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
A polished hairstyle that’s easy to do at home
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.
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.
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.
“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.