"The ponytail is always flattering and provides an almost effortless way to look polished," says Jordan Blackmore of Three Squares Studio in New York City. "But the style gets a bad rap when women don't finish the look." Here, Blackmore tells us how to execute the perfect pony — whether you're going black-tie or boardroom
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"A little grease from unwashed hair provides a stay-put base for any updo," says Blackmore. On second- or third-day hair, apply a light styling gel to prevent frizz, or use dry shampoo on clean hair to fake a thicker texture. Avoid oily serums unless your hair is very coarse. Then blow-dry strands or use a straightening iron to smooth hair before putting it up.
MC TIP: Straighten every section, not just the front pieces, to ensure that your ponytail looks good from all angles. Jeffrey Westbrook/Studio D