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Pony Express: How to Get a Polished Ponytail

Don't just pull your hair into a ponytail—give it some polish in a few easy steps.
The Look: Sexy and Sideswept
Sexy and Sideswept: The Tool Kit
Sexy and Sideswept: The Tool Kit
Sexy and Sideswept: The Tool Kit
Sexy and Sideswept: The Tool Kit
The Look: Smooth and Chic
Smooth and Chic: The Tool Kit
Smooth and Chic: The Tool Kit
Smooth and Chic: The Tool Kit
So Long, Scrunchie
So Long, Scrunchie
So Long, Scrunchie
So Long, Scrunchie

TED MORRISON

Sexy and Sideswept: The Tool Kit

Hot Tools Professional Hairsetter with 20 flocked rollers, $50

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Sexy and Sideswept: The Tool Kit

Goody Versa Comb, $3

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Sexy and Sideswept: The Tool Kit

Hot Tools Professional Hairsetter with 20 flocked rollers, $50

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Sexy and Sideswept: The Tool Kit

Garnier Fructis Style Wonder Waves Wave Enhancing Spray, $4

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Sexy and Sideswept: The Tool Kit

Tresemme 24 Hour Body Root Boosting Spray, $4

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The Look: Smooth and Chic

Get Sleek and Shiny
If your hair is straight: Prep dry hair with a thermal-protecting spray and smooth with a flatiron. Finish with a light mist of shine spray.
If your hair is curly: Layer a shine serum over a heat-styling spray to shield your curls from heat damage. Then blow-dry your hair straight and use a flatiron to add extra polish.

Part Smart
You don't want your hair to look plastered to your head, so make a deep part on the opposite side of your natural part. "This will give your hair built-in lift," says stylist Mark Garrison.

Fight Frizzies
A natural-bristle brush keeps your hair smooth as you pull it into a low ponytail. Touch up flyaways along the hairline with a fine-tooth comb coated with hairspray.

Smooth and Chic: The Tool Kit

Infiniti by Conair 1-inch Solid Ceramic Straightener, $38.99

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Smooth and Chic: The Tool Kit

Oscar Blandi Mini Jasmine Oil Hair Serum, $35

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Smooth and Chic: The Tool Kit

Brush Strokes Wooden Boar-Bristle Brush, $6.49

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So Long, Scrunchie

Use these decorative elastics to dress up your ponytail.

Here: France Luxe Cone Ponytail Holder in Ivory Tokyo, $16

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So Long, Scrunchie

Scunci Crystal Ponytailer, $6

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So Long, Scrunchie

Bellissima Ponytail Holder, $6

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So Long, Scrunchie

Jane Tran Animal Print Ponytail, $7.50 for three

Originally published in Ladies' Home Journal, July 2009.

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