Get The Look: Serena Williams’ Sleek Ponytail

Serena Williams
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We always love a good red carpet slay — especially when we can afford it! Tennis phenom Serena Williams just showed off how you can shut down a red carpet while serving beauty on a budget.

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True, she rocked the hell out of a custom Armani gown (too deep for our pockets!) But, while her super sleek power ponytail looked high-end, it was no wear near breaking the bank.


The look was crafted by hairstylist Nai’vasha Johnson who is behind the manes of such divas as Yara Shahidi and Logan Browning.

Serena Williams
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The inspiration for Serena’s look is directly from Giorgio Armani’s sketch,” shared Nai’vasha. “I wanted to celebrate Serena’s beautiful hair texture and iconic cheekbones. Therefore, we decided on a sleek tight ponytail.”

And, she said she created the look using Dove products, totaling less than $15. To start, she used Dove Care Between Washes Re-Styling Milk ($4.88) on Serena’s freshly washed hair to help redefine her natural texture. Nai’vasha shared that she “likes using it on both dry and wet hair.”

She then blow-dried her hair and separated it into four sections, brushed into a mid-height ponytail and secured with a bungee elastic hair tie.  

To achieve the dramatic lengths, Nai’vasha then saturated the loose ends with Dove Care Between Washes Re-Hydrating Mist ($4.18) and created an invisible braid. This served as a base for the crimped clip-in extensions.

Once installed, she finished off with Dove Style+Care Compressed Micro Mist Extra Hold Hairspray ($4.88) add shine and maintain a slicked-back look.

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Stephenetta (isis) Harmon

isis is a music, hair and communications junkie. she is a Black beauty editor; founder of Sadiaa, the premiere beauty directory for women of color, and editor for HypeHair.com.