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Are Ponytails the New Black?

Friday, October 16, 2009

I ate dinner recently at a very trendy new restaurant in New York City with a couple of girlfriends. The bar was packed and we had a long wait for our table. My two friends are divorced and were looking around at the men. And I couldn’t help noticing the women. Tons of women wearing ponytails out for dinner! This was surprising. I wear my hair in a ponytail for exactly two occasions: to exercise and to go to sleep at night after I have blow dried my hair. I would never dream of wearing my hair pulled back to go out at night. But the women looked great and were sporting their ponytails in all different ways. The looks ranged from older women with shorter hair severely pulled back with only an elastic holding it together; to twenty-somethings with messy ponytails carelessly tied up with a clip; to the more carefully done looks with the ponytail holder fastened perfectly at the nape of the neck.
Most looked sexy and gorgeous and it made me want to try it for myself which I will once I get down a technique that looks ready for a night out instead of a morning at Spin class.
Have you worn your hair in a ponytail to go out at night? Is it because you didn’t have time to do your hair or because you love the look? Any tips on how to make one that looks fantastic?
In addition to writing City Baby, the best-selling NYC parenting guidebook and resource for parents, Pamela Weinberg is a contributor to the where she writes on parenting and mom related topics. Pamela is a frequent speaker on baby-related topics in the tri-state area. Pamela’s presentations include: ‘Ten Great Things to Do with your Baby in New York,’ ‘Tips for Traveling with your Baby,’ and ‘Best Infant Classes in New York.’ She also speaks to expectant mom groups about a wide range of topics -including shopping strategies, childcare, and adapting to new motherhood - that confront pregnant women in New York.
Pamela’s latest venture is Mind Your Own Business Moms , which was founded last year by Pamela and Barri Waltcher. It is a business dedicated to helping moms return to the workplace. Pamela and Barri are currently teaching a class entitled ‘Redefining your Identity after Motherhood” at NYU-SCPS. In addition, they frequently address women’s groups, run seminars and counsel individual clients.
A graduate of Brandeis University and mother of a 16 and 13 year-old, Pamela lives in New York City with her family. Contact her at

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Lia3 wrote:
1) 10/16/2009 7:51:42 PM
I LOVE LOVE LOVE my hair. I never have a bad hair day. When my hair isn't co-operating when it's down, i can pull it back into and fluff. It always looks great. The women i work with are jealous of the fact that my 'bad hair days' still look good. My mother is white and my dad is black and i was blessed with naturally curly, great hair. It's taken me years to find a groove with my hair but i wouldn't trade it for the world!
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beccasnail wrote:
2) 10/17/2009 6:26:00 PM
I think if you have a clean high ponytail with a nice ribbon or wrap a section of hair around the elastic, it can look quite classy.
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rachelw wrote:
3) 10/17/2009 10:22:56 PM
There's just something so classy and timeless about a ponytail, but you have to get it just right. Too high and you risk looking like a cheerleader, but too low and you're treading granny-territory. It's simple, and it looks great on everyone. I don't see anything wrong with wearing a ponytail for a night on the town, they can be fun. Ponytails are one of those basics that you can dress up however you like!
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Grace39 wrote:
4) 10/21/2009 1:39:37 PM
When I was younger I hated my hair especially when It was long since I never knew what to do with it so every spring, and only because I was so lazy to anything with my hair, I would cut it Pixie-short. Now as an adult, I've let my hair grow, and I have become more aware of different styles I can put my hair into, especially the esteemed and always beautiful Ponytail. Good thing about long hair you never really have a bad hair day, so much can be done and ponytails can be whatever you are comfortable with, with bangs, no bangs, careless wisps by your ears, or the what I love to call the High-ball ponytail which sits at the highest point you can get it on your head. Ponytails will always be in no matter who you are.
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