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Celebrity hair stylist Ben Cooke's Digital Spy blog: 'X Factor' hair

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He's the man behind Victoria Beckham's pob, Leona Lewis's fishtail plait, Amanda Holden's chop and Sarah Harding's revamp - so when we wanted someone to offer their tips for Digital Spy readers, the award-winning Ben Cooke - co-founder of Lockonego hair salon based in Chelsea - was the only man for the job.

Hair with The X Factor

As one of the most talked-about TV shows in the country returns for a ninth year, I've selected some of the best hairstyles from The X Factor that have helped judges and contestants alike steal the show and up the ante in the style stakes.

Dannii Minogue

First up is the gorgeous Ms Minogue. Every week Dannii nailed it with elegant and classic styles that had a funky touch. This is my favourite style on her - she's rocking an on-trend quiff, yet her tresses are beautifully pulled back with lots of waves and textures that show off her gorgeous high cheekbones and eyes.

To achieve Dannii's look, use a small amount of Sebastian Volume Boosting Mousse, £13.99, and apply through the full length of the hair; the root area, midsections and right to the ends. Use a blow dryer on a medium heat setting and direct hair around the ears in a backwards motion using your fingers or a small paddle brush.

Using the same method, direct hair at the back of your head into a downward sweeping motion. Once you have you have finished blow drying your hair finish off by teasing the fringe area to add height and volume.

Dannii Minogue on The X Factor

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Cheryl Cole

The nation's sweetheart showed us she was the X Factor hair chameleon and proved that she has the most lust-worthy locks on the planet. This is one of my favourite styles that Cheryl sported throughout her X Factor career. There is something very retro yet playful about this messy side plait with her long brunette curls cascading down on one side - it's reminiscent of a Hollywood golden girl.

For a Cheryl-inspired look, apply Sebastian Professional Thickefy Foam, £16.65, from roots to ends into clean damp hair for a bit of volume. Blow dry hair using fingers instead of a brush to encourage natural texture and waves. Once dry, use a wide-barreled curling tong to define curls and add extra waves to the hair.

Next, section your hair into a side parting and loosely bring round to one side. Plait down one side and then carefully tease the plait apart to create texture and volume.

Cheryl Cole on The X Factor

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Leona Lewis

Leona's soft, caramel curls are her signature and always give her that 'effortlessly sexy' appeal. The warm, blended colours and volume provide a bouncy yet elegant lift.

To recreate this style, wrap hair around a round barrel brush and pull the roots to add lift when blow-drying. Use a curling iron to create bouncy texture at the ends. Finish off by applying a light coating of Sebastian Professional Shaper Zero Gravity spray, £12.75, for lasting hold.

Leona Lewis

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Tulisa Contostavlos

Tulisa has recently ditched her glossy dark locks and started sporting platinum blonde waves for a shocking tress transformation. To recreate Tulisa's tumbling waves, separate the hair into a side parting and starting halfway down the crown, working your way down towards the neck, take sections of hair and wind them around large heated rollers.

Leave to dry with some heat from a diffuser and once the hair is dry, remove the rollers gently pulling the curls around the front of your face. Finish off with Herbal Essences Tousle Me Softly Finishing Touch Cream, £4.79.

Tulisa Contostavlos

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