All hail the ponytail, the staple of every school photograph and our go-to style on bad hair days when a complicated up-do just feels like too much. If you love the ease of this quintessential hairstyle, you’ll be pleased to hear that the humble pony is the big ‘do of 2016. Here are three up-to-date ways to wear it:
One of the most common issues people have with ponytails is that they’re not very smart; perfect for the tennis club, not so much for the nightclub. However that’s just not the case for the 2016 pony. Seen everywhere from the Balmain catwalk to Victoria Beckham’s head, this modern ponytail is high, sleek and very grown up. To achieve the look, start with a smoothing product to get perfectly slicked back locks. Then scrape all of your hair back into a very high ponytail on the crown of your head, using straighteners to smooth out the pony if necessary. For an extra chic touch, take a small section of hair, wrap it around the base of your pony and secure with hair grips to cover up your hair elastic. Finish off with an anti-frizz hairspray to keep your look sleek and in place all evening.
For birthdays, weddings, garden parties and other special occasions, updos become boring very quickly. If you’re bored of a classic chignon, why not try a pretty version of a ponytail instead? Simply pop your hair up in a ponytail and then braid it from top to bottom for a quick and easy hairstyle that looks gorgeous for all occasions. The best part about it is that it can be as simple or as complicated as you like. For smart events, try a sleek high ponytail with a tight and tidy braid. For a more romantic look, pop in some texturising spray and go for a loose braid with lots of pretty tendrils around your face.
Of course not every day is a special occasion. If you’re just nipping out to the shops or popping to a bar with a friend, you’ll want your ponytail to be far more fuss-free. Luckily this season’s catwalks were awash with loose ponytails worn at the nape of the neck. Both perfectly chic and effortlessly relaxed, this modern pony is ideal for day-to-day life. For a more glam touch, try finishing with a shine spray for radiant, healthy-looking hair.