Add an edge to your ponytail

From everyday to elegant with this accessorised finish

Marie Claire Contributor / May 23 2016

A ponytail is an easy option for long hairstyles, and if you style it properly, it can actually be a great go-to when you want to dress up your look.

Whether worn high on your head (as seen on Bella Hadid on the Cannes red carpet), on the side, or even with a little crimp, it's an easy style to dress up. Another option? Adding an accessory and embracing embellishment to give it an elegant edge.

Here's how to recreate this chic-yet-wearable style in a few simple steps.


Prep your hair

Comb a smoothing mousse or spray through damp lengths and blow-dry your hair until it is almost dry.

Try: TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Flat Iron Smoothing Spray


Blow-dry straight

Divide hair into sections and blow-dry with a flat brush to achieve a smooth finish.


Use an oil for extra smoothness

Smooth a hair oil to mid-lengths and ends. For those with unruly or thick hair, also use a straightening iron to control fly-aways


Secure your ponytail

Secure your ponytail at the nape of the neck with a clear, flat hair tie. “These sit flat on the hair while regular hair ties will protrude underneath your accessory,” explains Sam Overton, creative director at Unilever Haircare.


Add your embellishment

Wrap a piece of leather (you can find this at most haberdashery stores) around the elastic to the desired length before tying it off.

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Aimée is an established writer and editor with over ten years of experience working for some of the world’s leading print and digital titles. These include Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, New York Magazine and WWD.