pony up

Pony­tails top the list of easy, ver­sa­tile hair­dos, but they’re not all cre­ated equal: On one end is the gym-ap­proved pony, and on the other, the red-car­pet­wor­thy updo. We asked Plutino Group hairstylist Jukka to cre­ate a sim­ple yet pol­ished style that you

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A pol­ished hairstyle that’s easy to do at home

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After ap­ply­ing a heat pro­tec­tant and a smooth­ing cream to in­crease shine and help tame fly­aways, blow-dry clean hair while still damp. “For ex­tra vol­ume, blow-dry upside down us­ing a boar­bris­tle brush,” says Jukka. Fin­ish by smooth­ing the ends with the brush.

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Cre­ate a cen­tre or side part, then sep­a­rate a sec­tion at the crown to tease; Jukka calls this sec­tion the tri­an­gle, with the base of it fac­ing the front of your head. (If you have thin, oily or slip­pery hair, use a vo­lu­miz­ing pow­der to ab­sorb oil and add tex­ture.) Place a brush or fine­tooth comb about half­way be­tween your roots and your hand, then stroke down­ward to­ward the scalp.

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Once you have a cush­ion of hair at the base of the sec­tion, ap­ply hair­spray, then gen­tly smooth your locks with a pad­dle brush, us­ing enough pres­sure to hide the teased area with­out flat­ten­ing it. Se­cure your tresses into a pony­tail at the nape of your neck with a clear elas­tic.

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“This is a clas­sic style,” says Jukka. Keep your pony bare or, for a style seen at Chanel, Valentino, Prada and Dior over the years, add a sim­ple length of gros­grain to fin­ish off your look. Sim­ply wrap the rib­bon around the pony twice and tie into a small bow.

An artist is only as good as her tools. Here are the prod­ucts to help you master this look.

 MOROCCANOIL Boar Bris­tle Clas­sic Brush, $79, moroccanoil.com.

 KÉRAS­TASE PARIS Laque Cou­ture, $43, keras­tase.ca.

v DE­SIGN.ME Puff.me Vo­lu­miz­ing Pow­der Spray, $19.50, de­sign­mehair.com.

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