If your style is more perfectly polished than 'I woke up like this' then we've got the perfect hairstyle. Super smooth and extra glossy, this sleek ponytail will finish any look with finesse. Kim K, eat your heart out...!
What do I Need to Create a Sleek Ponytail?
You can easily achieve this hairstyle at home, and make it look as if you’ve just stepped out of a salon. All you will need is a hair dryer, brush, straighteners (depending on how straight your hair naturally is), a hair band, clip and spray.
As an option, if you are keen on a really shiny, high-end finish, there is a number of finishing gloss sprays that not only add shine but also help tame flyaways and baby hairs.
How to Get the Sleek Ponytail Look
Step 1 - Detangle & spray
Brush through hair to get rid of all tangles and knots. Apply a styling spray to your locks, this will make the texture easier to work with.
Top tip: It’s best to brush through the ends first, making your way up towards the crown of your head.
Step 2 - Create parting & tie up
Use the slim end of the tail comb to create a centre parting. If you have wavy or curly hair, at this stage go over your locks with straighteners. Once your hair is super straight, sweep into a ponytail.
Top tip: To get the perfect ponytail height, use your eyebrows as the guideline as to where you should pull hair back.
Step 3 - Wrap hair around hairband
As this look is all about minimalism, we wouldn't want to let the side down with a hairband on show, now would we? Take a small section of hair, wrap around the band and secure with a grip.
Step 4 - Smooth over, spray & straighten
With the ponytail in place, now it's time to perfect those finishes touches - this is the difference between a neat ponytail and a sleek one. Go over any bumps with your trusty brush and add spray for extra shine. Give the pontyail a straighten too.
Contouring the Hairline
If you have a lot of flyaways and baby hairs where your hairline begins, you may want to consider hairline contouring to make the look more defined.
Hairline contouring should be done very lightly, focusing on thinner and lighter roots at the top and on the sides of your forehead.
Using an eye shadow in a shade that is similar to your hair colour (or hair makeup), gently brush over the roots filling in the lighter gaps within your hairline. Make sure you use a pencil brush and apply eye shadow in light motions directed towards your ponytail. After that, if you feel the look requires more definition, use an angled brush and apply the eye shadow in a shade darker making sparse and gentle strokes.
After you’ve finished the sleek ponytail and hairline contouring steps, make sure you set the look with hairspray.