I enjoyed the MTV show the Hills to see what outfits they wore, and to get new hair and makeup ideas. As I follow Lauren Conrad's website, I have been inspired by her beauty posts. Although she is famous, she can relate to the girl next store because she is still simple and very low maintenance. She posted this hair tutorial that was on the Beauty Department's website, and I chuckled to myself at the image. Why did I chuckle? Because I was just making fun of myself the other day at how "cool" I was in Junior High...I would bend over and pull allll my hair to the very center of my head and do the half pony-tail. Who knew...if I took it one step further it could have looked this good! haha... Well now I will do that one extra step and pin the excess hair to create this sophisticated bun. So easy too!

photos: Angela Kohler + post designed by kristin ess

Steps provided by Kristine Ess:

Step 1: If your hair is straight, use a 1″ curling iron to curl everything under. This will make it easier to tuck pieces into the bun. When they’re straight, they tend to pop out more. If you have wave or curl you can skip this step if you want to.
Step 2: Flip your hair over and gather everything into a ponytail on top of you head, securing it with an elastic ponytail holder.
Step 3: On the last time around with the ponytail holder, only pull the ponytail through half way.
Step 4: Take the loop you’ve created and spread it out. Don’t over think it. Just widen it and allow it to be somewhat messy.
Step 5: Take the tail end and wrap it around the ponytail base.
Step 6: Pin the end of the ponytail to the base using a couple of hair pins/bobby pins.
Step 7: Gently pull on pieces and then pin them. This will give your top-knot a slightly more messy texture.
Step 8: Spray a veil of medium hold hairspray all over. Don’t smooth down all of the fly aways, just lightly tuck the pieces that have gone rogue!