Spice up your ponytail for fall

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Aveda Global Creative Director Antoinette Beenders calls this ponytail creation a sleek high performance ponytail — but when it stepped out at the Osklen Spring/Summer 2014 show at New York Fashion Week I knew we had a hit style for fall. Antoinette Beenders tells you step by step how to recreate this versatile style.

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Step 1: Prep hair with Aveda Smooth Infusion™ Style-Prep Smoother™ and blow dry straight with a round brush. 
Step 2: Flat iron hair in sections, beginning at the back of the head and moving forward. Spray a light coat of Aveda Air Control™ Hair Spray to each section before ironing to ensure a sleek, totally straight finish.
Step 3: Part hair across the crown of the head, creating two sections. Gather the bottom section into a ponytail at the nape of the neck and secure with elastic.
Step 4: Part the top section of hair on the right side of the head at a slight diagonal, creating two sections of hair.
Step 5: Separate a small section of hair from the back of the right section with a fine tooth comb. Saturate each section with Aveda Control Force™ Firm Hold Hair Spray and comb back toward the nape of the neck, tight to the head. Layer each section over the previous to create a sleek, smooth side.
Step 6: Gather this section at the nape and cross over the top of the ponytail and clip.
Step 7: Repeat the process on the left section, but coat each section of hair with Aveda Air Control™ Hair Spray for a softer, contrasting texture.
Step 8: Gather the left section and cross over the ponytail. Release the right side, wrap ends under the ponytail and tie into a knot. Secure with hair pins. Use a flat iron to flatten any loose ends and create a sleek, cohesive ponytail.
Step 9: Using a color brush, paint the right side of the hair with a generous layer of Aveda Brilliant™ Retexturing Gel to create a liquid effect.

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