Gravity-defying poufs, buns, and ponytails ruled the Fall 2010 runways of Christian Dior Couture, Catherine Malandrino, Jean Paul Gaultier, and Jeremy Scott. And the voluminous hair trend took over the 2010 Emmy Awards red carpet as "The Office's" Mindy Kaling and "Glee's" Naya Rivera turned heads with their towering topknots.
"This look really ties into the strong silhouettes we saw on the runways, but it's still quite simple," says Rodney Cutler, Redken brand ambassador and the owner of Cutler/Redken salons. "Any woman at home can do herself and it can be played up for evening with accessories."
Ready to conquer these sculptural 'dos, StyleList tasked celebrity hairstylist George Ortiz to perfect these runway looks into a wearable hairstyle on a real woman -- namely, Sarah St. Lifer, intern at StyleList.
As you can see in the photo slider below (move the button from left to right to see before and after shots), the gravity-defying ponytail trend isn't as intimidating once you put your own spin to it.
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Start by spritzing your tresses with Cutler Volumizing Spray and blow dry using a flat brush, directing the root of hair toward the area where you want the bun to sit. Then gather strands into a ponytail at the crown of your head using an elastic holder or bungee cord.
"A bungee cord helps to retain tension and cleanliness in the hair, giving you a solid base," Cutler says.
Ortiz then loosely twists the hair into a bun and secures the knot with bobby pins. Finish with a medium hold hairspray like Redken Quick Dry 18. For a girls' night out, apply a little Cutler Fly-Away Control onto a toothbrush and smooth the hairline back to create a sleeker look.
Pair your bodacious bun with this season's sculpted neutral makeup look: highlighted cheeks and eyes and semi-glossy lips. And wrap yourself in fall layers like an Eternity scarf and woven silk shirt for a simple, yet chic ensemble.
Shop the selection of hairspray, ponytail holders, bobby pins, and pomade below to help you nail the gravity-defying ponytail trend, and check out our Wear the Beauty Trend column for more pretty looks to try.
Click here for 12 more hairstyle ideas to try this fall.