The insanely smooth and sleek ponytails that have been popping up on the red carpet as of late on stars like Olivia Culpo and and Kourtney Kardashian all have one thing in common — they’re more than just a simple ponytail.
Well, we tapped Justine Marjan, the celebrity hairstylist behind these looks, to let us in on her secret for our “Life-Changing Tips” series. “It looks clean and polished,” she says of why she (and stars!) love the look. “Plus it’s an opportunity to show off great skin, a makeup moment or even a high neckline or cool choker.”
The secret, says the stylist, who also works with Khloe Kardashian and Kim Kardashian West, is to create one smaller ponytail before sweeping the rest of the hair into a larger ponytail. To get just the right amount of smoothness, Marjan also suggests combining a few drops of hair oil (she uses Ouai hair oil) with gel in your hands and run the mixture through your hair before brushing strands into place.
Olivia Culpo with the high ponytail look:
Kourtney Kardashian with high ponytail look:
Watch the video above to see the trick in action.