5 Ponytails to Wear Now
5 Ponytails to Wear Now
From high-and-mighty to tastefully teased, this tried-and-true hairstyle found itself revamped and recharged on the fall 2013 runways. Here, we round up the latest ways to pull together this look.
The Sporty Pony
The Look: In a season filled with low-slung ponytails, the high-and-mighty ones at Michael Kors provided a welcome alternative. Sleek at the crown and bouncy through the lengths, the look has a strong quality to it—made all the more graphic by hairstylist Orlando Pita's addition of black latex tape wrapped snugly around the tail's base.
Get the Look: The ponytail's position at Michael Kors was key. Pita recommended placing the base of it slightly below the crown so that it's more "'90s and minimal." For big-time bounce, first prep your hair with volumizing spray and blow out strands using a large round brush. Finish by blasting the hairline and crown with hairspray to minimize flyaways.
The Model Pony
The Look: The best muse for a relaxed ponytail? Models, of course! At Rachel Zoe, hairstylist Odile Gilbert cited the women she works on most often as the inspiration for this supremely chic, completely easy-to-master style.
Get the Look: After drawing a middle part, loosely pull back both sides so that the hair covers your ears, and secure into a super-low ponytail. Wrap a small section of hair around the pony's base, pin it in place, and finish by loosening a few strands around your face for a lived-in vibe.
The Rolling-Pin Pony
The Look: Though hairstylist Eugene Souleiman joked that this Ports 1961 design "should only be attempted by a trained hairdresser," he admitted that this polished ponytail—which begins as a reverse French pleat—is quite effortless.
Get the Look: Create a low side part, and divide your hair into two sections according to the parting. Sweep one section across your forehead and secure it into a low ponytail at the nape. Fold the second section into a reverse French pleat, rolling down toward the ponytail. Merge the roll with the ponytail and secure it with a hair elastic. If needed, reinforce the roll with some hidden bobby pins.
The Teased Tail
The Look: "I envisioned an elegant, luxurious lady who's going out for dinner and teases her hair at the crown and puts it into this chic pony herself," hairstylist Guido Palau said of this full-bodied style at Loewe. Even though this ponytail is inspired by an uptown girl, Guido lent it a carefree downtown edge by keeping the hair elastic uncovered.
Get the Look: Working in sections, apply teasing spray to the crown and allow each section to dry completely before moving on to the next. Perfect that airy texture by backcombing your crown and dusting hair with dry shampoo. Finally, carefully gather lengths into a low ponytail, keeping the teased height at the crown intact.
The Barely There Ponytail
The Look: From the front, the hair at Victoria, Victoria Beckham appears loose and unfettered, but the back tells a different story. Hairstylist Anthony Turner bundled the very ends into an elastic for a "low-key yet individualized" look that has a "rebellious sense of sexiness."
Get the Look: Spray hair with a texturizer and rough-dry it using your fingers. After gathering strands into an elastic two to three inches from the ends, apply texture powder to the ponytail's tips and the wisps around your face for a slightly disheveled appearance.