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Bows, we bow down to you!

Bows aren't just for Christmas! This season, the catwalk has been bursting with bows, and not just any old bow: black ribbons in particular. Here's three new ways to wear them.

For the preppy girl: Clip in pony-bow

Give your ponytail some class with a cute black bow clipped in just above the base of the ponytail. A matte fabric will bring out the contrast of super shiny hair – and you can achieve that gloss factor by smoothing on a few drops of Mythic Oil. Simply rub the oil between your palms and smooth down the lengths and ends before styling your ponytail – the sleeker the better for the ultimate preppy chic!

Top tip: To keep flyaways at bay, try spraying hairspray onto clean palms then running your hands alongside the head starting from the temples and working down to the ends.

For the free spirit: Braid 'n' Bow

Add glamour to your braid by tying the ends with a shiny black satin bow. For added drama, be sure to leave the ends of the bow long so that they dangle down your back. To ensure the hair doesn't slip loose from this style, the secret is to give it some texture before braiding – try spritizing the Beach Waves Spray from the Wild Stylers collection for extra grit.

Top tip: Use a tail comb to loosen a few sections free from the braid to give this look a casual, carefree vibe – it will contrast beautifully with the long flowing ribbon down the back.

For the rock chick: the unruly bow

Keep voluminous, curly hair in check by tying it back into a loose ponytail – the messier the better. Tie with a clear elastic, then wrap a velvety black ribbon around the bun and secure in a loose bow. Finish with a spritz of strong-hold hairspray like Infinium to prevent any frizz for the ultimate rock 'n' roll look.

Top tip: To get super bouncy, healthy-looking curls, apply the Tecni.ART French Froisse leave-in cream to damp curly hair and then dry it using a diffuser.

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