How to Get a Sleek, Sexy Pony

When one pictures hair in a ponytail you might conjure up images of Pippi Longstocking, or a high school cheerleader, however ponytails have made a pretty strong comeback as of late, and can be seen pretty regularly on the runways of the world’s biggest fashion shows. We’re going to take a look at some ways that you can take this simple hairstyle and turn it into a sleek and sexy look without a whole lot of work.

Tousled ponytail.

Tousled Ponytail 
First up is the tousled ponytail. This messy, just got out of bed look has been popular for quite some time now, but adding the tousled look to a ponytail might be just the change necessary to take your boring ponytail to the next level. If you have thick wavy hair, this looks might come easily to you, but if your hair is straight, you might try wrapping small sections individually around a curling iron for a few seconds before pulling your hair into a ponytail. Tease your hair with a brush and add some pomade to help style the “un-styled” looking hair. Now go do your best Blake Lively impersonation!

Braided Ponytail 
Braided ponytails, when done correctly, can look great. You don’t want to go for the pigtail look (like the aforementioned Pippi), but adding a peekaboo braid to your hairstyle give you a fresh and young look. You don’t want the braid to land flat, so wrap the strands loosely when braiding the hair.

Low profile ponytail

Low Profile Ponytails
Low profile ponytails were all the rage on the runways this season, and there are a number of ways to master this easy but refined ponytail look. First, try a low side part with your ponytail starting at the base of your neck. For round faces, a central part with a low pony in the back can give a great slimming appearance. For additional face accents, try pulling out a few strands at the front before you put the elastic in to make the pony. Consider adding jewels, pins or flowers to your pony for a little extra zing – this is a fun way to take your look up a notch!

Sleek and Sexy
For the ultimate sleek ponytail, you’ll need to get that hair tight and flat. The key to this look is to minimize flyaway hairs. This can be done by blow-drying your hair while brushing it with a round brush, then by pulling back your hair carefully to minimize stray strands. Also, use hair wax or light serums to weigh hair down enough to keep frizzies from ruining your sleek style! Avoid ANY product containing alcohol – this drying effect actually makes frizz worse in any kind of weather.

Side ponytail.

Side Ponytails
Side ponytails might sound like the ultimate outdated hairdo, but when style correctly they can look stunning. Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, and Vanessa Hudgens have all rocked the side ponytail with amazing results. For the best look, try adding some volume or waves to the ponytail, and don’t forget to leave some face-framing strands on the opposite side to finish off the looks.

“Running Late” Hairstyles

The last thing you want to do when you are running late, is your hair. But your entire ensemble can feel incomplete and disheveled if your hair is not “done”! So what are your choices?? Sometimes, it can be worth that extra two minutes just to come up with a quick “do”, to NOT look unkempt. You’re already going to be late anyway, you may as well look good when you show up!

These are the quick and easy trends for “running late” hair that will keep you looking fashionably fabulous!

Stylish woman wearing a sleek ponytail.

The Sleek Ponytail
You cannot go wrong with a slicked back, tight ponytail. They are clean and easy, completing any look from casual to a little more dressy. Remember to always use either a fabric covered band to keep from breaking hair and a band that either matches your hair color or your outfit. Use a light wax or hairspray to keep the ponytail looking sleek and to keep frizzies at bay all day.

Woman with ponytail hair.

The Side Part Ponytail
The sleek style, but in a different location – part your hair on one side and slick it back into a low ponytail for a different look. Just as gorgeous and professional looking as the sleek ponytail, just a little more stylish. This is also a great style for anyone from the late at-home mom to the business woman on the go. Same rules apply, just keep it healthy!

Woman with braided hair.

Loose Braids
It’s the “I just rolled out of bed and threw my hair back into this old thing” look. Part your hair on one side (not down the middle) and loosely braid it, securing the end tightly with a fabric covered band. Pull pieces gently loose to avoid looking to “done”, then spray lightly with an aerosol hairspray to keep stray hairs in place.

Woman wearing baseball cap.

Baseball Cap
You can’t go wrong with a favorite sports team baseball cap and ponytail. For the more casual look, a t-shirt, jeans and a baseball cap actually LOOK put together. No one will ever know you were running too late to take a shower! Probably the easiest and most fun look, not to mention a great transition into that after school or after work game.

Woman with tousled bun hairstyle.

The Tousled Bun
Start with the slicked back ponytail or side parted ponytail, then wrap the ponytail hair around itself in a circular motion. Take a fabric covered ponytail holder and loosely wrap it twice around the bun. If pieces are sticking out here and there, all the better! The tousled bun is a sexy, yet simple look for all ages and styles.

Keep it simple, are words to live by when you are deciding on which “running late” hair do to go with!