Ask The Experts: Ponytail Hairstyles for Every Occasion March 28, 2019 13:09

Are you looking for a new hair style, which is practical but not boring and also allows for some playful styling creativity?

We asked Salon Manager Erin Beech (and guru for all things stylish) to tell us about how a ponytail could be an easy to manage way of dressing up your hair

Gathering long hair into a cute ponytail hairstyle quickly brings order to hair and keeps it from hanging in your face while you work, play or engage in your favorite sport. Aside from being practical, ponytail haircuts are also stylish and fun

Ponytails are not only the last resort for bad hair days but a genuine hair style classic with countless styling possibilities. There is a ponytail for all occasions from business meetings, work, shopping and they even work as a wedding hairstyle. The many different ponytail styles are as easy to create as they are attractive. No wonder women everywhere embrace the ponytail sometimes even before their hair has reached the required shoulder length for the long-time hairstyle favourite.

 Ponytails bounce high on top of the head or low at the neck, they are worn straight back or sideways over the shoulder, and they go well with hair jewelry, satin bands, feathers or leather straps. Ponytails go with middle or side partings and show off shiny sleek hair, waves and playful curls. Then there are the many ways to braid, twist and twirl your easy ponytail hairstyle. Of course, the longer the ponytail the more styling variations exist.

A messy textured ponytail creates a sexy, cool, and confident vibe.
Changing your part can instantly shift your look and have a major impact. Simple and understated, Erin says parted hair is a great style for the office.
The key to switching up your natural part is to start with a product designed for strong hold at the root area when the hair is wet to hold the new direction of hair.
After applying, use medium tension and blow dry the root area with a fine-toothed comb in the new direction you want your hair to part. The polish you applied to this area will help hold your hair in place as you style. Finish the rest of the hairstyle as desired.

A messy textured ponytail creates a sexy, cool, and confident vibe. Erin recommends it for a night out on the town. Start with dry, preferably day old hair (dirty hair has more texture and also means a better grip for the ponytail holder). Brush out your hair and apply a texturing product.

Erin's favourite is Powder Cloud from OSiS. Massage the powder into your roots. Next tease your hair at the crown, brushing over the teased hair so it looks big and polished. Gather all your hair together on top of your head. Don't flip your head over as you might naturally do. This will almost always leave you with an un-centered ponytail. Brush hair into your hand with a paddle brush and secure the ponytail with elastic. Then gently pull a few pieces of hair down and out of place for a perfectly messy look. Finish up by spraying all over with Schwarzkopf Volume Up Hairspray to hold the style all day.

Nothing says glam like an ultra sleek low ponytail, making this Erin's go-to look for a formal affair. Start by blow-drying your hair straight and combing in a centre part with a tail comb. Rub a few drops of Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Dual-use Serum on the top and sides of your hair, and using a paddle brush, slick hair into a low, tight ponytail. Wrap a small piece of hair around the elastic to hide it and stick in a few pins to hold it in place. Spray OSiS Fix spray all over and run a comb over entire head to smooth everything out. Finish by running a flatiron over the tail to make it poker-straight and glossy.

With New York Fashion Week right around the corner, and new styles to be inspired by coming down every runway, remember that there’s a stand-out hair style to compliment every look. Why rock the same hair with every outfit? Change it up like you do your shoes and always have your favourite Schwarzkopf & Alterna products on hand.

Are you convinced yet or did you always love the creative and often sassy ponytail ideas? Don’t miss out on our ponytail gallery – you may be inspired to try yet another ponytail style.