Good news for the humble ponytail, if the shows at New York fashion week so far are anything to go by, it's coming at us in a big way next season.
Saturday’s trip to Prabul Gurung to see stylist Paul Hanlon and the TRESemmé team in action delivered the first of the low ponytails. ‘The look,’ explained Hanlon, ‘is almost as though she’s been for a run, there’s a look of a little sweat.’ To us, in the real world, this translates as texture: silky smoothness is out and what’s in its place is a bolder texture.
Hanlon’s pony was minus a parting and worn very close to the head with TRESemme 24 Hour Body Amplifying Mousse, £5.50, applied section-by-section before he ran through the hair with his fingers, allowing it to separate naturally. ‘I’m not using a comb, fingers do a better of job of achieving the imperfect look I’m going for,’ he explained. The ponytail was then given a last dusting of TRESemme 24 Hour Body Sky High Plumping Powder, £5.50.
If you’re giving this look a go at home, TRESémme Global Ambassador Matthew Curtis suggests working some volumising mousse into the hair before blow-drying and mussing up the hairline with your hands, so that it’s a little softer and more wearable.
Another fave was spotted at Alexander Wang, thanks to the expertise of Guido Palau. Of the low placement, Palau explained: ‘Wearing a ponytail low makes it more austere, more modern. When it’s worn high it immediately becomes friendly and sporty. Where you place your ponytail is important.’
The Wang pony was dual textured with super slick roots from a liberal dousing of Redken gel, while the length of the ponytail was kept dry.
However you choose to wear your pony, make sure it’s low. ‘It’s amazing how many variations of a ponytail there are,’ concludes Palau. ‘It’s the hair equivalent of the white shirt; it’s a classic, it just gets an update each season.’