Keepin’ It Classic: The Ponytail

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There is no hairstyle more classic, ubiquitous, or foolproof than the ponytail. From the smooth slick-back, to the center-parted low pony, the options really are endless when it comes to the ponytail. All you need is one elastic (or, if you lose them as frequently as I do, then about six hundred), and you can conquer the world—one flyaway at a time. Here’s a few tips to remind you just how simple it is to rock the pony of your choice. Because, let’s face it, no one wants a bad hair day—but no one also wants to spend three hours in the bathroom curling, straightening, and teasing until you give up and put a beanie on…true story.

semisumo                                                                          Via Bumble and Bumble

 

dove                                                                                      Via Target

The Sleek Pony: For a sleek pony that looks sophisticated, elegant, and (somehow) classic and contemporary all at the same time, go for the sleek pony. Just brush all of your hair back into a high or mid-height pony (depending on your preference), and secure with an elastic. Smooth the sides of your hair with Bumble and Bumble’s Semisumo Pomade, $28, and set with a light-hold, high-shine hairspray, like Dove Style + Care Strength and Shine Hairspray, $4. To turn the volume way up on this pony, take a piece of hair from your pony and wrap it around the elastic. Just secure it in place with a bobby pin, and you’re good to go.

The Teased Pony: For the ultimate dramatic pony, try teasing your ponytail. Tie your hair into the pony of your choice (just make sure it’s not too high on your head, or you’ll look like you woke up in a haystack). Lift the pony up in a vertical direction, and use a bristle brush to comb hair upwards. Continue to do this until you’ve reached your desired tease-level, and then finish with some strong hold hairspray.

The Low Pony: For a sweet, simple take on the pony, try parting your hair to the side. Gather hair into a low pony (so it touches the nape of your neck). Then, take a curling iron and curl the ponytail without using the clamp. This will create natural-looking waves instead of fake-looking tendrils. Just smooth on some styling crème, or use a toothbrush to tame flyaways with hairspray.

 

Juliane DeGiovine is a magazine hoarder and rom-com fanatic. In her spare time she can be found watching Friends reruns and obsessing over Ryan Gosling. Lover of dark chocolate and YA novels (please don't judge her).

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