My 5 Minute Ponytail Routine
How to Do a Professional Ponytail
Grabbing your hair and forcing it through a rubber band does create a ponytail, but not one to be proud of. Give the crown of your hair careful brushing attention to create a ponytail with height, life, and no pesky flyaway strands.
Dampen your hair.Slightly wet hair will be easier to shape to the desired style. Don't style your hair straight after the shower, since soaking wet hair breaks easily.
- A squirt bottle works well for light dampening.
- If your hair is dirty or oily, wash it, then wait until it is about 80% dry.
Apply hair serum.Two or three drops of hair serum will make your hair shiny and smooth. Massage it into the full length of your hair, from the roots to the ends.
- A hair mask, hair shine product, or conditioner will work as well. Try a different product if you don't like the end result.
- You can even use a natural oil such as coconut oil or olive oil. To avoid greasiness, use only a couple drops, and keep it away from your scalp.
Comb or brush your hair.Use a thin-toothed comb if you have straight hair. Use a wide-toothed comb or brush if you have curly or afro-textured hair. Slowly run this downward through your ends until there are no more tangles. Repeat with the rest of your hair, starting from a higher point each time.
Part your hair.Make a part starting right above the center or edge of one eyebrow, and part it over to the equivalent location on the other eyebrow. This will separate the hair on the crown of your head from the rest of your hair. Keep this hair in place with a hair clip.
Brush any remaining hair to the back of your head.Brush the remaining hair to a central location at the back of your head, just underneath the part. Use your other hand to hold this hair in place as your brush. Brush until all of this hair is smooth, then secure with an elastic hair tie.
Brush the hair on your crown.Remove the clip, then slip the hair tie over the ponytail and push it as close to the scalp as possible. Hold the end of the ponytail firmly with your non-dominant hand. Brush as follows to make your ponytail smooth and tall:
- Brush straight upward until the hair is smooth and bump-free. You may need to briefly relax the hand holding the ponytail so excess hair can slip through. Clamp down again immediately.
- Place the brush midway up the ponytail. Brush a few strands at a time, first rolling them back slightly, then sweeping them down to the back of your head. Repeat until all the hair in the ponytail has been brushed back.
Secure the two section of hair together.Slip another hair tie over the two sections of hair. Adjust your ponytail and the hair around it until you're satisfied with the appearance, brushing down any loose strands or bumps.
- Optionally, take a small portion of the first ponytail and wrap it around the hair ties. You can even braid it first for a fancier appearance.
Spray the hair around the ponytail.Press down on your head with one hand, and hair spray the hair around the ponytail. Once your hair is dry, you will have no fly-away strands, and your hair will exude a shiny, sleek, professional style.
- You can spray the ponytail itself very lightly, or leave it as-is.
QuestionHow do I put the leftover hair back in the ponytail?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou could try to curl and twist it back to the ponytail if it's long enough. If it's not long enough, you could clip it to your head with bobby pins.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I make a very tight and beautiful ponytail?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerA few things you can do are make sure you pull your hair tightly through the hair tie, use hair clips, wrap some hair around the hair tie, braid your hair, or wear a headband.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I wrap the part line hair around the ponytail securely?Community AnswerWrap it around so the elastic is not visible, then secure it with a clip or bobby pin right on the spot.Thanks!
- Try to center the ponytail in the middle of the back of your head.
- For some extra caution, bobby-pin the elastic into place. Try to use bobby pins that match your hair color.
- Slip the hair ties over your wrist for easy access during styling.
- You may use any color of tie that you desire, but a tie of the same color as your hair may lend you a subtler, more professional look.
- If your ponytail still looks flat at the crown, tease the roots there with a fine-toothed comb before you begin.
- You may need to try this several times before you get a look you enjoy. It can get frustrating, but the end result is worth it.
- Avoid rubber bands, which may cut into the hair when applied or removed.
- Don't brush too hard. Wet hair is stringy and more likely to break.
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