Ponytails can be a hairstyle, but often they’re more of an un-style. Ponytails happen when we’re going to the gym, or get tousled about by the wind, or are bent over a book. And it’s reasonable that sometimes we just need to get our hair out of the way. But what about when you want that other kind of ponytail, the one that’s actually a style? How do you transform throw-it-up to wear-it out? Click the style notes to find out. –– Laura Martin

1. Add a side part, a deep one. Deep side parts are an easy way to make any style look glamorous. Add one to a ponytail and you’ll create instant sophistication. Spray a little holding spray into your part to keep it neat.

2. Make it super sleek. Adding shine and smoothness is an easy way to take your ponytail to the next level. Mist hair with healing oil and brush through before pulling back. Then mist with holding spray to lock it in place.

3. Take it low. High ponytails can look chic, but they’re tough to get perfect. For easy polish, set your ponytail right at the nape. Let a few pieces fall free around the face or try a crisp center part.

4. Smooth the ends. The tail of your ponytail is the part most likely to look rough if you just throw it up. For a quick fix, wrap the entire tail around a large velcro roller, heat it with a hair dryer, mist with holding spray and allow to cool.


Special thanks to Laura Martin for this post. Laura is a professional hair stylist, former senior educator at ARROJO cosmetology school, and a creative non-fiction MFA student at Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA. Follow her inspirations on twitter.

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