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Easy Holiday Hair Tip: Elegant Side–Swept Ponytail

Carrie Underwood Side Swept Hair

Diane Bailey, celebrity stylist for stars such as Beyoncé, textured hair expert, author and SheaMoisture brand ambassador, has been styling textured hair and setting trends for over 30 years. Appointed by the Secretary of State, Bailey served five years on the New York State Appearance Enhancement Advisory Committee. The classic ponytail is ready to show its elegant side during the holiday season. Seen on the red carpet recently, the side swept style is versatile enough to go from a casual brunch to an elegant evening event.

Here’s how to get the look:

Step 1: After shampooing, blow-dry your hair on a medium setting to dry without diminishing fullness and soft texture. If your hair has a tight curl or coil, use a higher heat setting to elongate, reduce and soften texture.

Step 2: Once hair is dry, create a side part above the eye until you reach the crown. Gently mist with an elixir to reduce frizz and add a brilliant shine. Using fingers or a soft brush, pull hair over to one side in your chosen direction. Run your fingers or brush lightly over hair until all hair is gathered in a bunch.

Step 3: Create a tight knot at the base of your head right behind the ear, or tuck and roll hair for added lift, and then form ponytail. Place ponytail holder or clip around the entire ponytail. Once hair is secure, add fullness by pushing holder down, releasing tension and creating volume.

Step 4: To add volume and texture, add a dollop of curl enhancing product to the “tail”. Divide into chunky sections, twist each section to amp up the texture. For added drama, attach a sparkle hair clip or band.

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