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

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

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