How to: get a party perfect ponytail

The simple ponytail has had a great resurgence this year as an updo – instead of being the style you throw your hair into when you’re in a rush, or just want to get it out of the way, the ponytail has had a promotion to being a chic, red carpet-worthy style.

Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron and Jessica Biel have all given the ponytail a spin, and if that’s not enough, it bobbed its way down many a catwalk this year too (like at David Koma, above, bottom left).

It’s also the perfect hairstyle for New Years Eve: the updo aspect makes it a little bit special, but not too formal, no touching up is required, plus if you’re in a hot, packed club/bar/party, having your hair up will be a big relief.

Ghd Creative Director Kenna has given us some tips on how to achieve the perfect pony – read through his steps to recreate it below: it’s all in the shine and the parting.

  1. Dampen the hair and spray with ghd style heat protect spray to give structure. Follow with a couple of pumps of ghd Style total volume foam to add backbone to the hair.
  2. Using the ceramic flat iron and a brush smoothly straighten your hair.
  3. Use a ghd Tail Comb to create a deep side parting. Let the wider section of hair drop slightly on the forehead, whilst pulling the thinner section of hair straight back to add severity and sophistication.
  4. To finish the look, secure the hair at the back, with your preferred style. I like a low ponytail where you can also run the ghd metallic styler through the ends of the hair to achieve unparalleled shine.
  5. Spray hair with ghd style final fix hairspray to set the look.