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When it comes to quickly getting your hair up and out of the way, the default hairstyle is often a ponytail. But it’s a style that walks that fine line between classic and, well, boring!

Hair stylist Janet Jackson shows us three fresh updates on the classic ponytail.
 
LOOK 1: THE TEXTURED PONYTAIL
This pony works really well on fine or shorter hair and speaks to the “messy ponytail” that’s trending right now—and it’s a great way to gain full control of your ponytail!
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HOW-TO:
  1. Add texture throughout the hair with a crimping iron. If you don’t have a crimping iron you can braid your hair and press your hair with a flat iron to create a similar texture.
  2. Spray the entire head with a workable texturizing spray.
  3. Section hair into four to five sections (shorter hair) or two sections (longer hair). These sections will add both length and volume to your ponytail.
  4. Braid each section towards the centre/base of where you want the ponytail to be. Leave the ends out.
  5. Secure your sections together with a hair band.
  6. Take a strand to wrap and cover your elastic.
  7. Start to tease your ponytail.
  8. Go back in with curling/flat iron to add more texture and definition.
  9. Use a finishing spray for more hold.
 
LOOK 2: THE BRAIDED “UNDERCUT” PONYTAIL
This look is a great way to get the “undercut” look without the commitment! It’s great for kinky hair—hair that frizzes quickly, especially in the heat/humidity.
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HOW-TO:
  1. Section the nape area from ear to ear.
  2. Design at the back can be multiple braids in any direction or design.
  3. Leave the ends of the braids out. (You will be using the ends of your braids to wrap around the hair elastic once you have secured your ponytail.)
  4. With the top portion of your hair, brush that section up into your ponytail, using a pomade or light alcohol-free gel. Use a brush so that you don’t disturb the curl pattern and maintain the texture.
  5. Once you have secured your ponytail, use a texture spray at the ends to create a puff that has lots of volume.
 
LOOK 3: THE SLEEK MULTI PONYTAIL
This look can really add length to your hair with style and allows you to incorporate some fun hair accessories. It’s best for medium to long hair.
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HOW-TO:
  1. Section hair into three sections: top, middle and nape.
  2. Start from the top section first and work your way down, pulling each section together (with a pomade or alcohol-free gel) in the centre of your head and aligning them together, one directly over the other.
  3. For this look, you can use your hair, lace, leather, fabric, etc. to wrap around the base of each ponytail.
  4. Once you have done this, you now have the option of leaving your hair ends straight, OR adding some texture for some added fun!