This is a look we see over and over again on runways — maybe because it’s a simple style that works really well for people with great bone structure and good hairlines. If you’re one of the lucky few who’s got what it takes to pull it off, we’ve got your step-by-step tutorial here. We’d been waiting for just the right model to rock this pony for us and when we met gorgeous blogger Michelle Zuzek of Style Beacon at a SXSW event in March, we knew we’d found our girl. With her dark hair and perfect cheekbones, we couldn’t wait to see how she would look with this edgy style. Our favorite stylist Erica Rae arrived prepared with flat-iron ready (her secret tool for making the ponytail so perfect) and transformed Michelle’s wavy locks into a seriously sexy slicked-back look. Read on for Erica’s tips on how you can achieve this style yourself at home:



  1. Start by flat ironing your hair from roots to ends. THIS is what makes this look. You won’t get the same effect if you have fly aways along your hairline or if the ends aren’t straight and sharp.
  2. Apply a light gel to the hairline and “slicked back” part of the pony.
  3. Use a smoothing brush to tame down any extra fly aways and smooth into a high ponytail. I like to start in the back and work my way to the front. 
  4. Continue smoothing out any bumps and feel free to add more gel if you need to.
  5. Once you have your hair secured in your hand, go back over the pony using the fine tooth side of a comb. You can really get close to the scalp and give it that extra smooth look during this step.
  6. Use a pony tail elastic tie to secure the pony in place. Make sure it’s nice and tight. 
  7. Run through the hair one last time to make sure you didn’t miss any fly aways.
  8. Take a small section of the pony tail and wrap it around the base of the pony tail to hide the elastic tie.
  9. Once you’ve finished wrapping the hair around the base, secure it with a bobby pin that is the same color as your hair. 

Erica’s Pro Tip: I would also recommend finishing this look with a shine spray or hair spray to give it that extra sleek look, especially if you have naturally curly or coarse hair. If you are having a hard time getting the pony tail smooth, you may want to use a bungee pony tail holder instead — the hooks on the end of the pony tail holder make it a lot easier to secure the pony without creating more bumps in the hair. Also, feel free to add any accessories around the base of the pony tail for that extra glam look. And if you were really wanting to make a statement, you can dress this look up with some fun make-up. If you are planning on wearing this for a black tie event, a smokey eye would give it a bit more of a dramatic look or you could keep it soft and sweet with a more natural palette. 

photographed by jessica attie

featured image via glamour

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Comments (8)
  1. 1
    BlushandPearls September 14, 2016 at 7:38 am

    Great tips. I get a lot of baby hairs along my hairline, so I find a toothbrush sprayed with hairspray slicks them back nicely.

  2. 2
    Vanessa @ Living in Steil September 14, 2016 at 9:00 am

    Love this look! I wear my hair in a pony tail often, but this looks so sophisticated. Thanks for sharing the tutorial!

  3. 3
    Mahra September 17, 2016 at 11:31 pm

    Its the perfect i have ever seen! Thanks much for sharing the tutorial ?