John Barrett Salon

Consider this the antidote to complicated updos.

November 09, 2015

Consider this the antidote to complicated updos (enter prom hair flashbacks). "It's beautifully simple and especially flattering with clothing that has a dramatic neckline," says Jay Ree, lead stylist at John Barrett Salon in New York City, who created this look. While it works on any texture, strands should be shoulder-length or longer.

How-to get the look: Blow-dry hair smooth; if yours is very curly or coarse, follow with a flatiron. Work a bit of volumizing powder into roots at the hairline and crown to add fullness. Tie a low ponytail into roots at the hairline and crown to add fullness. Tie a low ponytail directly above the nape of your neck, then run a dime-size dollop of smoothing wax through hair to ensure a super-sleek result. Now grasp the end of the ponytail with your thumb and index finger, bring it up to the base to create a loop and pin, leaving a few inches loose. Wrap those strands over the elastic, tuck under and secure with another pin.

Pro picks: Shu Uemura Art of Hair Volume Maker ($48, birchbox.com) and Motions Shine Enhancing Pomade ($4, amazon.com).

Photo: Christine Blackburne

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