Pony up! Laura Polko, a celebrity hairstylist, just provided a handy hair tutorial that’s perfect for Memorial Day weekend. The artist, who’s worked with stars like Chrissy Teigen, Shay Mitchell and Olivia Munn, revealed the secrets behind one of her signature red carpet hairstyles, the side braid ponytail — and it’s easy enough to replicate at home. 

In an Elle.com video, Polko began by parting the model’s hair slightly off center. Starting from the left side, she assembled a reverse braid from the front, weaving over and not under. 

Polko proceeded to braid to the back towards the nape of the model’s neck, and secured her strands with small bobby pins along the way. She repeated that step on the other side of the model’s head. Once her entire head was braided, Polko undid the ends of the two braids to create the ponytail, securing it by wrapping a strand of hair around the ponytail and pinning it. She shook the end of the ponytail for added texture.

Tell Us — will you be trying this style for the long weekend?

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