The ponytail’s a classic, easy hairdo that will never go out of style, but sometimes a small tweak or twist can turn it into a truly standout look. Celebrity hairstylist Jen Atkin showed us one of her own tricks to creating polished yet effortless pony.
Start with clean, dry hair. If your hair isn’t naturally straight, use a flat iron to smooth out your natural texture before getting started.
Create a deep side part. Atkin recommends using a comb to make it as straight as possible.
Spray hairspray on the crown of your head and over your roots to tame flyaways and give your part more holding power.
Smooth your hair from roots to ends by brushing through it with a boar-bristle brush. Then, pull it all back into a low ponytail at the nape of your neck and tie it off with a small elastic.
Work a pea-sized amount of styling cream (Atkin loves Éclat Naturel Styling Cream ($46) from Leonor Greyl) between your fingers and run it through the lengths of your ponytail. You can also smooth down any loose pieces up top.
Once you’ve achieved your desired level of sleekness, add the second hair tie. Grab the base of your pony with one hand, slide your other hand down about two to three inches, and add another a small elastic in that spot.
And that’s your double ponytail: five simple steps in three minutes or less.
Photographer: Justin Coit
Hairstylist: Jen Atkin
Makeup Artist: Roxy
Producer: Jenna Peffley
Model: Ashley Rogers