Some of the hairstyles that go down the runway at are downright breath-taking, but not exactly doable. A great ponytail, on the other hand, is a fashion week staple (and one that happens to be forever in our everyday rotation). That’s why we’re especially attuned to every ponytail we spot backstage. Scroll through to see our four favorites and how to recreate them!
It barely stays in, but don’t worry—the hair looks just as good if it falls out. The disheveled bedhead look that hairstylist Orlando Pita created for Michael Kors’s F/W ’15 show was the perfect complement to the fresh-faced makeup that went down the runway. Pita wanted the hair to have natural texture, but a few extra bumps were added in with a flat iron wherever a little more tousle was needed. Just tie off a very low ponytail, pull out some pieces above the elastic, and go.
At Erin Fetherston F/W 15 ,the hair was sleek—and we mean really sleek. Lead stylist Jeanie Syfu flat-ironed strands in thin sections. And because she wanted the ponytails long, plenty of hair extensions got the same treatment. Once the hair was sufficiently smooth, she sectioned off two pieces in front in either side of the center part. Those pieces became two small ponytails, which Syfu secured along the hairline right behind the ear. In the back, she twisted those two smaller pieces around the base the base of the ponytail. (Note: Lots of finishing spray, Tresemmé’s 24 Hour Body Finishing Spray ($6) to be exact, was used in the process of making this ponytail.) In the end, you get all the polish of low pony with a little fashion week flair.
In the words of lead stylist Esther Langham for Lela Rose’s F/W 15 show, “We wanted something that wasn’t heavy-handed and didn’t look too contrived, but it needed to be more special than just a simple ponytail.” The answer? A beautifully undone pony. Langham applied Alterna’s Bamboo Volume Weightless Whipped Mousse ($22) to the roots and hairline to create more body around the front, and then dried the hair using a diffuser. Then she pulled the hair back into ponytail right in the middle of the head (the midpoint between the nape of the neck and the crown of the head). All that was left was to muss it up. Langham massaged the front to create lift, and the models were off. If you have great natural texture, great news—you can skip all of the prep and go straight into mussing up your ponytail.
The "modern nomad" was the inspiration for the beauty look at Naadam F/W 15. “The modern nomad is always on the go. She doesn’t want to spend too much time in front of the mirror, but she wants to look effortlessly chic,” Aveda global artistic director for hair styling Allen Ruiz says. To turn the models into “modern nomads,” Ruiz first created texture by saturating the hair with Aveda’s Pure Abundance Style-Prep ($24), twisting the hair, and drying the twists. Once the hair was sufficiently tousled, he pulled it into a low ponytail, wrapping the base with a section of hair from each ear. To finish, Ruiz gently pulled the hair at the top of the crown to loosen the ponytail. Once the clothes were on, the ponytails remained tucked in—which basically means this look works whether you took the time to add texture to your hair or not.
Which of these ponytails are you most likely to try, and which one will you skip? Sound off in the comments below!