I love a good high pony. It can make you look fresher, more awake, younger, more polished and hide a multitude of sins like old colour, grown out roots and dirty hair, among other things.
I spent the day with the team from Liberated Hair in Mona Vale to see if I could pick up a few styling tricks. Lo and behold, I learned how to nail the perfect high pony. These are their top tips and product picks.
- Dirty hair is good – whatever you do, don’t wash your hair right before trying a high pony. Or if you do, make sure you’ve got some texturiser and dry shampoo close at hand. I was rocking (read: not rocking at all, looking like a homeless person and terribly ashamed) second day hair which my stylist Courtney told me was perfect. She added some Nak Done and Dusted texturiser to the crown of my head for extra grip and grab.
- Sneaky secret: it’s actually two ponies, not one – it looks like one ponytail, but most high ponytails are actually two, for two reasons: one, it works better for mid-length hair like mine to give the illusion of length and height, where the hair isn’t long enough to reach all the way from the crown of my head once to my shoulders once it’s up, and two, it helps to make the ponytail extra grippy. It’s actually pretty difficult to get all your hair into one ponytail and have it hold all day and all night, whereas two separate ones secured together are much more likely to hold. Courtney made it look like one ponytail by wrapping a section of my hair around both at the end. And the last sneaky secret?
- Styling gel applied with a makeup brush smoothes baby hairs and adds the perfect finish – I have loads of little baby hairs around my hairline, as do most people. But how come Kim Kardashian’s ponytails always look so sleek? It’s gel, baby. And it’s applied with a natural hair makeup brush or a bristle brush to smooth those flyaways down and nestle the baby hairs into the rest of the slicked back flock.
These are Courtney’s top five products for the best high ponytail ever:
- Nak Thermal Spray – sprayed over the hair prior to curling and as a finishing spray to add hold.
- GHD Straightener – used to curl my hair prior to sweeping it up into a pony.
- Nak Done & Dusted Texturising Powder – added to the crown of my head for extra grip prior to securing the ponytails.
- Nak Amped Up Styling Gel – used with a boar hair bristle brush to smooth flyaways and baby hairs and give the perfect sleek finish.
- Nak Shine Spray – to give a glossy finish.
Thanks to the team at Liberated Hair for such an enjoyable day, and for sharing your sneaky secrets with me.
p.s. they also did these gorrrrrgeous super-soft fingerwaves on me, which I just a.d.o.r.e.d.