When you think of a ponytail, do you think of a soccer mom who doesn’t have time to eat a meal in between driving her kids around? Do you think of your neighbor who always wears her workout clothes to the grocery store, the library—pretty much anywhere you see her out and about?
It’s time we break the ponytail stereotypes and look at it’s potential! A ponytail done right can be your best friend, getting your hair out of your face and looking beautiful at the same time. Celebrities know the power of a proper ponytail—they’ve sported them over and over again on the red carpet. Here are some simple ways to make your ponytail trendy:
1. Wear it low and to the side.
Put your hair in a low side ponytail, and you’ll look completely classy! It’s so simple. Just make sure you don’t pull the ponytail too tight to your head—a little volume helps make sure you look grown up. Once you have it in a side ponytail, use a hot curling iron to curl the ends. If you have bangs, leave them out.
2. Tease your crown.
This has to be one of my favorite looks. People always think getting a teased crown is so hard and that’s why tools to bump up the hair on your crown are so huge. But getting the teased is simple.
Have a rattail comb, hairspray, and some bobby pins handy. Take pieces of hair from the crown of your head and tease them with the comb. After teasing a section, hold the piece straight up and spray the base from behind with hairspray. Let it dry. Just make sure you have a layer of hair to smooth over the teased hair so it looks sleek and not ratty.
Once you have teased the top you can put a bobby pin on each side to hold the bump. Pretend like you are pulling the sides up, but only bobby pin the back. Leave the other hair down and then pull it into a ponytail. If your hair is holding the tease, you may not have to use bobby pins—just pull it into a ponytail. To give it a fun flirty look, add some barrel curls to the ends using a 3/4 curling iron and flip the ends of your bangs.
3. Cover the holder.
Just covering you ponytail holder with hair gives any ponytail into a red carpet look, plus you don’t have to worry about whether or not your ponytail holder clashes with your outfit. This may look complicated, but it’s not.
Put your hair into a ponytail just as you normally would. Then take a 1’’ strand of hair from the ponytail and wrap it around the ponytail holder. Once you’ve wrapped it all the way around and you can no longer see the ponytail holder, take a bobby pin and pin the end of the strand you wrapped. Note: If you have short hair you won’t be able to do this as easily.
4. Work the short ponytail.
Just because you have short hair doesn’t mean you can’t have a cute ponytail. Part your hair on the side and keep the ponytail low. If you have bangs, avoid pining them back. By keeping them forward, you’ll have more volume and frame your face.