When it comes to holiday beauty trends, it’s pretty standard to expect a little glitz. Whether you’re wearing beaming jelly highlighter, sporting gilded nail art, or rocking hair jewelry, it’s all about embracing the shine this season. Last year, it was glitter roots that dominated holiday hairstyles, but this year, there’s a new seasonal spin on that sparkly look: instantly upgrading a ponytail with glitter. “The glitter pony is perfect for the holidays because it takes a classic look and adds the right amount of glam,” says Sarah Lund, KEVIN.MURPHY Style Master. Read on for her tips and tricks for perfecting this pony.

Step 1: Start with clean, smooth, straight hair. Unlike other styles, a sleek pony works best on freshly washed locks — save the second-day hair for a ‘do that requires more texture. “This is the perfect look to style after a mask or treatment when the hair is very soft,” Lund explains.

Step 2: Create a ponytail that sits in the middle of the back of the head. To achieve the smoothest pony possible, Lund recommends using a boar bristle brush. “Boar bristles do a really amazing job of distributing natural oils throughout the hair while laying the cuticle down,” she tells us. Secure with an elastic band and wrap a small piece of hair around to conceal.

Step 3: Mix any color of fine, loose glitter into a lightweight styling gel or paste, like KEVIN.MURPHY FREE.HOLD Medium Hold Styling Creme ($42). Hit it with a shot of heat from your blow dryer to make it easier to work with.

Step 4: Using your fingers or a (clean) hair dye brush, apply the glimmering mixture to the end of your ponytail. You can choose how much sparkle you want to rock — a subtle touch of shimmer works well on just the ends but you can amp it up if you start halfway down the length of your pony.

Step 5: Spritz on a strong hold hairspray to seal in your look. Done and done!

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