My Pretty Pony Tail

January 6th, 2010

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I couldn’t miss it. Sticking out from underneath a pile of Christmas booty Santa left to overrun my house was the prettiest little mass of pink hair. A My Little Pony. Rainbow Dash to be exact. I picked up the brush and started brushing. And brushing. And brushing.

Confession: Brushing hair relaxes me. Put it on a doll and not a screaming toddler, and I’m in heaven.

But this pony’s hair was a mess. Sure it was shimmery and glimmery and pretty and spun like rainbows mixed with sweet cotton candy kisses…I wonder what it would be like to live on a cloud…ok, where did I go…anyway, the hair was a disaster.

Step away from your little girl’s toy, Cheryl.

On my way into the other room, I caught a second-take glimpse of my own mane. Au contraire, my dear, it was my hair that was the disaster (and without captivating glimmer).

No worries. Inspiration from one pretty-in-pink pony, one elastic, one quick hand movement and my hair went from a don’t to a do. Enter the perfect ponytail.

My one stipulation every haircut—the ability to ponytail (yes, I just made that a verb). Not ponynub (what happened once when my stylist was out, and I went to Anne). But ponytail.

Ponytails are perfect for days when you don’t shower, as well as days when it’s showering. For casual, they serve their purpose of getting my hair out of my face and out of insane woman territory. And for fashion, I love to wear them with turtlenecks, cowl necks, embellished collars or bib necklaces—anything that would get lost in the locks. Very elegant.

Here are a few tips from my go-to guy (sorry, Anne) Edward Tedeschi from Sassoon Salon Boston for the perfect mane maintenance. Wear higher up for playful and flirty; at the base of your neck for more formal.

Step one.
If your hair isn’t already straightened, blow it dry and flat iron.

Step two.
Spray a little bit of texturing spray onto the hair for control (I like Davines No. 9 Structuring Mist).

Step three.
Use a flat brush to smooth hair into a mid to high ponytail and secure with a non-snag band the same color as the hair.

Step four.
Remove a strand of hair from beneath the ponytail and wrap it around the base to conceal the rubber band. Secure the strand with a bobby pin.

Step five.
Mist lightly hair spray to add shine and hold the ponytail in place.

Gorgeous. Now if you’ll excuse me. I have some brushing to do.

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6 Responses to “My Pretty Pony Tail”

  1. Ah, great tips! I have to go for the fake ponytails, since my hair is short, but they are fun too! In the Ballet last month, I got one of those bands with the fake hair and put a hair net around it! It was perfect for the stage!

  2. Mary says:

    I love long hair, but hate it everywhere, so viva la ponytail! One question – at what age is it too “young” a style? Or is there no such thing?

  3. NuanceGirl says:

    Ponytails have no age limit. Opt for the lower position if in doubt, and think classic ballerina. Step four has always been a favorite finishing touch. Makes it look like a deliberate choice and not a lazy cop-out. Very important for the the wearer’s self esteem too.

  4. Cheryl says:

    i would say ponytails have no age! As women get older, they tend to have shorter hair because it becomes a little coarser as we age (read: those pesky gray wirey angry hairs). Shorter is sometimes easier to manage. Translation: No ponytails. But until then, I say go for it! Would I do a Judy Jetson in my 30s? No. But then again, I don’t think I did it when I was 16 either. :)

  5. Smallburst says:

    Ponytails are great for bad hair days. I have my hair in a ponytail now. I’ll make sure to follow these steps the next time I have a bad hair day. So, tomorrow it is!

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