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Whether dishevelled, curled to perfection or poker-straight, ponytails are big news this season. Jonathan Saunders’ ’50s low pony featured a deep side part, demurely held in place with bobby pins. A teased bump at the crown, with a rough-and- tumble texture, gave ponytails some ’60s giddy-up at Blumarine. Like those at Nina Ricci, Jaeger’s pony posse required some work. Pantene global ambassador Sam McKnight did a smooth blow-dry before gathering locks into a side ponytail (opposite the part), curling and brushing it into one glamorous S-curve. Sleeker, straighter ponytails had an obvious athletic connotation, only with high-fashion performance. Donna Karan’s dead-straight, waist-length extensions were chopped bluntly, tied with a stretch of mesh fabric, and made to look impossibly glossy. Nineties-style multi-tied ponys advanced the trend at Marc by Marc Jacobs and Hervé Léger, but at least one show allowed for minimal get-up-and-go: At Emanuel Ungaro, Laurent Philippon, creative consultant at Bumble and Bumble, used thick- ening spray before blow-drying to work up volume, then finished with a surf spray for a matte texture. “She’s just a modern, stylish girl who’s done her hair herself.” Amen to that.
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FLARE picks: Pantene Pro-V Medium-Thick Heat Protection Shine Spray, $9. Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray, $30.