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Nicole and Tulisa's best 'X Factor' hairstyles of 2012

Whilst singer James Arthur was crowned winner of this year's X Factor show, judges Nicole Scherzinger and Tulisa Contostavlos were having a competition of their own, often being spotted with similar haistyles throughout the series.

Each week the audience waited with baited breath, not just for the singers' performances, but also for the first glimpse of the ladies' outfits, hairstyles and beauty looks. And, although their unique ensembles didn't dissapoint, we couldn't help but notice some similarities in the beauty battle of the two judges.

As the show comes to a close we take a look back at Nicole and Tulisa's hairstyles to see how they achieved their X Factor beauty looks - who would you crown the winner?


A GREAT BLOW-DRY
Nicole Scherzinger is renowned for long tousled locks which have become her go-to hairstyle for any big event. But joining the former Pussycat Dolls singer on the well-groomed judging panel this series, Tulisa Contostavlos sported big, bouncy waves of her own for a similar glamorous finish 

SUPER STRAIGHT HAIR
Tulisa and Nicole both showed that they were straight-talking judges this year with hair to match, opting for shiny, sophisticated tresses to go with their LBDs 

SIMPLY SLEEK
Keeping things simple to show off their statement dresses for the show, the judges emphasised their gorgeous features with slicked-back up-dos 

TURN UP THE VOLUME WITH A QUIFF
Both of the pop-star judges showed that they weren't flat on the style front this year. A great way to add height and sophistication to any outfit, Nicole and Tulisa set off their ponytails with towering voluminous quiffs

 

RETRO 1950s WAVES
There's no better way to perfect a polished, on-stage look than with a time-old classic and, this year, both of the ladies showed a spot of timeless elegance with flowing, vintage style waves 

THE BEST OF NICOLE
Immaculately elegant, the 36-year-old star from America blew the audience away this season with her ultra-chic up-dos complemented an uncanny ability to apply flawless makeup. And on Halloween, Nicole surprised everybody with Cleopatra-inspired crimped locks finished off with a glittering black headpiece 

BEST OF TULISA
The N-Dubz star made the most of her chocolatey brown locks once again after dying her hair back from the blonde look she sported at the start of the series for a more glamorous look at the live shows. Experimenting with side-swept twists, vintage Hollywood waves and a plaited chignon, Tulisa oozed confidence on the X Factor stage 

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