Hair Trends | The Sleek Low Ponytail | Tutorial by Aveda for Stella McCartney

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Aveda Global Creative Director Antoinette Beenders styled these ‘effortless’ modern tails for the Stella McCartney Fall/Winter 2013 collection and runway show and they are simply stunning. Admittedly, I’ve been seeing these fabulous low ponies everywhere. They’re surprisingly versatile and can be styled a few different ways to create a look that suits your style. For instance, a center front part and a nape of the neck pony has a retro 60’s/70’s feel. Whereas a more pouffed front without a part and pony that hits a bit higher where your head meets your neck, reads a little more sultry with a glam edge. This tutorial will give you the basics on how to create your own sleek pony, the front is up to you!

Click through the slideshow below for a step-by-step hair tutorial on how to create your own sleek low pony from the stylist herself, backstage at Stella McCartney.


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    Sleek Low Pony Tail Hair Tutorial brought to you by Aveda for Stella McCartney Winter 2013
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    STEP 1 | Prep the hair with Aveda Damage Remedy Daily Hair Repair $26 to protect the hair from the heat of hairdryers and flatirons. Use Smooth Infusion Style Prep $24 on top to smooth hair and help tackle humidity.
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    STEP 2 | Section hair starting from the back and blow-dry straight with a large round brush brushing the hair into the same direction at the nape of the neck.
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    STEP 3 | Use the flat irons to smooth the hair and ends for perfectly polished straight hair.
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    STEP 4 | Applying Air Control Hair Spray to each section of hair for a strong but barely-there hold.
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    STEP 5 | Once hair is dry, pull hair into a tail at the nape of neck using an elastic to secure hold.
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    STEP 6 | Spray Air Control Hair Spray $24 prior to wrapping the hair to give the impression of a beautiful, shiny piece of jewelry.
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    STEP 7 | Then take a narrow section of hair and wrap around the band, securing by hair pins underneath the base of the tail.
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    STEP 8 | Section the tail and run through for a final time with the flat iron to smooth out any final kinks and ensure all day straightness.
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    STEP 9 | Finish with a misting of Air Control Hair Spray $24 for neutral textured, transparent yet polished hold.
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    Sleek Low Pony Tail Hair Tutorial brought to you by Aveda for Stella McCartney Winter 2013
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    Sleek Low Pony Tail Hair Tutorial brought to you by Aveda for Stella McCartney Winter 2013
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    Sleek Low Pony Tail Hair Tutorial brought to you by Aveda for Stella McCartney Winter 2013
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    Sleek Low Pony Tail Hair Tutorial brought to you by Aveda for Stella McCartney Winter 2013

All photos courtesy of Stella McCartney AW13 Tokyo & Hong Kong | AvedaCorp

“A beautiful groomed ponytail may seem simple but to look effortless takes creative thinking and a strategic use of high performance products to achieve a natural, polished look. Stella was looking for a slicker look than what she normally goes for to match the beautifully tailored masculine/feminine cut of this stunning collection. Our models had a variety of global hair textures from fine to curly and course, so achieving sleek isn’t a given. The beauty is that with a little styling help, the polished look can become anyone’s regardless of their hair type or length. It’s all about products + technique = results.” ~ Antoinette Beenders

* Stella McCartney Winter 2013 Collection
* Stella McCartney Winter 2013 Runway video

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