By request – a post about ponytails! Specifically, how do to do a ponytail right, with some semblance of class. This is a perfect challenge for me because when I’m not at work, I’m almost always sporting a ponytail. A basic, boring, trashy ponytail. Here are a few ideas on how to very simply spiff your pony up while keeping it real. (Read: easy)
First, let’s talk about placement. Just like with your updos, there are two locations that seem to be universally flattering. Put a book on your head. Where it rests is your apex. Now feel the back of your head for the bony prominence called your occipital bone. One-half way between the two is location numero uno. The other is one-half way between your occipital and the nape (hairline at your neck.) Of course, these locations are just suggestions. Feel free to play around with where your ponytail looks best to you.
In my humble opinion, ponytails looks best when they are either A) super messy or B) super smooth. Anything in between screams, “I just don’t care.”
If you want to go for super messy, start with my hot momma wavy/textured hair technique. Or just wake up and scrunch in some texturizing product. Pull back your hair, leaving some of your layers in the front to fall around your face. Don’t brush – just use your fingers.
For the super smooth look, put some wax or pomade in your hands, rub your hands together to emulsify and slick hair back into your ponytail. Use a boar brush to further smooth your hair. Tie off tightly with a hair band.
Either look can be dressed up by:
1. Adding a headband (or two). This is the fastest, easiest way to fancy up your ponytail. Use big elasticized bands for casual days and a pretty band with flowers, feathers, or a bow for a night out.
2. Bump it up! Just kidding… kind of. Take a small moon shaped section at the top of your forehead. Divide in half, cross the two sections and push forward. Pin with two bobby pins, crossed. Then proceed with putting the rest back in to a ponytail.
3. Wrap a small strand of hair around the band to hide it and pin.
6. Big earrings and lipstick. For whatever reason, they both make a ponytail feel a little more legit.