The humble ponytail is a gift to those who like to sleep in and those who can’t be bothered to wash their hair after barre class. But this season, we saw a decidedly more artful take on the low-key style. At Monique Lhuillier, hairstylist Bob Recine saturated dry roots with Morrocanoil mousse and raked them upwards toward the top of the head to encourage movement, then used his fingers to blow- dry hair in all directions for a chaotic look. Then he gathered the hair in his hands to secure it in a ponytail and added a small black ribbon. “There’s no combing, no brushing,” said Recine. “When you perfect beauty, you sacrifice charm. There’s always that little mistake in hair that people are attracted to; the little hair that flirts with somebody’s mouth. That’s what we’re after: imperfection.” —Rani Sheen
MONIQUE LHUILLIER How-to: Rough-dry hair, then gather into a mid-height pony and finish with a simple ribbon.
SPORTMAX How-to: Diffuse hair for extra volume and curly texture, then fasten tightly at the nape of the neck with a thin black elastic. ic.
ToolToo kit MOROCCANOILMOR VOLUMIZIN MIZING MOUSSE, $30, MOR MORROCANOIL.COM
ROKSANDA How-to: Use a curling iron for a smooth wave pattern throughout hair, then secure a pony very low and cover elastic with a wide neoprene tube or ribbon.