Athletic Hairstyles: Ponytails of a Different Color

Style #2: The Perfect Pony

Martha Creed, stylist of Fantastic Sams, recommends a sleek ponytail accented by your favorite headband. To create her refined look, follow these steps while hair is still damp:

1. Apply a styling glaze while hair is damp.

2. Brush hair back into a ponytail with a bristle brush.

3. Twist the ponytail two to three times to give it holding power on a damp head.

4. Blow dry hair. “As your hair dries, the twisting of the pony will add some volume,” Creed says. “Spray hairspray in hands so it doesn’t get that old fashioned hair look. Mix with spray shine for a shiny hold.”

5. Accessorize with a headband in any complementing color.

Style #3: Ponytails as a Convertible Fashion

Homer Prefontaine, owner and designer of Salon Prefontaine, says, “Do it Yourself Hairdos are easier than you think. One thing to keep in mind when you’re doing your own hair is to not try and make every hair perfect.”

Prefontaine’s three top styles for ponytails are appropriate for many occasions, but they range from elegant to playful in look and feel so you can match them to your own event or occasion.

“Depending on the event, you can either slick it back for an elegant and chic appearance, or you can tease it a little at the top and loosely pin it back for a soft and playful style,” he explains. “Another option is pulling your hair back from ear to ear into a tight ponytail and leaving the rest down for a sleek, yet soft look.”

He adds that the current style for ponytails is wearing them low rather than high on the head.


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Ponytails are great as a last-minute fashion, as a fallback plan for a bad hair day, as a functional athletic hairstyle, or as a fun and flirty or elegant and sophisticated style. Just like blue jeans and t-shirts, ponytails are comfortable and here to stay!

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