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4 Memorable Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen Hairstyles

We fell hard for Natalie Alcala last fall, when the LA-based writer and blogger spent a week guest blogging for us. In fact, we loved her posts so much that we asked her to be a contributing editor. In addition to blogging for us once a week, she’ll also be writing for the Birchbox Magazine and keeping us up to speed on all things fashion, beauty, and fun.

Photos: InStyle, E! Online, KLG, Just Jared

Today is Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s 26th birthday! Through the years, we’ve seen these twin stars rise from style-setting entrepreneurs to CFDA award-winning designers, providing the world with first-rate fashion inspiration all along the way. In addition to their enviable garments, their flair for statement-making hair has been just as fun to watch. Here are four pioneering Olsen hair trends that are sure to stand the test of time.

1. Ashley’s Top Bun: This adorable childhood photo is a perfect example of the Olsens’ ability to forecast a trend long before the rest of the world. The floral accents on this perfect bun-and-bangs combo are the icing on the cake.

2. Mary-Kate’s Bold Brown: Besides the fact that an endless amount of influential designers were in the house at CFDA’s Fashion Awards last week, the most buzzed-about news of the night was Mary-Kate’s new brunette locks. Rather than hide the look under a hat or hair accessory, she made a statement by donning a stick-straight style with a sleek middle part.

3. Ashley’s Beachy Waves: Perfectly tousled hair in a beach blonde hue really fits Ashley’s minimalist style. I love her natural makeup here, too. Can you say summer inspiration?

4. Mary-Kate’s Crown Braid: Long before intricate braids became a thing, in 2007 Mary-Kate rocked a perfect bohemian crown braid, paired with a casual white tee and an elaborate Azzedine Alaïa skirt. Little did she know then that this hairstyle would become a mainstay in salons. In fact, Hairroin Salon in L.A. offers the “Mary-Kate Braid,” which is a salute to this very style.

For more hair inspiration, check out these three awesomely-cool braids

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