It’s steamy out so you want to get your hair off your neck. But a plain old pony won’t do. Instead, impress your friends (and turn guys’ heads too) with these star-tested dos
THE BOHO BRAID
A tousled side plait is a breezy alternative to a ponytail. We love how Jordin Sparks left a few curls around her face. To loosen up a too-tight braid, just gently pull it apart with your fingers.
THE LOOPED BUNS
We can’t wait to bust out Kirsten Dunst’s look at an outdoor wedding this summer. Here’s the breakdown: It’s two equal sections on other sides of the part divided in half then wrapped around each other and pinned up. The floral-adorned headband is optional, but we’re digging it!
THE BRAIDED TWISTS
There’s no easy way to describe Kristen Stewart’s updo and that’s what makes it so interesting. She’s got a few braids that have been twisted and gently wrapped into buns, plus plenty of loose texture and random pieces around her face to prevent it from looking too “done.”
THE GLAM PONY
Calling Eva Longoria’s look a ponytail just doesn’t seem right, considering it bears little resemblance to the gym version. A smooth crown, plenty of bounce and tons of shine create a style that’s way too polished for a treadmill
THE INTRICATE UPDO
Anna Paquin’s do may look simple from the front, but it’s anything but when you see a rear view. The intricate style features braided pieces looped around her head then crossed and woven together. This is a job for a talented stylist (or a patient friend)!
THE SIDE PONY
No need to break out your scrunchies and Full House VHS tapes. This is not DJ Tanner’s side ponytail. With a totally voluminous crown, perfectly flat-ironed tail and loosely curled front sections, Victoria Beckham gives the ’90s staple a modern shake-up.
THE MODIFIED BALLET BUN
Love those trendy tightly coiled updos but not feeling how superslick it looks? Elizabeth Banks has the solution. After combing back most of the hair and twisting it into a doughnut-shaped bun, she smooths down the center-parted front strands and sweeps them away from her face – something you can achieve with a flat-iron and hair spray.