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Kristin Ess Talks About Lauren Conrad's Extensions

All About Lauren Conrad's Extensions With Stylist Kristin Ess

Kristin Ess of Warren-Tricomi Salon in LA has styled everyone from Rachel McAdams to the runway models at Marc Jacobs, but she's also known for her work on The Hills, and for Lauren Conrad's styles in particular. So when I found out that Lauren's perfectly natural-looking hair was actually Kristin's perfect extensions, I really wanted to speak with her to get the scoop about them. To find out how Ess works her magic,


You created LC's extensions and her look. How did you start out using them on her?

The thing about extensions is that you have to have the exact right kind for your hair. When I started working with Lauren, she had a thicker kind of extension, and because she went to so many events, we were styling her hair a lot. Because of the texture of her hair, though, we kept having to hide the extension if she wanted to put it into a ponytail. We always had to leave a little bit of a poof and couldn’t do a tight ponytail, either, because the extension would pop out sometimes, or you would just see a lump. We were working around the extensions, basically, instead of the hair working around us. I told her, "Listen, I really want to put my thinner extensions in your hair." She had never heard of them, but she said "OK, I trust you. Let’s do it." So, we took the thick extensions out, we put the thinner ones in, and she's never taken them out since.

I had no idea they were extensions until recently.

You know what's so funny? I do a lot of interviews about Lauren’s hair, and sometimes people are like, "What do you mean she has extensions? Oh, I thought that was her hair." Meanwhile, people don’t realize that her hair is actually about to her collarbone.


How do you keep the extensions seamless and blend in the ends when her actual length is that drastically different? That’s hard to do!

Particularly with the extensions — first and foremost is color matching. I pride myself on that, because I can color match your hair exactly. You can always see extensions when they aren't perfectly color matched. So that's one, and the other is the placement. There's a certain way that you have to place the hair, and a pattern that you put them in. To have extensions look natural, you have to leave a little bit more room in certain places and put a few closer together. The reason that the ones I use are so great is that they're in two and half inch panels, and I can basically place them wherever I want.

I've got lots more from Ess regarding extensions, from the different varieties to how to care for them. Stay tuned for the additional details of our interview to come.

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SKC-Sparkle SKC-Sparkle 8 years
I agree with Divine - Britney Spears needs to make an appointment with Kristin ASAP.
fashionplate525 fashionplate525 8 years
Hahah Divine, good idea!!!!
Lori-Gragg Lori-Gragg 8 years
I knew it wasn't her hair, but it's good to know for sure. I'm sure all the girls on the Hills wear extensions, but hey I would too if I could afford them,my hair is naturally curly and just won't grow,it's a little past my shoulders and been that way for years.Anyone know a good shampoo or anything.
Divine Divine 8 years
Her extensions are awesome. But i learned a long time ago that almost all celebs wear extensions. PLEASE POPSUGAR talk to Kristin Ess and have her work with Britney Spears. im begging you. Brit has always worn extensions but i dont know who is doing her hair now..they look so scraggily. =(
sabrina27 sabrina27 8 years
Her extensions are too long
mar mar 8 years
wow, i really envied this girl's hair, now I come to find out it is not even real!! She has great extensions, man,I am slowly realizing I am so grateful for my head of hair that is real!!!!
kate4g kate4g 8 years
i thought it was her hair too!
audrey87 audrey87 8 years
what???? that's the reason her hair grew incredibly fast..... haha!!
Merlin713 Merlin713 8 years
She cut her hair a while back and then a week or two later had the extensions put in. She used to have naturally long hair... It really doesn't take too long to grow back out.
Chrstne Chrstne 8 years
No idea LC had extensions.
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