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Fancy ponytails are on our hot-hair radar.
Tailspin Fancy ponytails are on our hot-hair radar.

Whether side-swept, pouffed up or coquettishly curled over one shoulder, fancy, big-party ponytails are what we're swooning over. Aside from being one of the simplest styles to do (no pro hairstyling experience necessary), they're also überversatile and youthful. There's a reason beauty insiders call them instant facelifts, after all—just see how pretty young thing Erich Gonzales modernizes the cutesy updo and spins it into a totally fresh and sexy direction.

Achieve the flirtatious style without veering into juvenile territory by keeping strands elegantly shiny; fluffed-up texture is too casual for the ladylike look that's more Brigitte Bardot than Punky Brewster. Any roughness should be reserved for the crown in volumized versions of the style, but should still be tempered by soft, delicate waves that cascade down your back.

Flawless skin, bright eyes and shoulder-baring gowns turn up the look a notch and give the day-to-night 'do a huge dose of sex appeal; a sorority girl smile ends everything on a high note as well, so work it and get ready to get tied up.

Click on for our picks for Look We Love: Fancy Ponytails.

—Eunice Lucero, Beauty Editor

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