A little texture and some teasing at the crown take the classic low ponytail to new heights.
1. Spritz salt spray evenly throughout dry hair until it feels slightly damp. (Try Organix Moroccan Sea Salt Spray.) Then blow-dry on low heat, scrunching the hair upward with your fingers.
2. Once your hair is dry, part it on the side and wrap random one-to-two-inch sections around the barrel of a one-inch curling iron. "You don't want the curls to look too perfect," says hairstylist Nathaniel Hawkins. (We like the Solano SmoothCurl 450 Spring Curling Iron.)
3. Gently back-comb the crown before raking the hair into a ponytail and securing with an elastic at the nape of your neck.
4. Now softly tease the length of the ponytail with a paddle brush instead of a comb. "You'll get a bigger, puffier effect," says hairstylist Ken O'Rourke. Mist with a light-hold hair spray, like Keratin Complex Style Therapy Flex Flow Hairspray, or, if you're really prone to flatness, a dry shampoo, like Philip Kingsley One More Day.
5. Give the ponytail a finished look by wrapping a one-inch strip of hair around the elastic. Grab the hair from underneath the tail and use two mini hairpins (Sta-Rite makes good one-and-three-quarter-inch ones) to secure the ends—the pins should form an X under the elastic.
6. Loosen pieces from the front and sides for a relaxed, undone vibe.