I love ponytails. They are quick, easy, and sometimes a girl's just gotta get her hair out of her face. You know what I'm talkin' 'bout. When the occasion (or your mood) demands it, it’s not hard to take a plain ole ponytail and turn it into something a little more polished. In this tutorial, I offer a few tricks for creating a smooth and sleek version of the classic style. This ponytail also has an optional retro twist, as I’ve curled my ends and twisted them into a spiral. In keeping with the 50s vibe, I also swept my bangs to the side. Don’t worry if you don’t have bangs. This look is just as cute with all of your hair swept back into the ponytail. All you need is a set of hot rollers or curling iron, pomade or styling wax, a boar bristle brush, a ponytail holder, a couple bobby pins, and hairspray.
Get the full how-to after the jump.
Smooth Retro Pony
1. Set Your Hair
If you are going to do the retro twisted ponytail, start by curling your hair. I’ve set my hair in hot rollers but you can also use a curling iron, if you prefer. You just need to get some bend in your ends. Here is a roller set tutorial if you need a little guidance. If you prefer a straight ponytail, make sure to blow dry it nice and smooth and/or use a flat iron.
2. Take Out Rollers
Remove the rollers, if you are using them.
3. Smooth Hair
Rub some pomade or wax to the palms of your hands and run your fingers through your hair. Use more pomade, if necessary, and a boar bristle brush to smooth hair into a nice, slick, high ponytail. Placement should be about halfway between the very top of your head and your occipital bone (the bump on the back of your skull.) Both the product and the boar bristle brush are the keys to a really sleek style. If you want it more slick and don’t mind a lot of shine, you can apply more pomade.
4. Tie Your Ponytail
Use a ponytail holder to tie your ponytail tight to your head. Wrap a small strand of hair around the band to hide it and secure with 2 crossed bobby pins. Optionally, you can tie a pretty ribbon around the band to hide it.
5. Style Your Fringe
Use your boar bristle brush to sweep bangs to the side and apply hairspray to hold in place. The brush will still have a little pomade in it. Do not add more or your bangs will look really greasy.
I used Umberto Regular Hold Hairspray.
6. Shape Your Curls
With your fingers, form curls into a loose spiral shape and you're done!