Pony Express: How to Get a Polished Ponytail

By Erica Metzger

Don't just pull your hair into a ponytail -- give it some polish in a few easy steps.

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Model with side ponytail
Photo by Peter Buckingham

The Look: Sexy and Sideswept

The side ponytail is back -- but with a modern twist.

Make Waves
If your hair is straight: Mist volumizing spray over damp hair and set with hot rollers. Or use a texturizing spray to coax out curls.
If your hair is curly: Prep with a cream or serum and blow-dry straight. Add waves with a curling iron.

Go Sideways
Gather your hair to one side just below the nape of your neck. "You want the hair around your face to have a full, rounded shape," says stylist Oscar Blandi.

Loosen Up
Add romantic wisps around your face by freeing a few strands with a pick-style comb.

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