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Why You'll Be Securing Your Pony at the Nape of Your Neck From Now On

Low ponytails are the hairstyle du jour, according to the runways and red carpets.
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  • Ashley Olsen
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    Ashley Olsen

    The actress-turned-designer pulled her long hair off her face to show off her impeccable makeup at Estee Lauder’s launch of their new fragrance, Modern Muse, in New York.

  • Elizabeth and James
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    Elizabeth and James

    Not surprisingly, Olsen’s look mirrored the one Mark Townsend built at her Elizabeth and James presentation earlier that week. "Everything that I know about texture, and I appreciate about texture, came from Mary Kate and Ashley,” he says. “They love hair that looks like you could do it yourself. They love any kind of accessible beauty—all of the looks that they do in their shows come from their own style.”

  • Mila Kunis
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    Mila Kunis

    Mila Kunis went for a sleek, tucked behind-her-ears version at the Toronto Film Festival earlier this month.

  • Diane Kruger
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    Diane Kruger

    Diane Kruger pulled hers to the side, wrapping hair around the elastic for added polish, at a luncheon in Los Angeles.

  • Derek Lam
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    Derek Lam

    Hairstylist Orlando Pita said the hair was all about “structured ease” at Derek Lam, where laid-back, wavy ponytails struck the perfect balance with makeup artist Tom Pecheux’s graphic navy liner. Pita used Phyto’s Fiber Paste ($24) to tame flyaways around the crown.

  • Kate Bosworth
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    Kate Bosworth

    Kate Bosworth showed off a polished low ponytail with a deep side part at the Catalina Film Festival.

  • Reed Krakoff
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    Reed Krakoff

    At Reed Krakoff’s show, hairstylist Guido Palau used Redken’s Diamond Oil Shatterproof Shine ($40) for an almost lacquered finish.

  • Dianna Agron
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    Dianna Agron

    A Bardot-like ponytail on Dianna Agron at the New York premiere of The Family meant plenty of face-framing pieces and volume at her crown.

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    Hairstylist Odile Gilbert was inspired by Joseph Altuzarra’s muse, Vanessa Traina, at the designer’s spring show. To score texture—and encourage flyaways!—Gilbert prepped the hair with Kerastase’s Mousse Bouffant ($36) and Fibre Architect ($42) before creating an imperfect center part.

We’re not surprised that the women consistently at the front of the fashion pack—Ashley Olsen, Diane Kruger—are already rocking the hairstyle dominating next spring’s runway shows, including Derek Lam, Jil Sander, and Altuzarra. For starters, it’s easy. Even the shortest hair can be pulled back at the nape of the neck, and it doesn’t matter if it’s messy, sleek, or somewhere in between: it’s its casualness that makes it so damn cool. Need proof? You’ll find plenty of it, above.

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