High side ponytail: My fave summer hair do

A high side ponytail is never an accident though, and doesn’t give a damn about rules, manners or frizz control. There’s something incredibly bold and cocky about wearing your hair high and scraped to one side...
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A high side ponytail is never an accident though, and doesn’t give a damn about rules, manners or frizz control. There’s something incredibly bold and cocky about wearing your hair high and scraped to one side...

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This summer I’m all about the high side ponytail. Half sexy señorita, half stab-ya-in-da-face rude gal, it is without a doubt the biggest, baddest, most street wise of all the ponytails.

It might not be something you think about often (in fact, it’s probably not something that’s ever crossed your mind even for a fraction of a second), but each style of ponytail sends out its own subliminal signals. There’s the preppy goodie-two-shoes high pony favoured by cheerleaders, the slicked back low pony - hair style du jour of Vicki Beckham (because she’s a super-chic fashwan designer now don’tchaknow), and then of course there’s the plain Jane don’t-look-at-me mid pony – the go-to hair style for outcast teenagers and new mums.

A high side ponytail is never an accident though, and doesn’t give a damn about rules, manners or frizz control. There’s something incredibly bold and cocky about wearing your hair high and scraped to one side, so it’s no surprise that the high side ponytail really came into its own in the '80s – the flashiest and trashiest of all the decades. It’s look at me hair to go with look at the size of my pay packet jewellery, get outta my way shoulder pads and a fuck the traditional social structure attitude. It’s Brooklyn before the hipsters, Madonna in her heyday, the rebellious teenager in all of us.

Things a high side pony likes:

Big fuck off earrings: Forget dainty studs, the high side pony demands you bring out the big guns. Here I’ve teamed turn-your-ears-septic cheap gold hoops with some crystal chandelier earrings for full flash trash effect.

Colour-pop lips:The high side pony is a bold style and can easily overshadow your face, so opt for a slash of bright lippie (pink, red and orange all work well) to help draw some attention back to your face and balance the look.

A scrunchie:Yes… a scrunchie! Forget everything you know and leave your preconceptions at the door, because scrunchies are HOT… at least when they’re wrapped around a high side ponytail they are. They add the perfect touch of Club Tropicana fun and tongue-in-cheek humour (although admittedly some people might not get the irony and will assume you’ve been cryogenically frozen for the past twenty years).