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How to Create a Poof Ponytail

By Amber Katz

Don’t Shampoo
Start with hair that’s not totally clean -- one or two days post-washing is perfect for this do. A bit of dirtiness actually helps you manipulate a bit of height into your strands. If your hair is freshly washed and you still want to pony it up, simply spray a bit of dry shampoo on your roots.

Plump It Up
Start styling the poof ponytail by sectioning the front part of the hair from ear to ear and clipping it out of the way. To get the right texture on the rest of the hair, apply a thickening spray to the roots of the hair left in the back, flip hair upside down and blast with a blow-dryer until dry. Unclip the front section and tease it in 2-inch pieces using a fine-toothed comb or teasing brush to create volume. To tease hair, place the comb in front of the hair, 2 inches away from the roots. Drag the comb up and down quickly to create the required texture. Tease more than you think you need to, as it may fall a bit after you style the ponytail.

Smooth the Crown
Give the teased hair at the top of the head a good mist of strong-hold hair spray. Next, using your fingers, gather hair at the back of your head nearly at the crown to form the poof, and pin it into place with bobby pins. For a sleeker look, skip teasing the very front sections of hair and smooth over the teased sections before pinning back.

Pony up
Gather the hair in the back and secure all your hair into a ponytail with an elastic in the back of your head, halfway between the top of your head and your ears. Slide the elastic about an inch down the ponytail. Keeping the elastic in the same place, in relation to your hair, push it back so it’s against your scalp, by separating the tail into two sections and pulling them away from each other. This should make your hair poof up ever so slightly around the scalp. If you need a bit more oomph, pull the elastic back further and repeat.

Hide the Band
Take a small section of hair from the bottom of your ponytail, wrap it up and around the base of the ponytail so that it covers all the elastic band or clasp holding the pony in place. Secure the band with a bobby pin close to the band against your scalp to hold the looped hair piece in place.

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Amber Katz is the founder and editor of Beauty Blogging Junkie, a pop-culture infused beauty blog. She contributes regularly to the New York Press and about must-have hair and beauty products.
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