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Contrasting elements revamp the classic ponytail in this easy, captivating style. The side swept tail is paired with a crisply defined part; smooth roots turn to fluffy, textured ends; looseness over the ears stops short at a tightly coiled band. Volume above and below a cinched center creates an hourglass curve and timeless appeal. The integration of dissimilar elements gives the look a versatile, distinctly American, beauty. The next time you feel like throwing your hair up, try the simple steps in the style notes… –– Laura Martin

Step: Leave hair unwashed and dry. Spray refinish dry shampoo throughout your strands, lifting at the roots for even distribution.

Step: Part with a comb at center or side, as desired. This will ensure a clean line.

Step: Pull all strands together over one shoulder and secure tightly with your favorite hair band.

Step: Back comb the tail lightly with your fingers to create added texture and volume.

Step: Spray finished look with primp working spray for shine, grip, and humidity defense.

Special thanks to Laura Martin, senior educator at ARROJO cosmetology school, for sharing professional hairstyling advice with Style Noted

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