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Your life is full of moments when a ponytail is highly appropriate and convenient. Some days you roll out of bed and sneak out for coffee before washing your hair. Other days, it's raining like crazy and you were planning on wearing your hair soft and wavy -- obviously, it's ponytail time. Though you're super familiar with the ponytail, you may not realize how many different ways you can wear one. With a few creative takes on an old favorite, you'll love it even more.
High, Messy Pony
You place your ponytail just about everywhere and it seems like you're becoming a bit geographically challenged. Low ponies, side ponies -- is there anything left? Reach new heights by pulling your ponytail way up there, above the crown of your head. Keep the look modern and creative by roughing up the texture before securing it into a hairband. Add texturizing spray and muss it up first, then messily gather. The best part -- it's easy to do and the less polished, the better.
For the girl who has particularly unruly hair that tends to frizz up, seeing a girl with a perfectly straight, sleek ponytail often induces deep envy. But the tables have turned -- that's right, the unruly pony is in! If you're already lucky enough to have a head full of frizzy tresses, simply pull your hair back loosely into a ponytail at the back of your head. For those with naturally frizz-free locks, tease your hair like crazy, mist with hair spray and gently gather into a pony. Super chic and very forgiving.
Part-Pomp, Part-Twist Pony
Try out the super-creative, part-pompadour, part-twist ponytail. Start by teasing the front section of your hair, beginning about an inch back from your hairline and about as wide as temple-to-temple. Smooth back the front of your hair over this area, secure with bobby pins and you've created a mini-pompadour. Next, on each side, twist or French braid your hair back from the pomp down to your ears by adding more hair as you go along -- pin the hair in place when both sections meet in the back. Now pull the rest of your hair up into a ponytail at your crown, securing with a hairband.
You may feel '60s-mod-pretty these days, so pull multiple feminine styles into one chic ponytail. If you have bangs, sweep them to one side. If not, add a girlie touch with black liner on your upper lids only. Pull all of your hair straight back to the nape of your neck and begin twisting it up as if you're going for a French twist. However, instead of tucking the ends as you go, let them cascade out of the top like a ponytail. Secure with bobby pins throughout and you're modern-meets-'60s beautiful.