Get Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s slicked back ponytail

It’s polished and pretty

Beauty Crew Beauty Editor / January 10 2017

There’s a big difference between wearing a ponytail to the gym and on the red carpet - it’s amazing what texture and accessories can do in uplifting an ordinary hairstyle. Learn how to recreate Rosie Huntington-Whiteley's slicked back ‘do using expert advice from Aveda’s Hair Director Terri Robertson-Kirkwood.


Brush it through

Using a detangling comb (like Tangle Teezer Salon Elite in Lemon Sherbet), run it from your roots to your ends to get rid of any knots.


Flatten your hair

Part your hair in the centre and blow-dry the roots to flatten the area. Then, spritz some dry shampoo into roots to add texture and grip (like Batiste Dry Shampoo XXL).


Keep it down

Scoop out a pea-sized amount of pomade (like L’Oréal Professionnel Tecni.ART Density Material) and warm it in your palms. Run your hands down each side of the part to keep the hair down. This will also help to give it a shiny, reflective surface.


Pull it back

Gather the rest of the hair at the back (just slightly above the nape of the neck) in order to give a beautiful side-on silhouette.


Tie it up

With several elastic bands, tie your hair as close to the nape as possible. “Several hair bands can give thickness, so the pony moves out from the back of the head,” says Robertson-Kirkwood. Or, keep the ponytail looking minimalistic by taking an inch of hair from the bottom of your ponytail, and wrap it around the elastic bands. Secure with a hair pin.

On the catwalks overseas, we’ve seen a lot of hair accessories. Binding the ponytail has the same effect and looks really nice and ethereal.
Terri Robertson-Kirkwood
Hair Director


Add reflective shine

With a kabuki brush (like Manicare Retractable Kabuki Brush), distribute three to four pumps of serum (like Aveda Brilliant Emollient Finishing Gloss) and brush it over the hair to add lots of shine.

It’s important to use a shine serum with an oil in it so that it stays reflective. Anything else will dry in the hair and look matte.
Terri Robertson-Kirkwood
Hair Director

Iantha is BEAUTYcrew's Beauty Editor, and has been part of the team since the site launched in 2016. Besides pinky-nude nail polish and wispy false lashes, she has a healthy obsession with face masks and skin care ingredients. Her previous work can be found in Virgin Australia Voyeur, Women's Health, and SHOP Til You Drop.