3 perfect ponytails in just 4 steps
Skeekify fine hair
"I'm chasing after two little ones every day, so my ponytail always looks like this," said Carrie Wessel, 37, pointing to her casually pulled-back hair. "I wish I had the time to make it more polished." To which Nathaniel Hawkins, our on-set hair guru, replied, "You do! All you need is a little shine cream and 30 seconds of flat-ironing." Carrie followed his lead, and a minute later she was all smiles. "Okay, I can't believe how easy that was," she said. "And, wow, what a difference a side part makes!"
Fine hair: Step 1
Make a deep side part (it should line up above the arch of your eyebrow) that extends back to your crown.
Fine hair: Step 2
Brush your hair into a really low ponytail--right at the nape of your neck; fasten with a clear elastic.
Fine hair: Step 4
Rub a drop of shine cream between your hands, then smooth one hand down each side of your part.
Smooth coarse texture
"I like to air-dry my hair, but when I wear it back, I hate how flat and fuzzy it looks at the hairline," said Dawn Jackson, 31. So Hawkins found a solution for her coarse hair that looks all fancy but took her less than 10 minutes to do herself: "Style the front of your hair separately. Then just connect that portion to the main ponytail with another elastic," he said. "You end up with a gorgeous hairstyle that looks like it took an hour." Dawn loves it. "This is so feminine! The lift in front really tames my hair while making it seem fuller."
Coarse hair: Step 2
Divide the front section in half, then curl each half with a one-inch iron, rolling the hair away from your face.
Coarse hair: Step 4
Loosen all curls with your fingers, then fasten the front section on top of the tail by wrapping a second elastic around the first.