriting: 'Leo knows everything.' Ha! I was like, 'OK, I'll get it done, but you have to write it properly.'”

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And recently this fan photo surfaced where it looks like Tom held true to his word.

And recently this fan photo surfaced where it looks like Tom held true to his word.

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LEO KNOWS ALL.

LEO KNOWS ALL.

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Leo’s always right and now Tom has a reminder…forever.

Leo's always right and now Tom has a reminder...forever.

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Actresses Will Wear Black To The BAFTAs In Support Of #MeToo

The #MetToo movement is heading to London. On Wednesday, it was revealed that The British Academy Film Awards sent a memo to its female nominees and guests, encouraging them to show solidarity with the American film industry, particularly the sexual harassment prevention initiative Time’s Up, by wearing black to the BAFTA Awards on February 18.

WWD is reporting that the British version of the Oscars made the decision to put out the call to action to wear black “less than three weeks ago,” with the note to the industry reading: “With BAFTA being the first major film awards ceremony in Europe this year, we feel it is important to make a statement to show global solidarity and that the issue is not being forgotten, and to join hands with people across all industries who have experienced inequality and abuse.”

It continued: “This is why we are inviting you to wear black to the awards ceremony, to follow suit from our sisters who attended the Golden Globes. Wearing black is a strong, unifying and simple statement – a physical and visual representation of our solidarity with people across all industries who have experienced sexual harassment and abuse or have been held back due to an imbalance in power. It is also the easiest color for the majority to wear and feel comfortable in.”

Similar to the panic that ensued once it was announced that celebrities would be wearing all-black to the Golden Globes, “designers and brands are scrambling to replace their original choices.” A BAFTA spokesperson declined to comment on the matter to WWD, though, as an added pressure, the awards show is taking place during London Fashion Week. Sounds like stylists will, once again, take to Instagram to show off their racks of black dresses. Still, it’s worth acknowledging that, like what we saw on the red carpet at the Golden Globes, when you’re limited to wearing just one color, creativity forces your hand.

Guest at this year’s BAFTAs are expected to include Annette Bening, Frances McDormand, Margot Robbie, Sally Hawkins, Saoirse Ronan, Kristin Scott Thomas, Allison Janney, Lesley Manville, and Octavia Spencer, and we can’t wait to see how they make a statement, political and otherwise.

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Embrace The Valentine's Day Cliché With These Red Lingerie Sets

We’ll bet the typical underwear drawer looks a little less lacy and a little more practical. Whether you rely on trusty “granny panties” or up your game with a frilly cheeky every now and then, underthings are meant to be a personal decision based on your comfort level. There are, however, a few special occasions that tend to lend themselves to the fancier side of the undies aisle — pieces that remind us that lingerie can be an unsuspecting art form.

With Valentine’s Day scooting in closer, don’t be deterred by the cliché campaigns advertising red-hot lingerie. Sometimes it’s fun to forego our cotton bralettes for more intricate designs — whether you’re doing it for yourself or for a partner. Think of this less as a time to reboot your underwear drawer, and more of a time to expand it with a few better basics. From full coverage cups to “yep, you can see literally everything when I wear this teddies,” here’s 17 non-cheesy red lingerie picks that’ll suit every comfort level.

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Michelle Obama Finally Revealed What Melania Trump Gifted Her At The Inauguration, And Why It Looked Awkward AF

“Everyone cleared out…no one would come and take this box.”

Allow me to take you back a little over a year ago, to Inauguration Day 2017.

Allow me to take you back a little over a year ago, to Inauguration Day 2017.

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On this day in history, this infamous screenshot was taken when an inexplicably awkward exchange occurred between exiting first lady Michelle Obama and incoming first lady Melania Trump:

On this day in history, this infamous screenshot was taken when an inexplicably awkward exchange occurred between exiting first lady Michelle Obama and incoming first lady Melania Trump:

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Upon arriving at the White House, Trump handed Obama an unexpected gift, which left Obama awkwardly looking for a place to put it down.

Upon arriving at the White House, Trump handed Obama an unexpected gift, which left Obama awkwardly looking for a place to put it down.

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Thus, a meme was born.

Thus, a meme was born.

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President Obama quickly stepped in, grabbing the gift and bringing it inside the White House, but this left the rest of us feeling like Brad Pitt circa Seven:

President Obama quickly stepped in, grabbing the gift and bringing it inside the White House, but this left the rest of us feeling like Brad Pitt circa Seven:

And also…why was that so damn awkward???

