Ponytails Can Be Sophisticated
Pulling your hair back—whether into a ponytail, a bun, or a twist—needn’t be your default move for errands and exercise. Wearing your hair off your face gives light a chance to reflect off your skin, which can be very flattering, says Brunet. Of course, how you style an updo is key. Aim for soft and polished rather than schoolmarm severe. When creating a ponytail, for example, instead of brushing hair tightly into an elastic, first add texture with a volumizer (such as Glo Essentials Boost Hair Volumizer, $24, gloprofessional.com). Then gather your hair into a low ponytail (using your fingers, not a brush) at your nape. Accessories can add a youthful touch. Try sliding a thin tortoiseshell headband an inch back from your hairline before winding your hair into a loose chignon. Or slip a jeweled comb into the side of a French twist.