Hairstyle You Need to Try: The Inverse Ponytail

Hairstyle You Need to Try: The Inverse Ponytail(Source: Antonio Prieto, Thinkstock; Art by Tanya Leigh Washington)Give your mane a little makeover with a super simple style that only looks difficult. Brian Zinno, education director at Antonio Prieto Salon in New York City, gave us the low down on how to create this stunning inverse ponytail that will make you look like a hair pro.

Steps:
1. Prep damp hair with a sea salt or mineral spray to give a textured, lived-in feel. Try Shu Uemura Liquid Fabric Mineral Texture Spray ($38) or Kerastase Spray a’Porter ($36). Rough-dry hair with fingers to avoid over smoothing the cuticle.

2. Once the hair is completely dried, use a one-and-a-quarter–inch barrel curling iron and loosely wrap one-inch sections of hair around the curling iron, starting at the middle of the strands. Use a light, flexible-working spray on each section before using the iron. Curl in random directions to avoid the hair looking too perfect. 

3. Next, using just your fingers, rake through the loose waves. Use a powder spray throughout to add fullness and texture. Try Kerastase V.I.P. Spray ($31) or Shu Uemura Texture Wave Dry Finishing Spray ($38).

4. Loosely gather hair into a low ponytail at the base of the neck and secure with a thin, fabric hair elastic. Do not pull too tight. Leave slack away from the head. At the center of the hair just above the hair elastic, use your index finger to split the hair or create a hole to feed the ponytail through. Once the hole is made, flip the ponytail up and pull down through the hole to create the inside-out effect. Lastly, cinch up the hair elastic to tighten up the style.

See, we told you this hairstyle only looks hard!

Hairstyle You Need to Try: The Inverse Ponytail(Source: Antonio Prieto Salon)
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