The Perfect Ponytail

In the world of hair and hairstyling, the high ponytail is not just a timeless classic, but also a symbol of elegance and power. One of the most influential hairstylists in the entertainment industry, Chris Appleton, has revealed a method that anyone can use to create this iconic look on their own. Appleton, known for his work with celebrities like Ariana Grande, has shared a simple yet effective trick to create a full, high ponytail that radiates both glamour and professionalism. You can make a classy statement in no time if you also use the tips from our founder and catwalk hairstylist Andy Uffels.

Appleton's approach to the high ponytail focuses on placement and the technique of 'bundling' the hair in a way that adds both volume and height. The key to success is the right preparation and the choice of products that ensure a smooth, shiny finish without weighing the hair down. A lightweight volume spray (our Date Night Thickening Spray) can be applied at the roots to provide volume from the base. Tip: spray into towel-dried hair and use a soft brush and blow dryer to brush the hair in the right direction as it dries. This makes it easier to secure the ponytail later. Once the hair is dry, you can use a bit of hairspray and your brush to brush again in the direction of the ponytail's height.

Next, it's crucial to carefully and precisely brush the hair to one point and secure it at the highest point on the head, ensuring there are no bumps or loose hairs. This may be tricky at first, but the right brush does wonders. Tip: Use our Flat Brush for this. It is the most effective way to achieve a sleek tail. This brush is also used by catwalk hairstylists.

Appleton then advises using a thin hair tie or elastic that is tight enough to keep the hair in place all day without causing a headache. These work better than thick elastics. Tip: during catwalk shows, Andy always uses thin cotton elastics that are also stretchable. The advantage is that they really wrap tightly around your hair, without damaging it. You can buy these at a haberdashery store.

And then...for extra volume, thickness, and length, Appleton recommends using extensions that match the natural hair color. Note; these are then wrapped around the elastic and secured with bobby pins. This creates a seamless transition with your own hair in a natural way, making your ponytail look beautiful and full in no time.

Tip: Andy says that using extensions really completes this look. Always use real hair extensions (not synthetic) because you can immediately see the difference, and they remain easy to comb. Moreover, real hair stays in place better. And you want it to look as natural as possible. These extensions are often bought at local stores for reasonable prices.

The secret to the perfect high ponytail also lies in the finishing touches. Tip: Appleton suggests wrapping a small strand of your own hair around the elastic so it is no longer visible, giving it a polished look. This part can be secured with bobby pins hidden under the ponytail. A light mist of a soft hairspray like the Hold It There Hairspray helps to keep that strand and the ponytail sleek and shiny throughout the day.

Appleton's method is not just a way to create a stylish high ponytail but also an expression of creativity and personal style. By playing with the height, thickness, and texture of the ponytail, you can create a look that suits your personality and occasion. Whether it's a day at the office, a night out, or a special event, the high ponytail, according to Appleton's method, is a versatile and stylish choice that is easy to make and can leave a strong impression.

This high ponytail 'trick' is an accessible way to add a bit of glamour and sophistication to your everyday look. It's also a way to highlight your individuality further. With the right techniques, a good brush, and products, you can master the art of the perfect ponytail with a little practice.

Good luck!

Andy Uffels, Founder van The Insiders
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