01/25/2012 01:13 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Waterfall Ponytail: Tress Trend

When Nicole Richie appeared on the 2012 Golden Globe Awards red carpet, my Twitter feed went wild over her hair. The 30-year-old socialite and House of Harlow designer deviated from her signature boho waves and stepped out wearing a waterfall ponytail -- an updo made up of a high pony concealed by hair that spills over the top and flows down the back.

Waterfall ponytails. Photos: Nicole Richie at the 2012 Golden Globe Awards, Jason Merritt/Getty Images; Kim Kardashian, Denise Truscello/WireImage; Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Dry Shampoo and Smooth & Shine Serum; Vivenne Mackinder's "Lady of the Manor" waterfall ponytail, Intercoiffure America/Canada.

International hair artist Vivienne Mackinder's "Lady of the Manor" collection included the classic look with blunt ends. Kim Kardashian celebrated her 29th birthday in the cascading pony. And I remember sporting a waterfall ponytail in the eighth grade when I was crowned Miss Model United Nations. However, my stylist was heavy-handed with the gel and holding spray.

Want to recreate this ponytail? Follow Suave Professional stylist Jenny Cho's five steps:
1. Spray Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Dry Shampoo directly at the root. Use a blow-dryer to work in excess powder and brush through before styling. Insider tip: Second-day hair is perfect to hold this style.
2. Section off hair around the crown, and then tease to create volume.
3. Use a brush to smooth the hair on the sides and back. Pull the back of hair into a ponytail and secure with an elastic.
4. Take one side and wrap around the ponytail and secure with a bobby pin. Take the opposite side and also wrap around the pony. Lightly brush back the teased crown over the ponytail.
5. To finish, work a dime-size amount of Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Smooth & Shine Serum into the palms of your hands, and then delicately smooth ponytail hairs to eliminate flyaways.

To make this look more casual and ready-to-wear, the pro stylist recommends using less volume on the top of the head. Or add a modern touch by twisting or braiding the sides to add a textured element without distracting from the overall feel of the ponytail.

What do you think about the waterfall ponytail? Tell us your thoughts in the comments section and see which hair trend gets better with age.


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