1. GET DIRTY
MC TIP: Straighten every section, not just the front pieces, to ensure that your ponytail looks good from all angles.
2. LOCATION SCOUT
MC TIP: Use snap-in hair extensions to add volume and length to any lackluster tail.
3. BRUSHING UP
MC TIP: Spritz your brush with hairspray before brushing it back to smooth would-be wispies.
GO SLEEKER: Apply gel or styling cream to damp hair, make a ponytail, then blow-dry on low heat. "This will add enough lift to keep the look from being too severe," explains Blackmore.
GO BIGGER: Elongate wider faces by teasing hair at the crown before proceeding to Step 3. "Brushing over the teased hair tames the base without sacrificing fullness," he adds.
MC TIP: When flaunting fall's more elaborate necklines, steer clear of lower ponytails — they'll get lost in the extra fabric.