Carefree Holiday Hair: Chic Ponytails

Olympic athletes like volleyball star Kerri Walsh Jennings, gymnast Nastia Liukin and figure skater Nancy Kerrigan know the value of a good ponytail. While the standard ponytail is pretty utilitarian, every now and then, the sporty staple gets a red carpet upgrade, thanks to famous ponytail lovers like Sarah Jessica Parker, Beyoncé and Jennifer Lopez. This season, the ponytail is getting a major upgrade, not for worldwide sporting events or the award show circuit, but for holiday glam as well as everyday looks.

The benefits of a ponytail are numerous, from the youthful face-lifting of a high and tight style, showing off a spectacular pair of earrings or simply extending the life of a style in the days after a professional blowout. Ponytail embellishments are also back in a big way, with a simple black ribbon, sparkly clips or textured wraps. Shop Ulta and Charming Charlie for a wide range of elastics, styling tools and fashionable pony cuffs.

Whether worn high or slung low, there’s a stylish ponytail look for most hair lengths and any hair texture:


For shorter lengths, pull hair into a sleek side part and secure the pony as low as possible. Use an elastic that matches the hair color or wrap a small section of hair around the base, securing the ends, for an elegant look. Alternatively, pull back as much hair as possible, curling strands that aren’t long enough into a few face-framing pieces for an undone yet still stylish look.


For a fun retro look, flip the ends into a dramatic swoop. Pair with a sharp, liquid cat eye and a pink pout for a vintage Barbie vibe. Play around with texture and try a tousled half-up/half-down look, giving a bit more height to the crown. With bangs, the look becomes very Brigitte Bardot.


Longer locks look great when worn in a sleek and straight, mid-to-low pony or pulled into a princess ponytail with shiny, bouncy curls a la Kate Middleton. For an edgier style, section off a long, low ponytail with thin elastics spaced evenly down the length.

A side ponytail, worn low at the nape of the neck, is an elegant take on evening hair. Wrap with a length of black velvet ribbon, letting the ends hang loose for more casual looks.

Want help with these pony styles? Make an appointment at these local salons:

Salon Renew, Chelsea Hyndman, 14033B Illinois Road, 260.450.8047, salonrenewfw.com

The Hair Department, Leah Capito, 2440 Getz Road, 260.432.3505, thehairdept.com

The H Society at Sola Salons, Ashley Hopper, 5900 W. Jefferson Boulevard, 260.255.5469, thehsocietysalon.com

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