Spring's hottest hairstyle trends: ponies, sleek and sexy, total texture

Skip the salon and get the latest styles with these easy tips and tricks
By Madeline Cravit
Spring's hottest hairstyle trends: ponies, sleek and sexy, total texture

Nicole Farhi/ Imaxtree

Perfect ponies

The look: As seen at Donna Karan and Monique Lhuillier, the classic ponytail takes a sleek turn with a nearly wet finish. “This look is great for everyday, but you can also dress it up easily with earrings or hair accessories,” says Eric Del Monaco, official hair stylist for L’Oréal Paris.

Prep: Use a lightweight serum before and after blow-drying hair straight for a polished and shiny finish.

Style: Once you’ve chosen a part (or decided against one) brush hair back to the nape of the neck or crown of the head and wrap tightly with an elastic. “Take a small section of hair from underneath the ponytail and wrap it around the elastic, securing it with a bobby pin,” says Del Monaco.

Finish: For extra shine and glamour, smooth the front of your hair with a bit of gel and set the look with hairspray.

Expert tip: Del Monaco suggests using a boarbristle brush sprayed with hairspray to avoid static when prepping and combing hair.

Ponytail tool kit:
1. Cut styling time in half with this powerful tool. T3 Featherweight Hair Dryer, $220, Sephora.
2. Create a smooth finish with a flat paddle brush. Wooden Paddle Brush, $30,
3. Tame fly-aways and boost shine with a finishing serum. Total Results Sleek Silk Wonder Smoothing Oil, $15, Matrix.
4. Keep hair in place with a light but firm strong-hold hairspray. L’Oréal Elnett Satin Hairspray, $15.

pony tail hair style Nicole FarhiNicole Farhi/ Imaxtree

Sleek and sexy

The look: Soft and full hair was seen at shows like Salvatore Ferragamo and Versace. The key to this style is to get the right texture. And this look works with any length, says legendary hair guru Marc Anthony. “I love this style on shorter locks too—it’s so modern.”

Prep: Start with a blowout to achieve a smooth yet voluminous finish. For fine hair, Anthony suggests using a thickening product at the roots.

Style: Protect locks with a heat-styling spray. Use a medium- to large-barrel curling iron and keep the sections large. “It’s more about the movement than the curl,” says Anthony. Spray each section with hairspray, roll it up and pin it to your head. Once the whole head is done, use hairspray again and let the curls set for 10 minutes.

Finish: Brush out the curls until they become loose waves. A romantic, soft quality is what differentiates this style from a stiff, retro hairdo.

Glamour waves tool kit:

1. Get extra lift by applying this cream to roots. Marc Anthony Instantly Thick Hair-Thickening Cream, $10.
2. A large-barrel curling iron creates loose, feminine waves . Swirl Professional Curling Iron, $150,

wavy sleek and sexy hair style, Salvatore FerragamoSalvatore Ferragamo/ Imaxtree

Total texture

The look: Gorgeous, beachy hair got an edgy update on the runways of Michael Kors and Jill Stuart. The more texture the better, says Pantene Pro-V consulting stylist Justin German, who suggests curling a few sections at random to define the unfinished look.

Prep: Break out the mousse! “Scrunch it into wet hair to bring out a natural wave,” says German.

Style: Because this is not a uniform look, it’s important that you curl in different directions. Stick to smaller sections and deconstruct the style by brushing out some of the curls to create a varied texture.

For cute mock (and noncommittal!) bangs, go for a deep side part. “Pull hair across the forehead and secure with a bobby pin,” says German. “Think of it as a pretty version of a men’s comb-over.” Finish with hairspray.

Beachy hair tool kit:
1. Prep wet locks with a curl-enhancing mousse. Pantene Pro-V Flowing Body Mousse, $6.
2. Dry shampoo adds extra texture. LaCoupe Volume Refresh Instant Hair Refresher Dry Shampoo, $8.

beachy hair, tousled texture, bohemian, Jill StuartJill Stuart/ Imaxtree


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