The ponytail — once a 640 hairdo when you didn’t have time to properly style your hair — has reinvented itself. A ponytail can be glamorous when worn right, from the low-messy to twisted-side pony. But the ponytail that is slicked back and worn high for a fresh finish is often labeled the perfect pony. This can be the trick-pony when it comes to staying power, and it can be mastered with the right tools.
Things You'll Need
Start with slightly dirty hair — hair that hasn’t been washed in a couple of days. If you are starting with freshly washed hair, add some sort of styling product such as mousse or styling cream to give your hair some texture. Start with straight-hair if you want a straight ponytail or a leave curls if you want a curly ponytail.
Spray your brush with a light coating of hairspray to give the hair extra gripping power and smooth fly-aways. Brush hair into a high ponytail formation where the back of your head intersects with the crown. Spray the brush with hairspray before each brush stroke.
Secure the ponytail with an elastic hair band. Wrap the elastic as many times as you can. Split the ponytail and gently pull the two sections in opposite directions to pull the elastic closer to the scalp. Use a fine-tooth comb to smooth any bumps this creates.
Use bobby pins to secure to your scalp any layers that fall loose or fly-away hairs, to keep the look chic and stylish.
Wrap a small section from the bottom of the ponytail around the elastic band. Use a bobby pin to secure the end of your twist to the underneath of your ponytail. The bobby pin should be invisible, so insert it at an angle. Wrapping a piece of the ponytail will make it thinner, less heavy and more likely to stand up over a long period of time. You can also braid this section before wrapping for an extra bit of style.
Use a curling iron to smooth the curls of a curly ponytail or a flat-iron to create the sleekest pony possible. Spray one last finishing spray of hairspray.
References and ResourcesGlamour: Never underestimate a good ponytail; even Scar-Jo’s doing it
Marie Claire: 4 Steps to a Grown-Up Ponytail
Harper's Bazaar: Chic Ponytails to Try at Every Height