5 Simple Ponytail Hairstyles to Try this Season

As fall transitions us to cooler months, we’re partnering with our favorite style bloggers to show us how they wear this season’s hottest trends. From fashion tips and makeup trends to hairstyles and home décor, we’re excited to see how these stylistas gear up for fall weather. This week, we’re welcoming Lisa of LMP Collections to share five easy ways to elevate a basic ponytail.

Autumn is my absolute favorite time of year, and the only thing that’s worse than spending time curling your hair while it’s beautiful outside is the damage hot tools can do to your strands. During the summertime, I like to give my hair a little bit of a heat break – but it’s a great habit to get into all year round! This fall, I’ve been playing around with letting my hair air dry naturally, and then styling it from there without using straighteners or curling irons.

It’s so easy to fall back on a basic ponytail (especially when I’m in a rush), so over the past week, I’ve tried various ways to update the classic ‘do. I rounded up five fun and simple ways to elevate a ponytail, and they’re all perfect for transitioning my beauty routine for fall!  Did I mention these are also easy to do on-the-go!? There’s no time to waste when we could be out picking apples or sipping pumpkin lattes!

First, let’s talk about all the products I use to prep my hair for these styles.

The number one item I need to take my hair from shower to street is a Wet Brush. It’s the gentlest brush I’ve ever tried and the only one that doesn’t pull all my hair out when it’s tangled! It’s the perfect item to have while styling some epic ponytails.

Dove Volume + Fullness Dry Shampoo is another item that’s great to always have around – I typically keep two or more bottles handy at a time. If you’re looking for a style to combat second day hair, spray dry shampoo on your roots before trying the ‘dos below. Use your fingers to make sure the product gets completely worked in!

I’ve used this Bed Head Smoothing Cream for years. My sister got me hooked on it and it works like magic! Apply a small amount of this product to wet hair before it air dries to keep your locks under control before pulling them back into a pony. Smoothing cream is perfect for any season, too – it helps tame frizzy flyaways during the summer and rids my hair of static when fall rolls around.

Finally, Dove Extra Hold Hairspray is always a styling necessity. It’s the essential finishing touch to any great ponytail!

Now that you know which tools you’ll need, we’re ready to talk about my new favorite up-dos.

1. Double Ponytails

Sometimes we all want what we can’t have, am I right? That’s how I’ve always felt about long ponytails. Thankfully, I’ve learned the trick to achieve just that – double ponytails. Yes, you read that right! I start with a half pony, and then create another one with the rest of my strands, about one or two inches below the first. The pony on top should overlap with the bottom one, making your hair look longer and fuller than ever! Crazy how something so easy can step up your ponytail game.

2. Middle Part Ponytail

Using the same double pony method from Style #1, part your hair in the middle to create a whole new look! Adding a fun bandana around the hair tie makes for a fun, girly flare – you could also wrap your hair around the tie or use a bright scrunchie!

3. Low Ponytail

Low ponytails are just so flattering on everybody! For this specific style, I parted my hair on the side and tied my pony on the opposite side. To give my locks a fuller effect, I gently teased my strands near the hair tie and at the ends, then grabbed a smaller section of hair from the pony and wrapped it around the tie. For a little something extra, don’t be afraid to play with unique bobby pins and clips! I love how modern and simple these geometric clips are.

4. Braided Ponytail

Kicking it up a notch, why not add a braid to your classic, casual pony? Start by braiding just a few pieces of hair (the section you would use for a half pony) and then secure it all with a colorful scrunchie. If you guys didn’t know, these retro hair accessories are making a comeback! Not only does this look take less than 30 seconds, but it also adds a fun retro flare to your casual fall outfit.

5. Side Ponytail

To add a bit of spunk to your side pony, secure it with a cute, colorful tie at the top and then about two or three inches down, add another colored tie. Take the hair in-between the two ponies and gently pull to make a bit of a “bubble” effect!

There you have it, ladies! These hairstyles will help you beat the heat and keep your hair healthy and strong through the end of summer and into fall.

Lisa is the fashionista behind LMP Collections, an editorial style, fashion and lifestyle blog taking inspiration from current and past trends. Follow her on InstagramTwitterFacebook and Pinterest.

Ideas for Beautiful Outdoor Dining Table Décor

As we near the transition from summer to fall, it’s important to take advantage of the warm weather while we can. Before the temps cool and the leaves begin to change, host a rustic outdoor picnic with your closest friends and family! We partnered with Samantha Elizabeth to help her do just that – and give you inspiration for your own end-of-summer gathering. Whether you’re organizing an elegant bridal shower, baby shower, bachelorette party or fall dinner with your girls, we have all the secrets to making your next backyard party Instagram-worthy.

Wood Accents

Whether you’re celebrating summer or hosting your first harvest party of the season, wood is a great foundation for any outdoor picnic. Stack recycled wood pallets to create a rustic makeshift table, then incorporate the material further with a stained cutting board or serving tray. A charcuterie spread is delicious and aesthetically pleasing, no matter the season – just replace your summer fruit with apples and cranberries for fall.

Earthy Elements

You can also use earthy elements as a base for your drinks and dessert platter. A vintage wooden chest doubles as a table when moved outside, and fits effortlessly into the rustic theme when it’s painted white and distressed. Tie in raw materials by stacking a piece of plywood and log cake tray – you can even decorate a pastry with flowers or greens from your garden. Finally, a sprig of baby’s breath is the perfect finishing touch for this set-up, whether laid next to your rosé or in a bottle-turned-vase. To update the spread for an autumn get-together, swap your blush-colored beverage for your favorite red wine or cider.

Metallic Utensils

Another on-trend necessity for your next outdoor picnic comes in the form of metallic mugs and utensils. Copper, rose gold and yellow gold are having a moment, but they’re also versatile enough to use all year round. Don’t be afraid to mix and match metals, or incorporate other rustic materials into your place settings (like canvas, twine, wood, and herbs – rosemary sprouts actually are a great garnish for your napkin rings!). Serve grapefruit mules in your mugs until summer comes to an end; then switch to cinnamon apple cider or spiced punch when the leaves start to fall.

Floral Centerpieces

Fresh flowers are a natural centerpiece for a garden party or picnic, and will help bring a pop of color to the otherwise neutral setting. Peach, purple and yellow peonies are a perfect choice for summer, while roses, sunflowers, and heleniums look great for fall. Either place the flowers into small, clear vases or re-purpose Mason jars to stay true to your rustic theme.

Cozy Seats

For an extra cozy vibe your guests will love, create a seating area with throw pillows, blankets and rugs. Pastel blue will complement your summery accent hues well, while plaid prints will add a fall twist when autumn is in full force. Hang globe string lights to add a rustic, romantic ambiance (and to allow your party to continue long after the sun sets).

Now that you’re covered when it comes to picnic essentials, learn which color you need in your closet to transition your wardrobe from summer to fall.

Photo Credit: Samantha Collins and Gemma Darr