The Key To Perfect Hair Is Washing It Less Than You Probably Do, Says Lauren Conrad

lauren conradI try to avoid things that involve Lauren Conrad. Unless, of course, it’s that episode of Family Guy where she plays herself and Brian gives her worms. That’s a good one! But since I know there’s a chunk of the population who still thinks she’s the shit — why else is she getting on magazine covers? — I thought I’d take the time to share a couple of Conrad’s beauty secrets. Granted, their secrets you should probably have known already, but hey, it’s never too late in the game to join the party.

In the March issue of Lucky, the former reality star/business woman (I guess?), is asked exactly how she keeps her hair so damn perfect! You know, besides having a professional stylist who man-handles it before each shoot:

It’s not perfect, to be honest. I mean, I have my hairstylist, who’s been working on my hair for years, help with cut and color and all that, but for the most part I just kind of let it do what it’s going to do. I wash it every two or three days and don’t style it myself much.

As someone who washes her hair once a week — maybe — I can attest to this. Hair that’s a little dirty falls much better on your head. Once you get a couple days of natural oils and product built up, it’s amazing how great your hair will look. People who wash their hair everyday, or even every other day, are missing out. It’s a fact. Try it; you’ll see.

Lucky doesn’t disappoint when it comes to Conrad’s beauty “secrets.” Although her explanation on how she pulls off her “perfect” cat eyeliner: “Practice and Q-tip,” is a little hard to believe.

I have to say I’ve been practicing this for years and still can’t nail it. The only way I get to have perfect cat eyeliner is if I pay an expert, or I ship in Sam from Portland. Maybe I drink too much coffee or my eye just simply rejects anything more than mascara. I don’t what it is, but it’s extremely frustrating. Yes, it makes me sad.

Anyone else want to share their personal tips on hair and cat eyeliner? Will someone come over and help me do my eyes, please?


Photo: Lucky Magazine via Styleite

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    • CMJ

      MAC Penultimate is my favorite eyeliner for the cat eye. It’s really easy to use…it still takes practice but it’s the best I’ve found in my years of trying to perfect the cat eye. I’ve also found that practicing different “flicks” is a good tool.

      Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray has changed my hair. Part dry shampoo/part volumizer. It is AMAZING (and smells good too).

      • Alle

        I’ve tried Penultimate & it’s okay, but I am a devotee of Lorac’s Front of the Line PRO. Seriously amazing. Best applicator, best formula, super dark black (my biggest problem with Penultimate is that you have to layer it to get it BLACK), waterproof, doesn’t flake, isn’t shiny or shimmery. Check all the boxes.

      • CMJ

        I’ve actually been slowly ending my long relationship with MAC (moving to Nars and Giorgio Armani lips, Guerlain Face, etc…)…Penultimate was one of my last hold outs. I never had a problem getting it black but I am always on the lookout for new stuff. I’m going to try this!

      • Alle

        I’ve been doing the same thing! MAC is fine, but I’m maturing and moving on now. I’ll never mature past their Plushlash & Splashproof mascaras, though. Those are my jam.

        But yes! Lorac! I’ve tried basically all the liners, and this one is the best. If the world was fair, this liner would be as popular as that Bobbi Brown gel stuff (which I hate and is a ripoff).

      • Amanda Chatel

        You guys are all so into make-up. I feel like I’m reading Japanese. I have a Dior black eyeliner, but it just makes me look like I have a black eye when I apply it. Fail.

      • Alle

        Makeup is my jam. I will totally come to your house and show you how to do your liner, and not just because that would mean PARIS.

      • Amanda Chatel

        Day. Made.

      • Samantha Escobar

        I’m pretty obsessed with Urban Decay 24/7; it doesn’t flake and it doesn’t run. I need to try Lorac’s though; I like all the rest of their makeup so much.

      • Alle

        I tried the Urban Decay, and it was okay. A little shiny, but the formula was alright. I really didn’t like the applicator, though. The brush is too long and thin and doesn’t allow for enough control. The Lorac one is so easy, it’s like using a brushtip marker.

        (I could seriously talk about this all day.)

    • Nikola

      This doesn’t really apply to all people though. I went a really long time trying to ween off shampoo, and experimented a bunch with how often to wash, and my hair looks best if it gets washed every day. Different people, different hair, different needs.

      • Nikola


        damn, I wish this would let me edit

    • Samantha Escobar

      I haven’t washed my hair in three days, but ever since I grew it out, I’ve found that it is not nearly as awesome to let it go without washing as it was when I had short hair.

      Also, I never use a Q-tip to clean up excess, which is probably why I’ll have wrinkles very soon :( Also also, feel free to ship me all the time, baby.

      • CMJ

        The Q-Tip thing threw me too.

    • MoLiss

      Cat eyeliner trick is having the right liner if you ask me! I have tried, gels, pencils and liquid and I definitely think the best method is using liquid that has a fine tipped felt applicator (NOT the ones with a brush!) I use Maybelline Line Stilleto and it works perfectly and stays on all day. MAC has a good one too though (I just use it everyday so I can’t afford MAC when I need to replenish my liner like once a month.) The applicator really is key, the shape of it almost does the cat eye for you – after that it really is just practice.

    • Nymph1816

      You can always get a friend to do your makeup for you, or walk up to a beauty counter and ask for it to be done. But really, get a pen eyeliner, line close to the lashline, make a tiny flick up at the end. Actually, I’ve found Lauren Conrad’s site, “The Beauty Department” to have some pretty helpful tutorials.

    • anna

      i found for beginners, just extending the line from your eyelid a bit and then making an obtuse triangle back to your eye, a teensy bit lower, works very well. you must use a teeny weeny brush. maybelline line stiletto work very well.