As temperatures start to drop, so does the frequency of me leaving my hair down. I find the whole scarves, gloves, hats and multiple layers routine extremely constrictive*, and the last thing I want is my hair, which happens to be slightly thick and wavy, further weighing me down. Besides, the whole hair flying in the wind thing makes me look like a complete wild child (jungle chic?!); yup, it’s not nearly as glamorous as they make it look in the movies, people.
So, the point is that I like my hair tied/pinned away from my face in the winter, which for the most part (considering at least 4 days out of the week I am too moody to even care) means that I’m sporting a ponytail. Seriously, I’m like the Blake Lively of the non-celebrity world when it comes to ponytails! Anyway, I play around with hair partings a lot while doing them, but last year, my affinity seemed to lie with the wrapped ponytail. I usually do a mid ponytail, so it looks like the one at Wes Gordon (shown below), but the various different styles on the runway are now inspiring me to try it with a high, side, and low ponytail as well.
Clockwise: Louis Vuitton Fall 2011, Gucci Fall 2011, Erin Fetherston Spring 2012, Wes Gordon Spring 2012
Out of the three, my favorite has to be the side-wrapped ponytail à la Erin Fetherston (although I prefer the hair to be tucked behind the ear); it looks slightly more dressed-up than the others, making it the perfect choice for parties, intimate dinners, and even weddings! To all you future Indian brides out there, this is the perfect hairdo for your mehendi. Fun and playful, just like the event itself, and unlike the sophisticated but stiff bun, which is best saved for a more formal event like the wedding.
It's pretty quick and easy to do as well (bas 2 minute!). First, make a high, low, or side ponytail, with or without parting, and secure it with an elastic. Next, pull out a strand from your ponytail and wrap it around the elastic to conceal it. Lastly, either tuck the ends inside the elastic or secure it with pins. That simple! And once you get the hang of it, you can have more fun with it. I like to sometimes braid a few strands into my ponytail; or you can braid the section of hair you're using to wrap around the elastic.
That’s all the ideas I have for now, but as I’ll experiment with this hairstyle frequently in the months to come, I’ll definitely share more!
*Not being a drama queen; last year, I almost passed out several times because of it. Once, right in the middle of shopping for a new phone! I just randomly started feeling dizzy and claustrophobic and started panicking and taking my clothes off! The sales assistant obviously got all weirded out because one minute I’m talking to him about phones, and the other, I’m stripping. And FYI, that wasn’t very movie-like either!