The Beauty Breakdown: 7 Ways to Pump Up Your Pony
TOUSLED AND TEXTURIZED
Grab the texturizing spray — you'll need tons of it to get textured waves as serious as Blake Lively's, which hairstylist Rod Ortega secured in the middle of her head. To finish a perfectly-undone look like hers, wrap a small section of hair around the base of the pony and pin it into place to hide the elastic. Then pull a few front pieces loose for a wind-swept feel.
AMPED UP WAVES
Not sure what to do with your second-day waves? After spraying dry shampoo all over (which nixes grease and adds grip), tease the hair at the front of your head, then secure everything with an elastic at your crown. Finish by teasing the base of your ponytail to give it some oomph and add a J. Lo-approved touch by roughing up your baby hairs.
BOLD AND BUBBLY
WRAPPED IN GOLD
A gilded 'do like Emilia Clarke's is easier than it looks: After slicking your strands into a ponytail at the nape of your neck, wrap gold wire—find some at your local craft store—around your hair to give this otherwise simple style a glam update.
Hairstylist Adir Abergel made Rooney Mara’s ponytail appear twice as long — and the trick is crazy easy. First, pull the top half of your hair into a ponytail placed at the crown of your head. Then grab the bottom section and add the length of the top pony in with it. Secure everything with an elastic at the middle of your head, which you can hide with a small section of hair.
STRAIGHT AND SLEEK
When in doubt, a simple, super-slicked high pony like Zendaya's makes for the prettiest 'do. Use extra-hold gel and a boar bristle brush to pull already-straight strands into a pony as tight and smooth as hers at the crown of your head. And if it's the length you're after, clip-in extensions are all you need.
SWEPT TO THE SIDE
On days when you can't decide between up or down, try Gwen Stefani's side-swept look. Create a deep side part and separate a two-inch wide section that spans from your hairline to your crown. Then, pull the rest of your hair into a tight ponytail, hide the elastic with a small section of hair, and smooth the section to the side before spraying with hairspray.