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Former Hills star Lauren Conrad is catching some flack over a recent post on her site about summer pool hair styles. In the post, Kristin Ess,the stylist, uses cornrows as an example of how to keep your hair healthy while going to the pool. Deep condition it and braid it in cornrows. Pretty simple, right? Well that was until Conrad wrote, “Okay, she kinda looks like she’s going to jail, but I promise she’s not.”

So apparently to Conrad, cornrows = jail time.

Or maybe she’s watched on too many episodes of “Orange is the New Black”.

In any event many commenters took issue with her jail reference:

“Wow, give a girl cornrows and ‘she kinda looks like she’s going to jail’? Maybe have a think about this one… Amandla Stenberg’s got some good ideas if you’re stuck”.

Ellis also took to her Instagram page to deny the fact that she meant to be racist and that cornrows and jail are equated only to Black culture:

Wait… tell me why this has anything to do with race or culture? She looks like a bad ass who is standing in front of a gate you guys. And I stand by my opening line… because if I were going to jail I would wear my braids for a low maintenance look. My goodness, you can’t say ANYTHING on the interwebs anymore.

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Clutchettes, do you think the post/article was racist?

Photo Credits: The Beauty Department/Getty Images

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