It’s time to spin a few tails

Sleek and shiny, big and bushy, or some­where in be­tween. There’s a pimped-up pony for ev­ery­one this sea­son, says Katie Wright

Irish Examiner - Feelgood - - Beauty -

PONYTAILS: The lazy girl’s an­swer to ev­ery­day hairstyling or a glam op­tion for go­ing out-out? We used to think the for­mer, but then we clapped eyes on the AW17 cat­walks and saw the hum­ble hairdo in a whole new light.

From pol­ished per­fec­tion to crimped and vo­lu­mi­nous, these ponies are any­thing but bor­ing — and they’re easy to do your­self, you just need the right tools and tech­niques...

1. The su­per-sleek pony­tail

Mir­ror shine and not a hair out of place — that was the brief at Carolina Her­rera and Os­car de la Renta in New York (the city that ba­si­cally in­vented the term ‘pol­ished glam­our’), with Eudon Choi and Shrimps fol­low­ing suit in Lon­don.

Louisa Day, T3 brand am­bas­sador, re­veals how to get the look:

1. Pre­pare hair with a heat pro­tec­tor spray, blow-dry, then straighten, fo­cus­ing most at­ten­tion on mid-lengths and ends.

2. Us­ing a tail comb, cre­ate a sharp cen­tre or side part­ing. Brush hair into a low pony­tail at the nape of the neck, en­sur­ing the crown is flat. Se­cure with a band.

3. For an ex­tra sleek look, work a small amount of smooth­ing lo­tion into the palm of your hands then smooth down fly­aways.

You will need:

T3 Sin­gle-pass Luxe Straight­ener, House of Fraser

Moroc­canoil Heat Styling Pro­tec­tion, FeelU­nique

KMS TameFrizz Smooth­ing Lo­tion, LookFan­tas­tic

2. The im­per­fect pony­tail

Still neat, but more re­laxed, and a lit­tle bit wispy, this pony­tail — as seen at Ja­son Wu and Burberry — is the most ver­sa­tile of the lot.

“En­hanc­ing your hair’s nat­u­ral tex­ture will per­son­alise the look, mak­ing it unique to you,” says Holli Smith, New York Fash­ion Week am­bas­sador for Tre­semme, as she talks us through the look:

1. Start­ing with freshly washed, damp hair, ap­ply a small amount of mousse and evenly dis­trib­ute through­out the hair for con­trol and added tex­ture.

2. Di­vide the hair into four equal sec­tions and blow-dry, mak­ing sure to leave the ends with their nat­u­ral tex­ture.

3. Cre­ate a mid­dle or deep side part­ing that is not per­fect and slightly messy, leav­ing out a few wisps to frame the face.

4. Brush hair back to­wards the nape of the neck to cre­ate a very low pony­tail. Spritz with hair­spray be­fore con­tin­u­ing to comb hair back with fin­gers, min­imis­ing the ap­pear­ance of per­fectly brushed hair.

5. With your chin down, se­cure hair in a very low pony­tail with an elas­tic. Fin­ish by blow-dry­ing out of the ends of the pony­tail to elon­gate and vo­lu­mise slightly.

You will need:

Tre­semme Beauty-Full Vol­ume Mousse

Tre­semme Sa­lon Fin­ish Freeze Hold Hair­spray

3. The crimped pony­tail

‘Re­bel­lious’ was a ma­jor buzz­word among hair stylists back­stage at the shows, and GHD is tap­ping into the trend with the launch of a nos­tal­gia-in­duc­ing hair crimper.

Party like it’s 1995 with this fash­ion­ably frizzy pony­tail, cre­ated by Zoe Ir­win, GHD brand am­bas­sador:

1. Us­ing a pad­dle brush, work hair smoothly to the back of the head, keep­ing in line with the jaw bone and tie with an elas­tic.

2. Spray hair­spray on the palms of your hands and smooth over the sur­face of your hair.

3. Take a sec­tion of hair from un­der­neath the pony­tail and wrap it around the base to cover the elas­tic, se­cur­ing with a pin.

4. Tak­ing thin sec­tions of your pony­tail, place the crimper at the top and clamp firmly for four to six sec­onds.

Re­lease and clamp again im­me­di­ately be­low, con­tin­u­ing down the sec­tion. Com­plete this step on the whole pony­tail us­ing the same tech­nique.

5. Brush through your pony­tail us­ing a pad­dle brush to soften the tex­ture.

6. Lastly, spray hair­spray on your fin­gers and tease out for added full­ness. You will need:

GHD Con­tour Pro­fes­sional Crimper

GHD Fi­nal Fix Hair­spray

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