Hot Hair: The High Pony

When it comes to hot weather hairstyles, the go-to answer is always a ponytail -- and for good reason! The easy-breezy look is both functional (you hair is off your neck and forehead, helping you cool off!) and wildly adorable. This summer, the look du jour is the ultra-high, super-dramatic 'I Dream of Jeannie' pony. To do: sweep your hair into an elastic at the tippy-top of your head (if your strands are short, attach a fall). For a chic finishing touch, wrap a piece of hair around the elastic. Voila! Instant summertime sexiness.
ESSENCE.COM Aug, 05, 2011

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At the BET Awards, Mary J. Blige turned heads in this golden pony with full bangs.

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Sanaa Lathan flaunts her almond shaped eyes with this tightly pulled-back ponytail.

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Naomi Campbell accessorizes her pony with an ornate, bejeweled hairpiece — very ooh-la-la!

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Sephora Ponytail Wrap ($9 each, gives the illusion of having wrapped your hair around the base of your pony! The wraps come in Blonde, Light Brown, Medium Brown, Brown and Black.

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Katerina Graham’s severe ponytail is a look that manages to be high-drama and classic, at the same time.

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Gabrielle Union adds her own twist to the look by sweeping only the top half of her hair up into a pony. So fierce!

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Melody Thornton’s tightly swept-back pony brilliantly showcases her dazzling eyes.

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Create a fierce pony with Her Cut Ponytail Styling Lotion ($11, The styler smooths flyaways and provides all-day-long control — genius.

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Queen Latifah rocked a high, sleek ponytail at a Net-a-Porter event in London.

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Eve’s high ponytail with side-swept bangs is at once super-touch and ultra-feminine.

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Ashanti looks like a schoolgirl with clean makeup and a simple, sleek, copper-streaked pony. Love!

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Goody Ouchless Hair Elastics ($2.99, creates flawless ponytails, without pulling your hair out. Perfect for kiddies, too!

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It’s easy to see why this ‘I Dream of Jeannie’ pony is one of the trendiest ’dos of the summer. It’s a fabulous high-low look that works for any event, at any time of the day.

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Lyndsey Scott strutted down Jeremy Scott’s catwalk rocking dramatic slashes of black eye liner, and the top half of her tresses swept up in an ultra-high pony.

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Dania Ramirez updates the ‘I Dream of Jeannie’ pony by tucking her ends under, creating a sexy, sophisticated bun.

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Now you’ll never lose your hair elastics! Keep them all in one place with Fabulous Finds’ absolutely genius Hair Tie Ball ($3.50,

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Tyra Banks pairs her sky-high pony with eyelash-grazing bangs.

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Janet Jackson wraps a small section of her hair around the elastic for a polished, refined look.

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Jada Pinkett Smith rocked this sleek, perky style on a visit to Germany.

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L. Erickson Bon Voyage Pony Holders ($18, come with knitted beads and a matching elastic — so cute with a plain white tee and jeans.


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