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We’ve told you about dresses, sweaters and even basketball uniforms, but what about the finishing touches? Once you’ve got your outfit together, is there nothing more that computer science can do for you? Of course not! Here are some ways computing can help you top off your look.

Hair it is

Your hairstyle helps to express your character and personality, but what if you want to try something radically different? Will that new cut suit you? There is software available that lets you try out new hairstyles in the safely of your own room. Once you upload a head shot, the software uses image processing techniques to allow you to see how you would look with a mullet or a mohawk. You can even try radical new colours. It’s your chance to find the style that’s best for you before letting anyone near you with a pair of scissors.
The look: virtually hair-raising.

Nail that picture

Some salons can put art at the tips of your fingers. Fingernail designs, pictures that you can have glued onto your nails to enhance their glam factor often have a bit of computer science behind them. The images are created by designers using computer assisted packages or automatically generated by artificial intelligence. Then they’re usually printed by computer on to special transfer sheets, which allow those stunning images to be attached to a well-manicured nail.
The look: digital digits

Tattoo you?

Perhaps the ultimate fashion statement of personal expression, the tattoo has a long and distinguished history. Using a vibrating needle, ink is driven under the skin to create a permanent image on the body. Despite new methods using laser light to reduce the visibility of this buried deep skin pigment, a tattoo remains a pretty serous decision with no easy way back. So how would you tell a tattoo was really really you? Graphic artist Loic Zimmerman has developed a computer program to help answer this pointed question. By creating a digital avatar, an exact computer graphic copy of his body, he is able to see exactly how the inked designs will look before the needle starts its work. While tattoos aren’t everyone’s idea of fashion, at least this software lets you draw your own conclusions about how it will look.
The look: software with a needle-sharp point.

Your shoes look good and do you good too

Trainers owe some of their sleekness to computer-aided design, but now some manufacturers are developing running shoes with the space to include tiny computer sensors that will be able to measure how far you have run, and calculate the number of calories you’ve burned in doing so. But the sensors won’t keep this good news to themselves; they will be able to send this information wirelessly to your smartphone so you can keep a track as you run round the track, down the street or, if you’re late, through the school corridor.
The look: fast and futuristic.