Hairstyle How To: Creating the Perfect Ponytail


Just like me, you’ve probably thought that creating a ponytail is just about the easiest hairstyle to accomplish.  I mean how difficult could it be? You grab a hair tie, pull all your hair back and secure it with the hair tie and you have yourself a ponytail.  Well as I have learned (mostly from being on set and watching hairstylists) that way of creating a ponytail is just fine and dandy, but if you want to create the perfect ponytail you have to throw a few additional steps in there and I thought I would share those steps with you, our fabulous readers.  So here goes!

Step 1: Take a parting from ear to ear (from the back of the ear, across the top of the head to the back of the other ear).

Step 2: Clip the front part of the hair out of the way and tilt your head back slightly (to ensure that your ponytail does not end up saggy or buckles.)


Step 3: After deciding on placement of the ponytail (low, high or middle of the head), brush rear portion of hair into your hand loosely holding it, and with the other hand grab the ponytail tight against the head and secure with a hair tie.



Step 4: Release the top section with your head still tilted back slightly and brush front portion directly into the other ponytail (trying to avoid disruption of the other ponytail but don’t be afraid to brush the hair straight into and over the previously created ponytail) and secure with an elastic hair tie in the exact same way as above.


Step 5: Using hairspray for fly-aways, lightly smooth and spray fly-aways with hands or a fine tooth comb…only lightly skimming the top of the hair.


Bonus step: If you would like to make the ponytail sleeker or dress it up a bit, try grabbing a small section of the ponytail near the elastic hair tie and begin wrapping it around the elastic to hide the hair tie.  Secure wrap with a hair pin and bobby pin making sure that the pin is not visible.


And there you have it, two versions of the perfect ponytail…thanks to amazing hairstylist Pearson Knight for walking us through creating the perfect ponytail!



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8 Responses to Hairstyle How To: Creating the Perfect Ponytail

  1. Mandy

    Just what I needed! With a new baby, it’s easier to have my hair in a ponytail and not have to worry about it getting in her face or getting in my way. Thanks!

  2. Kathleen

    Nice to have a professional model and hairdresser in the family. I usually take some hair from the ponytail, braid it and wrap the base.

  3. Rafeeda

    wow…thanks for the tips Gail….never taught about that..just what you need when you don’t feel like leaving your hair down…..

  4. Gail Lewis

    You are most welcome :)

  5. Gail Lewis

    That’s a great idea too, I’ll have to try that one!

  6. Gail Lewis

    You are welcome! If ou follow those steps the ponytail really stays put and still looks really cute!

  7. Terri

    Great tips Gail, thanks. Wrapping a strand of hair around the hair band to hide it is just genius, really finishes of the job.

  8. Gail Lewis

    Thanks, I’ve seen it done before but always thought they were using a tie that looked like hair LOL, thanks to Pearson Knight for setting me straight :)

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