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Perk up your summer style with the perfect ponytail

Ponytails are the perfect summer hairstyle. Mood Editor Heather Warlick presents some tips from the editors of Seventeen Magazine for creative, modern ponies.
by Heather Warlick Modified: July 25, 2012 at 11:55 am •  Published: July 23, 2012

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?

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by Heather Warlick
Life & Style Editor
Since graduating from University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism, Staff Writer Heather Warlick has written stories for The Oklahoman's Life section. Her beats have included science, health, home and garden, family,...
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