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Headbands and slides get an adult makeover

Take inspiration from the red carpet and the catwalks and dress up your hair in style, writes Katie Wright

Remember when you were little and getting dressed up for a friend's birthday party involved selecting the perfect pair of sparkly hair slides to adorn your French plait, or the right velvet headband to sit atop your crimped tresses?

Then you grew up and decided practically overnight that scrunchies, bobbles and bows were far too babyish for a big girl like you, and suddenly all your colourful hair adornments were cast aside for good.

Now hair accessories have had a very grown-up makeover. We're seeing them all over the catwalks and the red carpet - and they look amazing.

Ashley Williams has made crystal hair slides a signature at her fashion shows over the last couple of seasons, but you can find much cheaper versions on the high street.

And if you want to create your own slogans, Tilly Thomas Lux makes personalised pins for £45 per letter - Holly Willoughby sported 'Jungle is Massive' slides to end her stint presenting I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!

If wacky wording isn't your cup of tea, take your cue from the Zadig & Voltaire catwalk, where a clutch of crystal slides were teamed with huge silver fringe earrings on model Hailey Bieber.

We loved Emma Stone's star-embellished Alice band (left) at the UK premiere of The Favourite, worn on the crown of her head, rather than on top like a tiara.

The other headband trend set to be huge this spring is the Fifties-style knotted scarf - but with all the elasticated versions in the shops, you won't have to worry about trying to tie yours.

These cute, colourful headbands are really versatile - try a pastel shade for a relaxed retro look, or darker hues with glamorous earrings for evenings.

Hair accessories are an affordable way to jazz up an outfit - here's our pick of the best buys right now...

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