Trendlooks 2016

The Ponytail: From Everyday to Trendy Hair Style

The Ponytail
Fergie tames her hair for the sleek ponytail look using a flat iron and hair spray
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The ponytail is often undeservedly relegated to the ‘simple, practical and unassuming’ category. Many consider the ponytail the quick hair style solution. The multi-facetted comeback proves otherwise. Here you find all the best tips on how to do justice to the classic hair style. We also include suggestions on accessories

  • Whether your hair is short, long, straight or curly, the ponytail brings order to every type of hair. For a ponytail your hair should reach at least to your shoulders and you should have some styling tricks in your bag. The ponytail look can help you play up one or the other feature of your head or skull. The stylishly tousled ponytail in the back of your head with slightly teased hair and bevelled fringes will give your face an endearingly feminine note. In contrast, your facial features will be the focus when you straighten your hair using a flat iron and then tautly gather it into a ponytail in the back of the head.

    An irregularly braided ponytail with loosely gathered covering hair lets you appear particularly young. You can emphasise the out-of-bed look by carefully teasing your braided ponytail using a teasing brush.

  • The Ponytail Needs Fine Tuning

    Even though ponytails are simple and uncomplicated, they still need to look neat. The ends of the hair should be cut regularly at least every three months. That prevents split ends. You should also buy high-quality accessories. For example, narrow scrunchies with metal clasps chafe the sensitive hair cuticles. Wider and softer hair bands are much better for the hair.

  • Ponytails and Hair Adornments are Brilliant Combinations

    Accessories add the perfect touch to the ponytail. They are definitely part of the trend. Especially hot are ponytails and braids with a small strand of hair wrapped around the scrunchy. Thin hair is no problem. Hair extensions can be invisibly fastened in thin hair with a clip. Of course, the fake hair must match your hair colour. Clip-in hair extensions also work well if you want to give your ponytail more volume. This applies especially to the 1950s ponytail, which traditionally bobs up and down high up on top of the head. By the way, the hair does not always have to be gathered in a scrunchy. Stylish or fancy hair slides or barrettes are good alternatives and create a more glamorous style.

  • Gallery: The Way the Stars Wear Ponytails

    Amanda Seyfried

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    Amanda Seyfried

    Amanda Seyfried proves how elegant a braided ponytail can be

    Ashlee Simpson

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    Ashley Simpson

    Ashley Simpson is seen here with a slightly teased ponytail

    Blake Lively

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    Blake Lively

    Rapunzel, Rapunzel! Blake Lively’s high ponytail is braided. Extensions were integrated into her hair

    Cameron Diaz

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    Cameron Diaz

    This is just like her. Cameron Diaz uses the ponytail as a quick hair style

    Drew Barrymore

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    Drew Barrymore

    Drew Barrymore has wrapped a thick strand of hair around her thick and elegant retro-ponytail

    Jessica Alba

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    Jessica Alba

    Jessica Alba wears her generous waves in a ponytail low in the back

    Kate Beckinsale

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    Kate Beckinsale

    A quiff on top of her head provides volume to Kate Beckinsale’s ponytail hair style

    Jennifer Aniston

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    Jennifer Aniston

    Jennifer Aniston likes the stylishly undone look with long fringes falling sideways into her face

    Sarah Jessica Parker

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    Sarah Jessica Parker

    Sarah Jessica Parker has arranged her soft wavy hair in a ponytail high up on her head