Having seen so many “ponytail looks” on the runway recently, I’ve invited my friend Mr Stylistry aka the Hair Expert to share his views. Mr Stylistry, who works in the beauty industry and recently started a men’s style blog, is going to introduce us to the “Power Ponytail”!

Let’s face it.  There isn’t much variety in the hairstyles that fashion designers send down the catwalk every season in the fashion capitals; save for the haute couture collections where they get a little more creative. New York, of them all, sends out models in the NYFW in either a ponytail, a chignon, pouffy hair, or a variation of one of them.

Ponytails on the runway. (Image: Harper’s Bazaar)

It is understandable, as most fashion designers are more preoccupied with making the final touches to their latest collection, right up to the second before the model steps out. I mean, let’s be real, they are selling garments, not hair. For the same reason, the Ponytail is a key hair look for all brands, all seasons, at some point in time. With all the hair slicked back, the focus instantly turns to the face and, most importantly, the fashion.

The question beckons: Does the Ponytail have life beyond the catwalks?

As seen on Kate Winslet and Fergie.

Granted that this is an age-old style which all girls (and some boys) would have gone through in their youth. So it can be dismissed as the most basic of hairstyles.

However, the Power Ponytail, as you always see in major catwalks, has a few differentiating factors:

1. Hair is usually taut and completely away from the face. If not, it is a purposeful decision to create a feathered, just-rolled-out-of-bed-looking-a-million-bucks kind of look.

2. The amount of volume on all sides is balanced and, once again, purposeful. The strongest look, as shown in Emanuel Ungaro for AW 2011, is where hair is scraped cleanly from the sides and plastered down with loads of gel, gathered all into a super-high position. With head hairstylist Guido Palau yelling “Higher! Tighter!” to his team, it is no wonder he terms it the “dominatrix ponytail”.

3. The elastic band ( otherwise also known as hair tie ) used in the backstages are the open-end kind; not your usual full loops. These are specially designed to aid the hairstylist, from his position at the back of the model, to pull the hair tightly into the exact position before securing it. The full looped version is better suit for the
user herself.

There are several reasons why I call this hairstyle the Power Ponytail:

A. It really does take power to pull all the hair into a tight ponytail and secure it in place.

B. Exactly because of its tightness, the wearer of the Power Ponytail simply exudes strength and authority. Read: Don’t mess with me.

C. A more beauty-related benefit is that the angle and lines in which the hairstyle is pulled it creates a micro-lifting effect (MsGlitzy likes!) for the face, taking years off. Of course, a Power Ponytail has to be tailored to the wearer. If a lady has a broad face, there should be an additional quiff to add height and elongate her face.

There are few people who will not benefit from the emboldening results of a Power Ponytail. It is a sharp strong look, so if you are not looking for that, then look away. It’s great as a professional, take-you-anywhere look, from the boardroom to the clients’ office; equally suitable for evening events where you want to stand out, especially if you’re wearing a halter or toga dress – think Halston-ish fashion.

Still not convinced? We will share in the next post on How to Tie the Power Ponytail! Stay tuned.

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