The ponytail: Australia's answer to getting hair off our necks on particularly hot days. The only problem? It ain't so glam. Barney Martin — Pantene expert hairstylist and owner of Sydney's Barney Martin Hairdressing salon, — has heard your (our) cries for a change this party season — and we need only look to the red carpet. Remember Blake Lively's tri-ponytail at the Met Gala? And what about Diane Kruger's messy side offering? To read Barney's how-tos and breath life into your ponytail, click through.
When you're having a bad hair day, the solution is usually just to put your hair in a ponytail. But ponies aren't just for lazy days and casual events. With a bit of clever styling, a ponytail can work for any occasion, including big parties and events. They're practical, they keep you cool, and they show off strong makeup looks or intricate outfits perfectly. Whether you're a ponytail devotee who wants a new way to wear your favourite style or someone who always wears her hair loose, these celebrity hair looks will inspire you to get creative with a perfect pony.
At the Third Person premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, celebrity hairstylist Mara Roszak was in no mood to wait until Spring 2014 to try this look on Mila Kunis. Inspired by Mila's white Burberry dress, a centre-parted low pony only seemed fitting for the dress's deep V and sexy silhouette. To get this look, Roszak started by prepping Mila's hair with L'Oreal Elnett Heat Protect Spray. After blowing Mila's hair dry with a round brush, Roszak then created a middle part, teasing at the crown for volume. Next, Roszak sectioned the hair at the ears, pulling the back portion into a low ponytail. To make this look perfect, Roszak pulled Mila's sides back, wrapped them around the pony, and secured with bobby pins for a high-on-glamour finish.
Although we love a good side or middle part, sometimes it's easier to just forget the split altogether and go rogue. That's what three celebrities did last week, and the results were quite alluring. AnnaSophia Robb let her part-free ponytail show off her cat eye and bold lip, while Molly Sims paired hers with lush lashes and a nude lip hue. And Bella Heathcote added lots of texture to make up for her lack of part. This style is a great way to let your makeup look shine, but whose did you like best?
It's high time the ponytail got more credit. Usually considered the most boring of all up 'dos, the ponytail can actually be a diverse and exciting style. See how these celebrities updated the classic look for both daytime events and evening occasions. You'll have to think again before you dare call the ponytail boring.
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The look in a few words? Sleek, contrast, polished, graphic – modern and strong! Hero product? Power Spray. It’s a hairspray with aqua elastic technology so we can use it to finish, hold the hair in, get rid of any flyaways but it also has high shine. That glossy, polished look. Is that bondage tape? Yes! It's from a sex shop. It’s something to create that graphic contrast. It comes off really easily. The next big hair trend is... Lots of colour but fitted graphic shapes. The styling product I tell everyone to buy is... Instant Refresh. It’s a clear dry shampoo to you can use it without whitening the hair. It also gives hair texture. We’ve been using it today as well, because we’ve been pulling the hair back tightly, if someone has a sensitive scalp, it reduces sensitivity. My two minutes to perfect hair trick is... Ponytail – quick and easy. If you’re going out, wear it down low and maybe wrap it around in a bun. My most used hair tool is... A comb! The best part of fashion week is... The mixing with people, the creative ideas, the models – everything is fun!
The Golden Globes have come and gone, and the show has set the standard for award season hair and makeup. Some of the red carpet beauty trends are continuations of previous shows (like vintage waves), but others are gaining in popularity (straight strands). Glimpse the top looks from the show, as seen on the various nominees, winners, and presenters.
Textured, mussed-up ponytails have taken a back seat to slicker styles recently, but that doesn't mean your up 'do has to be boring. As Bella Heathcote, Kate Bosworth, and Whitney Port have proudly displayed, there are a handful of gorgeous ways to style your ponytail while keeping it off your face:
- Bella went for a liquid-slicked version, pulling her hair back completely without a part. Her low-volume style allowed her flirty winged liner ample room to shine.
- Kate Bosworth added some oomph to her up 'do by brushing the sides back but teasing her crown. A bright pink lipstick colour gave some balance — and a serious pop of colour — to her amplified ponytail.
- Whitney opted for a low ponytail with a centre-split part that drew attention to her subtle smoky eye and dewy complexion.
However you decided to style your tightly pulled-back hairstyle, you'll need some hair spray to keep it put; reach for something lightweight, like O&M Original Queenie Firm Hold Hairspray ($31.95).
Ah, the ponytail. Remember when it was your cop-out look for days when you just didn't want to deal with your hair? Now more than ever, though, ponytails are transitioning from frumpy to fantastic. The possibilities of how to style this go-to up 'do are just about endless. See 20 ways to take your ponytails to even greater heights.
Ponytails were all over the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia Spring 2012/13 runways and now they're cropping up in Berlin, too, meaning the staple style is going to be big news for the season ahead. We particularly like the Istanbul Next 2012 look that made its German debut over the weekend and features dual textures (spot the sleek sides yet raw, natural-looking ponytail). Read on for our advice, including products needed to help you emulate the look at home.