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A New Hair Tie That Might Change Your Life

scünci-evolution-hair-tiesSince I wear my hair up almost every day, I love a good ponytail holder — one that really works. I’ve tried almost all varieties, but I’ve recently discovered a game changer: Scünci No Slip Grip Evolution Elastics, $3 (14 pack). The practically break-proof silicone held my hair through a vigorous Soul Cycle spin class and also held the tiny end of my braid just as well. Resembling the jelly bracelets of my youth makes me love them even more (though, alas, they are too tight to actually wear as a bracelet). Since they are more sticky than your regular elastic, make sure to roll them off instead of tug — they can pull hair if you don’t do it gently.

What’s your favorite hair holder?

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Ponytails Rocked At The 2013 Billboard Music Awards

taylor-swift-billboard-music-awards-2013-ponytail-backWhen it comes to rock-star-chic, a dressy ponytail is just what the doctor ordered at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards.

selena-gomez-kesha-billboard-music-awards-2013Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez and Ke$ha all sported a clean and sleek pony with slight variations — it couldn’t be more perfect for the red carpet or a big night out. Love it. The key to keeping this sequened-dress-appropriate is lots of volume at the crown of your head. If you’re not very adept with teasing (like, ahem, me), try using a teasing spray like Redken Quick Tease 15 Backcombing Lift Finishing Spray, $18. When you spray it right at your roots, it creates lift and gives hair a nice matte finish. When it comes to where you place the pony, really anything goes, but I love how these ladies opted positioned it just in the middle of their head, in line with their ear. It’s young and very hip. Just like most rockstars.

Who rocked the ponytail best?

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NYFW Fall 2013 Hair Recap: It’s All About The Low Ponytail

victoria-beckham-nyfw-fall-2013Every season we see a ton of different, fabulous looks, yet there are always a few trends we see across the board. One of the biggest hair stories for Fall 2013 was the low ponytail. Ah, I love it. It’s so refreshing to see a glam way to wear the hair staple. For the Victoria Beckham show (above), Redken creative consultant Guido created this simple, yet elegant pony based on shine, shine and more shine. “This style is meant to look very easy, almost accidental, but note the emphasis is on the texture — I wanted it to look really drenched in shine, not quite totally wet, but almost,” explained Guido. Here are the steps to get the look.

Step 1: Blow dry hair with your fingers, not a brush, dragging fingers through as you dry so that the end result is straight but not perfect and retains a natural texture.

Step 2: Once dry, apply a shine serum (Guido used Redken Diamond Oil Shatterproof Shine, $40 – Launches in May) from lengths to ends.

Step 3: For an extra glossy finish, next apply a shine spray (he used Redken Shine Flash 02 Glistening Mist, $18) all over.

Step 4: Gather hair into a loose low pony with a messy, undefined side part. Pull out some pieces around the face and leave one ear exposed.

Here are a few other fab low ponytails we saw this week:

jenny-packham-nyfw-fall-2013Low and loose at Jenny Packham

alexander-wang-nyfw-fall-2013Colorful and slick at Alexander Wang

diesel-black-nyfw-fall-2013Wet and textured at Diesel Black Gold

trina-turk-nyfw-fall-2013Clean and fresh at Trina Turk

rachel-zoe-nyfw-fall-2013Relaxed at Rachel Zoe

Do you prefer a low or high ponytail?

Images courtesy of: Redken, Cutler/Redken,  TRESemmé; bottom image via: WWD

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Easy Ways to Spice Up Your Basic Ponytail

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the Valentino 50th anniversary party and Beverly Hills flagship store opening this week, not only did Kim Kardashian and Rachel Zoe both show off equally fabulous black and white dresses, but they also both wore their hair in wrapped ponytails. But, Kardashian went with a perkier high wrapped pony while Zoe went with a more ’70s-inspired, middle-parted low wrapped pony.

This just proves that tweaking your part and the placement of your ponytail can make all the difference in your look. If you’re going for a flirty, girl-next-door vibe, try Kardashian’s style. But, if you are going for a look that’s a little bit more laid back and cool, stick with Zoe’s look.

I’m sure you’ve all got the basic ponytail down by now, but wrapping a section of hair around your elastic and actually getting it to stay in place is a bit trickier. Here’s how I do it:

After securing your hair into a ponytail, grab a quarter-inch section of hair from one side of your ponytail. Spritz that section with a generous amount of hairspray to give it some grip and to smooth frizz and flyaways. Then, wrap it tightly around your elastic stopping it under your tail. Secure the tiny section under your tail with a bobby pin, then slip a second pin in from the other side of your head so that it crosses over the first pin. This will really help lock that section into place so that it doesn’t slip free.

So, which ponytail do you prefer?

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