Trend Report: The Slicked-Back Ponytail

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Issey Miyake fall 2012 slicked back ponytail

Forget the messy hair look this fall. It’s all about sleek, sexy hair and you can’t go wrong with a slicked-back ponytail. It’s one of my favorite sexy yet cool ponytail ideas for fall. Designers like Charlotte Ronson and Issey Miyake showcased this edgy, glam look down the fall 2012 runways.

The hair look at the Issey Miyake Fall/Winter 2012 show was inspired by the idea of the cross section of a beautiful mineral rock, with degrees of layered shine.

Inspiration: Mineral Minimal

“I wanted to create a graphic, slick, minimal hair style that provided multiple focal points” said Eugene Souleiman, Global Creative Director, Care & Styling, Wella Professionals.  “The hair needed to be light, fresh and straight at the back, with a more masculine feel at the front of the head.  There is also a tension in the hair look that makes it feel sculpted in a clean, controlled way.  The application of a ‘stripe’ of gel through the hair creates an extra detail which adds to the overall minimal effect and plays on the concepts of texture and shine” added Eugene.

Get the Look:

  1. Start with freshly washed and conditioned hair.
  2. Apply Wella Professionals Velvet Amplifier to damp hair and blow dry straight using a round brush to flatten the cuticle and continue to blow-dry with a round brush.
  3. When hair is dry, create a diagonal parting across the head.
  4. Next, section off the hair from behind the ears and across the top of the head and pull back in to a tight, low pony tail. Spray Wella Professionals Stay Essential Finishing Spray on to a soft bristle brush and brush this through the hair to create a clean, shiny surface area (spraying the hair spray on to the brush rather than directly on to the hair helps to finely distribute the product).
  5. Tie the ponytail with an elastic band.
  6. Take the hair from the sides of the head, and tie in to the ponytail with elastic and make sure that you continue to spray the brush with hair spray and smooth the hair as you go.
  7. Using Wella Professionals Shape Shift Molding Gum, apply to a strip of hair on one side of the parting using a tint brush and painting on to the surface of the hair.

Be sure to see our full fall fashion guide for more hair trends and tutorials!


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