Now that the dog days of summer-read: intense heat and humidity-are upon us, tis the season for updos! A classic ponytail is the quickest way to get your hair up and off your neck and to smooth away frizz, while still looking chic...well, that is, if you style it the right way. Sure, the ponytail is also the go-to hairstyle for outdoor sports and sweat sessions at the gym but, with a few simple tricks, it can also be your go-to style for the office and for drinks with friends. Worried your ponytail situation is looking a little thin? Read on for expert tips on how to get a thicker (looking) ponytail this summer!
First up, you need to create volume. Distribute a volumizing mousse through damp hair, and use your hands or a paddle brush to do a rough blow dry. Once your hair is dry, curl 1-inch sections away from and toward your face. Spray your new curls with a light-hold hairspray and then brush them out gently. Va-va-voluminous, yet? Good.
Next, you'll want to determine the look you're going for. While a messy look is great for a night out with your girls, for the office you'll likely want something a little more pulled together.
For a messier look, use your hands and pull back the top half of your hair into a high half-ponytail and secure with an elastic. Then, pull up the bottom half, and secure into a ponytail just underneath the top one. Fluff everything up and spray with a hairspray and enjoy your night out!
If you want a more chic style, take a look at your length first. If you have long hair skip this step, but if you have mid-length or shorter hair, you may want to add a weft or two of temporary clip in extensions to add some bulk. From there, create your desired part and brush back your hair-being careful to smooth out any bumps-into a low ponytail at the nape of your neck. Brush through the curls to give them extra volume, fan out the length of the ponytail and spray with a light-hold hairspray.
Want even more ponytail tips? Check out how the experts style gorgeous high ponytails, here.