Photo: Georgina Grenville by Inez & Vinoodh for V #13 Fall 2001

I have fond memories of the topsy tail pony. As a child, my grandmother would gently rub my head and then gather the length of my pony to create a look that was both cute and quirky. But over the years, just like butterfly clips and body glitter, I left the topsy tail in my box of nostalgia. Recently though I started seeing the style emerge in surprisingly chic and elevated variations. And it all makes sense, this is a great style to keep hair off your face all summer and a great alternative to an up-do. I love that this childhood favorite ended up being an effortless high fashion statement. To get started on your topsy tail, click through to the notes. –– Michelle Rotbart

Step One: Great hair starts win the shower, so make sure to use a great cleanser like shine luxe shampoo and follow it with a mask like whipped treatment. Leave on for ten minutes and then rinse out completely.

Step Two: Create easy waves by using a round brush and a dollop of styling whip. Once hair is mostly dry, twist into a loose bun and then use your blow dryer to heat it and set a waved shape into strands. Use a pin to hold the style in place.

Step Three: Let hair down and pull length into a low ponytail just below the nape of your neck, allowing some of your hair to cover your ears. Let pieces fall naturally. Secure with hair tie.

Step Four: You can create the flip by either splitting the part about your hair tie and then pulling the length through, or you can even use a plastic topsy-tail tool to loop the length and pull it down through the inner side of the hair tie. Pull length to secure and tighten the loop. Finish with a pules of primp for polish and shine.

Special Thanks to Michelle Rotbart for this post. Michelle is a professional trend forecaster for the NYC-based fashion and retail forecaster, Doneger Group

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