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Turns out there’s so much protocol during the transition of power, even the smallest surprise moment can throw the whole White House staff off their game.

Turns out there's so much protocol during the transition of power, even the smallest surprise moment can throw the whole White House staff off their game.

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Resulting in literally every anxious person’s worst nightmare, that is, until former president Obama was like, “GIMME DAT.”

Resulting in literally every anxious person's worst nightmare, that is, until former president Obama was like, "GIMME DAT."

A literal “thanks, Obama” moment.

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As for what was inside the box:

As for what was inside the box:

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So there ya have it, another mystery solved.

So there ya have it, another mystery solved.

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D.C. Just Made Access To Birth Control Easier

Starting in January 2019, pharmacists will be able to prescribe a 12-month supply of birth control to women in Washington, D.C., thanks to a bill signed into law Wednesday by Mayor Muriel Bowser.

The legislation, called the Defending Access to Women’s Health Care Services Amendment Act of 2018, would mean that women won’t need to visit their doctor in order to get a contraception prescription. Seven other states, including California, Oregon, and New Mexico, have similar laws in place, though the regulations vary per place. The new D.C. law also requires that patients have access to co-pay free birth control, regardless of whether the receive coverage through insurance providers, Medicaid, or the D.C. Healthcare Alliance.

“Preventive care saves lives and reduces healthcare costs,” Bowser said in a statement provided to Refinery20. “From extending open enrollment to creating forward-thinking legislation that keeps Washingtonians safe from detrimental health care reforms, in Washington, D.C., we are committed to ensuring all residents are able to get the care and services they need to thrive and get on pathways to the middle class. “

A 2013 found that about 30% of women who were not on birth control or used a less effective method believed they would start taking the pill if it was offered without needing a prescription. And there’s a myriad of reasons why patients would opt out of going to the doctor: financial barriers, inability to find child care, difficulty getting time off at work, and many others. A move like the new D.C. law could encourage them to get contraception, since it erases the need for a doctor’s visit.

Being able to get a 12-month supply is highly beneficial, too. According to a 2011 study, there was a significant decrease in rates of unintended pregnancy and abortion when women were not forced to go to the pharmacy every one to three months in order to pick up their birth control prescription.

The bill was authored by Councilmember Charles Allen and passed unanimously by the Council earlier this month. One of the main reasons behind its creation was the Trump administration and the Republicans in Congress’ multiple attacks on the Affordable Health Care and women’s healthcare in general.

The new policy was met with praise from reproductive rights advocates, such as Dawn Laguens, Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s executive vice president.

“We applaud Mayor Bowser and the D.C. City Council for listening to their constituents by taking critical steps to protect birth control coverage and the basic right for people to control their own bodies,” she said in a statement provided to Refinery 29. “In 2018, we are still working toward a world in which we all have the freedom and opportunity to control our lives at the most basic level: our bodies, our families, and our life’s path. This must include access to birth control.”

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Ellen Delivered Her Own State Of The Union Address And It Was Everything This Country Needs

“The state of my union is strong because this show is all about love and inclusiveness.”

Ellen DeGeneres is the queen of daytime TV. And, like the powerful leader she is, she delivered her own State of the Union address on her show.

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In case you forgot somehow, Ellen reminded us all that it’s the time of year when POTUS delivers the State of the Union address.

In case you forgot somehow, Ellen reminded us all that it's the time of year when POTUS delivers the State of the Union address.

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It happened last night, and well…Ellen missed it.

It happened last night, and well...Ellen missed it.

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But since she’s the president of her own show, she decided to give her own address, where she talked about major issues, like unemployment…

But since she's the president of her own show, she decided to give her own address, where she talked about major issues, like unemployment...

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…and the many jobs she has, including two TV shows, a lifestyle brand, and a production company.

...and the many jobs she has, including two TV shows, a lifestyle brand, and a production company.

WORK!

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The moment inspired the first of ~many~ standing ovations.

The moment inspired the first of ~many~ standing ovations.

“I know I'm doing a great job because I get more applause breaks than any other president.”

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She also talked about her “health-scare” plan.

She also talked about her "health-scare" plan.

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But she didn’t just talk. She showed us how strong her scare game really is.

But she didn't just talk. She showed us how strong her scare game really is.

Poor Andy.

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And in the end, Ellen brought it all back to the reason we all love her so much.

And in the end, Ellen brought it all back to the reason we all love her so much.

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So, Ellen 2020?

So, Ellen 2020?

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