With summer on the cusp, it’s time to bring on lighter makeup and easy breezy hairstyles. Because let’s face it… the worst part of summer is melting makeup and hair sticking to your neck (sorry, but you know it’s true!). One of the most common hairstyles we like to turn to on a hotter-than-Haiti day is a ponytail, but don’t worry, this isn’t your little sister’s hairdo.
To give a little guidance on just how to achieve this look, we’ve recruited hair stylist Stephanie Waltrip of Swash Buckle & Row. She’s broken down the steps for this easy hairstyle so that you can feel freshened up, confident, and chic in no time at all.
It’s time to up your ponytail game.
Apply a dry texturizing spray at your roots, then massage (like you’re lathering shampoo!) to create extreme volume. This creates an amazing base for a sturdy pony to last all day, even on a hot and humid day. The Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray rocks our world, but for a less expensive option, check out the Blowpro TextStyle Dry Texture Spray.
Using a close bristle comb or a teasing brush, carefully back comb the roots at the crown of your head. Teasing, when done gently, comes in handy for two reasons; It provides great lift and it also helps keep the sweat further away from your hair (which prevents your style from falling due to oil). You can’t go wrong with this teasing brush from Conair.
Pull your hair back with your hands to create an effortlessly chic and bouncy ponytail. Position your pony a little higher than what you might think because it will fall a bit. Secure with an elastic.
A ponytail looks more polished when you wrap the elastic with a piece of your own hair. To do this, section off a piece from underneath your pony, then wrap it as many times as you can around the elastic. Secure this hair underneath the pony with a bobby pin.
Gently massage a pomade into the ends of your hair. Stephanie’s secret weapon is the Oribe Gold Pomade. Just as the name entails, it adds a lustrous gold look to your hair, making it look healthy, shiny, and rich. Not wanting to splurge? The BlowPro Mane Tame Soft Pomade polishes and defines the hair, while keeping it soft and touchable at the same time.
Lastly, finish off the look with a spritz of light-hold hair spray. You don’t want your pony to look plastered, but you want to keep frizziness at bay. Stephanie used Oribe Superfine Strong Hairspray, but our current favorite is an oldie but goodie, Loreal Elnett UV Hair Spray.