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My Hair Looks Bad In A Ponytail – What To Do

by Gabbi

Hairstyling isn’t as easy as the salon makes it look. Have you ever tried to replicate a salon hairstyle like curls, a blowout, or the perfect low bun? It can be challenging to style your hair at home, especially when you want to wear it up in a perfect ponytail.

We have all seen those people who are just blessed with the ability to throw it up in a hair tie and make it look perfect every time. However, that isn’t the case for most of us, and our ponytails can easily make us look frumpy and unflattering.

So your hair looks bad in a ponytail; what should you do? Thankfully, there are a few tips and tricks that will help you figure out the best ponytail that accentuates your features. In addition, you’ll learn to love your hair in the process. 

Everyone has a different hair type, texture, and density which all act differently when you throw it up in a ponytail. So, unfortunately, you have to analyze your hair and experiment to see what kind of ponytail works for you and your hair type.

For example, if you have very fine straight hair but have a lot of it and it’s thick, a high ponytail may not work for you. Having a lot of hair can be hard to hold at the top of your head, and fine hair quickly slips from hair ties without tons of product.

We’ve got a lot more where that came from, so keep reading to understand the best way to create a flawless ponytail for your hair type.

How To Create The Best Ponytail 

Do you feel like ponytails never look good on you? Most of us know the struggle of dealing with a ponytail that’s too flat, bumpy, or unflattering. One of the biggest fears of wearing a ponytail is looking bald or slightly resembling an egg.

Thankfully, we will pinpoint all your ponytail troubles, whether it’s too limp, flat, bumpy, and more. Analyzing your hair’s characteristics along with trial and error will also help you figure out the best ponytail for you.

In addition, using some of the following tips below will help ensure you never have a bad ponytail ever again. So, get your brushes ready; it’s time to master the art of the ponytail!

1. Ponytail Placement

Ponytail placement is crucial to creating a flattering updo. Play with your hair and see where the ponytail looks the best. 

Is it on top, in the middle, or low towards the nape of the neck? Also, your ponytail placement should complement your face shape.

You can find where the ponytail sits naturally on your head and work on mastering your placement. Your ponytail should always feel comfortable throughout the day. Finding the correct placement will create a flattering ponytail.

2. Hair Parting

Next, it’s time to find the best hair part for your ponytail. Avoid simply brushing your hair back because this won’t have a hair part and it can increase your chances of resembling an egg or looking bald. It can be unflattering for more prominent foreheads, too.

So instead, with a fine-tooth comb, create a hair part. A hair part can suit and accentuate your facial features, and it won’t look like a messy ponytail. You can part your hair in the middle or on the side, whatever suits your face shape best.

If you are feeling creative, you can even create zigzag parts or anything you desire!

3. Picking The Right Hair Tie 

A hair tie can also make or break your ponytail. Of course, you can’t go wrong with a classic hair tie, but sometimes they can be painful. Thankfully, there are many hair ties for every occasion.

For example, if you love a low ponytail that doesn’t cause friction or stress on your strands, opt for a silk hair tie or scrunchie that won’t tug your hair. 

On the other hand, if you love a dramatic high ponytail, opt for a bungee hair tie to lock in your pony on top of your head. This will ensure it’s secure and that it won’t fall down. 

4. Invest In Hair Gel 

For the curly and coily hair girls out there, invest in a high-quality gel to define your curls, tame your frizz, or even help keep your ponytail in place. 

Gel can help create a sleek and put-together pony while still allowing your curls to be the center of attention.

In addition, incorporating a hair gel in your ponytail routine can ensure your ponytail is long-lasting and looks fresh for the entire day. Combining a hair gel with the proper placement and hair tie makes for an unstoppable updo combo.

5. Use A Smoothing Brush 

It’s time to say goodbye to bumpy ponytails forever. Instead, invest in high-quality tools like combs and a quality hairbrush. A bristle brush or paddle brush can help detangle your hair and smooth out every single bump around your head for a seamless finish.

Take your time brushing your hair into your preferred ponytail placement. Brushing your hair thoroughly will ensure no bumps pop up once you tie your pony into place. It will also save you time from completely starting over due to bumpy hair.

6. Use Butterfly Clips Wisely

Let’s say you have found your perfect ponytail placement, but the tail lacks volume; what should you do? Tiny butterfly clips can help completely transform your hair and give you a boost of volume without having to tease your strands. 

Split the tail of your pony in half, and open your butterfly clip. Then, find the base of the tail where the hair tie is and clip in the butterfly clip.

Next, let go of the top section of the pony, so it covers the butterfly clip, and you should be left with instant volume.

7. Lay Down Your Edges (For Natural/Textured Hair Types)

3C – 4C hair types understand the struggle of your edges making or breaking your ponytail. This is why every hair type is different, and those who have 1-2 hair types don’t have the same problem with edges like 3C – 4C hair types. 

Using a gel or any other hair product you love, along with a small smoothing/detailing brush, can lay down your edges with ease and add a little bit of extra spice to your ponytail.

Then, you’ll be left with a sleek ponytail that will make people think you got it done at a salon. 

8. Add Dry Shampoo For Volume 

What if your roots are oily and falling flat instead of the ponytail itself? Dry shampoo will come to the rescue. Dry shampoo eliminates greasy roots and can be a fantastic tool for hair that lacks volume at the roots.

Not everyone loves a sleek and gelled-down look; others want volume and texture to create a messy finish. Dry shampoo will help add texture to your roots to have more grip, and your ponytail can become full and fluffy.

Note: As an extra tip, dry shampoo works best if given a few minutes to sit in your hair before brushing. Then, you can use your hair dryer for 30-60 seconds to blast your roots with a bit of heat to set the powder.

9. Define Your Curls 

If you have curly or coily hair, use curl-conditioning products that will help keep your curls full of life. In addition, these curl-defining creams, mists, and mousses will eliminate frizz and keep your curls defined and bouncy. 

10. Keep Flyaways At Bay 

Other ways to keep flyaways and frizz at bay are by using hair oil or styling oil. Frizz and flyaways can hinder the outcome of your ponytail if you want to achieve a sleek look. Hair oil can infuse the hair with nutrients while also creating a smooth finish. 

11. Play With Your Bangs 

If you have bangs, they can completely transform your ponytail. Bangs can be a huge statement piece, and they can also help frame your ponytail and face shape. Also, bangs can be pinned back, teased up, or slicked back; the possibilities are endless. 

12. Split Your Ponytail

Another way to keep your ponytail from drooping is by creating two ponytails. First, section from the top of the crown from ear to ear with a horizontal part and tie it in a pony.

Then gather the remaining bottom part and tie it up with another hair tie into the first pony you made. Tying two ponytails together is excellent for those who have a lot of hair and struggle with keeping their ponytail up throughout the day.

13. Avoid Wet Ponytails 

If possible, avoid tying your hair in a ponytail while it’s soaking wet. Wet hair is more prone to breakage and easier to manipulate. So, to save yourself from unnecessarily losing a few strands, avoid putting your hair up in a ponytail while it’s wet. 

14. Have Fun With Your Hair 

Lastly, don’t overthink your ponytail. Instead, enjoy the process of experimenting and finding what’s suitable for you! Hair shouldn’t be stressful. Rather, it should be a creative escape to express your personality.

It can be challenging to practice styling your hair, but it can be worth it once you master your ideal look. In addition, please don’t force your hair into a state it’s not comfortable in; your strands will thank you for it.

Once you find your perfect ponytail routine, you’ll be able to achieve an ideal updo every single time. In addition, the combination of suitable placements, hair ties, products, and more can help you find your perfect ponytail formula.

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