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Pin it up. Pull it back. Tie it down. Clip it away.

Hair accessories are made for hot summer days when women count on scarves, headbands, barrettes, clips and ponytail holders to tame their tresses and keep cool.

But there's no need to settle for the basic ponytail elastic. Hair accessories not only are practical but stylish.

That's what BUFFALO magazine discovered one recent day, when traveling around the waterfront, Delaware Park and Buffalo Zoo in search of women enjoying a good hair accessory day.

Slicking her hair back high on the crown and accenting it with a knotted colorful scarf did the trick for Kimberly Godfrey, who was dining outdoors at the Hatch on her day off from working in the dietary department at Millard Fillmore Hospital.

Then again, she gets plenty of practice on the job.

At work, she always wears "some sort of up-'do," she said.

A few miles away in Delaware Park, in-line skater Amy Lewis, a West Seneca resident majoring in elementary education at Buffalo State College, went the headband route.

"I wear it just for working out to keep the hair out of my face," she said, before speeding off around the path.

Also spotted: Heads dotted with fabric-covered barrettes; tendrils tightly pulled up in combs; and scrunchies, scrunchies and more scrunchies -- in every fabric imaginable.

Which leaves one to wonder: Just how many ways are there to wear a scrunchie, anyway?

Susan Martin is The News' fashion writer and supplied valuable assistance to the dog food column in BUFFALO's Dog Lovers' Issue.

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