Pull all your hair back and up, tie it together with a hair band and walk out of the door, ready to take on a new day! That’s really all it takes to get a messy ponytail right. This, in turn, partly explains the immense popularity of this simple look—it’s so easy to achieve.
The other component to its enduring fame is just how versatile it is.
It’s amazing how easy you can create this sexy look, whether with your naturally long hair, or with ‘fake’ strands (i.e. a weave). Simply tease all your hair, or air dry without a comb. Put it high up into a ponytail, fasten with an elastic and take a few strands at the hairline out, to complete the look
Too tight ponytails. They do cause breakage because of the tension and may cause headaches.
A thin hair tie. It just won’t hold your hair or leave a line of demarcation if it’s too tight.
A loose scrunchie that you’ll tighten every now and then. When you do so, you rub the scrunchie against the cuticles of your hair weakening the hair shafts.
A ponytail for sleep. This isn’t such a good idea as it may seem. A tighter pony is too stressful, and a loose one makes no sense when you are in bed. It’s better to braid your hair overnight if you want to gather it.
A satin scrunchie or a thick no-metal band. These are hair-friendly, and with good reason.
If you wear ponytails often, switch their positions – high, low, side – to avoid the tension and stress at the same place which can lead to damage and split ends.
Alternate ponytails with other hairstyles, like buns, French twists, and braids to prevent breakage.
If you love ponytails, still try to give your hair and scalp some rest from them.
New Ideas for Ponytail Hairstyles:
A sleek top with a tousled ponytail. The contrast of textures within one hairstyle is very in. If you sleek your hair at the roots with gel, pull it back into a pony and then backcomb the pony, you’ll get a chic slick-and-messy style.
Low loose ponytail. Tight ponytails may be good for activities, but they are also stressful for your strands and scalp. A low pony tied off a few inches below the nape of your neck looks relaxed and modern. You can do it for straight or textured hair, layered or one-length cuts.
French-twisted ponytail. Blending two hairstyles in one is another popular approach in hairstyling. Let’s say a French twist and a low pony. To make the style symmetrical, you can make two French twists facing one another or go with a regular French twist that ends with a side pony for a cool asymmetrical look.
Wrapped ponytail. Well, wrapped ponytails are nothing new under the sun, but you can experiment with the wraps and get new takes on the old pony. Try to leave a section you’ll use for the wrap out of your ponytail and twist it before actually wrapping around the base of your pony. This one works best with a low ponytail.
Ponytail with crimped sections. A crimping iron is good to add texture to your basic pony. Don’t crimp all the hair though, rather throw in a few crimped sections here and there, or crimp only the roots, leaving the lengths straight.
Ponytail with a part. Your basic ponytail probably simply sweeps hair away from the face, with no part. Try it low and with a middle part or a side part, and you’ll get a new look.