Hollywood's Latest Hair Trend Is Giving Us A Headache

It’s no secret that Hollywood loves its filler (in case you haven’t heard, it’s getting injected everywhere — hands, belly buttons, nipples). The L.A. look is so commonly associated with lifted-and-tightened beauty standards that St. Vincent even gave them a playful poke in her latest music video. But Hollywood’s got a new facelift craze — and this one doesn’t require any needles or downtime. Enter: the high and tight pony.

Castillo Bataille, a celebrity stylist who works with Halle Berry and Priyanka Chopra, says the move to tight-as-a-drum styles is all about take-no-shit toughness. “Super tight, sleek, and high ponytails are a great way to add some edge,” he says.

True, there’s nothing laid back about Hollywood’s latest style foray. But as it turns out, looking this fierce is actually pretty easy — if you can take the ponytail headache, that is. Ahead, find Bataille’s best tip for stretching your hair to new limits.

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Not sure how to make the pull back so perfectly smooth, like model Hailey Baldwin's? Bataille offers this tip: “I like to start by using a great foamy hair mousse; the idea is to get the hair nice and damp [with it]. Damp hair with a slight hold from the foam will help when brushing your hair into the perfect sleek ponytail."
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Bataille (who, created this high pony for Halle Berry) suggests this technique when working with thick hair: Instead of grabbing all the hair at once, gather it at the crown in sections. After brushing a section up and securing it with an elastic, continue until all hair is off the neck. “I normally make three sections starting from the front, layering each elastic over the other,” he says. This technique makes the lines cleaner than trying to put all your hair up in one shot.”
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Pulled back and perfectly smooth, Zendaya’s half-up pony is secured at the top of her crown, drawing your eyes up to those killer brows.
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Model Barbara Palvin makes pigtails look grown up during Paris Fashion Week with two half ponys pulled taut, thanks to the masterwork of stylist Benoit Moeyaert.
Bella Hadid keeps her half updo tight, while leaving out a piece of face-framing hair for softness.
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Shay Mitchell’s sleek and simple pony looks even more polished with a strand of hair wrapped around her elastic.
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Kerry Washington's stylist, Takisha Sturdivant-Drew, achieved this look by flat-ironing her hair, parting it from ear-to-ear, and gathering hit into a ponytail at the crown. After brushing down her edges with a wooden toothbrush, she used a medium-sized curling iron to add loose waves throughout the tail.
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Kim Kardashian's I Dream Of Jeannie ponytail gets an upgrade with a white hair accessory that matches her monochromatic ensemble. (Try a scrunchie — they're making a comeback.)
Chrissy Teigen, who captioned this "Ariana Venti," tries the singer's signature ponytail on for size.
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