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Braid of the Day: Lauren Conrad's California Look (+ How to Get Beachy Waves!)

Braid of the Day: Lauren Conrad's California Look (+ How to Get Beachy Waves!)
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Even though a good two inches of slush is piled up outside of StyleBistro HQ, we're still kind of in denial that winter is here—well, more or less anyway. Just because the temps are frigid and we can blow fake smoke rings with our breath (Does anyone else do that?) doesn't mean we should be limited to drab hat hair, though. Right?

That's why for today's Braid of the Day, we dug way back in our archives to bring you a sunny, uplifting, super-cute beachy braid from none other than Miss Laguna Beach, herself, Lauren Conrad.

For Kohl's "Clean Up" Day in 2009, the boho beauty wore her long sun-kissed tresses in waves, with a just a portion of her bangs plaited and pinned to the side. 

Braid of the Day: Lauren Conrad's California Look (+ How to Get Beachy Waves!)

To get a classic Cali-girl look during the winter, make sure to start with a conditioning heat protection spray. Cold winds and dry air suck moisture from your locks, making them more susceptible to breakage and split ends—especially when using hot tools.

We love Tresemme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Hair Spray ($4.99 at Walgreens.com) because not only does it deliver necessary heat protection, the lightweight mist is also formulated with conditioners that leave your hair shiny and smooth.

Once your hair is prepped, you'll need a frizz-fighting waving wand to get those subtle I-just-romped-in-the-ocean waves. Fans of CHI's hair straighteners already know the brand builds long-lasting, high-functioning heat tools. Well, the CHI Air Tourmaline Ceramic Curling Wand ($59.99 at Target) is no different.

Just wrap a 1" strand of hair 2-3 times around the clamp-less barrel and hold for 8-10 seconds. Then finger comb the curls to loosen and add volume. Simple as that!

Do you have any of your own beachy wave tips? And what do you think about LC's braided bangs? It's a trick we love to do when our hair gets a little greasy! Share your thoughts in the comments, below!
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