5 Ways to Perfect the Evening Ponytail

C’mon, you look way too cute in a ponytail to reserve the look for gym time only. With just a few simple upgrades, a ponytail can work for dressed up occasions, too. Steal these five celebrity-approved tricks the next time you need a fancy ‘do in a flash.

Selena-Gomez

Selena Gomez at the Getaway LA premiere.
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Make Waves
Selena Gomez’s ponytail at the Getaway Los Angeles premiere had the perfect amount of texture and lift at the crown, making it red carpet appropriate, without going too far into bedhead territory. To get her wavy look, tease hair at the crown, curl with an iron and spray with dry shampoo before gathering hair into a ponytail.

Nina Dobrev

Nina Dobrev at Cosmopolitan’s Summer Bash
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Create Funky Structure
Nina Dobrev’s faux Mohawk ponytail is so captivating. To recreate her look, tease a section of hair and then secure with a clear elastic. Keep repeating until you get to the nape of the neck. For extra volume in each section, pull the strands out slightly with your fingertips.

Minka Kelly

Minka Kelly at The Butler New York premiere.
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Contrast Two Textures
We’re fans of both sleek and rough textured ponytails, but what we love even more is when the two are combined. Minka Kelly’s ponytail is slicked back at the crown and left rough and wavy through the lengths. The effect is dressed up, yet romantic.

Jordin Sparks

Jordin Sparks at the VMAs.
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Play with Color
One word — ombré. The fading color takes any hairstyle — be it braid, bun or a simple high pony like Jordin Sparks’ — from blah to banging.

Holland Roden

Holland Roden at The Young Hollywood Awards
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Go Sleek
Teen Wolf’s Holland Roden went super sleek and skipped the jewelry, bringing the focus to her gorgeous red hair color and poppy coral lip. For a similar look, start with a dab of hair oil to tame frizz and straighten from roots to tips with a flat iron. Then brush back and secure tightly with an elastic.

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