Is 30 too old to be taking beauty inspo from Ariana Grande? Either way, I’m doing it. The sugary sweet young songstress is rarely seen without her signature bouffant ponytail: a massive pile of silky tresses perched jauntily atop Ariana Grande’s freakishly dainty head.
As an actual grown up, I’m digging Ariana’s style, but wanted to create a more sophisticated adaptation suitable for a fabulous night out in West Hollywood. The result? A majestic mega pony that I whipped back and forth a la Willow Smith (ugh more little girls with better hair than me) all night long, to great success.
Ben, my husband, may have been smacked in the lips a couple of times with these glorious mega tresses, but that’s just part of marriage… Right?
Let’s back up to why this hairstyle is significant:
1. Big is Back
I’ve been a devotee of the long and lean ponytail since the Spring/Summer 2014 Runway Season. Thus, for the last year, my go-to ponytail has been super sleek, super shiny, and flowing from the bottom tip of the nape of my neck. Designer favorites such as Vera Wang, Jason Wu, Helmut Lang, and Haider Ackermann all inspired this sleek style.
But now there’s a chic new sheriff in ponytail town, and that bish is MASSIVE. Today’s it pop girls are tossing caution (and smoothing serum) to the wind and loading up on mousse, hairspray, and more hairspray.
2. I just debuted a new shorter hair do!
That’s right, after many years and lots of great times, I decided to go for a shorter, edgier, more grown up hair style. That meant ditching my go-to long blonde waves and getting messy with some dirty blonde shoulder length tresses. Although I’m loving the more laid back style, as a stylist I’ve got to be able to crank up the glam quotient at a moment’s notice. Thus, I took a page from Ariana’s play book and invested in a long, perky ponytail extension that looks luxe and takes zero stress.
Ariana Grande’s signature ponytail is 100% fake, and she’s been very outspoken about defending her signature style, posting that “My actual hair is so broken that it looks absolutely ratchet and absurd when I let it down … As annoying as it is for y’all to look at the same hairstyle all the time, it’s all that works for now (and I’m comfortable for the first time in years).”
If it’s good enough for Big Sean’s boo, it’s good enough for me! If you don’t have a clip in, don’t fret; here’s how to get the perfect mega ponytail every time via the geniuses at Refinery29!
1. Start by applying a few spritzes of salt spray right around the hairline. If you dampen the front pieces slightly before blowdrying, the hair will lay much flatter when you pull it back. Using a flat brush and a blowdryer, brush your hair back flush against your head.
2. Continue by flipping your head over so you’re brushing hair back in the direction of the ponytail. If you direct the blowdryer straight down as opposed to with your head flipped over, the pony will likely have bumps when you go to put it up.
3. When finished wrapping hair around the elastic, separate the ponytail into different sections, curling in different directions with a one-inch or smaller curling iron depending on how tight you want the curls to be.
4. Finish by fingering through hair, and spray to tease hair as big and voluminous as you want.
5. Use a texturizing spray or a thickening powder on roots for added volume.