How To Get The Sleekest Pony, Ever

By Justine Marjan
Photo: Brian Rasic/REX Shutterstock.
Ever wonder how celebs and models can hit the red carpet with simple ponytails and somehow manage to look chic and put-together, while many of us save our ponies for the gym and bad hair days? Well, the pros have a few tricks up their sleeves that can make your pony look on-point, too.

To start, gather the essentials. You'll need a toothbrush for smoothing flyaways, bungees and hair elastics similar to your hair color, and mini, regular, and large bobby pins in a shade close to your color. You should also have a few large and small French pins.

Once you've got all the tools of the trade, you're ready to go.

A great ponytail starts with a great foundation. If working on freshly washed hair, blowdry all strands, keeping in mind the direction you'll pull them in the pony. Will the pony be high or low? Use a brush to pull hair in that direction. And think about whether you'll be creating a sleek style or one with volume at the hairline or crown.

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The Sleek Pony
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With a sleek look, you can get away with more daring makeup looks and still feel sophisticated and professional. It's also a great way to camouflage greasiness — it uses those natural oils to your advantage.

To start, blowdry strands smooth. We recommend using Moroccanoil Hydrating Styling Cream.

Split hair into two sections, one on top of the other, meeting at the base of the pony. Clip away the top section, and then gather the hair from the bottom section. Use a Mason Pearson brush and Oribe Gold Lust Oil to smooth the strands. Then, use a fine-toothed comb to perfect.

Secure your mane with an elastic. Gather your top section, adding it to the first pony. Continue to use your brush, a fine-toothed comb, or more hair oil to smooth hair back; finally, finish by securing it with a bungee.

If you want to go even sleeker, use a flat iron and more oil to smooth the hair in the actual pony.

The last step is grabbing a small strand from underneath the pony and wrapping it around the base, securing with two small bobby pins. Finish by misting your toothbrush with hairspray to brush back any fine hairs around the hairline and get rid of flyaways.

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The Voluminous Pony
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A more playful and statement-making pony, this look is great for daytime gatherings or special occasions. Style it on cleaner hair to get more volume.

Blowdry with a round brush, setting the hair on the top mohawk section with duckbill clips while still hot. As strands are cooling, spray with Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray at the roots and R+Co Death Valley Dry Shampoo. Mist remaining strands with a hairspray, such as Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray.

Just like the sleek ponytail, split hair into two sections, one above the crown and one below. Clip away the top section, and gather the bottom section with your brush, misting the brush with hairspray after every few brushes. Secure with an elastic.

Remove duckbill clips from top section, and then tease roots with a fine-toothed comb. Lightly brush back the top section, using large French pins to place the hair where you would like to see it. Once you gather all your hair back, use a bungee to attach the top half of hair to the pony you've just created.

Finally, 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-toothed comb. For extra volume, use a large curling iron to add a bend.

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