A sleek ponytail is one of the most versatile looks. It’s a go-to for casual days around town, and a quick, chic and easy option for nights in the bar or the club. Smooth ponytails are also great for making a statement, adding polished drama to almost any ensemble. Plus, when created correctly, this style defeats humidity, keeping hair in place day and night. The key to making this look a success is the right tools and techniques. Learn my six steps to perfect ponies in the style notes. –– Kelly Rowe

Sleek Ponytail

Step: Mist dry hair with protective thickening lotion to shield against heat and add light hold. Flat iron in small sections to get hair as straight and as sleek as possible.

Step: Work a nickel sized amount of texture paste into hair, roots to mid lengths.

Step: Decide whether you want a side-parted or straight back ponytail; then decide the height you will like to wear it at. Deeply parted, low ponies are trendier; slicked back, high ponies are more striking. Using your boar bristle brush, begin working hair into a ponytail.  Remember to brush straight up from underneath and tilt head backwards. This prevents saggy bits on the underneath.

Step: Once the ponytail is at the shape and height you want, secure with an elastic or bungee. Bungees may work better for thicker hair as you can wrap them tighter and they will not droop under the weight of the hair.

Step: Use a small amount of pomade to keep hair smooth and shiny and against your head. To add extra polish to your style, take a piece of hair from the under side of the ponytail, smooth it with pomade, and wrap it around the base of the ponytail to conceal the elastic. Secure with a bobby pin.

Step: Mist hair with primp working spray to keep hair gorgeous all day.

By Kelly Rowe. Kelly Rowe is a professional hair stylist in NYC and a regular contributer to Style Noted.

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