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08-13-14 | Posted by

The pony is my go-to style for summer and I’m happy to report it’s not going anywhere the next few seasons. It always looks chic, is low-maintenance, and can be styled a multitude of ways. In fact, if the Fall/Winter 2014 Runway shows are any indication (and they most definitely are) the low pony can help you looked pulled-together and polished in no time. And best of all, as Cutler/Redken stylist Jenny Balding points out, “whether your hair is long or short, a ponytail is a timeless style for women of all ages.”

Here, 3 modern and universally flattering takes on the low pony:

1. Short, Low Ponytail

Shoulder length hair is having a moment right now, making the short, low ponytail a fashion staple.

  • Start with day-old hair as this will give you better control. If necessary, use dry shampoo or a texturizing product for added volume so hair doesn’t lay too flat. Shu Uemura Art of Hair Volume Maker ($48) easily removes grease and pumps up the volume.
  • Create a deep side or center part and gather hair low on the nape of the neck before securing.
  • Keep it smooth and sleek or soften it by letting some stray pieces fall gently around your face.


2. Bubbles in the Tail

Valentino’s Fall/Winter 2014 Paris Show proved that you can look sophisticated and still have fun with your hair.

  • Start with either a deep side or center part and smooth into a really low ponytail at the nape of the neck. Secure tightly.
  • Brush your ponytail so it creates a smooth surface on top but then back brush the underneath to create a puffy texture. Then, slightly smooth again to finish.
  • Using a small band to tie, create small bubbles all the way down to create your desired look. Again, secure tightly.


3. Textured Ponytail

Chanel’s Fall/Winter 2014 hair made quite a statement with crimped tails and added accessories.

  • Start with hair that’s a little dirty or add dry shampoo or a texturizer for extra grip.
  • Smooth into a very low ponytail at the nape. Secure with band.
  • Divide the tail into sections and mist each section with a light hairspray to give it some hold. Then use a crimping iron like Conair Special Styles Combo Iron ($27), working your way down. Repeat on all sections.
  • Brush lightly to achieve effect.
  • Add strips of fabric if desired.



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