Do the Twist
This intricate ponytail (seen at Rebecca Minkoff) may look meticulous, but it’s actually easier than a three-strand braid. Plus, the more imperfect it looks, the better.
- Spritz a texturizer spray (dry shampoo works, too), like Umberto Dry Texture Spray ($10, target.com) from roots to ends to add grip and create messy texture.
- Next, pull hair into a low ponytail and secure with a thick black hair tie, like Goody SlideProof Flat Elastics ($6, target.com).
- Split the length of the ponytail into two sections and twist each one (going in opposite directions) until taut.
- Then circle the two twisted sections around each other all the way to the end of hair and secure with a clear elastic.
- Add some flair by tying a skinny piece of leather around the base of the braid.
Take a Bow
A hair accessory quickly jazzes up an otherwise blah hair day, and the one used at Kate Spade can most likely be found in your holiday wrapping stash: a black velvet ribbon (any dark color will do).
- Loosely pull hair back over ears into a low ponytail and secure with an elastic.
- Tie the ribbon into a large, floppy bow around the elastic for a sophisticated finishing touch.
If you know how to create a ponytail, then you already know how to create this style seen on the Ryan Roche fall runway. Its detail adds dimension for a modern take on the classic ponytail.
- First, smooth hair into a ponytail, right between your temples, and secure with a clear elastic, like Goody Mary Elastics ($3, walmart.com).
- Then, at the nape of the neck, tie another elastic onto the ponytail. Gently tug at the hair between the two elastics to rough it up.
- Finish by spritzing the whole ponytail with a texturizing spray for volume and matte texture.