We couldn't help but notice all of the gorgeous ponytails spotted on models at this past season's Bridal Fashion Week. A few of the masterminds behind this runway hair trend, the stylists of John Barrett salon, based in New York's iconic New York department store Bergdorf Goodman, just launched the Privé Pony this fall: a new ponytail style made from hair extensions meant to match your hair color perfectly. In other words, this new 'do is perfect for brides-to-be with shorter or thinner hair who crave a sleek and full updo come their wedding day.
To test out our latest hair obsession, three Brides editors headed to the salon to try the look out for themselves. A few of the salon's staffers—Senior Stylist Marco Maranghello and Master Stylist Jay Ree—sweetened the deal by crafting some gorgeous 'dos on our staffers and answering some questions about the Privé Pony. Read on for hair care tips and how you can recreate this chic look at home!
Brides: Tell us about the products you used today.
John Barrett Salon Senior Stylist Marco Maranghello: "To create the Privé pony, it's so important that the hair is properly prepped with a blowdryer, while being protected and nurtured. I used Shu Uemura Essence Absolue Nourishing Protective Oil, and to add shine and hold, I used Shu Uemura Sheer Lacquer Finishing Spray. Our fantastically talented makeup artist Mercedes used Tom Ford beauty's 'Ravish' blush, 'Seduction Rose' eye shadow, and 'Love Bruise' lip gloss to create a fresh fashion week-ready look.
Brides: Once prepped, how do you achieve the look of a runway-ready ponytail?
MM: Privé Ponytail uses the highest quality hair extensions to quickly create a gorgeous ponytail regardless of hair length.
Brides: How did you choose a look for each of our editors?
MM: I used their photos as inspiration, then I went through the fashion mags and pulled style inspiration I thought would best show off their faces and individual beauty. Whenever I work with the John Barrett extensions for brides, I have a consultation with the bride and I really just get to know a little bit more about who the she is and the look she's trying to achieve.
Brides: How can women who can't visit the John Barrett salon (say, a bride in Colorado) look to find beautiful ponytail extensions?
MM: Women who can't visit us at John Barrett still have beautiful extension options. My advice is to find extensions with quality natural hair. Natural hair extensions easily allow for curly and straight styles and are often 100% blendable.
Brides: How can women achieve a sleek, bridal pony at home?
John Barrett Salon Master Stylist Jay Ree (the genius behind bridal beauty hits like Dennis Basso for Kleinfeld): The sleek pony look is easy to achieve at home—it just takes a bit of time and patience. It's always a good idea to have photo inspiration before you begin; you want to know what you're working towards.
Brides: What's the best tool to achieve a sleek, smooth, shiny (and long lasting!) ponytail? Is it about products, tools, or a combo of the two?
JR: Definitely a combination of the two. My Mason Pearson brush never leaves my side (it's perfect for getting rid of those bumps and lumps that can ruin the perfect pony). Believe it or not, I also recommend combing through the hair with your hands for a smooth, sleek finish. Once bumps and lumps are gone, apply product (John Barrett Be Hold) to the hair. Be sure to get just above the ears and at the nape of the neck. Mist a light hold, sheer hairspray (Shu Uemura Sheer Lacquer) over the hair and brush through. Gather hair into a bungee hair-tie, and smooth hair softly with hands and apply more product as needed. Flatiron or tease ponytail for added volume."
Brides: What is your favorite moment of bridal beauty?
JR: I love trying to keep the mother and mother-in-law calm. It's fun seeing them so excited and the relief when everything comes together as planned.
Brides: How many brides have you styled in your career?