Pony Up: 7 Ways to Revamp Your Ponytail

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Pony Up: 7 Ways to Revamp Your Ponytail
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Ponytails aren’t just for school girls anymore—even Hollywood’s hottest stars are sporting the swingy updo everywhere we look. From sleek and simple to sexy and glamorous, ponytails can top off your look with just the right amount of edge. To get a look that will make heads turn, celebrity hairstylist Tyler Colton shares tips and tricks to make this classic style your very own.

Actress Mila Kunis
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Actress Mila Kunis

Kunis has evolved into an elegant actress who knows exactly how to work her best assets. Want this look for yourself? Follow these steps from Colton: “To create this simple but impactful pony, simply tease the crown area just a bit to add some height. Then, smooth hair back into a high ponytail using your hands and fingers as a comb. Finish with glossing serum or cream to give it a more polished look around the hairline and to add shine. Be careful not to get the crown area too poufy, and do not use a brush if you want to keep your hair's natural texture.”

Actress Emma Roberts
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Actress Emma Roberts

Roberts’ sweet smile and side-swept bangs are fresh and inviting, while her smoky eye and side ponytail add sophistication. All you need for this look is to keep it simple. “Start with just a rough blow dry to slightly smooth out hair, but don’t overdo it. The key to this style is to keep some of your natural texture without looking too frizzy or too polished. Add height at the crown and pull over to one side, low and tight. Be sure to keep the balance by putting the low pony on the side opposite of the part,” advises Colton.

Actress Blake Lively
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Actress Blake Lively

Lively's beautifully textured pony is free and easy, but she dresses it up with red lipstick and chunky earrings. To get this look follow Colton’s easy steps: “Using just a small amount of pomade or polishing cream, simply smooth over the hair as you pull everything up and away from your face into a high pony. The key is to get this pony high on the head but be sure it’s not right on top of the crown--it should just be a little below. To create a 60s vibe, use a large section of your hair to wrap around the elastic to hide it.”

Actress Anne Hathaway
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Actress Anne Hathaway

Hathaway is going for a geek chic look here with her heavy plastic frames and slightly disheveled ponytail. Colton shares with us a tip most women who love a blowout already know, but few talk about! “This is the ideal way to make a blow dry last on its last day. If you have curly hair you always want your blowdry to last as long as it can. On day three or four, this is the perfect way to create a fun flirty look.”

Actress Julianne Hough
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Actress Julianne Hough

This style really makes Hough’s blond bombshell hair stand out. It looks touchably soft and the layers give the look volume and excitement. “This style requires a really soft round brush blow dry that will add volume and bounce. Once that is complete add a little height in the crown area and brush everything softly into a middle ponytail, letting large fringe sections drop out. Don’t smooth your hair too much—you want to keep it looking soft and shiny,” says Colton.

Kim Kardashian
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Kim Kardashian

Kardashian’s dark rich locks always take center stage and this 60s-inspired pony is no exception. To steal this fun and flirty look, follow Colton’s simple steps: “Start with smooth shiny hair and add extra height at the crown area. Using a natural boar bristle brush, smooth hair over the teasing and pull your hair into a pony. Allow larger sections in the front to come out and gently sweep them back. Keep this style smooth and controlled. The center part keeps it looking more modern.”

Model Heidi Klum
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Model Heidi Klum

With a sexy side part and plenty of volume, Klum’s ponytail steals the spotlight. Colton walks us through the steps here: “Start with a smooth blowdry, add waves with either a large barrel curling iron or hot rollers. Create a deep side part moving up toward the crown. Gently brush everything back into a low ponytail, letting small waved pieces fall out in front. Lock the style with a flexible hold hair spray.”

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