Every now and then, fashion meets with practicality.
And this seems to be the case for the ponytail, one of the most simple hairdos that is so easy to wear and even more so during summer time.
Irina Shayk, Sofía Vergara and Doutzen Kroes are just a few of the celebrities who are championing this easy do.
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In most cases, this hairstyle is worn high and a bit ruffled, in contrast with a normal, flawless red carpet version.
The ponytail, be it held in place with hairpins, a rubber band or concealed by a lock of hair, has become a trend that is making a mark both outdoors and on the red carpet.
Just take a look at the stunning model Barbara Palvin seen in a L'Oreal lipstick ad during the recent Cannes Festival.
How often have you cursed those short strands of hair around the forehead and the sides of the head that are impossible to rein in?
Well, no need to worry about them anymore as they are key to this style of hairdo, giving it both a natural and fresh touch in keeping with a summer look.
However, you could also opt for the more sophisticated style by using extra hold gel and sleeking the ponytail carefully with a hair straightener as Eva Longoria or Blanca Suarez does.
The 'perfect' ponytail: an expert's take
Anthony Llobet, stylist for TRESemmé, recommends the traditional ponytail as much as for day-to-day styles as well as for fancy galas.
"For the perfect ponytail, leave the front locks of hair aside and pick up hair from the rear end of the head with the help of a comb.
Then backcomb this part using hairspray to give body to your hair at the roots. Now, gather the front locks to cover the backcombed part and hold it in place with hairpins.
Finally, tie back your hair in a high ponytail. For these types of looks, you should rely on products that help to set the chosen hairdo while giving your hair body at the same time.
As such, hairsprays as well as mousse come in handy for setting and protecting it from external factors while giving it both shine and body for the perfect look."