How-To: Create the Perfect Glam Ponytail

Stylist Jada Jenkins shares six concepts you need to know to create a fabulous ponytail.

Hair: Jada Jenkins; Makeup: Akura Robinson
Hair: Jada Jenkins; Makeup: Akura Robinson

Jada JenkinsSam Villa ambassador, Mizani artist and L'amour de Rose salon ownershares how to create the perfect glam ponytail. 

Hair: Jada Jenkins; Makeup: MakkHair: Jada Jenkins; Makeup: Makk

These concepts will help create the perfect glam ponytail for any occasion:

  1. Understand Face Shape: Sleek looks can slim a round face. A side swoop or fringe can help draw attention away from a larger forehead. Avoiding weight on an oblong face shape will help to balance features.
  2. Define the Design: Apply Mizani Heat Screen Hair Protectant Spray to prep and protect hair from heat. For a sleek surface, use a Sam Villa Signature Series Sleekr Professional Straightening Iron to smooth hair; when added texture and mass is needed, use a Sam Villa Signature Series Textur Professional Texturizing Iron to build volume.
  3. Position: Break down ponytail into sections (two to three). If the person has a part (middle or side), divide hair into three sections. Establish the position of the ponytail, gather hair and use a bungee cord to secure.
  4. Length: Extensions are always an option for longer styleschoose those that match original hair texture and desired length, and attach with the following steps:
    1. Weft extension around elastic bands.
    2. Use hairpins to secure extensions at the top and bottom of the ponytail.
  5. Secure: Apply Mizani Lived-In Sculpting Paste and HRM Humidity Resistance Mist to hold hair in place. Use a Sam Villa Signature Series Tail Comb to form neat, clean sections. When using hairpins, attach a braid to the scalp to provide an anchor for pins to limit scalp irritation. Connect each section with elastic bands, and then wrap a small piece of hair around the elastic to cover it.
  6. Enhancements: Once the ponytail is in place, take creative liberty to embellish with accessories, braids, curls, waves or super-sleek smoothness.

"When fashioning ponytails, always be mindful of tension…gather hair just tight enough to secure; too much unnecessary pulling can damage hair follicles," explains Jenkins.

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