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This fast, easy-to-create style hits all the right notes. It’s elegant, dramatic and a little bit edgy. The clean lines feel sporty yet feminine. The style looks great with a classic three-strains plait but can be customized by using a fishtail or rope braid as an alternative.The wrapped base makes hair look thicker and adds interest, elevating the look from every-day to special occasion. Learn how to create it in the style notes. –– Laura Martin

Step: Apply a nickel of hair creme or hair gel to roots and comb into a ponytail at the crown. Gel will give a wet-look finish and creme will provide a smooth, satiny look. Secure with a cloth-covered hair band.

Step: Separate 1/4 of the ponytail, apply a dab of hair creme, and braid. Wrap around the base, concealing the hair band, pinning into place with bobby pins.

Step: Apply a nickel of hair creme through the lengths of the ponytail and braid as desired using a three-strains, rope, or fishtail technique. Finish with a small band or decorative clip.

Special thanks to Laura Martin for this post. Laura is a professional hair stylist, former senior educator at ARROJO cosmetology school, and a creative non-fiction MFA student at Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA

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