Summer officially kicks off this weekend with Memorial Day, and one hairstyle in particular is sure to make its triumphant return to a sidewalk near you: the ponytail.
The classic look is often thought of as a necessity in warmer weather or as a last resort for a bad hair day. But celebs and starlets have shown on the red carpet just how much impact a perfect pony can have on an overall look with some seriously inventive and not-at-all boring styling. Check out these recent ponytails that caught our eye and use them for inspiration for your next special occasion style.
|click image to zoomGetty Images||Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer is no stranger to a high ponytail--the extra sleek and chic one of hers is practically iconic--but this look may go down as one of the sexiest ponytails of all time. Tongues were wagging for this voluminous and textured style to make for a fun and flirty look for a night out.
Salon tip: Ever use dry shampoo in your updos? It can provide some needed grip for freshly washed strands, says Joico's Damien Carney.
|click image to zoomWireImage||Olga Kurylenko
We love a classic look with a modern twist--and literal twists. The Oblivion star rocked this simple, sleek pony with a side part and the added detail of two large twists on either side of her head. Definite head-turner.
Salon tip: Uh, hairspray. A good one. Keep an eye out for the new Oribe Thick Dry Finishing Spray launching in June.