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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
I love, love the braided hairstyle Rachel Zoe wore last week for her Zoe Media Group launch event. So much so that I recreated it myself on Friday. Unfortunately I didn’t have anyone around to snap a picture of it, but I figured I’d share the steps I took to get the look anyway. Basically it’s two side French braids that come together to create a low side ponytail. Here’s how to get the look:
Step 1: Part your hair on the side then secure the side opposite your part with a hair elastic to keep it out of the way.
Step 2: You’ll start French braiding the side your part is on. Not sure how to French braid your own hair? Watch this hair braiding tutorial.
Step 3: French braid your hair from your temple down to the nape of your neck. Secure the end of the braid with a small clear elastic.
Step 4: Release the elastic that’s holding the hair opposite your part. Now it’s time to French braid that side. Start up at the top of your head and braid it all the way down until it meets the end of your other braid.
Step 5: Take a second elastic and secure the end of the second braid to the first one.
Step 6: Take a one-inch section of hair and wrap it around the hair elastics. Secure the section under your ponytail with a bobby pin (or two).
Step 7: Add texture to your ponytail — if you choose — by wrapping two-inch sections of hair around a curling wand. Finish with hairspray for hold and to help ditch any flyaways.
Will you try this look? I think I’ll be wearing it again this week.