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Five ways to style a standout party ponytail

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You can’t go wrong with a ponytail, right? Grab a little inspiration with five fresh twists on a classic and easy-to-style look. 

If there’s one hairstyle we know we can rely on amid the chaos of Christmas, it’s the humble ponytail. This stalwart of the playground has seen us through school days, job interviews and big nights out. It can be dressed up or down, and it’s versatile enough to be both whimsical and spectacular. Take a look at some of our favourite party ponys for the festive season ahead: 

The sculptural pony

Make like Gwen Stefani and sculpt your pony into elegant textural layers. This effect is subtle yet luxe, with a bit of movement in the ponytail itself lending a signature flourish. 

The contrast pony

Zendaya shows us all how it’s done, with a simple yet striking pony. For a similar look, gather your hair in a low-lying pony, and tease in volume and lift as required. Use a central, flat parting for contrast and a hint of drama.

The retro pony

The classic pony is given a retro twist thanks to Bella Hadid, with this 60s-style lift. It’s a little bit Mad Men, and oh-so chic. A peppy and low-maintenance style, this won’t take longer than five minutes to prep (just make sure either side stays framing the face). 

The romantic pony

From velvet ribbons to scrunchies, childhood hair accessories are making a comeback for SS18 - and Rita Ora is clearly front of the queue. We love the understated romance of this look. 

The modernist pony

All hail Lily Collins, who gives a nod to the wet hair trend - a motif that’s set to burgeon in 2018, according to Pinterest. This slicked-back pony is pinned into place at the nape of the neck with a dainty golden thread. On-point, and just slightly poetic.

Images: Rex Features


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Anna Brech

Anna Brech is a freelance journalist and former editor for Her six-year stint on the site saw her develop a vociferous appetite for live Analytics, feminist opinion and good-quality gin in roughly equal measure. She enjoys writing across all areas of women’s lifestyle content but has a soft spot for books and escapist travel content.