How to Style a Chic High Ponytail

For those mornings when you need to be ready in a hurry. 

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Photo by Ryan Pfluger

This article originally appeared on MIMI.

The ponytail is the hairstyle equivalent of an eternal classic. At once functional, and when done right, elegant, it is pretty much a staple in any woman's wheelhouse.

But, there's a fine line between intentional and deliberately styled ponytails, and ones that are haphazard (although there is a time and a place for everything). We consulted Ammon Carver, of the Ammon Carver L'ANZA Healing Hair Studio and Creative Director of L'ANZA healing haircare, to get the barebones of a chic, swept-back pony that you can always rely on to polish off a look. Check it out:

Just to make things even easier we also broke the steps down for you below:

1. Follow the natural line of your cheek bone while pulling your hair back.

2. Secure ponytail with an elastic band

3. Smooth down fly aways with a light hold hair spray.

4. Pull sections of ponytail for movement where you like.

Makeup artist: Andreana Ellerby; Shot in Ammon Carver L'ANZA Healing Hair Care Studio in NYC; Video shot and edited by 811media