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HOW-TO: Ponytail 101

Ever wonder how celebs and models can hit the red carpet with a simple pony and somehow manage to look chic and put together, while we save our ponytails for the gym and bad hair days? Well, there’s a few tricks the pros have up their sleeves that can make your pony look just as chic.

To start, gather the essentials…

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  • Toothbrush for smoothing flyaways
  • Bungees and hair elastics similar to your hair color
  • Mini, regular, and large bobby pins in a shade close to your hair color
  • Large and small French pins

A great ponytail starts with a great foundation. If working on freshly washed hair, blowdry all strands keeping in mind the direction the hair will be pulled in the pony. Will this be a high or low pony? Use a brush to pull hair in that direction.

Also think about whether you will be creating a sleek pony or one with volume at the hairling or crown. Keep that in mind as you blowdry. A sleeker look will mean blowdrying with minimal volume and lift at the root, where a pony with volume at the hairline may mean setting the hair with duck bill clips to cool after round brushing.


The sleek look is perfect for an occasion where you may not want your hair to be the center of attention. You can get away with more daring makeup looks and still feel sophisticated and professional. This is also a great way to camouflage ‘dirty’ or ‘greasy’ hair. Use the natural oils in your hair to your advantage for a sleek look.

1. To start, blowdrying strands smooth so there are no kinks of bends in the hair. We recommend using Moroccanoil Hydrating Styling Cream.

2. Split hair into two sections, one from ear to ear, meeting at the base of the pony. Clip the top section away, then gather the hair from the bottom section. Use a Mason Pearson brush and Oribe Gold Lust Oil to smooth the hair. Once hair has been gathered, you can use a fine toothed comb to perfect.

3. Secure strands with a hair elastic.

4. Gather remaining hair from the top section, adding it to the original pony. Continue to use your Mason Pearson brush, a fine toothed comb, or more Gold Lust oil to smooth hair back, then use a hair bungee to secure.

5. Use a flat iron and more oil to smooth the hair from the pony, if needed.

6. Find a small strands of hair from underneath the pony and wrap it around the base, securing with two small bobby pins.

7. Finish by misting your toothbrush with hairspray to brush back any fine hairs around the hairline, to get rid of flyaways, or to secure the hair wrapped around the base of the pony.


A more playful and statement making pony, this look is great for daytime gatherings or special occassions. For this look, you will want to style on cleaner hair to get more volume.

1. Blowdry strands with a round brush, setting the hair on the top mohawk section with duckbill clips when still hot.

2. While strands are cooling, spray with Oribe Dry Texture Spray at the roots and R+Co Death Valley Dry Shampoo.

3. Mist remaining strands with Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray.

4. Just like above, split hair into two sections, one above the crown and one below. Clip the top section away.

5. Gather bottom section with your Mason Pearson brush, misting the brush with hairspray after every few brushes. Secure with an elastic.

6. Remove duckbill clips from top section, then tease roots with a fine tooth comb. Lightly brush back the top section, using large French pins to place the hair as you would like to see it.

7. Once all hair has been gathered back, use a hair bungee to attach the top half of hair to the pony you had just created.

8. Mist your toothbrush with hairspray to brush back and refine any strands, and use a large french pin to direct any stray pieces. You can direct the lift at the crown with the back of your fine tooth comb.

9. Use a large curling iron to add a bend to the hair if needed.

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