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

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