Reinvent Your Ponytail
It's simple, classic and always easy—but it doesn't have to be boring. The most recent runway shows proved that with a little extra effort, your summer-style standby can be a gorgeous standout.
The Effect: High, Bouncy—but a Little Edgy
A high pony loses all cutesy connotations when it's wrapped with black latex tape. At Michael Kors, hairstylist Orlando Pita prepped models' hair with a volumizer before blowing it dry with a round brush and pulling it back into a ponytail positioned halfway between the crown of the head and the nape of the neck. After securing it with a regular elastic band, he wrapped adhesive-free black latex tape around the base for a sleek effect that also prevents the pony from drooping. (For similar tape, try LiquidLatexStore.com. Warning: NSFW! A more classic option: a length of black ribbon.) A few drops of hair oil (like the Orlando Pita Argan Rejuvenating Hair Treatment Oil, $20; OrlandoPitaHair.com) prevent flyaways and create an extra-shiny, sleek silhouette; concentrate the oil around the hairline and on the ends of the hair.