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Curls, what curls?

The beauty world is buzzing about Taylor Swift's sophisticated new tresses.

The 19-year-old singer was nearly unrecognizable on Wednesday night in New York City, when she stepped out to dine at Otto, a popular Italian restaurant run by famous croc-loving chef Mario Batali. Her girlie curls were replaced with slick straight locks and thick, eye-brow skimming bangs.

This hair style is new -- just a few days before, Swift was still wearing her trademark coils at the launch of VEVO, a music-video website. Swift is in New York for tonight's Z100 Jingle Ball, where she will perform. But the singer, who is nominated for 8 Grammies and 6 AMA awards, has sported straight locks (and bangs) in the past, as witnessed by these photos from December of last year.

We wonder if her new 'do is in anticipation of her 20th birthday this Sunday (Little Taylor is alls growns ups), and if Swift will stick with this style, or if it was a one-night-wonder. The straight locks could be attained by a simple blowout, and the bangs, as a commenter JuJu postulates, below, could be a a clip-on bang extension.

If you're inspired by Swift's sleek new 'do, try straightening your own locks with our tips from celebrity hair stylist Danielle Caputo, who says that the key to a sleek style is a product cocktail.

"Mix a little bit of grooming cream with a frizz serum to infuse hair with moisture and act as a barrier against humidity," she suggests. Using your hands, apply the product cocktail from the ends up to the roots.

Get the full straight-hair scoop below!