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    Braid Ponytail

    A braid ponytail one of my favorite looks

    I know I’m becoming a broken record on this issue of getting the hair off of your face. It is really one of the biggest missed opportunities in the beauty world. “Braid Ponytail, the off the face look” Hairdresser don’t like to recommend it because, they think the customer would frown on such a simple suggestions. So many women who really should be wearing the off the face looks, never give them a try. What a shame.

    It is particularly important for the following groups:


    • Plus sized women
    • Oval face shapes
    • Short women
    • Women with great eyes (nose, ears or necklines)
    • Round face shapes
    • Women with extra long hair

    A real low risk way to test out how people react to an off the face look for you is to try a variety of braid ponytails. Here, thanks to The Honolulu Advertiser is an article that can give you some hints on doing it well.

    When your hairstyle takes a tail spin
    Whether casual or fancy, braid ponytail care requires some effort
    By Paula Rath
    The Honolulu Advertiser

    From Brigitte Bardot to Kate Moss, the braid ponytail has long been a sassy hairstyle statement, and it’s back — the braid ponytail has been sashaying down runways and swishing on the red carpet. Trussed braid ponytail are perfect for women ready to swing into summer.The 2006 braid ponytail is either informally insouciant or posh and polished, and is anything but a last-ditch effort on a bad-hair day.

    At a recent Chanel fashion show-benefit for the American Red Cross in Honolulu, hairdresser Kihan paired the braid ponytail with Karl Lagerfeld’s edgy designs. “It’s a mood,” Kihan explains. “It’s loose and easy, not sleek and contrived.”

    On the runways in Europe and New York, Miu Miu models’ hair was pulled back at the nape of the neck, while Pucci opted for a slicked-back, glossy look and Matthew Williamson marched out his models in high, almost samurai-style topknots.

    Hollywood is ponytailing it in a big way. Keira Knightley has been seen in a soft, sexy version with wisps of hair around her face. Chinese actress Ziyi Zhang prefers a sophisticated tightly pulled-back braid ponytail. Gwyneth Paltrow is known for a loose, easy, feminine take on the style.

    Be aware, however, that even the most casual-looking braid ponytail requires a little effort. Sure, a braid ponytail can be low-maintenance, but it should not be no maintenance. Those escaping wisps can look sweet and sexy — or just plain sloppy. The posh braid ponytail is not achieved by simply yanking the hair back and pulling it through a rubber band.

    “It’s important not to make (a braid ponytail) look contrived. It should look like you did it yourself, but it actually takes a lot of work to achieve that look,” says Kihan.


    For more great braid ideas check out our Pinterest Braid Board

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