The classic ponytail works for any occasion or hair texture, whether thrown up in an undone do, or pulled tight for a structured, sleek look. Easy to create, the style is especially perfect for busy days and humid summer temps. From polished to playful, here are some how-to steps for sleek, textured and teased looks that work for every hair type.
Sleek & Tight — Polished Pony
The tight, polished pony works best with a straight, day-old blowout. So, if you have naturally frizzy curls, starting with a full, finished blowout is key. Start by applying a few spritzes of salt spray right around the hairline. If you dampen the front pieces slightly before blow drying, the hair will lay much flatter when you pull it back. Using a flat brush and a blowdryer, brush your hair back flush against your head. Continue by flipping your head over so you are brushing hair back in the direction of the ponytail.
If you direct the blow dryer straight down as opposed to with your head flipped over, the pony will likely have bumps when you go to put it up. Once blown back sleek and straight for a couple minutes, gather your hair and brush it back into a smooth pony, securing with an elastic. If you have thick hair, opt for a hair bungie as opposed to an elastic so you can wrap around as many times as necessary for a secure hold.
To complete the polished look, hide the elastic by wrapping a piece of hair around it. Take a 1/2-inch section on the underside of the pony, teasing one side and smoothing over the opposite side. Wrap the section, teased-side down, all the way around the ponytail. By slightly teasing the bottom, you will have a base to pin hair into. Finish by smoothing the entire look with hairspray. If hair is naturally curly use a shine spray for extra gloss and hold.