Ponytails have come a long way from simply being our go-to style-or lack thereof-for going to the gym. Lately, a ponytail is as versatile as wearing your hair down, quickly becoming a gorgeous updo option for girls with long locks. If you're having a hard time deciding whether to wear your ponytail sleek and straight or curly with texture this holiday season, allow us to help! We break down each of the popular styles below!
Curly, Textured Ponytails
Looking for lots of volume? Opt for this curly, textured style! A curly ponytail can be worn high or low depending on the vibe you're going for. When worn with some of the season's trending fabrics for winter-like ultra-feminine lace and luxe velvets-you have the perfect combination for the holiday party season.
To get this effortless-looking style, you'll need to begin by curling sections of your hair around the barrel of a 1-inch curling wand. Start at the bottom and work your way up until your entire head of hair is curled and cooled. Brush out the coils with your fingers and create the desired part before gently pulling your length back into a ponytail. Consider leaving a few face-framing curls down around either side of the part for a truly feminine look. To finish, spray with a light-hold hairspray.
Sleek, Straight Ponytails
Worn high and tight for a flirty,fun vibe or low at the nape for a chic look, sleek, straight ponytails are a great way to bring attention to long hair. The look is perfect for a night out with your girlfriends or for the office holiday party. But, what really sends it over the edge is a blunt-cut bang. By adding bangs to a sleek ponytail-whether they are permanent or just-for-fun clip-ins-you give your style a truly polished, sophisticated look. If you prefer a sleeker look, slick all of your hair back and use a wet-look gel to give your look a little edge.
The best part about a sleek, straight ponytail is that as long as you have straight hair to begin with, it's incredibly easy to achieve. To up the shine factor, use a small amount of hair oil on the mid-section to the ends after securing the ponytail in place. If you notice a few unruly strands, run through the ponytail once or twice with your flat iron. For flyaways around your face, do as the pros do and reach for the smallest amount of styling wax to smooth them down.