You might associate ponytails with the gym—and with being messy—but this hairstyle doesn’t just have to be worn on days when you’re on the go running around from one errand to the next. Ponytails can be seriously chic and the perfect hairstyle for date nights, parties, and days spent in meetings. It’s all about creating a smooth, sleek finish for a more professional and on-trend look (seriously, just take a look at red carpet pics and you’re sure to see plenty of celebs sporting sleek ponytails). Now, if you have frizzy hair, that means you’ll want to start in the shower with a frizz-fighting shampoo and conditioner and follow up with a smoothing hair cream to ensure that your ponytail looks smooth all day long. Here, learn exactly how to create a sleek ponytail that is anything but basic.
Step 1: Shampoo and Condition
Start your sleek ponytail with clean hair for the most optimal results. Hop in the shower and shampoo and condition with a sulfate-free, frizz-fighting duo of hair products, like the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Frizz-Defy Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Frizz-Defy Conditioner. Gently massage the shampoo into wet hair, rinse, and repeat. Then, apply the conditioner from mid-lengths to ends (avoid applying conditioner to your roots, as this can make your hair look greasy), leave it on for 1-2 minutes, and rinse out thoroughly with lukewarm water. Super-hot water can strip your strands of essential oils, leaving your hair feeling dry and looking dull, which is why it’s key to wash out in lukewarm temps. Once you’re done shampooing and conditioning, step out of the shower and blot your hair dry with a cotton T-shirt—a rough towel may add frizz and cotton can be gentler on your hair.
Step 2: Blow-Dry Your Hair Smooth
To create a sleek ponytail, you’re going to want to blow-dry your hair smooth. To do that, apply a frizz-controlling hair cream that also offers heat protection, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Frizz Vanisher Cream. This hair cream offers long-lasting frizz protection and helps lock out humidity and tame flyaways. It smooths the cuticle for sleek, polished hair with a silky touch. Apply it to damp hair, then blow-dry your hair sleek and smooth with a paddle brush. Even better if your hair brush has boar bristles, as boar bristles can help distribute your hair’s natural oils from root to tip, making it look shinier. Heat protection is key when you’re blow-drying your hair because exposing your hair directly to heat can lead to damage—and damaged hair can be dry and frizzy.
Step 3: Create Your Ponytail
Now onto the fun part: It’s time to actually create your sleek ponytail! A smooth, sleek ponytail looks best when it’s placed high. So, pull your hair up and brush it back starting at the center of your head. Then brush the sides back. Smooth over any areas that might be bumpy. Once you’re done, secure your sleek ponytail with an elastic. For a more stylish look, wrap your hair around your ponytail. To do this, take a tiny section of hair from your ponytail (about a half-inch wide) and thread it through a bobby pin. Twist the section around your hair tie and pin it into place. Voila!
Step 4: Finish with Hair Spray
Now that you’re done with your sleek ponytail, help ensure your hairstyle stays in place throughout the day by spritzing on a shine-enhancing hair spray, like the L’Oréal Paris Elnett Precious Oil Satin Hairspray. You’re ready to slay your day! Go and show off your gorgeous sleek ponytail.
This isn’t the only ponytail tutorial we have to share with you. Ready for other options? For more ponytail ideas, we’ve got you covered. Here are 8 Easy Ponytail Hairstyles.