Easy, Stylish Ponytails

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Easy, Stylish Ponytails
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When you think elegant, red carpet hair—maybe ponytail doesn’t come to mind. But with just a little work, your average ponytail can go from drab to fab and complement even the most glamorous outfits.

Go-To Style
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Go-To Style

Not only are ponytails an easy style to create and pull off -- like the silky, flowing version actress Emilia Clarke shows off here at an event in New York -- but they also show off your hair's length and highlight the features of your face, says Danny Jelaca, Miami-based celebrity hairstylist and salon owner. "It's a win-win," he says, adding that ponies can work on every hair type.

High Top
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High Top

For a sleek, slicked-back look, there's nothing better than a polished, high ponytail, like the one actress and singer Kat Graham wears here at a movie premiere in Hollywood, Calif. "The high pony is stylish and very young," Jelaca says. Create the style by working a small amount of gel through wet hair, then blow-drying straight. Brush hair back into a ponytail at the top of the head, securing tightly with an elastic.

Related: Danny Jelaca; celebrity hairstylist and salon owner

Low Rider
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Low Rider

To show off length in style, one of the best options is a low ponytail, Jelaca says, like the one seen here on actress Freida Pinto at an event in Los Angeles. Keep it from looking boring or lazy by wrapping a small section of hair around the elastic or adding a touch of sparkle with hair jewelry, Jelaca suggests.

Side Kick
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Side Kick

For a style that's both beautiful and chic, pull hair into a side ponytail, like TV personality Cheryl Burke does here at an event in Los Angeles. Get the style by parting and gathering hair into a low pony on one side of your head. Keep the look romantic with loose waves or go for something edgier with slicked-back sides and a stick-straight tail.

On the Loose
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On the Loose

Pretty and polished works wonders for your ponytail style, but a loose, undone version can be a refreshing and sexy change. For a style like fashion designer Nicole Richie's -- shown here at an event in Sydney, Australia -- create romantic or beach-y waves, then gather hair loosely at the side of the neck. Secure, then wrap a lock of hair around the elastic. Pull bangs and a few stray pieces loose for a relaxed look.

Beautifully Braided
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Beautifully Braided

Spice up a run-of-the-mill pony with a braid worked in here and there. Whether it's a one-sided French braid that leads into a ponytail -- like the look Jennifer Morrison shows off here at an appearance in Beverly Hills, Calif. -- or a few smaller braids sprinkled throughout your 'do, these simple additions can add a modern layer of surprise and texture to the look.

Such a Tease
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Such a Tease

Take your go-to high ponytail up a notch by adding some height to the crown of your head. Jelaca recommends teasing the roots, then smoothing hair over with a flat brush for an amped-up look like the one actress Kate Beckinsale flaunts here at the 2012 Grammy Awards. For something even more daring, pull sides back tightly and tease the body of the pony to create a rocker-chic look.

Short and Sweet
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Short and Sweet

Ponytail fun isn't only for long locks; ladies with short hair can pull off the look, too. Try an edgy style by creating a deep side part and slicking hair back, like actress Rooney Mara does here at the 2012 Golden Globe Awards. You can also keep it a little softer by pulling loose waves into a voluminous, low pony.

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