Ponytails are simple, elegant, and seemingly effortless. But if you rock the mainstream style day in and day out, it's probably time to spice things up a bit. Looking to draw some more attention to your ponytail? You're in luck! We tapped NYC stylist and L'Oréal Pro Ambassador Pepper Pastor to share her tips on how to turn an ordinary ponytail into one that'll make heads turn.
For a Smooth & Sleek Ponytail:
Want to give your ponytail a smooth and sleek edge? Per Pastor's recommendation, start by applying L'Oreal Professionnel Densité to the roots. Next, pull your hair back into a high ponytail. "I think a smooth ponytail looks best when it sits high on the head," Pastor says. To smooth the lengths, run a bit of L'Oreal Professionnel Mythic Oil Nourishing Oil through your hair and go over it with a flat iron until it's pin straight. Finish with a few spritzes of hairspray.
For a Full & Bouncy Ponytail:
If smooth and sleek ponytails aren't your thing, try a full and bouncy one instead. Unlike a smooth and sleek ponytail, Pastor recommends placing a full and bouncy ponytail in the middle of the back of your head. Start by applying L'Oreal Professionnel True Grip on the roots before pulling your hair back. "It'll give you a soft, matte, tousled root look," Pastor says. Once your hair is secured in the middle of the back of your head, spray it with hairspray and curl the pieces with a 3-quarter inch curling iron. Once the curls have cooled, take a wide-toothed comb and tease the ponytail. Finish with a few spritzes of L'Oreal Professionnel Next Day Hair.
Editor's note: Don't be afraid to play around with accessories! Pastor recommends tying a piece of intricate or detailed ribbon around the ponytail for a little something extra. "It looks a bit more modern than wrapping a strand of hair around the ponytail," she says. "If you're not a fan of anything too sparkly, you can use a piece of velvet that matches your own hair color."
For a Low Ponytail:
Pastor admits that achieving a low ponytail that looks full is a bit tricky. "You'll want to have hair that's long-at least middle of the back length-for a low ponytail," she says. "From there, I think a low ponytail with long hair looks best when braided." To get the look, Pastor recommends combing a volumizing mousse, like L'Oreal Professionnel Volume Envy Extra, through the roots as well as on the dry lengths of the ponytail. "This can help contain the hair so there are no flyaways," she says. As for the braid, there's no shortage of options to choose from, be it a fishtail braid or a knot braid.
Keep in mind that having short hair doesn't mean you have to bid farewell to the idea of a low ponytail. Talk to your stylist about the best ways to achieve a low ponytail with short strands. He or she may suggest temporary extensions to add some fullness and length to your mane!