The Ponytail : High, Low, Wavy and Perky. Versatile and Timeless. Sport one yourself!


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Nothing says the fifties any more than the classic ponytail; which has never gone out of style.  It works for toddlers who can't comb their own hair; all the way up to the age of senior citizen (who still sometimes, can't comb their own hair.)  Perfect if you want to keep the hair out of your eyes; perfect if you are a no muss kind of gal and perfect if it's hot and you want your hair off your neck.  Also, perfect for jeans and a top, or even an elegant evening.    It's a versatile style that can be dressed up with makeup and hair accessories and still look great with a plain rubber band.  Although you should probably save your hair by using Elastic Snag Free  hair bands.

Sleek Ponytail by Put On Pieces Hairpieces,Dark CopperIf you've watched any awards show this season or picked up a fashion magazine, you've seen that everyone seens to be  sporting: ponytails!   Think about it; Lucille Ball wore a pony tail quite frequently, Tony Little (exercise guru) sports one, and heck, even Barbie has sported one since the fifties!

Recently The Early Show's stylist to the stars, David Evangelista, showed viewers a few ways to pull off the look, while avoiding the "I-just-woke-up-and-am-late-for-work/school" look.

The Puffy Pony BlondeAccording to Evangelista, one of the nice things about the ponytail  is that there is no "perfect ponytail." In fact, there are several different ways to sport the pulled-back pony, from sleek and shiny to messy and sexy.  And, the ponytail does not require the time and effort you need to fight your hair's natural texture, taming it into a style that it just wants to fight. The ponytail immediately directs attention to your face, and can flatter anyone.   Indeed, there's a pony for every hair type, face shape and mood, and Evangelista talks about  three of the prettiest ponies. They are:


THE HIGH PONY

Polished and sophisticated, the high ponytail is fast becoming a favorite of celebrities. Set high on the head, the high pony accentuates the cheekbones and can give you an instant facelift. How to get it?   See Gwen Stefani to hte right in a high pony tail (picture found at Hair Boutique Site)Brush and pull your hair into a high ponytail with a Mason Pearson or  Boar Bristle Paddle Brush. Positioning the pony at a 45 degree angle from the chin, many stylists say, accentuates the cheekbones to their fullest. Secure the pony in place with a snag-free elastic. Then take 1/2 inch of hair from the ponytail and wrap around the elastic band. Secure it in place with a hairpin, and lightly smooth the hair with your brush and a dab of silicone for shine.

THE WAVY PONY

Sultry, sexy curls and waves are what make this pony so stunning. Celebrities such as  Beyonce Knowles, who wore the wavy pony to the "Pink Panther" premiere get a truly romantic look with stunning spirals around their faces and down their backs. To get this look, set your hair in  Hot Rollers  and let sit for about half-an-hour. When you take the hair out of the hot rollers, separate the curls with your fingers; for a more defined curl, wrap your hair around a wide-barrel curling iron and set for a few minutes. Gather hair at the back of the head right at the occipital bone, and secure with a non-snagging elastic.  (Check out Debra Messing's Pony tail -- gorgeous.  Picture found at Pop Culture Nerd -- 2009 Golden Globes).  If you are lucky, you have natural curly hair and don't need the rollers : )
 
THE PERKY PONY

For ladies with bangs, or bangs that are growing out, who don't want to look like fourth-graders when they wear their hair in a ponytail, this is the look to go for. The bangs are side-swept, so they don't hang down in the face, and there's an inward bend in the ponytail that gives an overall polished look, almost like want to look like fourth-graders when they wear their hair in a ponytail, this is the look to go for. The bangs are side-swept, so they don't hang down in the face, and there's an inward bend in the ponytail that gives an overall polished look, almost like Olivia Newton John's "Sandy" in Grease; or,  Marlo Thomas in "That Girl." When your hair is wet, part it on one side, and blow dry bangs with a large round brush toward the opposite side of the face, using a gel or mousse to help keep bangs pushed to the side. Once hair is dry, set with large velcro rollers, rolling the hair around the roller from the ends to the roots. Sit for 20 minutes, and take hair out of rollers. Brush the bangs with a boar bristle brush to the side of the face, and secure with a bobby pin or spray with mega-hold hairspray. Gather hair at the back of the head into a ponytail - it should be a medium-height ponytail, between the crown of the head and the occipital bone, and secure with a non-snag elastic or bungee. For added bend in the pony, wrap the ends of the ponytailed hair around a large-barrel curling iron.

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Hair to short or fine?  Get a ponytail hair extensionJust clip it in : ).
Use the Samy Fat Hair Products to both thicken and add grip to your hair.  Dress up your ponytail with a mini top hat, decorative comb, barrette or hair pin.   You'll find out just how versatile the ponytail really is.

Check out this other site:  So Feminine ... they have a great site on ponytails, chignons and even a step-by-step guide for those of us who need to actually see how to make one : )
 
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