Four Fresh Ways to Wear a Ponytail for Summer

Ponytails are the unofficial hairstyle of summer. If you’ve been rocking the same one since grade school, try one of these straight-from-the-runway tweaks.
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The Twist

twist low ponytail

To get the relaxed style from the fall Jonathan Simkhai show, spritz on a texturizing product to add a soft, lived- in feel. We like Nexxus Between Washes Air Lift Dry Texture Finishing Spray ($12). Next, create a low, loose ponytail and secure it with an elastic. Pull a section of hair from the nape of the neck out of the elastic, twist the section around the tie to hide it, and tuck the ends in under the elastic to keep them in place.

Knot It

knot ponytail

Start the easier-than-it-looks half pony at Monse by first working a palmful of mousse from roots to midshaft. Try Amika Plus Size Perfect Body Mousse ($25). Divide the hair into three large sections: two on the sides and one down the back in the middle. Take the two side portions and tie them into a knot, then pin it in place at the back of the head. Next, join the side sections with the middle section to create one full pony and secure it with an elastic under the knot. Add a generous spritz of hair spray to hold everything in place.

Low and Loose

low loose ponytail with scarf

A little bit ’70s, a little bit Notorious RBG, the hair at the fall Veronica Beard show was chic and super simple. Start by applying a leave-in treatment, like Moroccanoil Hydrating Styling Cream ($34), to tame frizzy hair. Next, create a center part, gather the hair into a low pony, and tie it with an elastic. Gently tug out the hair just above the elastic so the pony loosens a bit for a romantic, undone feel. Finish by tying on a thin kerchief.

Heavy Metal

chain metal ponytail

The edgy pony at Christian Siriano’s fall show featured five or so thick chains starting from about halfway down the head. For real life, we like two or three cascading from the hair tie. Pull hair into a high pony to start. Then grab some metal chains. (You can find them at crafts stores.) Wrap them around the elastic and knot them together, letting the ends hang down. Finish with a flexible-hold hair spray, like Tresemmé Compressed Micro Mist Level 2 Hairspray ($4.99).