Monday, March 4, 2024

Trend to Try: The Low-Back Pony

Feeling the heat this Summer? Us too, hence the humble ponytail comes as a bit of a hairstyle saviour on days we just can’t deal with loose hair – Team SPICE being down with the low-back ponytail tribe, with models spied rocking them on the catwalks for Spring/Summer’15.

From messy to sleek and even the accessorised, the low pony was prevalent at many shows, including those of J. Mendel (where hair stylist Odile Gilbert set sleek ones onto heads) and Cushnie et Ochs (where stylist Antonio Corral Calero used a second hair band at the nape of the neck, for an elegant looped effect). And these weren’t the only designers doing the low ponytail, either;

At Giambattista Valli, hair stylist Orlando Pita, styled the models’ hair in low, bed-head-style ponytails - the low ponytails were styled in a way that looked like the models just stepped out of bed as well.
At Giambattista Valli, hair stylist Orlando Pita put models’ hair in low, bed-head-style ponytails – the low ponies slightly imperfect, to look like the models had just stepped out of bed…

…At Jason Wu, the look was flowing, feminine ponies with high side-partings and softly waved tails…

...Here's said style on Malaika Firth, walking Jason Wu's runway...
…Here’s said style on Malaika Firth, walking Jason Wu’s runway…

…While at the Stella McCartney show, gorgeous low long ponytails were styled with strands of crimped hair running throughout them.

But, not just for the runways, our favourite celebs have been seen styled with ponytails too – and even if Beyonce belongs to the high pony tribe (see her amazing Met Gala one here), plenty of others are onboard with the low back ponytail; 

Actress Kerry Washington made a sleek and elegant pony for Elle’s Women in Hollywood event last October…

Empire star, Taraji P Henson was spied with a side-parted, waved-tail creation this year at the Directors Guild of America Awards…

…And model babe Oluchi Orlandi wears a long and smooth version most days - seen rocking the look here while playing games under the sun.
…And top model Oluchi Orlandi shared this pic to her Instagram recently, wearing a long and smooth version that complimented her simple outfit.

Get the Look

Want to try the trend yourself? We at SPICE love Jason Wu’s low and wavy ponytail, and this is how you achieve it.

1. First, run a volumising mousse through clean, damp hair. We like Alterna’s Bamboo Volume Weightless Whipped Mousse ($22 here)which brings fullness and lift from root to tip.


2. Next, blow dry your hair till straight and then make a clean side-parting.

3. Create a slight bouffant at the back of the head by lightly teasing the underside of your hair. To get the smoothest volume, use a brush instead of a comb.

4. Gather all hair together into a low ponytail at the nape of the neck.

5. Taking hair from the ponytail, curl wide sections around a curling iron then comb through with fingers so that they appear loose.

6. Finish the look by spraying all over with a soft hold hairspray, like Theorie’s Argan Oil Medium Hold Finish Spray ($39.75 here).


And there you have it – a look that’ll take you from the runway, to red carpet, beach, work or dance floor. But before you step out, do show us your look online @SPICETVAFRICA – we want to see your take on the low back ponytail trend!

Image source:, @Oluchi1,,,,,


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