How To Achieve The Perfect Power Ponytail

Are you looking to take your ponytail from so-so to a power ponytail, but don't know where to start? You've come to the right article because the chic high ponytail isn't going anywhere. Though the definition of what constitutes a power ponytail varies, the general consensus on the internet seems to be that it is a ponytail that practically exudes confidence. In other words, until you try it, it's best to squash any assumption that a high ponytail wouldn't look as good as it does on singer Ariana Grande, who has become known for her signature high ponytail.

In addition, the hairstyle shouldn't take very long to achieve, which is great news for those who need to be in and out of the bathroom in the morning. However, the time needed to finish your overall desired look may vary depending on the hair texture and thickness, as well as any other steps needed prior to tying the hair up, such as going over it with a straightener (via Voir Fashion).

Aim high with your ponytail

When styling a power ponytail, don't be afraid to channel your ambitions and reach for the stars or just a higher placement on your head than you might normally use if you're just casually tying your hair back. However, before you get started, you might need additional products to help you achieve the look, such as styling spray or gel, if you're going for a super sleek vibe (per Women's Health).

The experts at Voir Fashion specifically advise kicking things up a notch by wrapping some of your hair around the top of your ponytail to conceal the elastic band or bands holding it in place. To do that, you'll need to remove a small section of hair from your completed ponytail and secure it with a bobby pin, ideally, one the same color as your hair to keep the finished result flawless.

If your hair is on the shorter side, there are a wide variety of options for you to achieve a power ponytail, provided that your hair is long enough to pull into a small ponytail of its own. Luckily, many brands make ponytail extensions that can be clipped or tied onto your natural hair, so you don't have to grow your hair out.

Make sure to give your hair a break

As chic as a power ponytail looks, all that power can be damaging over time. Therefore, it's best to give your hair a break after you've styled it. In fact, any sort of tight hairstyle can lead to a type of hair loss known as traction alopecia, according to the American Academy of Dermatology Association. For some people, ponytails can also cause headaches, and this is even more likely to occur if your ponytail is too tight already.

If you want to ensure a proper balance between the ponytail and maintaining healthy hair, don't worry there are options. One, of course, is to wear looser ponytails or to wear your hair down, if possible. The SuperCuts UK blog also mentions not wearing ponytails to sleep if you're someone who tends to do that. Finally, switching things up with a protective hairstyle could be another option, depending on your hair texture.