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My, my what a month in the big bold beauty world it’s been, what with New York, Milan and London Fashion Week kicking off with a bang. I’ve been steadily stalking the runways, and let me tell you beauties, it’s going to be an exciting new season of skin, hair and makeup!

I sung praise over the berry lip only a few days ago, and today’s second instalment in the Autumn Winter trend forecasting series focuses on a mane-changing ‘do that’s equal parts flattering and wearable. I’m talking about the oh-so-chic sleek high ponytail, making its debut at Donna Karan, Michael Kors and Alexander Wang shows during NYFW. The Kors look was paired with a sultry winged cat’s eye and nude lip while models at the Karan show sported hair tightly pulled back from the scalp and wound up in black mesh elastic tape. Similarly, models rocked the sophisticated look at Jason Wu, this time with a corresponding emerald green eye (how very bang-on-trend!) while Alexander Wang models donned low cognac coloured tresses styled in – you guessed it – the signature ponytail.

To get the high pony look, follow these so-simple instructions:

1. Wash your hair with a smoothing and hydrating shampoo such as L’Oreal Professionnel Liss Ultime Smoothing Shampoo and follow with an equally smoothing and nourishing conditioner like Redken Smooth Down Conditioner. Blot the hair dry, but don’t rub to keep the cuticle smooth.

2. Next, spritz some Tigi Catwalk Sleek Mystique Fast Fixx Style Prep through the locks, to ensure your hair is detangled and smooth for styling. Then work KMS California Hair Stay Styling Gel through the  hair to make the ponytail easier to sculpt and then blow dry section by section using a paddle brush. Flat iron the hair if necessary once it’s completely dry.

3. Create the pony tail using a Mason Person Bristle Brush or a flat headed brush.  So worth the investment, this iconic mane tool is designed with a unique convex rubber-cushion pad for absolute efficacious brushing. Centre the pony high on the back of your head, where it begins to slope away from the top, and brush all your hair in that direction until it is as smooth as possible. Finally, wrap your hair elastic around the base until it is taut and then pull the sides of the ponytail to tighten them a bit more. You can also be a bit experimental and wrap the base with a strip of your hair and clip it with a bobby pin for added finesse.

4. Use a comb to smooth out any lumps or bumps in the ponytail. Finish by lightly spraying a flexible hold spray gel to the entirety of your hair for a long-lasting hold.

Still need a little extra help? Take cue from this video tutorial. Hint: You may need a toothbrush to smooth things into place. Yikes!

Voila! You’re all set to woo the crowds in the seasons ahead.

❤ Kristina xo

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