Three Perfect Ponytails

By Jeannine Morris

Summer is the season of the ponytail, and lucky for you it can be a super-chic ’do when done the right way. We got the scoop from Natasha Sunshine of the Byu-Ti Hair Therapy salon in Los Angeles on how to style yours so you don’t look like you just left the gym.

Straight With Height
Start by blow-drying your hair, then use a dollop of a styling cream or shine serum to smooth your hair back from your hairline. Using a fine-tooth comb, sweep your hair back to the center of your head above the crown, teasing the top for height. Pull the rest of your hair into a high ponytail. Mist on a hairspray for a light, yet firm, hold.

Side-swept
Choose a side part and lightly spritz hairspray on your hair, smoothing it over to the opposite side. Secure a loose ponytail halfway between your ear and the center of the back of your hairline, placing the band about 1 inch away from the base of the scalp.

Low and Loose
“To wear this worn-in style, skip the brush and use your hands to pull your hair back into a center ponytail,” says Sunshine. Place your band at least 1 inch away from your scalp and let pieces fall out naturally. Scrunch the final pony to give it natural texture, and spritz a lightweight finishing spray over the ’do for hold.

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Jeannine Morris is an on-air expert who regularly appears on E!, NBC, CBS, FOX, LXTV and BetterTV. She contributes to Cosmopolitan, iVillage.com, MyGloss.com, Examiner.com and BeautyFeed.com. Morris is the founder and editor in chief of BeautySweetSpot.com.
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