This edgy ponytail has been popping up on red carpets, and it’s no wonder: “It’s a great way to make a simple ponytail look dressed-up, is flattering to most face shapes, and really easy to achieve,” says Matrix Artistic Director Ammon Carver, whosecelebrity client roster includes A-listers like Kate Beckinsale and Molly Sims.
Want to pump up the volume on your own ponytail? Here’s how.
Step 1: Gather a triangle-shaped section of your hair starting at the front of your hairline (use the outer corner of your eyes as a reference point for the width) and ending at your crown. Clip this piece of hair out of the way.
Step 2: Pull the remaining hair back into a simple, smooth ponytail that sits just above your occipital bone (the little bump in the back of your head), and secure with an elastic. Use a flexible spray like Total Results Amplify Hairspray by Matrix to hold hair in place as you work.
Step 3: Release the clipped section of hair and sprinkle a texture powder like Big Sexy Hair Powder Play Volumizing and Texturizing Powder on the top layer. Using a fine-toothed comb, back-comb small sections until you are satisfied with the volume. Tip: Tease the bottom layer of hair for more oomph.
Step 4: Gently smooth the top section of hair directly back and over the ponytail, and secure with bobby pins.
Step 5: For the finishing touch, take a small piece of hair from the ponytail and wrap it around the base, covering the elastic and bobby pins. Set the style with a strong hairspray like Garnier Fructis Style Full Control Hairspray.
How do you like to dress up your ponytail?Image Credit: LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 12: Actress Kate Beckinsale arrives at the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards held at Staples Center on February 12, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
About the Author:Karina Giglio is a lifestyle, beauty and health writer whose work has appeared in numerous national publications including Women’s Health, Washingtonian, Ladies Home Journal, OK!, Allure, Fitness, Marie Claire, Bride’s and The New York Post. She was a regular contributor to makeup.com, and her articles and blog posts can be found on prevention.com, dailyglow.com, yahoo.com and huffingtonpost.com. Karina has worked onstaff at Cosmopolitan and YM, as well as being part of the original Sephora.com launch team