The Ponytail is Officially "Cool" -- Hooray!

Posted 02/24/11 at 11:07AM by Audrey Fine

Before I cut my hair short I wore a ponytail every single solitary day. Seriously. I never didn't have hair things on my wrists, and the only time my kids -- who're 8-years-old -- ever saw me with my hair "down" was when I'd come home from getting highlights done and had it styled at the salon.

Of course, now that I'm bald, ponytails are all the rage. They're all over the red carpet (How beautiful did Reese Witherspoon look at the Oscars?) and they trotted their way down numerous runways at New York Fashion Week.

But, these aren't the "slick your wet hair back into a hair elastic and go" kind of ponytail -- nope, these are fancy pants ponies. And, here, for those of you who love having your hair pulled back, are the two simple steps for getting the look.

Step 1 -- The Prep: Dry and style your hair to create the texture of the look you're going for. If you want it sleek, go super straight, if your ponytail's going to have volume to it, use a round brush, and, if you want waves, employ a curling iron.

Step 2 -- The How-To: Experts advise keeping your chin up as you gather your hair into the ponytail. (You can brush it into place or just use your hands.) Keeping your head elevated helps to keep hair from sagging once it's secured with the elastic. If you're going for a sleek look, try coating your hands with a small amount of smoothing serum (try Biolage Smoothing Serum, $18) before gathering your hair into the pony.

Regardless of where you want your ponytail to be (high, medium or low-slung), make sure that you secure the elastic (I love Goody Ouchless Extra Thick Elastics, $3.49) as closely to your scalp as possible to prevent slippage.

Are you a sucker for ponytails, too? How about trying the modern twist trend that was all the rage at Fashion Week? It's a perfect ponytail alternative.
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1-6 of 15 Comments

  • Posted by EricaF123 on 04/13/13 at 03:02pm

    yes, cool

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  • Posted by powerwoman033 on 03/14/12 at 04:10pm

    Ponytails are a woman's best friend on bad hair days and when it is really hot! I've been wearing ponytails for 20 years! I'm glad to see it is actually in style now. ;)

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  • Posted by Nicole2814 on 12/21/11 at 08:40am

    ponytails always help in any circumstances us girl just need to know how to style our ponytails to make us look better

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  • Posted by taryn.romero on 10/18/11 at 06:23am

    Ponytails are my go for bad hair days. They're great because you can make it look chic or casual.

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  • Posted by LipglossandSpandex on 07/21/11 at 10:20pm

    Ponytails are my gym/emergency hairdo. I try and look a little nicer the rest of the time... a braid is good.

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  • Posted by lea_m_gibson on 04/21/11 at 02:39pm

    nice.

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