The second we stopped swooning over Sophia Bush’s hot pink eye shadow at this year’s SAG awards, another detail of her look caught our attention: the simple black bow effortlessly wrapped around her ponytail. Not only is it beyond chic, but it might just be the easiest possible way to dress up any average ponytail (and make it even black tie appropriate!).
Mandy Moore soon wore a high ponytail with a similar black bow, and it appeared on the runways of Tory Burch and Marchesa’s FW 2017 shows at New York Fashion Week (model Sara Sampaio loved it so much that she left it in her hair after the Tory Burch show) — proving that yes, it’s a look that every girl needs her arsenal.
But the true beauty in this look is not just how pretty it is — it’s the fact that the only skill you need to pull it off is the ability to seek out black ribbon at your local craft store. Or for an even quicker short cut, buy it pre-made.
Moore’s hairstylist Ashley Streicher, who found the actress’s accessory on a recent trip to Tokyo, has guidelines for finding the perfect ribbon: the more expensive it looks, the classier your hair will appear.
“It’s certainly a great way to dress up a classic ponytail,” she says. “Search for really fine, well-made ribbon. A cheap ribbon can really ruin this look.”
Streicher shares that to achieve the star’s feminine, flirty look, she used extra texture spray to create worn-in waves. “I threw it up in a classic high pony with a regular elastic, then roughed up the hair around her hairline with hairsprayed fingers to make it look worn in and ethereal. Then I secured the velvet black bow.”
And to create the look on the models at Tory Burch, Redken global creative director Guido Palau started with a center part and applied a blowout cream before blow drying the hair downwards, smoothing any flyaways. Then, he pulled the hair back into a loose ponytail and secured it with an elastic at the name and simply tied a black ribbon in a bow around it.
So there you have it: the easiest way to make any ponytail runway — or red carpet — ready.
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