Hair How To: Criss-Cross Ponytail

First, for any style you need a good fresh start so prep with a shampoo that helps provide body and thickness throughout your hair (try Vegetalement Provence, The Magic Potion) and then blow dry using a big round hairbrush appropriate for your length of hair.

Now, for step one, draw a “U” separation on the top of the crown and save it for later (it will be added into the ponytail). Then on each side of this “U” shape, take two lines of hair (about 1/2 inch thick) and french braid it until you reach the back of the crown where they will be now be isolated from the actual scalp.

Take the back of your hair and back comb the roots to tease it and create a lift to the ponytail. Now is the time to bring the “U” parted hair that was left out before and bring it back to create the full ponytail (leaving the braids strands out). Pull it back so that the ponytail sits at the middle of the back of the head. Then, take a curling iron (like a “GHD” curve) and choose random sections, waving them both clockwise and counter-clockwise while keeping the ends straight to give it a beachy, rock-and-roll look.

For the last step take the two strands of braids and cross them over eachother right above the base of the ponytail, pinning where they cross so they appear as one, and then wrap them around the base of the ponytail, covering the tie as best as you can. To finish, spray with a texture hairspray to keep the texture in the pony-tail while keeping fly-aways down. Voila!

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Growing up in his mother's salon he took as her apprentice at just 15 years old and at 18 traveled the world to experiment with different philosophies and techniques to expand his skills and knowledge. However, it was in Paris that he started his career in the fashion industry working on shows for over a decade with Orlando Pita. From there he started to work with high fashion magazines like Vogue, Elle, L'official and Glamour. In 2005, he moved to NYC to work with celebrities like Sharon Stone and photographer greats like David Sims and Juergen Teller as well as campaigns with Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton, Herve Leger, etc. Now based in Paris, he's working with the brand FRANCK PROVOST PARIS creating visuals and hair collections. He also is a consultant for tv shows like The Voice and Dancing with the stars. His only goal in beauty, make women beautiful and sexy but real! Check his work on and on instagram @benjamin_pinon