In warmer, summer months, it’s likely that more of us will opt for tying hair up and out of the way to help keep us cool. While ponytails are simple enough to put up, it’s getting them to look good that can be trickier. From flyaways to getting your ponytail to stay in the right place, these factors can all influence how good the finished product looks. With these simple tips, the humble ponytail can look great and ooze style.
Brush into place
It’s important to brush your hair back into place before securing it with hair elastics. By doing this with a smooth paddle brush, you will help to detangle it and create a smoother finish. Also, when you’re brushing your ponytail out, hold it at the base to keep it in place and to reduce stress on the roots of your hair.
Dirty vs. clean hair
While there is no better feeling then freshly washed hair, it can actually prove a nuisance when perfecting the ponytail because it can be slippery and hard to fix in place. Unwashed hair that is a little bit greasier is much easier to style and more likely to stay put. Should you only have clean hair to work with, the saviour that is dry shampoo will help to fake some texture.
Location is everything
High, mid, low? Where you tie your hair can make all the difference when pulling off the perfect ponytail and it’s all dependent on your features, so pay attention! A low ponytail can accentuate your jaw and neckline while higher ponytails can elongate your torso. Have a play with different height ponytails and see what looks best on you and suits your face shape the most.
Styling products for sleek ponytails
If you are going for the sleek look, it’s likely you will need the help of some styling products and tools. Applying gel or styling cream to damp hair will help to create that really sleek look. Just pull the damp hair into a ponytail and blow-dry it on a low heat. Another option it to spritz some hairspray on your brush before brushing your hair to help smooth down any flyaways. If you intend on straightening your hair, make sure you straighten every section to ensure the ponytail looks good from all angles.
Give height to your hair
Adding some height to your ponytail can help flatter your features. Teasing your hair at the crown can flatter rounder faces by making them appear more elongated. For a sixties inspired look, backcomb your hair at the crown to give your hair a bit of extra height and then lightly brush over the top to smooth it down.