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Beat the heat like Blake Lively with a chic ponytail!

/ 07.17.2014
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  • Fishtail ponytail
  • Pretty plait
  • Sleek pony
  • Bubble ponytail

Staying cool in the summer sun isn't always the easiest thing to do in the world but, if you take a leaf out of Blake Lively's [look]book, it doesn't have to be that hard. The L'Oréal Paris spokesperson has, in recent years, proved to us all that the ponytail is an indispensable and surprisingly versatile hairstyle with her many gorgeous red carpet appearances. When temperatures are soaring, they also come in really handy for keeping your hair up and off the back of your neck, whether you're at a swanky party or just heading to work.

We've handpicked four of Blake's most memorable ponies to inspire you. Whether you're into braids, sleek locks or messier styles, the former Gossip Girl has you covered!

Fishtail

If three-strand braids aren't really your jam anymore, a fishtail has plenty of detail and can be dressed up or down with a few accessories.

Get the look: Sweep your hair up into a high pony and secure it. Split the pony in half then fishtail braid it all the way to the ends. To do this, take a small piece of hair from underneath the left side, pass it over the top of the same half then tuck it underneath the right half. Then, take a section from the right side, pass it over the top of the same side then tuck it under the left half. Repeat until you reach the ends then tie the braid. Pull it out with your hands to loosen it then spray your new style liberally with Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Bold Control Hairspray.

Laid back

To create a seemingly effortless look, a high pony with plenty of volume, woven into a long, loose braid is the perfect style to try.

Get the look: Tie your tressed back into a ponytail then spray the lengths of your hair with Advanced Hairstyle BOOST IT High Lift Creation Spray. Tease with a fine-tooth comb to increase the volume then split the hair into three sections. Loosely braid the pony all the way down to the ends and tie.

Sleek chic

If it's a polished, pulled-together look you're after, a sleek finish can work wonders.

Get the look: Spray your hair with Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Iron Straight Heatspray and flat iron. Brush your hair back into a smooth, bump-free pony and tie. Take a piece of hair from the 'tail, wrap it around the elastic and pin underneath. Spray your hair all over with Bold Control Hairspray and you're good to go!

Bubbles!

Is there a single person in the world who honestly dislikes bubbles? They're playful, they're pretty and the basic physics which allows them to happen is something to marvel at. In short, they're a great source of hairstyle inspiration! This pony is a lot of fun and will definitely stand out from the crowd for all the right reasons.

Get the look: Tie your hair up then, at 2" intervals, secure with more ties all the way down the ponytail. Pull the hair out between the ties to make the bubbles and finish with a mist of Bold Control Hairspray.

Which Blake-inspired look will you try first?

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