Create a classic ponytail hairstyle by brushing hair, applying a styling gel and fastening hair at the nape of the neck. Style with a flat iron or curling iron, and finish by adding a stylish accent.
- Brush hair thoroughly
Brush clean, dry hair till it is free of tangles. Eliminate cowlicks or bumps with a spritz of water or a dab of styling gel.
- Part your hair
Decide what kind of part you want. You can let your hair fall at its natural part, brush your hair straight back from your forehead or create a new part. To create a part, gently run the tip of a wide-tooth comb against your scalp. Using this technique, you can make a center part, a side part or a deep-side part.
- Apply setting gel
Apply a light spritz of setting gel around your part to help keep it neat. If you are brushing your hair straight back, spritz the crown of your head.
- Fasten with an elastic band
Brush your hair again, focusing on the mid-shaft to the ends. Firmly gather your hair at the nape of your neck, and fasten with an elastic band. Choose a clear elastic for a neat, clean look.
- Style your ponytail
Apply a heat protecting product to the ponytail. Separate the ponytail into 1-inch-wide sections to style. For a sophisticated look, flat-iron each section until it is silky smooth, and apply a shining serum. For a flirty look, use a curling iron to create bouncy waves, and set with hairspray.
- Add an accent
Enhance your ponytail with an accent piece that complements your style. Consider wrapping a ribbon around the elastic, tucking a silk flower into the side of the ponytail or attaching a glittery brooch to the elastic.