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Last updated: May 24, 2017

Corseted Ponytail from Aveda

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Corseted Ponytail from Aveda

Aveda Global Creative Director Antoinette Beenders took the ponytail in an entirely new direction at Kimberly Ovitz’s Fall 2013 Fashion Week show—creating a ponytail-braid hybrid with a cool, futuristic finish. “The texture is smooth and finish is shiny,” she says. “Think of a 1920’s wave in a futuristic interpretation.” Here’s how it was done.

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    Make a center part, creating two sections on each side of the head. Drench the hair with Aveda Phomollient Styling Foam from roots to mid-length and with a Mason Pearson comb each side up into a high ponytail with one pony nearer to the forehead, and the other behind the ear.

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    Use about an arm’s length of millinery elastic to anchor each of the ponytails in place. This elastic grabs the hair so you don’t have to worry about slippage. Once tied taut, wrap the loose ends of the elastic in a criss-cross fashion around the ponytail, working from the base to the ends, effectively corseting the hair.

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    Pull the hair gently from in between the elastic cord to create S-shaped waves. Then, smooth out flyaways with Aveda Control Force Firm Hold Hair Spray. Overlay the ponytails on top of the head, directing the ponytail that sits nearer to the face down the side of the head so that it snakes along the hairline. Then secure with bobby pins and U-pins. If the hair is long enough, loop underneath the ear.

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    Direct the other ponytail that sits further back on the head forward along the parietal ridge, which is about an inch above the ear, securing with pins. Again, allow the hair to snake along the hairline above the forehead, tucking the ends under the first ponytail. (Together the ponytails should converge to create a wavy S-shaped form.) Finish with Aveda Control Force Firm Hold Hair Spray.