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The look: As seen at Donna
Karan and Monique Lhuillier,
the classic ponytail takes a
sleek turn with a nearly wet
finish. “This look is great for
everyday, but you can also
dress it up easily with
earrings or hair accessories,”
says Eric Del Monaco, official
hair stylist for L’Oréal Paris.
Prep: Use a lightweight serum
before and after blow-drying hair straight for a polished
and shiny finish.
Style: Once you’ve chosen a part (or decided against
one) brush hair back to the nape of the neck or
crown of the head and wrap tightly with an elastic.
“Take a small section of hair from underneath the
ponytail and wrap it around the elastic, securing
it with a bobby pin,” says Del Monaco.
Finish: For extra shine and glamour, smooth the
front of your hair with a bit of gel and set the look
Expert tip: Del Monaco suggests using a boarbristle
brush sprayed with hairspray to avoid
static when prepping and combing hair.
Ponytail tool kit:
1. Cut styling time
in half with this
T3 Featherweight Hair Dryer, $220, Sephora.
2. Create a smooth
finish with a flat
Wooden Paddle Brush, $30,
3. Tame fly-aways
shine with a
Total Results Sleek Silk Wonder Smoothing Oil, $15,
4. Keep hair in place
with a light but
L’Oréal Elnett Satin Hairspray, $15.