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Hair Tutorial: A Formal Holiday Ponytail

Dress Up Your Ponytail in 5 Minutes Flat

We're excited to present this story from our friends at Allure:

Looking for a party-worthy hairstyle that doesn't involve disco-ball accessories or spending so much time fussing with top of your head that your biceps start to cramp? Try moving your usual ponytail or bun down. "Wearing your hair at the nape of the neck looks smart and chic," says hairstylist Andy Lecompte of the Andy Lecompte Salon in Los Angeles. (Bonus: this look is very on trend. Spring runways including Carolina Herrera, Chanel, and Ralph Lauren all featured low-lying hairstyles.) We asked Lecompte for his tips on how to perfect the look. To see how, just keep reading.

Start by slicking hair back with a tiny amount of shine serum or gel; Lecompte likes Wella Pearl Styler gel. "It makes the hair shiny, but not stiff," he says. Then pull your hair back into a low ponytail, using your fingers to create a bit of texture and lift on the sides and top. If you brush the hair back, you risk a look that's too prim and neat. Finally, secure the ponytail with an elastic and tie a short velvet or grosgrain ribbon around it for polish. No bows though—you don't want this to end up cutesy.

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