The pony is my go-to style for summer andÂ I’m happy to reportÂ it’s notÂ going anywhere the next few seasons.Â It always looks chic, is low-maintenance, and can be styled a multitude of ways. In fact, if the Fall/Winter 2014 Runway shows areÂ any indication (and they most definitelyÂ 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,Â “whether your hair is long or short, a ponytail is a timeless style for women of all ages.”
Here, 3 modern and universally flattering takesÂ 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, useÂ dry shampoo or a texturizing product for added volume soÂ hair doesn’t lay too flat.Â Shu Uemura Art of Hair Volume MakerÂ ($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 withÂ 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.
- DivideÂ the tail into sections and mist each section with a light hairspray to give it some hold. Then use a crimping iron likeÂ Conair Special Styles Combo IronÂ ($27), working your way down. RepeatÂ on all sections.
- Brush lightly to achieve effect.
- Add strips of fabric if desired.