It's All About Side Ponytails This Summer

07/24/2007 at 02:47 PM ET

Francis Specker /Landov

From Nicole Richie to Hayden Panettiere to Lucy Liu, stars have been stepping out with this carefree ’80s inspired style. And we thought Maria Menounos looked so sweet with hers at the NBC TCA party last week that we had to pass on tips on how to get this easy ‘do! Start by adding texture — Nicole Richie’s stylist Andy LeCompte suggests a dry shampoo to rough hair up, followed by a drop of shine serum for polish. Then gather hair close to the nape of your neck and over to one side (far enough that it falls over your shoulder). To secure the ponytail, try a clear rubber band or wrapping a one inch section of your own hair around it to conceal the band. Leave some tendrils loose around your face, and you’re good to go!

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Cheryl on

I like side ponytails, buy surprisingly NOT this one.

yen on


AnnieJ on

Mine always end-up looking like a “fashion don’t” – so I stay away from this look.

Jemima on

I’m with Annie J

tracey on

Maria’s pony tail is not an 80’s side pony tail.
It is higher, messier, and a lot more to the side.
My side pony tail like everyone elses was not a subtle as the one in the picture.

wow on

Finally…the mysteries of how to put my hair in a ponytail are revealed! Thank you, People!

Do they really think people are this stupid?

alia on

Hello again, 1987….

Haley on

Very few people can pull off this look. In my opinion, only girls with long, wavy hair can wear their hair like this. I tried wearing my hair like this and my hair is very choppy and layered and it didn’t look good, straight or curly. Besides, Maria’s doesn’t look like a side pony. It looks like a normal ponytail that’s been draped over her shoulder.

Meena on

Side ponytails have a sweetness to them that connotes freshness and youth. On the downside, it also highlights asymmetry in the face, as all of the focus goes on to one side of the face. I say, select your side carefully and wear pale lips so that the bush of the tail and your mouth won’t be competing for attention.

JAH on

wow i just like how much every pretty much hates this. SO amusing.

sammy on

i think ponytails are great ….. for kids
and she is grown up at least i hope

Lynn on

I think that Maria’s ponytail looks beautiful! She doesn’t look like a little girl or an 80’s reject- it’s not pointing straight out of the side of her head and there is no part of a bang hairsprayed straight up!. And of course not everyone can wear it, just as not everyone has the hair texture to pull of lots of choppy layers.

breann on

OMG! I love this hair no im serious its so friken cute esciapply on her lol love ya izzawn

Daniela on

It’s cute, but it’s not THAT 80’s…I mean, it’s not like it’s teased with a bottle of Final Net with a scrunchie wrapped around it.

julie on

I’ve been waering my hair like this the whole school year and i love it, but once i got a trim pieces of hair started falling out and swinging to the other end and it looked horible.
I’m going to have to agree with Haley hear.
only some people can pull this look off and Maria’s looks like a regular ponytail just drapped to the side.But she still dosent look that bad.

Jenna on

Yeek. I can not pull off the side ponytail! It ends up look as if i i turned my head to the side and went crazy!

claudia on

I think it looks nice on her, they are saying 80’s “INSPIRED” style, not 80’s style.

Jana on

Andy LeCompte’s opened his own Salon and it is absolutely Beautiful!

Andy LeCompte Salon
616 N. Almont Drive
West Hollywood, CA 90069

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