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NYFW's Coolest New Hair Accessory: Electrical Tape

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Headbands and barrettes made a big comeback last season, and they're still going strong. Only now, top hairstylists are adorning sleek ponytails with one very unexpected touch — glossy tape. Yep, you read that right.

Hairstylist Guido stuck strips of shiny black or white tape over the parts in models' hair at Alexander Wang's Spring show. Electrical or scrapbooking tape from stores like Home Depot work just as well, says hairstylist Nathaniel Hawkins. Call it a cheaper, vegan-friendly take on the leather ponytail trend. Hawkins's steps to pulling it off:

1. Look for tape that's labeled "low tack," says Hawkins. It's got just enough adhesive to stay put without ripping your hair out (provided you also follow the third step below). The best ones have a shiny finish; black is pretty much guaranteed to look cool, but you can also get adventurous. "At Staples, they have a whole aisle of fun-colored tapes, like red and fuchsia," he says.

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2. Pull your hair into a tight ponytail just below the crown or at the nape of the neck. "Using tape on a high ponytail gives you a dominatrix vibe; on a lower ponytail, you get an equestrian look," says Hawkins. "And if you think about it, they're not so different. They both carry whips and wear boots." Use a thin, clear elastic to secure the base of the ponytail.

3. Now here's the part that will keep you from welling up when you rip off the tape later on: Tightly braid the first inch or two of your ponytail and secure it with a second clear elastic. Then mist on an aerosol hair spray to create a barrier between the tape and your hair. Wrap the tape over just the braided portion of your ponytail.

4. If you need a little extra help, use a silicone-based serum to help unstick the adhesive.

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