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Ponytails are one hairstyle that will always be “in” for women of all ages.
But before you put your hair up in a ponytail again, check out these tips and tricks first.
- Some will save your hair from breakage.
- Others will make your style look more hip and cool.
- Still others will save you time and money.
Anyone who wears their hair in a ponytail — including both guys and girls — will benefit from these helpful tips…
#1 – Ponytails That Are Too Tight
#2 – To Cover Up The Rubber Band
If you have thick hair, take a small section of hair from underneath the ponytail, wrap it once, and secure the hair with 1 or 2 bobby pins inserted underneath the ponytail toward your head. If you have thin hair, a 1-inch-thick hair extension the same color as your hair
will do the trick.
#3 – Messy Ponytails Are More Natural
This is easiest with unwashed hair
, since you want a sort of messed-up texture. To create that with freshly washed hair, spray volumizer, or texturizer, on your hair and roughly blow-dry as you work your fingers through it.
#4 – Combine Salt & Water In A Spray Bottle
#5 – Ponytails Still Need Some Hairspray
#6 – Texturized Ponytails Are Trendy
#7 – Ponytails And Sleep
#8 – Shape Your Ponytail
#9 – Side Ponytail For Dry Hair
Maybe you don’t have time to wash your hair, or are on your way out and need a quick look. If your hair is long and has a natural wave to it, this side ponytail will look like you took hours to create. Scrunch up wavy hair with your favorite hair scrunching lotion or gel. Aussie Scrunch Hairspray
can be heavy and a little sticky, but if it’s just for show, go for it. Grasp the hair close to neck and make a loose side ponytail
. Catch all the hair in the elastic, but let it look loose, not tight.
#10 – Ponytails And Headaches
#11 – Make A Double-Knotted Pony Bun
Pull the hair halfway down, as if to pull it through the elastic again
. Then, do the same thing once more, leaving the rest out and all fluffy and undone looking but smoothed.
#12 – Ponytails Aren’t Just For Elastics
#13 – Hair Breakage From Ponytails
When rubber bands or other “unfriendly” hair bands cause hair breakage
, a line of short hairs that are 2 to 4 inches from the scalp become visible. These shorter hairs that result from ponytail damage are known as “halo” or “angel hairs.”
#14 – Side Ponytails Are Sexy
#15 – Avoid Damaging Your Hair
1) Use elastic bands that are covered with fabric like silk or cotton (never use rubber or plastic) and that don’t have any hair-snagging metal pieces, and
2) Spritz a light silicone spray over your hair before you put it into a ponytail, so your hair will glide against the hair band without splitting.
#16 – Create A Half-Up Do
One way to add height to your face, and to emphasize cheekbones, while still showing off hair length is to pull the sides and the top of your hair up, while leaving most of your hair down
. Pull the hair from above the ears, in a diagonal direction to the back of your head. Do for both sides. Attach with an elastic.
#17 – Volume At The Crown
To get lots of volume at the crown
, put your fingers on either side of the front of your ears and run your fingers straight up. Clasp the collected hair in one hand. Tease your roots with a wide-toothed comb. Spritz hairspray on teased roots, then let your hair go and smooth back into a ponytail. Secure with elastic.
#18 – Shorter Layers Work Better With Wet Hair
#19 – Unwashed Hair Holds A Ponytail Best
Ponytails are often easier to style when hair is slightly aged from the last shampoo. Newly washed, soft, or slippery hair, can often be trickier to work with than “day old” hair
#20 – Tease The Top For Added Height
#21 – Styling Products Make All The Difference
Add a bit of styling mousse or pomade to give just-dried hair some weight and texture
. Tame any flyaway hairs with an anti-frizz serum or hair gel. Style the front of your hair, including bangs, wisps or tendrils that you don’t want pulled back.
#22 – Ponytail Hair Extensions
#23 – How To Hide The Elastic When You Have Layered Hair
If you have one length hair, it’s very easy to take a section of hair from beneath and wrap around the elastic to hide it. With layered hair, you can hide it using several sections of your hair. Start with the left side first using a strand to disguise the band, then crisscross the bobby pins to ensure that it holds properly
. Then start on the other side of your head, taking another section of hair and do the same.
#24 – Ponytail With A Pouf On Top
#25 – How To Accessorize When Wearing A Ponytail
#26 – For A Fuller Ponytail
#27 – Brigette Bardot Inspired Ponytail
First, wash your hair with a volumizing shampoo and lightly condition the ends. Use large, hot rollers and leave them in for 20 minutes
. Without disturbing the curl (the messier, the better), tease or “backcomb” the roots of your hair to create lift at the crown, then lightly brush your hair into a chic high ponytail. If you’ve got long bangs, pull out some pieces and part them down the center to frame your face.
#28 – Make A Double Pony
Start by separating your hair into 2 parts
: a small portion that will form a tiny ponytail near the lower part of your head, and a larger portion that will form the main ponytail near the top in back. Add extra height with the hair that lies flat on top of your head by back-combing or teasing the hair on top of your head.
#29 – How High Or Low To Place Your Pony
#30 – There Are No Rules
#31 – A High Ponytail Provides An Instant Facelift
#32 – Short Ponytail For Longer Hair
#33 – It’s All In How You Twist The Pony
With a flat paddle brush, use small circular rotations to sweep your hair up. This will keep hair flat and reduce any tangles or pesky bumps. Once the pony is secured in your hand, give the hair a slight clockwise twist to interlock any shorter layers. For a tighter ponytail, slip your hair elastic into position and then change hands and give it a second or third twist
#34 – I Dream Of Jeannie Ponytails
#35 – Your Basic Sexy Ponytail
#36 – Side Ponytail For Damp Hair
The side ponytail for long, damp hair should be worn low, not cheerleader style. It should rest where your hairline meets your neck. Rub a smoothing balm into your towel-dried hair
. Part your hair in the middle or on the opposite side of the ponytail. Pull down bangs if you have them. Brush hair to the side and secure with a strong elastic. Your hair should rest on the front of the shoulder.
#37 – Hide The Ponytail Band
#38 – Have Fun With Your Accessories
This hairstyle relies on little kid barrettes or decorative bobby pints
to hold back bangs or layers that don’t fit in the ponytail. Dry your hair, scrunching it for a bit of wave. You can also try blow dry your hair without brushing, just use your fingers. Scrunch the pony more for extra wave. Pin bangs or unsecured layers with a decorative bobby pin or little kid barrette.
#39 – For Fuller Ponytails
Use your hands as a comb to tease your hair
without a brush to make your ponytail look fat and full of body. Just separate a top layer of hair, then spread your hand and use it as a tool to rough up the under layers to make hair really big. Then, smooth the top layer over the teasing and make a ponytail. Before you put in the elastic, use your fingers again to tease the base of the ponytail to put back in volume you squeezed out when you pulled hair back. Secure with an elastic, then grab a piece of the tail and tease it the same way, with your hand, to fatten it up before wrapping it around to hide the elastic.
#40 – Leave Some Hair Loose Around Your Face
For a fun look, after you have your ponytail completely secured, use the tail of a comb to carefully pull a few pieces of hair from the base of the pony to create a light ‘fringe” around the perimeter of your face.
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