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Since I wear my hair up almost every day, I love a good ponytail holder — one that really works. I’ve tried almost all varieties, but I’ve recently discovered a game changer: Scünci No Slip Grip Evolution Elastics, $3 (14 pack). The practically break-proof silicone held my hair through a vigorous Soul Cycle spin class and also held the tiny end of my braid just as well. Resembling the jelly bracelets of my youth makes me love them even more (though, alas, they are too tight to actually wear as a bracelet). Since they are more sticky than your regular elastic, make sure to roll them off instead of tug — they can pull hair if you don’t do it gently.
What’s your favorite hair holder?
Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez and Ke$ha all sported a clean and sleek pony with slight variations — it couldn’t be more perfect for the red carpet or a big night out. Love it. The key to keeping this sequened-dress-appropriate is lots of volume at the crown of your head. If you’re not very adept with teasing (like, ahem, me), try using a teasing spray like Redken Quick Tease 15 Backcombing Lift Finishing Spray, $18. When you spray it right at your roots, it creates lift and gives hair a nice matte finish. When it comes to where you place the pony, really anything goes, but I love how these ladies opted positioned it just in the middle of their head, in line with their ear. It’s young and very hip. Just like most rockstars.
Who rocked the ponytail best?
Every season we see a ton of different, fabulous looks, yet there are always a few trends we see across the board. One of the biggest hair stories for Fall 2013 was the low ponytail. Ah, I love it. It’s so refreshing to see a glam way to wear the hair staple. For the Victoria Beckham show (above), Redken creative consultant Guido created this simple, yet elegant pony based on shine, shine and more shine. “This style is meant to look very easy, almost accidental, but note the emphasis is on the texture — I wanted it to look really drenched in shine, not quite totally wet, but almost,” explained Guido. Here are the steps to get the look.
Step 1: Blow dry hair with your fingers, not a brush, dragging fingers through as you dry so that the end result is straight but not perfect and retains a natural texture.
Step 2: Once dry, apply a shine serum (Guido used Redken Diamond Oil Shatterproof Shine, $40 – Launches in May) from lengths to ends.
Step 3: For an extra glossy finish, next apply a shine spray (he used Redken Shine Flash 02 Glistening Mist, $18) all over.
Step 4: Gather hair into a loose low pony with a messy, undefined side part. Pull out some pieces around the face and leave one ear exposed.
Here are a few other fab low ponytails we saw this week:
Do you prefer a low or high ponytail?
Images courtesy of: Redken, Cutler/Redken, TRESemmé; bottom image via: WWD
At the Valentino 50th anniversary party and Beverly Hills flagship store opening this week, not only did Kim Kardashian and Rachel Zoe both show off equally fabulous black and white dresses, but they also both wore their hair in wrapped ponytails. But, Kardashian went with a perkier high wrapped pony while Zoe went with a more ’70s-inspired, middle-parted low wrapped pony.
This just proves that tweaking your part and the placement of your ponytail can make all the difference in your look. If you’re going for a flirty, girl-next-door vibe, try Kardashian’s style. But, if you are going for a look that’s a little bit more laid back and cool, stick with Zoe’s look.
I’m sure you’ve all got the basic ponytail down by now, but wrapping a section of hair around your elastic and actually getting it to stay in place is a bit trickier. Here’s how I do it:
After securing your hair into a ponytail, grab a quarter-inch section of hair from one side of your ponytail. Spritz that section with a generous amount of hairspray to give it some grip and to smooth frizz and flyaways. Then, wrap it tightly around your elastic stopping it under your tail. Secure the tiny section under your tail with a bobby pin, then slip a second pin in from the other side of your head so that it crosses over the first pin. This will really help lock that section into place so that it doesn’t slip free.
So, which ponytail do you prefer?
If you’re like me, your hair lives mostly in a ponytail. But, that doesn’t mean you want your hair to look the same every. single. day. That’s why when I see a new take on a ponytail, I’m all for copying it. I spotted my newest ponytail hairstyle crush backstage at the Tracy Reese show at New York Fashion Week. It’s a bedhead-y textured ponytail that has a little crisscross action in the back and side-swept bangs. Here, TRESemme stylist Jeanie Syfu, who created the look for the show, shares how to get it:
Step 1: Start by applying a combination of root-boosting spray and volumizing mousse (she used TRESemmé 24 Hour Body Root Boost Spray, $6.26 and TRESemmé 24 Hour Body Foaming Mousse, $5.99) in wet hair and quickly blow dry your hair using your fingers to add texture.
