Hair

The pony tales: 4 styles to try right now


 

Class
An undone ‘do never looked so smart. Attention to details earns you an A+.
•    Spritz dry shampoo over your entire mane for tousled, gritty texture. Emphasis at the roots adds oomph.
•    A middle part looks pretty and prim. Gently pull up hair at the back of the crown for messy-but-cool volume.
•    Keep it polished with subtle curl in the bangs and tail. A wide-barrel curling iron gives ends a finished touch, in all of 10 seconds.

Party
A bubbly style with a nod to neon makes you the boldest babe at the bash.
•    Prep dry hair with a dime-size dab of smoothing serum to keep strands from frizzing up.
•    Play around with elastic placement. Four bands work for longer hair, while one poofed section at the top of a pony is cute on cropped coifs.
•    Accent each section with cute ties for a presh pop. Neon bands, ribbons, or even wrapped necklaces make it unique.

Dance
With a little height and a wrapped elastic, this almost-updo is the epitome of chic.
•    Back-combing at the crown with a brush creates the body for this fresh bouffant.
•    Use a comb to swipe strands into a sleek side part. Grab a 3-inch section on the opposite side, then pull it back to wrap the hair band.
•    A blast of shine spray ups the gloss factor and keeps flyaways at bay in all your dance-night snaps.

Date
Low ponies with some wave feel romantic. Pretty enough for Homecoming, too.
•    Pull out 2-inch sections of hair at the front of your face, then pull the rest into a low pony at the nape of your neck.
•    Twist front sections down along your hairline, then wrap ‘em around your elastic when you reach the pony and secure with a pin.
•    Get soft waves by using the barrel of a curling iron (hint: avoid the clamp to keep curls soft).

BY KELSEY HAYWOOD ON 10/22/2012 5:00:00 PM

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