Ponytail Tales: How to Wear Ponytails
Audrey Hepburn has long been touted as a role model for style and her 1950s sleek ponytails, chignons and topnotches have made a comeback...or so they say in the style section of my morning paper in Australia.
The fashion editor is keen to emphasise that the style reflects not so much a homely schoolgirl or housewife's ponytail as a chic, smooth look, more at home with a tailored suit or slinky dress than a T-shirt and tracksuit pants.
Also popular is the ultra sleek 'Barbie' ponytail with a smoothed down side fringe and an upward flick at th end of the tail. Looks extra-schmick with a well groomed Ken by your side as an accessory.
Shiny, Slick and Sophisticated Ponytails
Ponytails and tight updos generally flatter the female face as they work against gravity, pulling everything upwards. They can also lend a swan-like elegance and well-groomed aura to a woman, as well as enhancing her outfit. A high, sleek ponytail with not much hair escaping looks equally great at a dinner party or at work.
Should you be lacking the length to sport a ponytail or chignon..no problem! There are cheap, easy clip-on hair extensions available to do the job.
Sleek, high ponytails also look great when paired with big, overstated Jackie-O sunglasses and chunky accessories and for added shaboom, try a pert, stiff bow or an exotic flower arrangement if the occasion's right.
The style demands a certain level of shine..a dry ponytail just doesn't cut it, so here's some tips to keep the glare on your hair:
- When you shampoo make the final rinse as cold as you can stand
- Rubbing hair in downward strokes with a silk scarf is an age old tip for shiny hair
- A transparent colour rinse will make your hair shine and emphasize highlights when the light falls upon it
- Eat well...lots of nuts, fruit and leafy green vegetables
- Half a cup of vinegar in the rinsing water will increase shine
- For supershine mash an avocado, a tbs of olive oil and a tsp of baking powder together and leave on the hair for about 15 minutes and rinse out thoroughly
- Herbal rinses also add extra add shine..rosemary for brunettes and camomile for blondes
- Leaving your hair a little bit oily by not washing it for a day or so can work well for a ponytail or chignon.
Fresh and Cool
If you have a longish fringe, an authentic 1950s look can achieved by pulling everything except the fringe back into a high ponytail.
Using curlings tongs, curl fringe and ends of ponytail, then apply a tiny amount of wax for shine(rubbed between palms first) and pin fringe loosely back into the base of ponytail to create a quiff look. Finish with hairspray.
Picasso's Fascination: Girl With a Ponytail
In his later years, Picasso developed an ardent interest in a young woman...Sylvette David, daughter of a prominent art dealer, who became the model for the painting at right...Girl With a Ponytail.
Observer journalist Peter Conrad suggested in an article about the painter that: " the ponytail lifted her face, pulled the skin taut and revealed sculptural planes. Picasso fancied Sylvette because she had a ponytail."
Sylvette herself claimed:
"He was fascinated by that. It was my father's idea; he liked the way ballerinas pulled their hair back. And no one ever had such a high ponytail as mine! Even Brigitte Bardot decided to copy my hair when she saw me on the Croisette in Cannes. Of course, she wasn't naturally blonde, like me!"
- Peter Conrad explores the many faces of Pablo Picasso | Art and design | The Observer
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