Step 2: Backcomb your roots to add lift around the crown of your head then lightly spray strands with volume-enhancing spray. She used TRESemmé 24 Hour Body Finishing Spray, $5.99.
Step 3: Pick up random sections of hair and use a double barrel curling iron to curl the sections. Leave the ends straight. Spray lightly with dry shampoo (she used TRESemmé Fresh Start Volumizing Dry Shampoo, $5.49) for a matte finish.
Step 4: Create a middle part and separate out a two-inch wide section of hair (from your hairline back) that runs from your part to the nape of your neck. Secure all of your hair minus that two-inch section into a low ponytail.
Step 5: Take one side of the two inch section and pull it back toward your ponytail. Wrap it over the elastic to the opposite side of the ponytail and secure it under the tail. Repeat on the other side so the two small sections cross over each other.
Step 6: Leave a few face-framing strands loose, and tuck the hair loosely behind your ears for a casual finish.
At the Erin Fetherston show, hairstylist Esther Langham created not one, but four different updos (see ponytail number one pictured above). They all had a fabulous and cool ’60s vibe that oozed flirty, fun and sexy. I plan to recreate each and every one of them and will share how-tos (once New York Fashion Week winds down), but what I know after chatting with Langham is, the key to making an updo less challenging to create is to prep your hair properly.
“Prepping hair with products beforehand is like laying the foundation before you build a house,” she says. And, her preferred method of prepping hair before styling these fresh, soft updos was to first apply Alterna Bamboo Volume Uplifting Root Blast, $24 on just the roots and Alterna Bamboo Volume Weightless Whipped Mousse, $22 on the mid-shafts of the hair to the ends before blow drying. This combo added the necessary volume and texture needed to create the ponytails, braided buns and French twists each of the models strutted down the catwalk wearing with little fuss.
Though the week isn’t over just yet, I’m going to say that these updos seen at Erin Fetherson were some of my favorites of the week — along with the twists that fabulous hairstylist Ted Gibson created for the Lela Rose show. More on those later this week …
Clearly I have a girl crush on Rose Byrne, or on her hair anyway, because I seriously want to copy almost every hairstyle she’s worn lately. I recently posted about how to get a cut similar to hers — which I absolutely plan to do soon — and now I have to share how I plan to recreate the retro, sexy side ponytail she wore on Letterman this week. It’s a perfect look for a night out and not too tricky to do. Here’s the breakdown:
Step 1: Spritz roots with volumizing spray (try John Frieda Luxurious Volume All-Out Hold Hairspray, $9.99) and blow dry your hair straight with a round brush to add a bit of volume. Don’t hold the ends around the brush as you go though — you want them to remain straight.
Step 2: Once your hair is fully dry, use a flat iron to smooth over the ends of your hair if they have too much bend, but only hit the mid-shafts to the ends.
Step 3: Backcomb the hair at your crown a bit, and create a deep side part that extends back a couple of inches.
Step 4: Spritz a very small amount of spray wax (try Redken Wax Blast 10 High Impact Finishing Spray Wax, $17.95) on your strands from mid-shafts to ends and gently tousle your hair with your hands to add a slightly messy texture.
Step 5: Sweep all of your hair into a low side ponytail opposite your part and secure with a clear elastic. If you want to get fancy, you can take a tiny section of your ponytail hair and wrap it around the elastic. Secure the end of the section under your pony with a bobby pin.
Note: This ponytail hairstyle will look most similar to Byrne’s if you have long, side-sweeping bangs or face-framing layers. Let them sweep across your forehead and spritz with hairspray to help lock them in place.
Do you have a celebrity hairstyle you’re crushing on? Tell me about and I’ll explain how to recreate it.
Not sure about you, but I am always thrilled to see celebrities experiment with unique and fun hairstyles on the red carpet. What’s interesting is, they seem to do this more when promoting films abroad. We Americans must be too judgmental. Nah, that couldn’t be true — oh wait, it so is.
Anyway, I think the ponytail style Wilde (who I think is absolutely gorgeous, BTW) wore to the Berlin premiere of Cowboys & Aliens was super cute and a great take on a look we saw circa the 1980s. Or was it early ’90s? Either way, I love the more voluminous twist on the look — and the use of clear elastics. Back in the day we used multiple day-glo shades.
If you want to give this look a try (I’m going to, and will post a photo when I do) here’s the breakdown on how to do it courtesy of hairstylist David Babaii who created the look for Wilde. (more…)