8 invaluable hair lessons we’ve learnt from The Hills

Relive hair moments from classic episodes of The Hills.

For us, The Hills was more than just a TV show. Between the boy drama and the Hollywood hot spots, it was a source of endless hair inspiration and education. Lauren, Audrina and co. introduced us to the noughties hair ideals: from the side fringes to the braids and obviously, the headbands.

To celebrate MTV’s confirmation of a 2019 reunion series, take a look back at the most iconic hair moments from the show.

8 hair lessons The Hills girls schooled us in

Cast members Heidi Montag and Lauren Conrad from MTV's The Hills hugging on the red carpet
This was THE haircut of the ’00s. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

1. Sweeping fringes were e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g

Nowadays there are a million different hairstyles to pick from (do we want Dua Lipa’s bob or Kim K’s platinum?) but the noughties were simpler times.

All we wanted was a side fringe and layers and you can bet we printed off photos of the girls for our hairdresser in the hopes we’d emerge looking just like Heidi and Lauren.

Kristin Cavallari from MTV's The Hills with her creamy blonde hair in a wavy low side ponytail with a grey headband
Boyfriends come and go, headbands are forever. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

2. You’re never fully dressed without a headband

It didn’t matter what colour or pattern your headband was, the only thing that mattered was that you were wearing one.

Next read: These are the hair accessories we reckon The Hills girls would wear now.

Lo Bosworth from MTV's The Hills with curly blonde hair and braided bangs
We couldn’t afford their designer clothes, so copying their hairstyles was the next best thing. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

3. Braided bangs were the go-to

Immediately after getting those long swoopy fringes cut in, we all realised that actually they were really annoying to wear and we then spent most of the time trying to get them out of the way. So, the solution? Braided bangs!

Get the look yourself with our headband braid tutorial.

Whitney Port from MTV show The Hills with long blonde layered hair
We can’t even tell you how many times we wished we had Whitney’s hair. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

4. Beachy waves will never date

Being in LA, beachy waves were practically part of the girls’ DNA but no-one more so than Whitney. Her girl next door blonde and long layers always looked impeccable, whether she was in the Teen Vogue fashion cupboard or partying it up at Les Deux.

Editor’s tip: To give your hair that LA, fresh from the salon look, try the TRESemmé Smooth & Shine Blow-Dry MistIt’ll help you blow dry your hair quicker and give it that silky, shiny, cover girl look.

Audrina Patridge from MTV's The Hills on the red carpet with her dark brunette hair in a long straight ponytail
Audrina and her ponytail: a love story for the ages. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

5. Audrina could rock a ponytail in any scenario and look like a supermodel

Audrina’s ability to make a ponytail work for literally any occasion was an actual skill. As the only brunette of the group, she was automatically the hair rebel and her ponytail just added more to her too cool for you vibe.

Lo Bosworth from MTV's The Hills with the bump hairstyle on the red carpet
The bump was all about the volume. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

6. The bump

All of the Hills girls were partial to ‘the bump‘ and if you’re not sure what we mean by that, take a look at this prime example of it in action on Lo.

Essentially, the noughties version of a bouffant or a quiff, the girls were big fans of incorporating the bump into their hairstyles to give a more voluminous look – the more backcombing the better.

Lauren Conrad from MTV's The Hills with her blonde hair in a Grecian inspired updo chignon
Why didn’t we have any red carpet events to wear this to? Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

7. Updos

With so many club openings and the occasional late-night trip around Paris on the back of a Vespa, Lauren would turn to her go-to updo complete with loose curls.

Audrina Patridge from MTV's The Hills on the red carpet with her dark brunette hair in a loose side braid
Audrina was boho before boho was even a thing. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

8. Loose braids all day every day

It wasn’t just braided bangs the girls were fond of, braids of all sorts were a common theme. Yes they looked great but more importantly, they held up against helmet hair – you never know when Justin Bobby’s going to turn up with his motorbike, after all.

Editor’s tip: We can’t all have family houses in Laguna Beach but we can make our hair look like we do. How? A sea salt spray! The TONI&GUY Sea Salt Texturising Spray adds that tousled California texture to the hair which, FYI, is perfect for giving braids more grip.


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