Watch! Create The Crossover Loop Ponytail by Sam Villa

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Rising summer temperatures call for hairstyles that keep clients cool, yet still looking on-trend and put-together. Enter the ponytail; it can be dressed up for a classy night out, or kept cute and casual for a day at the beach, or even just running errands around town. Its versatility is what keeps the ponytail trendy, and the reason so many women (and longer-haired men!) turn to it throughout the year.

Sam Villa, Founding Partner of Sam Villa and Redken Education Artistic Director, shares his elegant, dressed-up take on this hairstyle classic in the form of the Crossover Loop Ponytail. Perfect for date nights, brunch, or even the red carpet, this look can be created in just 5 minutes, and will keep clients cool and chic, no matter the occasion!

See the Crossover Loop Ponytail how-to in the video below, and click through the slideshow to get the step-by-step instructions!

Tools: Elastics, hairpins, grip, and the Sam Villa Texturizing Iron to texturize the hair prior to styling to add volume and ensure the style will not slip or fall out.

Click through to see the step-by-step instructions!


1. Take a diagonal section from the front of the ear to just below the high point of the head.
2. Add a small amount of back-combing for lift and volume. Comb all of that hair back and secure with an elastic to create a ponytail.

3. Starting at the lobe of the ear, take a diagonal slice of hair using the finger back toward the ponytail.

  4. Cross that section diagonally up and over the top of the ponytail. When crossing that section over, come up through the opposite side of the ponytail with two fingers, grab the cross over section with those two fingers and bring that section down through the pony. Pull the cross over section down tight and secure with a hairpin.

5. Take a diagonal section from the side the hair was pulled through, cross it over to the other side (where it was crossed the first time is the location to pull the hair through), and repeat for the opposite side of the head.

6. Carefully come back up through the crossed section with two fingers and pull that section down through it and secure by sliding a grip down from the top.

7. Once the ponytail is created, the remaining hair can also be customized for alternate looks; continue down with a braid, add curls or simply leave it straight for a sleek and sophisticated finish.

[Images/video courtesy of Glow Communications]

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