No doubt about it. Ponytails are totally swinging with style. Yes, ladies, your signature “hitting the gym” hairdo is still being sported everywhere from the runways of Fashion Week to nights out on the town. But did you know that the color of your mane could be squashing this sassy style’s potential? Marie Robinson, Clairol Color Director and celebrity colorist, says glossy, beautiful hair color instantly makes a ponytail look polished and put together. Here are her tips for achieving a perfectly colored pony:
If you have highlights, make sure they are “fresh” around the hairline. Consider amping things up with a slightly bolder style, like a ballerina bun a la Lauren Conrad.
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If you’re a bright, buttery blonde, your pony will pop against black or charcoal coats and clothing. To bring out color even more, try a bright pink or royal blue satin ribbon. It's a feminine look that's oh-so-Mad-Men. (Betty Draper would be proud.)
If you have dark hair, it’s a bit easier to get your strands glowing. Try warming up your current shade with a bit of shimmer. Robinson is a fan of Clairol Natural Instincts in Cinnaberry. If you’re a salon kind of girl, have a heart-to-heart with your stylist. Be sure to bring some pictures of your hair icons.
If you’re a deep red or auburn, Robinson says your hair color tends to fade quickly. Unfortunately, that means grays (or roots in general) can make an unwelcome appearance when your hair is up high. A simple trick is to use a root touch-up system or pen to mask the situation.
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If your hair is natural in color, or a dull brown, be adventurous with your style! Robinson recommends going ombre. Simply dip your ends into a pale hue (this is best left to a professional). The lighter ends will show off your pony without a major color commitment. And if you decide that ombre is not for you, you can always chop it off!
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One of the most influential colorists in the industry, Marie Robinson's unmatched talent and warm personality has allowed her to build a long and loyal list of celebrity clients including Anne Hathaway, Rachel McAdams, and Natalie Portman among others. Her experience ranges from editorials with Vogue and Elle to feature films including Sex and the City 2 to television shows like Gossip Girl. In spring 2010, Marie launched the Marie Robinson salon in NYC and signed on as Clairol Color Director. She brings her unparalleled services and attention to detail to her salon and lends her expertise and voice to Clairol, educating and empowering women everywhere.