Whether it's due to steam heat, humidity from rain and snow, or just limpness from the cold, many women find that they don't want to bother futzing with their hair every morning, and opt to throw their hair back into a boring old hair band or scrunchy.
Thankfully, with a few easy tips from The Early Show stylist to the stars, David Evangelista, you can kiss your plain ol' pony goodbye in favor of some sleeker, sexier, and more fun looks that can save you from the worst of hair days.
Pretty & Polished
An ultra-ladylike look, the pretty and polished ponytail is probably one of the easiest to create, and will make you look sleek and pulled together in a pinch. When hair is wet, apply a moisturizing, leave-in conditioner to protect hair during blow-drying. Dry hair as smooth as possible with a paddle brush. When dry, brush back into a ponytail at the nape of the neck. Secure with an elastic band, then take one section of hair, wrap around the elastic band, and pin in place with a small hair pin, or tuck the end of the wrapping hair into the elastic band near the base of your head (thus masking the elastic). To smooth any fly-aways at the top of your head or any frizzies on the tail, try a smoothing pomade or serum (just don't use too much - a few drops will take you a long way). Another fly-away fun tip from David: to smooth fly-away's, take a firm toothbrush and comb fly-away pieces down into hair. They get buried, and hair looks sleek and smooth.
Sleek & Sexy
This high ponytail is modeled after the look Jennifer Lopez sported at the "Shall We Dance" premiere. It pulls the hair off your face, but is still flowing and sultry, as not all the hair is pulled up. To get this look, apply a volumizing gel or mousse to roots, and blow-dry hair as smoothly as possible. When dry, comb the hair into a ponytail at the back-center of the head, leaving a three-inch section of loose hair at the nape of the neck (which gives the illusion of longer locks with the ponytail floating atop the loose hair). To add a little glamour to the look, tuck a sparkly brooch or hair pin into the top of the ponytail. Smooth fly-aways with a serum, pomade or hairspray, and feel free to curl loose pieces of hair and the bottom of the ponytail with a curling iron for even more glamour.
Fun and Funky
This look is essentially created by making 2 ponytails on the head. First, David makes a ponytail at the middle crown at the back of the head, and makes a second ponytail near the nape of the neck. Twist each around the base of each ponytail to the end and secure with bobby pins. To further funk-ify the look, take a fun flower (like a daisy) or a cool hairpin and insert into the wrapped hair. The final look: a very fun little bun-like 'do with a little funky flair.