Ponytails are a constant hairstyle – they’re never out. But so many of 2013′s hairstyles are built upon these evergreens, reinterpreting them into new and relevant styles.
From the hassle-free to the sumptuous, from the daytime to the evening, the low ponytail is amongst the hairstyles to master for your spring 2013 fashion repertoire. But not any low ponytail will suffice.
After the break we’ll not only take you through the key themes for this hair trend but also provide with plenty of tips and how to guides along the way. As with of Fashionising.com’s trend guides, if you’d like to keep up to date you can subscribe to our newsletter or like us on Facebook.
The low ponytail.
We all know what a classic ponytail is: a hairstyle that gathers all your hair from the front and holds it altogether at the centre of the back of your head. With that as the foundation, there are many ways to style it. But in 2013, particularly spring 2013, the styling of a ponytail is dominated by the ponytail. That is, itself, just what it suggests, a ponytail that is tied lower. Instead of everything being gathered at the centre of the head, the ponytail is gathered at the nape or lower.
Below you’ll find all the on-trend styles for the low ponytail in 2013.
Low ponytail hairstyles for 2013.
Low ponytail with side part.
Parting your hair in a different style to most other women (i.e. not the centre part) can work wonders. A small move of your hair’s parting to the left of right can quickly change a look, enhancing it, as as is the case with the low ponytail which works well perfectly with another of 2013′s hair trends, the side part.
Richard Chai Love used this interpretation of the low ponytail hairstyle to complement a very sporty spring / summer 2013 collection. The side parted, low ponytail worked well with tennis inspired looks, giving off the sporty and sleek vibe while still remaining polished.
Elsewhere we fawned over the low side parted ponytail that featured upon the Jenny Packham spring / summer 2013 catwalk. The hairstyle here was parted on the left and then twisted from the right side of the head going all the way to the left side of the nape, where it finally fastened into a ponytail. Simple yet stunning, this twisted low ponytail interpretation of the trend gave off both a classic and elegant vibe.
Low ponytail with side part at Jenny Packham
Casual, low ponytail.
It’s not hard to style a low, casual ponytail – simply gather all your hair to your nape. But a fashioniser needs to be different. Of course, you can leave it to designers like Alexander Wang to add some flavor to this most of low ponytail interpretations.
At his show, the models pounded the runway wearing a sleeker and more minimalist casual ponytail. The top of this hairstyle interpretation is flattened with a wet look style and then the centre part is lined with tape giving a nice twist, albeit an optional one when it comes to interpreting the look for yourself. If you’d like to read a tutorial for the Alexander Wang hairstyle, follow that link.
Inspiring a simpler, gelled up and casual low ponytail is Y-3 whose models word a hairstyle where the top of their hair was gelled, brushed back, and then held together in a low ponytail. This low ponytail is the epitome of casual and is a great relaxed, everyday look.
Simple low ponytail
Voluminous, low ponytail.
Adding volume means adding some wow factor into a hairstyle and volume with the low ponytail makes the hairstyle edgier.
Reminiscent of the 1960s ponytail, Tadashi Shoji’s catwalk featured a casual, volumised styling of the low ponytail which, with pair a nonchalant attitude with plenty of flyaways.
Low ponytail with volume
Ultra low ponytail.
Laid back and relaxed, the ultra low ponytail is a hairstyle that has an almost ethereal quality to it. This low ponytail styling is held together a few more inches below the nape than those styles highlighted above and it lets your hair hang loosely around your face, framing it.
Taking advantage of this ultra low ponytail is Rochas where the very feminine yet tailored silhouettes of the collection were balanced off by styling the models’ hair in an ultra low ponytail.
Ultra low ponytail
Jil Sander also used the ultra low ponytail for spring / summer 2013, giving it a styling twist that everyone with long hair should try at least once. This particular version is an ultra low ponytail that’s very straight and has a modern-yet-serene feel to it. While a statement, it’s not very hard to recreate. Here’s a basic how-to for making the untral low ponytail your own, while you’ll find more how-to guides to the hairstyle further down the page.
- Complete all your usual hair preparation from washing through to applying heat protectant sprays or anti-frizz serums, and then blow dry your hair straight.
- Create a centre part and then straighten your hair out even more using a flat hair iron.
- Gather your hair towards your nape without tucking it behind your ears.
- Secure your ponytail with an elastic and then slide the elastic down to about 2 inches from your nape.
- Apply any hair glistening spray to add some shine to your ultra low ponytail.
Low ponytail how to / tutorials.
Wet look hair isn’t the easiest of styles to wear, yet mixed with a low ponytail it takes on a whole new air. Suited to long hair and an evening look, you can read a full how to guide to the textured wet ponytail hairstzle at that link.
A contrast of straightened hair and texture sets this particular interpretation of the low ponytail apart. Detailed with a side part and a beautiful flourish to the ponytail, you can read more on the smooth and textured ponytail evening look at the link.
On the runway at Rochas it was sometimes accessorised by a thick headband, sometimes not – and both works just as well. Nonchalant and easy, with it’s free-flowing strands and ultra-low tie, this ultra low ponytail is as effortless as it gets. Follow the ultra low ponytail how to at that link.
The duct tape is optional, but the futuristic minimalism of Alexander Wang’s sleek ponytail is not.
When it comes to the low ponytail in 2013 you’ll see many of an interpretation of it match the look with either a side part or a wet finish. This look does both. And while that in itself isn’t unique, this wet look low ponytail tutorial will guide you to a look that is very sleek and very sexy.
There’s the voluminous, low ponytail that we detailed above and then there is the outright 1960s interpretation of the look. With plenty of volume courtesy of a slight beehive, you can make this swinging 60s ponytail your own by following the link.
Relaxed. Effortless. These are the hallmarks of the tomboy ponytail, a style that is far less androgynous than the name implies.