How to Achieve the Perfect High Ponytail

by Brianna Thompson

If you're looking for a simple yet chic hairstyle that can be worn in a variety of settings, then look no further than the classic high ponytail. While it may seem easy to just pull your hair back and secure it with an elastic band, achieving the perfect high ponytail requires a bit of technique and attention to detail. As a professional hair artist based in NJ, I have plenty of experience with styling and I'm happy to share my top tips for achieving the perfect look.

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Start With Clean Hair 

The foundation for any great hairstyle is healthy, clean hair. Before creating your high ponytail, make sure to wash and dry your hair thoroughly. Use a gentle shampoo and conditioner that are appropriate for your hair type and be sure to detangle your hair with a wide-toothed comb or brush. If your hair is particularly unruly, consider applying a smoothing or anti-frizz product to help keep flyaway under control.

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Use The Right Tools & Products 

To achieve the perfect high ponytail, you'll need a few key tools and products. First, you'll need a good elastic hair tie that won't break or slip out of place. Avoid using elastic bands with metal clasps, as these can snag and damage your hair. Instead, opt for a soft, stretchy band that will hold your hair securely without causing discomfort.

You may also want to use a comb or brush to smooth your hair into place, as well as hairspray or other styling products to help hold the style in place. Just be careful not to use too much product, as this can weigh your hair down and make it look greasy. I want you to feel fresh, polished, and fierce! 

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Position your ponytail properly.

When creating a high ponytail, the placement is key. To achieve the most flattering look, position your ponytail at the crown of your head, directly above your ears. This will help elongate your face and create a sleek, polished look.

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Smooth your hair into place.

Once you've positioned your ponytail, use a comb or brush to smooth your hair into place. If you have any flyways or frizz, you may want to apply a small amount of hairspray or smoothing serum to help tame them.

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Secure your ponytail with care.

To avoid damaging your hair or causing discomfort, be sure to secure your ponytail with care. Use your hands to gather your hair into a tight, smooth ponytail, and then wrap the elastic band around the base of the ponytail several times. Make sure the band is snug, but not so tight that it causes headaches or hair breakage.

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Finish with a flourish

Once you've created your perfect high ponytail, you can add a few finishing touches to make it even more polished. For example, you can wrap a small section of hair around the elastic band to hide it from view, or you can tease the hair at the crown of your head to add volume and lift.

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With these simple tips, you can achieve the perfect high ponytail in no time. Whether you're headed to the gym, the office, or a night out on the town, this classic hairstyle is sure to turn heads and make you feel confident and stylish.

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