Tricked-Out Tresses: New Uses For Old Accessories

Hair accessories are the beauty equivalent of a pair of killer heels or some really stunning jewelry: They add that little extra something to your look to pull the whole thing together in a stylish way. While we've seen our fair share of over-the-top hair ornaments, we prefer the simplicity of a classic headband, barrette, or bobby pin for our 'dos.
But just because the accessories are basic doesn't mean your hair has to be. We asked Sebastian Professional's Lead Stylist Thomas Dunkin to dream up three cool new hairstyles that show you interesting ways to use your old hair accessories. Check out the step-by-step tutorial to learn how you can use those plain Jane pins, clips, and bands to adorn your 'do in a fresh, stylish way.
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The Barrette Braid

Spray hair with Sebastian Professionals Potion 9 to give hair texture, so it's not too slippery. Create a deep side-part and brush your hair back with your fingers, pulling it all to one side. Prior to sweeping back the hair, Dunkin advises spraying a light hold hairspray on your hands to give it a bit of hold and to tame any flyaways.

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Take your first barrette and apply it at the base of the neck.

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Apply your second barrette just above the first.

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Add a third barrette above and in between the first two. You can choose to add more barrettes if you'd like, or keep it simple with just a few. The point is to make it look a little messy and haphazard — Dunkin says that if the placement is too precise, it will look too done and just make it harder for you to do on your own.

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Use your hand to lift the hair on the side of your head (to add some volume) and then separate it into three strands.

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Braid your hair to create a loose, simple plait, then secure with an elastic.

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Apply another barrette at the top of the braid, just above your ear, then spray with a light-hold hairspray to secure. You want this style to be loose and a bit undone — Dunkin says that if it's too tight, it will just end up looking severe.

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From the front, this style is a pretty, side-swept braid that's soft and simple.

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From the back, it takes on a more fashion-forward vibe with the barrettes creating a cool pattern. If you want to go really crazy, add a bunch of barrettes all over the back of the head. The varied placement of the clips is what makes this style unique, so have fun with it and try creating different patterns.

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The Banded Ballerina Bun

Dunkin described this 'do as "angelic," and a "disheveled ballerina." To start, apply a lightweight styling spray throughout your hair to add texture and give your strands some added volume. Brush hair up into a ponytail at the very top of your head.

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Secure with an elastic, but don't make the ponytail really tight — you want a few pieces to fall out to help give it that undone look.

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Separate the ponytail into two sections, then pull it tight.

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Begin twisting the ponytail tightly until it folds down on itself to create a bun. Tuck your ends into the bun and secure in place with a bobby pin.

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Use your fingers to "fatten up" the bun by massaging the base and gently pulling the hair.

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Apply your first headband and push it back towards the base of your bun.

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Insert the pointy end of a rattail comb at the base of the bun and gently pull upwards to loosen the hair and create some lift at the roots. Again, you don't want this to be pulled back too tight as the effect is supposed to be soft and dreamy.

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Slide in a second headband, leaving a bit of space between it and your first one. Spray hair with Sebastian Professionals Shaper Zero GravityLightweight Hairspray to finish the look and keep those wispy pieces in place.

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The Sleek Sweep

As much as we love the "wet look" hairstyle, we hate how much product it requires to get that swept-back, graphic finish. Skip all the gel and re-create the dewy style by using bobby pins instead. To start, create a deep side-part and push hair on the opposite side behind your ear. Take your first bobby pin and slide it in directly over the ear.

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Add another bobby pin just below that first one, then continue adding pins below, following the hairline, until you've gone completely around the ear.

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Starting at your temple, apply your first bobby pin on the opposite side of the head. Continue adding pins, following the hair line, all the way down to your ear.

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We used six pins on each side for this style, but if you want to create a really dramatic look, you can place the bobby pins closer together and use double that amount.

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