There are certain universal beauty truths in life, and the fact that Victoria Beckham’s hair will always be posh is one of them. At the British Fashion Awards, the star picked up honors for Brand of the Year, and worked a winning low-key updo to boot. Rather than starting with damp strands, Beckham's hairstylist Ken Paves worked with already-dry layers---perfect for those days we just don't have the time to lather up, and serving up a chic, more-polished alternative to the traditional ponytail we'd rock a few days into our blowout.
Begin by spritzing a volumizer on your roots to mid-lengths. Paves used the Volumizing Spray from his upcoming You Are Beautiful hair line ($14;walmart.com starting Dec. 17), then used a blow-dryer to add body and texture. He then swept her hair into a low ponytail, and secured it with an elastic hair tie. Take the length and wrap it around the base of the style, then anchor it into place with a few hair pins. Don't worry if a few wisps fall out as you're doing this, the effortless, wind-swept tendrils add to the appeal. Finish by misting on a flexible-hold hairspray to keep the look from appearing too stiff.