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Back in 2009, when Chanel Iman was spotted backstage at the Tommy Hilfiger show sporting bright green DJ headphones, there was a rush to trade the standard white ear buds for the extra large versions typically worn in the booth of a club. Then, when Karl Lagerfeld sent braided and quilted versions down the the Chanel Fall ‘14 and Métiers d’Art ’15 runways, the trend started to catch on. Most recently, Garage featured covers of models Joan Smalls, Cara Delevingne, Kendall Jenner, Binx Walton, and Lara Stone all rocking very futuristic headsets. So as fashion and technology continue to fuse, could headphones really be the next big hair accent? This functional accessory is looking more fashion savvy than ever, but let’s just hope traditional headbands don’t go the way of the portable CD player. For inspiration, click through to style notes. –– Michelle Rotbart

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Last year we had laser-inspired flashlights; this year we have pixels. High contrast colors applied in thin, overlapping blocks provides a graphic, computer-inspired surface. The look is futuristic, fun and sure to keep you ahead of the trend. Click the style notes to learn more. –– Laura Martin

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Bob-length cuts were a big trend in 2014 and their popularity is predicted to continue into the following year. The classic shape pairs well with just about every look—from preppy to edgy—but it’s strong shape can feel a bit limited when it comes to styling. But with some out-of-the-box thinking short shapes can take on entirely new dimensions. Learn to reshape your short cut in the style notes. –– Laura Martin

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Stan Lee may have had Spiderman in mind when he wrote “with great power comes great responsibility,” but, really, he should have said this to us curly haired girls. Anyone with texture knows that kinky swirls have the capacity to captivate at every turn. To fully enjoy this power, however, requires responsibility: Finding the right stylist, using the right products, and the right styling techniques, are all more important for us curlies, lest we end up with droopy curls or frizz. Don’t fret. Click through style notes and follow the commandments of curls. –– Michelle Rotbart

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Soft colors and short swingy shapes combine to form a soft spring trend: baby bobs. The look starts with a customized bang—which can be short or long—that blends down seamlessly into ear-grazing length at the sides and tapers in at the neck. The outline is barely longer than a pixie, but a blunt edge and minimal layering give the cut a distinctly bob-like feeling. Delicate pale hues add lightness. Learn more about this trend in the style notes. –– Laura Martin

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