Lauren Conrad Goes Crazy on the Layers for a ‘Soft Shag’

She did it again! Lauren Conrad has a habit of rocking the prettiest hairstyles that we all want to emulate, and her latest — debuted by her stylist, Kristen Ess, via Instagram on Thursday, October 6 — is no different. Say hello to Conrad’s dreamy new shag!

“I’m super inspired by the ’70s shag right now, but a lot of people don’t want that many layers,” Ess tells Stylish. “This cut is really just a play off of that style, done in a more modern way.”

So what did she do to give it that 2016 spin? “We didn’t cut much of anything off the length — we really just layered into it,” Ess, who also works with Lucy Hale and Halle Berry, explains. “I added a lot of thinned-out, shorter layers [with a razor]. Then, I used thinning shears to thin out the ends of those layers, to make sure they could be blended in easily. These layers will never be too bulky, choppy or short.”

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Lauren Conrad before her chop Joshua Blanchard/Getty

While Ess agrees that the cut isn’t a huge change for Conrad, 30, who was rocking a slightly longer, more uniformly layered style before this, she loves that the Celebrate author was willing to experiment with a little edge. “It’s just something different for her,” the stylist says. “She’s had the same general shape for a long time, and we play with color. But we’ve never really cut lots of layers into her hair before, so it’s a nice change.” 

And luckily for her, her No. 1 client is all for the mini-makeover. “She loves having more layers,” Ess reveals. “It seems to be pretty easy for her.”

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