From the intricate updos of classic Hollywood glamazons to the messy twists of today's low-key beauties, the ponytail has been a mane-stay for women through the years.

And they're not going anywhere: Ponytails popped up on many Fall 2010 runways, and are as popular on today's red carpets as stilettos. Not to mention that they're an absolute must to get you through those sticky, frizz-inducing summer days.

Why does this style endure? Because whether you wear yours high, low, to the side, stick-straight, pumped up, loose, wavy, twisted or braided, this versatile look is not only simple and chic, but also truly timeless.



From Ava Gardner to Madonna, StyleList flip through the gallery above for a pony show featuring Hollywood's most memorable stars. Then watch our ponytail how-to video to get inspired to go beyond your basic pull-back.

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