By Kelly Hushin
Every February and March, as fashion’s finest prepare to set the trends for your closet next fall, it’s inevitable that some trends for your hair stylist will surface too. But there are plenty of hair looks that come out of fashion weeks and awards show season that don’t require a trip to the salon – looks you can create at home, and easily. One our favorites is always the ponytail, which seems to rear it’s pretty head at least one fashion week and one awards show per year. We love it because no matter what season, there’s always a way to wear it that will complement your look.
This year, the pony was sleek and sophisticated or light, airy and free flowing. We’re digging either, and have a few tips for how to create your own versions to pair with that new dye-cut lace dress or tailored pant/silk blouse outfit you’re excited to bust out.
Low, Sleek, Polished
This spin on the classic pony is great for a formal look or to dress up a typically casual outfit that needs a bit of refining. Charlotte Ronson sported it in her Fall 2012 runway show, styled by TRESemme’s Jeanie Syfu.
Charlotte Ronson, Fall 2012
For the look, Syfu recommends prepping hair by applying TRESemmé Split Remedy Leave-In Conditioning Treatment from roots to ends, then blow drying hair straight back from forehead with a flat brush. Comb back all the hair flat and gather into a ponytail, securing with a band just above the nape of the neck and flat-iron the pony to reduce flyaways.
Marc Jacobs also opted for a ponytail at his Marc by Marc Jacobs Fall 2012 NY show. This one was styled by Guido from Redken, who used Redken’s Satinwear 02 Ultimate Blow-dry Lotion on damp hair before blow-drying straight. He then created a deep left side part and with fingers, pulled the hair into a low ponytail at the nape of the neck, finishing it off with Redken’s Outshine 01 Anti-Frizz Polishing Milk for a finished look.
Either pony can be easily replicated at home, especially for those of you ladies with long(ish) locks. Gwyneth Paltrow’s Oscar look was made all the more memorable with a perfect, low-slung pony, topping off an already-near perfect dress.
High and Mighty
True, the look is a bit…how do we say…’80s. But who says that has to be a bad thing, eh? A high-handed pony can give a tough, edgy look, as it did in Jason Wu’s fall show, styled by Kérastase Paris’ Artistic Director, Odile Gilbert.
Jason Wu, Fall 2012
To get the look, prep hair with Kérastase Fibre Architecte to restore damaged ends and give hair some shine. Run a flat iron over hair then gather it into a sleek, high pony tail. Wrap your favorite ribbon like accessory (for Wu it was bondage tape) around the nape of the pony and hit the hanging hair with a flat iron once more. Kérastase Double Force Controle Ultime Hairspray will help hold your overall look in place.
Sandra Bullock’s Oscar look was a version of this and while we thought her dress fit was a little less than perfect and the hair/dress combo wasn’t the best – with another frock this hair look would have crushed it. Leslie Mann’s high ponytail was also a hit.
Loose, Messy, Free-Spirited
At Tracy Resse’s Fall 2012 New York show, the designer called on TRESemme stylist Jeanie Syfu (kudos to Syfu again!) to create a look that would go hand-in-hand with her street-influenced clothing and its bold colors, embellishments and patterns. The hair look Syfu created was a messy, bedhead pony with side swept bangs and some height at the crown of the head.
Tracy Reese, Fall 2012
Start the look by applying a root boosting products like TRESemmé 24 Hour Body Root Boost Spray and also a volumizing mouse such as TRESemmé 24 Hour Body Foaming Mousse (or TRESemmé Flawless Curls Spray Gel for curly hair) through hair, then blow dry using fingers to comb through for texture. Next, backcomb the roots from below the crown to the top of the head for texture, and lightly spray with a finishing hair spray. Grab random sections and create reverse curls with a 1 ¼” barrel curling iron, leaving ends straight. Then spray with dry shampoo for a matte look. Next, take a teardrop section from partway down to the nape and fasten at the nape into a low ponytail. Loosely take the rest of your hair, twist both sides back and fasten them with hairpins into a ponytail. Wrap the base of the ponytail with hair and secure with pins. Leave the whole look loose by allowing a few strands to fall around your face and frame it.