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Polished Wedding Ponytail

A little patience and a lot of heat can straighten curly hair temporarily if you want it sleek for the I do’s and wavy for the honeymoon. New York City stylist Sarah Potempa applied a serum, stretched the strands, and smoothed locks with a flat iron before pulling hair back into the super-chic look.

Photography by: Tamara Schlesinger


  • Protection serum
  • Blow-dryer with nozzle attachment
  • Boar-bristle brush
  • Ceramic straightener
  • Clear elastic
  • Smoothing crème
Photography by: Mike Krautter Photography


1. Protect hair from heat damage by applying a serum. Use a blow-dryer with a nozzle attachment and a boar-bristle brush to stretch out and smooth strands.

Photography by: Mike Krautter Photography

2. Get the perfect smooth finish by going over hair again with a ceramic straightener. Add extra height at the roots by straightening pieces in an upward motion.

Photography by: Mike Krautter Photography

3. Gather hair at the nape of the neck and secure with a clear elastic. Finish off with a smoothing crème.



Carol’s Daughter Macadamia Heat Protection Serum, $20; Cutler Specialist Fly Away Control Stick, $23;