The Low Ponytail

Stock up on hair ties, because this summer low-ponytails ruled the runways. From Michael Kors’ side parted, sleek, straight locks, to Jenny Packham’s added twist, to Akris’ how-low-can-you-go look, the nape of the neck pulled back looks all lent a low-maintenance air of sophistication. Clean, simple, and classic, pulling hair back has never looked so good or been so versatile.

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For straight locks:
Hairstylist Orlando Pita suggests to create a style that is both clean and graphic by first getting hair pin-straight. You’ll want to use a pomade or styling cream to start. Blow dry hair in small sections, slowly brushing from roots to ends – Pita suggests spraying with hairspray before turning the dryer on you locks, both for hold and added shine. Once your all dried, flat iron if needed. Hair should be parted slightly to the side, and pulled back and secured at the nape of your neck. Pita’s hook elastics modernized the do, creating a halo-like effect. You can mimic the look with a thin, simplistic barrette. Try Beyonce’s dressed up low pony by wrapping a section of hair around the base of her ponytail, covering the elastic for an added touch of glam.

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For curly hair:
Thandie Newton showed the style at a recent red carpet appearance reimagined in her natural curls, parted down the middle and tied back. For a messier look, with casual-chic fly-aways, and a half pulled through pony, creating a low, looped ponytail is as easy as just teasing randomly. Or try by curling the ponytail with a curling iron like me for a dressed up look. Then wrap a section of hair around the base of the ponytail, covering the elastic for an added touch of glam.

Whatever your style or hair type, the low-pony can go from work to play, stick straight to wild and wavy, and runway to real life. So go ahead and pony up, this Summer style is yours for the trying.

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