Since Ariana Grande has become a major pop star, ponytails surged in popularity, which is not a surprise, considering how flawlessly she wears them at all times. High ponytails can be casual or elegant, depending on the situation, so learning how to do them properly makes a lot of sense, especially if you’re not a fan of complicated hairstyles that require professional assistance.
So if you’ve been inspired to do a ponytail, here are some tips that will help you achieve a perfect one that will look red-carpet worthy.
Make sure your roots are smooth
This is a must-do, especially if you have textured hair. Wavy and curly hair types need to be blow-dried straight in order for your ponytail to look good. Even if you have straight hair, blow-drying it will make it smooth and easier to manage. So, to blow dry hair when it’s wet: use heat, a brush, and dry your hair in the same direction at the root. Also, make sure to use a heat protectant spray beforehand. But, in case your hair is dry, then you can dampen it a bit by spraying it with some water and adding a silicone-based heat protectant.
Brush your hair to tame it
Taming your hair is important because it prevents frizz and flyaways. You can do it by using a paddle brush and some quality hair gel. In case you have baby hair, then feel free to use a toothbrush and some gel to smooth it. Additionally, you might also spray some hairspray on your brush to promote a better distribution of the product. However, if your hair is too curly, feel free to get a professional blow-dry, as that will make your hair perfectly straight and easy to manage.
Don’t be afraid to experiment with the extensions
If you want a ponytail, but your hair isn’t long enough, no worries. Sometimes, getting a little extra help can make for a truly amazing hairstyle. Therefore, in case you need some additional hair for your ponytail, feel free to experiment with clip in ponytail hair extensions to create a stunning, yet completely natural look. If you want to experiment further, you can choose an extension of a different color, as that will make you look unique.
But using the one that has a similar color to your own is the safest option, especially if you’re aiming for a simple and color-coordinated look. In case it’s your first time using extensions, it’s important to inform yourself and read the instructions that come with the product.
Make sure that your ponytail is secure
The key to looking good with your high ponytail is to ensure it will stay up for the whole time. That’s where bobby pins come to the rescue: they’re lightweight, easy to use, and practically invisible. So, first, you should prop the ponytail by using bobby pins under the ponytail. Then, place them diagonally to lift the pony. Finally, use some hairspray to finish the look off and create a more polished and sleeker appearance.
Add more elegance
As mentioned before, a ponytail can be elegant, but in order to make it look so, it’s important to hide the elastic band, as it can often cheapen your hairstyle. To do that, make sure to use a section of your hair under the ponytail, and wrap it around the ponytail base until everything is completely covered. Use a hairpin that’s been hidden under the base to strengthen the look. Alternatively, you can use some hair gel instead of a hairpin. After you’re done with this, don’t forget to use hairspray to fixate the ponytail and create a more elegant look.
A ponytail is an easy hairstyle that looks good on everyone, so if you feel like trying something new, feel free to consider this one. Just remember to straighten your roots to prevent frizz, and in case your hair is too short, don’t be afraid to use some additional help in the form of extensions. In the end, keep in mind that wearing tight ponytails for too long can cause headaches or even hair thinning at the front, so be sure to take breaks and treat your hair with care and patience at all times.
Guest Author Bio:
Sophia Smith is Australian-based beauty, fashion and lifestyle blogger. She is very passionate about latest fashion trends, DIY projects and natural beauty products. Sophia writes mostly in beauty and fashion related topics, mainly through blogs and articles. She is regular contributor at High Style Life.