How to Nab Sleek Strands Without Looking Greasy the Helmut Lang Way

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Love a sleek ponytail, but hate that crunchy, greasy look that comes from using too much product? Yeah, us too. Luckily, we caught up with hairstylist Paul Hanlon for UNITE backstage at the Helmut Lang spring 2014 show to get the scoop on how to re-create the high-shine low ponies worn in yesterday's show! Read on for a step-by-step how to.

1) Apply 7SECONDS Condition spray all over hair until hair is completely damp. (This leave-in conditioner is lightweight and has thermal protection to guard your hair against the heat you're about to apply!) Once hair is totally damp, use a blow dryer to dry it in.

2) Apply SESSION Whip mousse very liberally—from root to end—all over the hair until it appears wet again. Blow dry hair until it's completely dry.

3) Create an angular part on either side. Use a comb to make sure it's extremely precise and pristine.

4) Starting with the part, section off hair into about an inch or two wide sections. Spray MAX Control hairspray into each section, and blow dry it in. Repeat. (Hanlon's tip: Hairspray will "make it really controlled with a little bit of hold.")

5) Cinch hair into a low ponytail at the nape of the neck.

6) Pull out a few wispy baby hairs at the ears to give some slight movement and avoid that too shellacked look. Hanlon says the key to mastering this ponytail is to make it look like it's fallen out at the end, that way it's not too perfect. "There's a sophistication to it, but at the same time it's still not too uptight," he told us. "There's still an easiness to it."

The finished product:


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