The hairstyle you need in your life this summer

If you want to get ahead this season, swing a ponytail behind you, says Lisa Haynes

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Image: Backstage at Christian Dior couture 2015 show where ponytails were looped with hairpieces

Grab your hair tie and show your neck some sunlight. The classic pony was reinvented in a myriad of forms backstage at the spring/summer 2015 shows, from retro crimping to futuristic loops. Ponytails are “the hair equivalent of the white shirt”, according to Guido, Redken’s global creative director. The big question? How will you wear yours?

The Futuristic Pony

Image: Carolina Herrera SS15 by Orlando Pita for BioSilk

Want a ponytail with a twist? Feast your eyes on Carolina Herrera’s floating loop.

The Japanese inspiration and wet-look texture gives the hair instant modernity. Essentials tools: tailcomb, straightening irons and a few cans of high-hold hairspray.

The Sporty Pony

Image: Prabal Gurung SS15 by Paul Hanlon for TRESemme

Aim for that just-stepped-out-of-the-gym look as the post-locker room dash was the ponytail vibe at Prabal Gurung. Sweat optional.

The streamlined athletic front contrasts with the natural texture through the length – all tamed with a skinny black band.

The Texture Clash Pony

Image: Stella McCartney SS15 by Eugene Souleiman

It’s official: Stella McCartney made crimping cool again. Her low-slung catwalk ponies were smattered with random crimped sections.

Think kink v’s smooth. Recreate the anti-80s vibe by keeping the crimped sections flat and subtle.

The Show Pony

Image: Sibling SS15 by Kenna for ghd

Who needs a killer bag when you’ve got a gargantuan bow?

Take inspiration from the Sibling catwalk with a ponytail-topping statement accessory – so much fresher than a big hat for occasionwear.

Keep it prim with a soft S-bend wave through the length.

The Double Pony

Image: Giles SS15 by Sacha Mascolo-Tarbuck for Toni&Guy

We love the ponytail so much, we’re wearing it twice, a la Giles. Combining top AND bottom pony, the look is Victorian schoolgirl meets grunge.

Key to the latter is the mussed-up texture so stock up on salt spray.

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By Lisa Haynes