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No, headbands don't have to scream "Park Lane Princess"...

When it comes to my daytime look, my hair falls into two ‘styles’: poker straight or high ponytail. As for experimenting with my brunette locks – this tends to be something of a novelty before heading out for a night on the town with the girls. Sound familiar?

Fortunately, there are a few simple ideas you can adopt to put the sparkle back into your tresses come the daylight hours – it just takes a little creativity and one less snooze button in the morning. Here are a few suggestions to get you going.

Banding Together

Alice bands add a splash of colour to your locks and come in a variety of styles, from sleek satin and shiny plastic, to rope-like and embellished – and they take no time at all to place in your hair. Check out Accessorize which stocks a good selection of hairbands that won’t break the bank. Online shopping favourite ASOS also have some cute bands adorned with feathers, bows and corsages, or if you’re looking to splash out, head to Net-a-Porter where you’ll find some luxe bands from the likes of Marc Jacobs.

Clipped Out

A sweeping fringe is bang on trend this season (excuse the pun) – try slicking it off your face for a change with a sparkly hair grip. Alternatively, fix a hair comb into your hair or pin a small flower clip just above your ear for a romantic look. Ebuni’s online store sells a wide variety of accessories and is worth a look.

Texturised Trouble

Textured hair is big news this Autumn/Winter, with a throwback to the 80s clearly making its mark on the catwalks. If the prospect of crimping all your hair sounds too retro, why not quickly crimp just the bottom or top section, using a device like the Babyliss Pro Crimper 200? Pin up into a low ponytail for a more grown-up look.

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Plaits look chic, polished and elegant for the office.

Curling Up

Leave your hair to dry naturally the night before and the next morning, quickly wrap a few sections around large heated curling tongs to create dishevelled, tumbling curls. Babyliss has a vast range of styling irons, including conical and cordless wands.

Perfect Plaits

Plaits are popular as ever, sported by celebs like Scarlett Johansson and Alicia Keys, they can add a cute twist to mid or longer length hair. Try thinner braids to frame your face or heavier plaits, with random strands of hair pulled out for a messy-but-stylish finish.

Product-ise Your Hair

If you have shorter hair, or lots of layers, why not experiment with gums and gels from brands such as Fudge or Wella Shock Waves to show off your haircut? Create boyish height or random flicks in minutes for something a little more daring.

Fringe Effects

Rolled fringes are quirky and also proving a hit this season. Simply curl your damp fringe around a large round brush, like ones available from GHD and blow dry downwards for a sleek and shiny finish. Lightly spritz with hairspray to hold in place.