The Side Ponytail Is Back!
Remember this hairstyle from the 80s?
If you are a child of the 80s, you probably remember wearing this awesometastic 'do.
According to Urban Dictionary, the side ponytail was a pretty awesome hairstyle that was popular with girls in the late 1960s and again in the mid-1980s. Since I wasn't around during the 60s, I am focusing on how I saw the trend in the eighties. It was recently paid homage to by the movie Napoleon Dynamite in which Napoleon's love interest Deb (played by actress Tina Majorino, see photo on the left) sports it nicely.
Well guess what, the 'do has made a comeback! Please read on to see how it looked back in the eighties and what the updated side ponytail looks like now.
Photo is a screen grab from a scene in the 2004 flick Napoleon Dynamite
The 80s style side pony was a ponytail positioned high on either the left or right side of the head. It was commonly paired with heavily-gelled spiky bangs and huge colorful plastic earrings. Sometimes girls would sport it higher than usual, supported by layers of thick elastic bands or ribbon, like in the photo to the right.
And now, more than twenty years later, fashion blogs and magazines have reported that the side ponytail has made a comeback but in a subtler, softer and more elegant fashion. The updated version is positioned lower, just off center near the nape of the neck, as seen on Carrie Underwood in the photo below.
I personally think that the side ponytail is pretty and, if done in the updated version, classy and definitely more interesting than the regular pony. I never wore it high on my head back when I was a teen in the 80s although I do remember sporting it that way when I attended a retro costume party a few years ago.
So... is this 'do from the 80s really back? Are you willing to wear it again, either in classic 80s fashion or with a contemporary spin? Please do share your thoughts here!
(Photo shared by StarMama on Flickr)
Will you wear the side ponytail?
How to wear the side ponytail, 80s style
Brave enough to wear it the eighties way? Follow these tips.
It's fairly easy to sport the side ponytail in 80s fashion, just follow these tips:
1. Twirl your hair around a curling iron. Better yet, crimp some angular waves into it. Remember, curly hair was in vogue during that decade.
2. Gather all of your hair into one side and secure it with an elastic band. If your hair isn't long enough, you may also slather on some styling mousse first so that the style will hold.
3. Secure all stray hairs in place with colored bobby pins.
Here's a selection of scrunchies and banana clips which were totally awesome ponytail holders back in the 80s. Wear your high side ponytail loud and proud with these colorful retro hair accessories.
(Photo from Bella Sugar)
How to wear the updated side ponytail
Three stylish and contemporary looks you can try out!
Tutorial 1: A simple side ponytail with a twist - A pretty and elegant update to the retro side ponytail.
This side ponytail is positioned lower on the head and features an easy and elegant twist. It is then accessorized with a jewel-crusted ponytail holder. Check out the short video for the instructions.
Tutorial 2: A quick and stylish side ponytail - Another cute update to the 80s side pony.
This side ponytail is quite different in that it begins with a half ponytail. The rest of the hair is then gathered toward it with a jaw clip. Watch the short tutorial for the instructions.
Tutorial 3: A braided side ponytail - A sophisticated look you can wear to parties and other formal events.
This style starts with a french braid up on one side of the head which ends on the nape of the opposite side. Very chic and elegant. Watch the tutorial below.
Add a touch of romance to your side ponytail - Get romantic, flowy curls with the Conair CD82ZCS Instant Heat 1-1/4-Inch Curling Iron.
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Conair's 1-1/4-inch curling iron is ideal for creating those big bouncing curls. Featuring dual voltage settings, the iron lets you select either standard North American 125-volt or 250-volt foreign electricity operation, so you can use your curler when you're traveling abroad. Its sure-grip handle has a patented design for greater control and precision, and the electronic on/off touch pad is easy to use.
More Side Ponytail Tutorial Videos
Here are a few more tutorial videos on how to fashion cute and chic side ponytails. Watch all of them and be an expert in no time at all. If you have or know of other tutorial videos, feel free to add them to the list.
Listen to "Side Ponytail" - An 80s style punk rock track by indie pop band The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
The Pains of Being Pure At Heart are an indie pop band from New York City and their 2009 single "Come Saturday" was released along with B-side "Side Ponytail", a short chainsaw buzzing pop song wherein singer Kip Berman declares "Side pony tail forever!". Do you agree?
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