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As great hair goes, it's hard to top natural beauties (and SoCal natives) Blake Lively and Lauren Conrad. But both have departed from their signature looks of late.

Inspired by Conrad's vivid Mara Hoffman dress at last week's Hollywood Style Awards, stylist Byron Williams gave the former star of The Hills some "boho braids."

Last month, Frederic Fekkai stylist Renato Campora used the line's products to turn Gossip Girl actress Blake Lively into a modern day goddess at the Emmys.

That is some ponytail, Blake! Wonder how long that took to do.

Check out the two styles below and vote on your favorite ...

  • Blake Lively Ponytail Photo
  • Lauren Conrad Ponytail

Whose hairstyle do you like better?

 

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We saw a sneak peek at Lauren Conrad’s new brunette locks when she was seen on the set of a photo shoot for Harper’s Bazaar. Now the images have been released!

The fashion magazine had the California girl change up her signature blonde hair for a day-long experiment. But even a wig wasn’t enough to disguise the famous LC.

“I think initially the wig threw people off, but they figured it out."

"I felt like it only disguised me for a moment, then it made me feel like I was hiding, which made me feel silly,” Lauren Conrad told Harper’s Bazaar of the change.

Brown Haired Lauren Conrad

Lauren Conrad might have considered dying her hair dark to keep The Hills producers from for coercing her to come back on screen, but she recalls, “I went into a wig store and tried on a brown wig, and then they all laughed at me."

"All the women [who worked there] were like, ‘You look like Hannah Montana.’"

So after a day in her dark wig, Lauren Conrad had officially reached a verdict: “Day to day, I can only do blonde. Everything else makes me look sort of plain-Jane.”

Do you like Lauren's brunette look?

 

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Not to worry, Lauren Conrad lovers. It's just a wig.

But the California blonde nevertheless gave up her signature hairstyle for a long brown bob – albeit only for one day while posing for a magazine.

"I got to wear a brown wig all day," LC Tweeted.

"It [was] fun though ... Kinda like playing dress up."

What do you think? Does Lauren Conrad look better when she wigs out - or with the traditional, blonde locks we've come to love over the last three years?

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Do you like Lauren Conrad's brunette look?

 

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Breathe, fans. It's not a permanent change.

Never one to shy away from mixing up her style (as we saw with her recent rocker look) The Hills' Lauren Conrad has sported a new hairstyle - and color!

It's just a fun wig, featuring a short new bob that she wore during a photo shoot for Harper’s Bazaar in West Hollywood on Friday. But still, it's cute, no?

Check out the Lauren Conrad photos below and tell us what you think in the little informal survey we put together. Not that there's any wrong answer ...

Brown Haired Lauren Conrad

Do you like LC's brunette bob?

 

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This is not the first time we've polled readers on Lauren Conrad's hair.

It's not even the first time we've done a poll on her bangs specifically.

But some topics are worth revisiting - especially if they involve the various hairstyles of one of our favorite celebs. Lauren may be retiring from The Hills after this next season, but she's sure to be a style icon for years to come.

The Hills star recently highlighted her new wispy fringe by pulling her signature long locks into a low ponytail. She certainly can pull off a number of looks!

  • Lauren Conrad Ponytail
  • Lauren Conrad Bangs

Well? Which LC hairstyle is best, in your opinion?

Lauren Conrad looks best with ...

 

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Jennifer Aniston has one of the best heads of hair in Hollywood - among other attributes, as her 2009 calendar and that amazing nude GQ cover have proven.

The Marley & Me star showed off her gorgeous hairstyle at the film's premiere, rocking relaxed layers with a little texture for good measure. She's stunning.

Perhaps taking a cue from the actress is The Hills' Lauren Conrad, who showed off her own long layers this week at the D&G store opening in Los Angeles - albeit with a wavy twist and a pretty black bow to add some flair ...

  • LC at DC
  • Jennifer Aniston Hairstyle

Which of these celebrities' hairstyles do you like best? Tell us in the poll below, which we have a feeling could be decided by... yes, a hair:

 

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Another celebrity hair poll involving stars with matching styles. This time, it's a half-up, half-down 'do that's captured our style writers' attention.

A couple of SoCal cuties - Lauren Conrad and Rachel Bilson - both gave their trademark long hairstyles an instant makeover by twisting back their bangs on either side of their center part and pinning them in place. Who do you think wears it best?

  • Pretty Lauren Conrad Picture
  • Rachel Bilson Picture

Which celebrity looks best with this hairstyle?

 

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Of all the celebrity hairstyles out there, we probably get more questions about Lauren Conrad than any other star. People just love her style!

Recently, we examined LC's hair at the Teen Choice Awards back in August and prior to that, on an emotional spring episode of The Hills.

Today, it's her gorgeous look for the MTV Video Music Awards that has prompted a lot of reader comments as people look to emulate LC...

LC VMA Pic

Sure, it helps if you look like Lauren Conrad and can pull off anything. But here's a breakdown of how you can copy this great celebrity hairstyle:

  1. Curl rough-dried hair in 2-inch sections with a medium-barrel iron, from base to crown.
  2. Divide hair from ear to ear then pull the back half into a loose, messy bun.
  3. Take front sections and twist each back, tucking at random into the bun.
  4. Leave a few pieces hanging to frame face.

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Our celebrity hairstyle interns did a feature on Lauren Conrad's signature braid in June, and received a lot of positive feedback on it.

Now, here are some tips for those looking to emulate LC.

Warren-Tricomi stylist Christine Symonds was going for an "earthy bohemian" look in doing Lauren's hair at the Teen Choice awards.

The following steps gave Lauren Conrad her hairstyle:

  • Blow-dry hair.
  • Wrap thick sections around a 1.5-inch barrel curling iron for loose waves.
  • Create thin braids in front.
  • Pin in back.
  • Finish by pulling down the curls to loosen.
  • Set with light hairspray. 
Lauren Conrad Earthly Bohemian

Lauren Conrad's hair was fabulous as always on Sunday.

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Don't fret, readers: Getting Lauren Conrad's silky-smooth waves or Audrina Patridge's super straight 'do doesn't need to be a battle this summer.

We've already talked about Lauren's signature braid, but how does she keep the rest of her gorgeous hair from frizzing out of control in the humidity?

  • The Fabulous Lauren Conrad
  • Pic of Audrina

The best way to fight summer frizz, says a well-known celebrity stylist who works with The Hills stars, is to get a good anti-humectant product.

Failing that, you can just run a little of any essential oil through your hair - or even a light lotion if your hair is fine.