With outdoor temperatures seeming to rival those of the surface of the sun, women everywhere are opting for the most classic beat-the-heat hairstyle: the ponytail.
The sweet summer hairstyle that Sandra Dee made so popular during the '50s is all grown up and gracing fashion runways for summer and fall.
Ponytails are simple, sleek and summer chic, and this time of year, they are a girl's best friend.
But leave your Scrunchie at home — to update your pony, tease the roots up for a sassy bump, clip in some colorful extensions or add a boho feather. Cinch it at the nape of your neck for a sophisticated evening look, or wear it way up high with metallic cord wrapped around it for a trendy, modern Grecian goddess look.
Updos in general are always gorgeous for summer, and a new book from the editors of Seventeen Magazine features pages of great ponytails and updos. The “Seventeen Ultimate Guide to Beauty” is a treasure trove of style tips that taps into every woman's' beauty personality. In it, you'll find a perfect look, complete with makeup and wardrobe tips, for any occasion.
“It takes a deep dive into the intricacies of makeup application, skin care and how hair how-to,” said Yesenia Almonte, Seventeen Magazine beauty director. “For anyone who has never been able to master a winged liner or a braid, this is the book for you.”
Read on for summer ponytail tips from Almonte.
Q: Why are ponytails such a great option?
A: They're so easy to do — and look great too! It's really hard to mess up a ponytail. You can also make them as unique as your personality: wear it to the side and low, add a fun, colorful elastic to make it stand out, or pull out face-framing pieces to soften it.
Q. What is new about today's ponytails?
A. Ponytails are always a big trend — on the red carpet and on the runway. And it often is because it's the perfect style to showcase your face and your features. This coming fall season it's all about the sleek, perfect ponytail. Hair that is super flat-ironed and shiny with not a piece of hair out of place. It's very sophisticated!
Q. What are some products to have on hand to make sure you get the best ponytail?
A. If you want a softer, looser look, have a texturizing cream on hand. If you want to slick it back tightly, use a gel and a hair elastic. You can have fun with hair elastics — there are neon, animal print, satin ribbons, or glitzy ponytail holders at your closest drugstore
Q. Were ponytails huge on the runways for summer fashion?
A. They are big for summer because it's an easy way to beat the summer frizz and flyaways, but they are an especially big trend for fall.
Q. Are earrings a must when wearing a ponytail?
A. I personally like two types of earrings with ponytails: either studs (and these could be any kind — pearls, diamond, gold, etc.) or long and thin earrings. I think anything too big and bold is distracting.
Tips for perfect ponies from ‘Seventeen Ultimate Guide to Beauty'
A few drops of repair serum will keep your hair healthy and strong so the strands don't break from being pulled tight into a ponytail.
A small flat iron will tame the frizzies along your hairline, keeping your pony sleek and smooth.
No-slip ponytail holders are metal-free and won't grab at your hair or cause split ends.
Try a smoothing hair cream when you want soft hold and a glossy finish.
To plump up fine, thin hair, clip in hair extensions in bright colors or shades that match your natural color.