Throwing your hair into a messy ponytail may be the first step in your workout routine, but the go-to hairstyle deserves to be shown off at other places besides the gym. From sleek and low to high and flirty, when it comes to the loose, swinging style, the options are endless. Read on to discover easy ways to amp up your ponytail.
Need a quick and easy style for date night? Skip the edgy topknot and opt for a sleek low ponytail instead. Create a center or deep side part, then use a boar bristle brush to smooth down the hair around the front of your head and pull hair into a low ponytail along the nape of your neck. To achieve that slicked-down look, use a strong-hold styling pomade and hairspray.
Hide the tie
Give your ponytail a polished finish by covering up the hair elastic. To achieve the look, pull hair into a regular ponytail, making sure to leave a 1” section of hair out. Then, wrap the remaining hair around the hair tie and secure it with a bobby pin. Another option? Try braiding the loose section before tying it around the ponytail.
Pump up the volume
Nobody wants a limp pony. A little dry shampoo is an easy way to add volume, body and texture to your style. Start out by applying dry shampoo to your roots, then massage it in. Next, use a teasing brush or comb to gently tease the hair at the roots, then smooth the hair down and pull it into a high ponytail for a fun and flirty look.
Frame your face
Afraid your ponytail looks a little too harsh? Give it a more relaxed feel by pulling out loose pieces of hair around your face. (Think: the long tendrils a la every ’90s teen flick.) Face-framing pieces are always flattering and instantly add a romantic, feminine appeal to any pony.
Play around with the positioning
Different pony placements work on different face shapes. Typically, high ponytails work best on those with rounder faces, while a lower ponytail is flattering on those with a square face. Try experimenting with different types of ponytails to see which style best suits you.